Since its foundation in 1967, UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences has become one of the largest and most fully developed interdisciplinary institutions of its kind in Europe. The School provides a stimulating, innovative and active research environment for the study of natural and human environments. In the Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014 (REF 2014), we were ranked first in the UK for the global impact of our research. Read more about the School's research activities in our Research Highlights Report.
The University has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for 50 years of ground-breaking environmental science at UEA. The Royal accolade from the Queen is the UK’s most prestigious higher education award, given to us for demonstrating outstanding work at a world-class level.
In the next 50 years, the School has dedicated itself to pursuing fundamental interdisciplinary environmental science research that directly addresses the grand environmental challenges of the 21st century. Our mission is to harness our international research capabilities to:
Achieve breakthrough advances in our understanding of the causes, consequences and societal implications of major challenges such as climate change, ecosystem loss and energy security, and to support society’s transition towards global environmental sustainability;
Recruit and teach a new generation of students in how to confront complex, real-world challenges in an interdisciplinary, engaged and impactful manner;
Build strong partnerships with governments, businesses and civil society to identify societal solutions that put society firmly on a path to sustainability.
Since 1992, the School's Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales