University celebrates 50th birthday

One of our biggest universities is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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UEA celebrates 50th birthday

The University of East Anglia is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of our region's biggest universities is celebrating its 50th birthday this weekend.

The University of East Anglia has more than 13,500 students and 3,500 staff contributing more than £150 million a year to our local economy.

To celebrate, the university has thrown its doors open to the public and past and present students.

Taking centre stage will be a three-metre high working model of a volcano.

The weekend will also see performances from Kid Creole and the Coconuts, comedian Nina Conti and BBC 6 Music's Huey Morgan.

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University celebrates half a century

University of East Anglia Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of our biggest universities is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The University of East Anglia in Norwich is perhaps as well known for its architecture as it is for its academic achievements.

In half a century the UEA has become an integral part of the Norfolk economy contributing more than £150 million a year and employing more than 3,500 staff.

The campus on the outskirts of Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The university has an impressive alumni - comedians Paul Whitehouse and Arthur Smith, Doctor Who actor, Matt Smith and a long legacy of award winning authors including the current Chancellor of the UEA, Rose Tremain.

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