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Sainsbury Centre reaches 'middle age'

Centre is 40 years old Credit: SCVA

One of the region's most iconic modern buildings is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this weekend.

The Sainsbury Centre at Norwich's UEA was built after Lord Sainsbury donated his art collection to the university. It was the first public building designed by architect Norman Foster. To mark the anniversary he building is housing an exhibition on modern architecture.

"The Sainsbury Centre has been the focus of numerous wonderful achievements, much hard work and many valuable relationships have been built between art, people and ideas. I visit the Centre whenever I get the chance, and every time I set foot in the futuristic and architecturally-inspiring building, it strikes me just how lucky we are to have this facility on our doorstep."

– Professor David Richardson, UEA Vice-Chancellor

Novel support for strikers: Authors back university lecturers in industrial action

Authors refuse to cross picket line Credit: PA Images

A Booker prize nominated Author has cancelled an appearance at the University of East Anglia over the strike on pensions.

Jon McGregor, who wrote Reservoir 13, has pulled out of the University of East Anglia’s Spring Literary Festival as strikes enter third week.

Instead he'll headline an event at Students’ Union in support of striking staff. he'll be joined by Essex Serpent writer Sarah Perry, UEA alum Megan Bradbury and James Meek.

The author was due to appear at the UEA Spring Literary Festival on Wednesday but said that he will not cross the picket line.

The ‘Writers for the Strike’ event will run from 5 – 7pm on Wednesday.

Mr McGregor said:

"Although I had been very much looking forward to reading at the UEA Spring 2018 Literary Festival, I will not be able to do so while strike action in defence of university staff pensions is ongoing. I have never crossed a picket line in my life, and am not about to start now. Instead, I will be joining staff, students, and writers for an evening of readings and discussion as part of the Alternative University being organised by striking staff and hosted by the Students’ Union."

– John McGregor

The pension dispute centres on proposals to end the defined benefit element of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – a move which UCU says would leave a typical lecturer almost £10,000 a year worse off in retirement than under the current set-up.

Woman rescued from UEA lake in Norwich is identified

Police say a woman rescued from the lake at the University of East Anglia has been identified.

The woman - who is thought to be in her 40s or 50s - remains in a critical condition in hospital.

She was pulled from the lake at the UEA in Norwich on Wednesday afternoon (October 18).

Police had been appealing for help to work out who she was. The only personal item she had with her was a key.

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