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UEA has always attracted creative students and staff. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is "perhaps the greatest resource of its type on any British campus", according to the Times Good University Guide, and The School of Art History and World Art Studies is currently ranked 1st in the UK for world-leading research.

Those studying literature, creative writing and art history at UEA expect to receive the finest there is in terms of teaching and support. We were delighted to be awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2012, the most prestigious award in Higher Education, in recognition of our outstanding contribution in the field of Creative Writing.


The Difference we've made

  • Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Anne Enright, Tracy Chevalier… the alumni of our legendary MA in Creative Writing read like a 'Who's Who' of contemporary literature. And that's before you count our Chancellor, the novelist Rose Tremain, who studied at UEA. Then there are the founders of the MA, Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson, and teachers like the late W.G. Sebald, whose places in literary history are assured.
  • 40 years ago, Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury gave us their globally significant collection of art. Today, we are proud to host the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in its own iconic building on campus – and to share the collection with an ever-widening public. We have introduced nearly 100,000 schoolchildren to major figures of modern art such as Degas, Picasso, Giacometti, Henry Moore and Francis Bacon, to name but a few.
  • Norwich, with UEA at its heart, was recently named as a UNESCO City of Literature, the first in England and one of only six worldwide, an accolade that recognises the special contribution we have made in this field.
  • We have funded 11 places on our award-winning creative writing programme, enabling talented young writers to pursue their dreams.

The further Difference we'll make

With the additional support to be raised through the Difference Campaign:

  • Grow, promote and celebrate the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts – by funding new exhibitions to inspire audiences from all over the world, broadening the range of displays and providing new curatorial posts.
  • Strengthen our position in offering the UK's leading creative writing programme by creating 19 new scholarships - in addition to our existing 11 creative writing scholarships, this will mean we are able to offer funding for each and every place on the course. With 38% of our creative writing alumni going on to get published, this really will be an investment in the next generation of literary talent.
  • In creating these scholarships, we hope to be able to rival US institutions, and strive to offer the best creative writing programme worldwide.
  • Further extend our excellence in creative writing, scriptwriting, film and television, ensuring that UEA is a leading centre for those wishing to pursue careers in modern, digital and entertainment media.

Recognising Significant Support

Naming Chairs, Naming Fellowships, Naming exhibitions.


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