Vice-Chancellor's Circle takes place in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle were invited to a dinner at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, which included a viewing of the Francis Bacon and the Masters exhibition and a performance from drama student Ellie Woodruff-Bryant.

Hosted by UEA Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Richardson, the event was an opportunity to thank donors for their ongoing support of the University. In his speech, Professor Richardson thanked guests for the difference they have made by supporting priorities such as scholarships, medical research and enhancing the student experience. He also spoke about the milestones that The Difference Campaign has reached within the last year, including the opening of the new Bob Champion Research and Education Building in February, and the annual Scholarships Reception held in March, which saw a record number of Scholarships awarded.


Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Richardson


UEA alumnus, Mark Williams (EUR81), then spoke about his time at UEA and why he decided to create two scholarships. Mark told guests how much he had enjoyed his undergraduate degree and would have liked to continue in his studies, but that he was unable to pursue a Master’s course in history due to lack of funding. Following a successful career in accounting, having recently stepped down as Partner at Deloitte, Mark chose to endow The Mark V Williams Undergraduate Scholarship in the School of Accounting and Finance and to fund The Mark V Williams Postgraduate Scholarship in the School of History, to ensure that young people hoping to come to university, or to continue their studies at postgraduate level, have the opportunity to do so at UEA.

Guests were treated to a viewing of the Francis Bacon and the Masters exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual arts, which includes pieces from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg by artists such as Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. These inspirations for Bacon’s work are displayed side-by-side with his pieces, depicting his influences and highlighting aspects of his life and character which can be seen in his artwork.


The event was held in the Modern Life Cafe at the Saisbury Centre for Visual Arts


Following the meal, a performance written and produced by MA Theatre Directing student, Duncan Joseph, showed a different angle on the topic of climate change. This was eloquently performed by current UEA drama student, Ellie Woodruff-Bryant. Ellie delivered a speech warning how half of Norfolk would be underwater by 2050, but that this catastrophe could be utilised to promote a ‘castle marina’ and ‘UEA houseboat accommodation’ for the continuation of a prosperous community of ‘Norwich-by-the-Sea’.

Current undergraduate drama student Ellie Woodruff-Bryant


Music throughout the evening was provided by current undergraduate students Adam Wright on piano and Jason Marron on bass guitar.

Our thanks go to all members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle, including those who were unable to join us, for their continued support of the University.