After getting the go-ahead to build in 1960, the Earlham golf course on the outskirts of Norwich was chosen as the site of the permanent campus and work began in 1961.The university was originally based in the present-day University Village - with teaching space for about 1200 students - and admitted its first cohort of 87 students in 1963. UEA welcomed its first Vice-Chancellor, Frank Thistlethwaite, at this time.
UEA's academic thinking has been distinctive from the word go. With its motto of ‘do different' and focus on interdisciplinarity across subjects, UEA has continued to be academically innovative throughout its development.
UEA’s richly diverse research base is embedded in our outstanding teaching and connects our world-leading academics with society, government and industry. Specialisms range from health and nutrition, to the environment and responses to climate change, exploring issues of family and child policy, investigating competition and regulation through to creativity and enterprise. We have strong collaborative research links across Norwich Research Park - one of Europe’s largest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), UEA was placed 10th in the UK for the quality of its research output (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis).