Student Night at Norwich Cathedral

At first glance you may now be thinking that the rumours about Norwich’s nightlife are true and that the students of this fine city are so deprived of club nights that they are reduced to partying in the cathedral…

Well, not quite.

With looming deadlines nights out have become a bit of a rarity for me, but a chance to wander around the cathedral at dusk (for free! – a student’s favourite two words) was too good to miss.

As you may or may not be aware, Norwich is home to a very fine Romanesque cathedral. Although it’s at the heart of the city it’s not an obvious destination for students unless they happen to be historians, and so sadly many students will go their entire time at UEA without enjoying one of the city’s architectural treasures – it’s almost on a par with the ziggurats.

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One of the UEA windows in the cathedral

To help remedy this issue the Dean of the cathedral opened their doors to the city’s students for a night, giving us the chance to explore the amazing building before moving to the refectory for wine and nibbles (and a rather wonderful jazz band).

It was a lovely evening, although unfortunately as my friends and I arrived a little late we didn’t have long to explore before we were ushered on to the nibbles and music part of the evening.

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The turnout was high which was probably due in part to the offer of a free glass of wine but it also proves that students are interested in getting to know their city better. I’m all for any event which helps people connect with the fascinating past of this city and look forward to any further events the cathedral may put on.

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Derby Day 2016

Just a quick post on the biggest sporting event of the year.

Yesterday (20/04/16) was Derby Day, the day of the year in which the greatest varsity rivalry in the country is fought out.

UEA vs Essex Uni.

Never before has there been such a fierce rivalry as this.

Last year UEA hosted and it seemed the whole campus got involved. Even someone such as myself who has barely even looked at a sports pitch since leaving school found myself surprisingly caught up in the team spirit. And of course, the day was made all the sweeter by UEA’s victory for the third year in a row.

Well I am pleased to say that for yet another year UEA have been able to hold onto their crown!

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Despite it being hosted down in Colchester this year there was still a great buzz around campus, and by all accounts celebrations continued well into the night.

As I said, I’m not a particularly sporty person myself, but it’s fantastic to see just how many sports teams we support here at UEA. The teams which made the journey from Norwich to Colchester included everything from archery to pole dancing, and from rugby to ultimate Frisbee (although I’ve never been sure what the ultimate bit meant…).

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I look forward to seeing Derby Day come home again next year, and just maybe I’ll be able to get through my whole degree at UEA without us having to hand the cup to Essex…