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Ziggurat Challenge

The Ziggurat Challenge is a ‘recreational-level' programme of events open to all students, alumni, staff and faculty of the University including those based at the Norwich Research Park.

The programme has been designed to promote enjoyable participation in the spirit of sporting competition as well as encourage friendly interaction/rivalry between schools. 
Participants compete for their school of study; those in departments not directly linked to a school may attach themselves to one of their choice or compete for the UEA Staff team for the duration of the programme. All schools/depts will compete against each other in all events.

Please click here for the 2019-2020 programme of events

Who can take part?
Any student, alumni, member of staff or faculty, (including Norwich Research Park based staff) can compete in the Ziggurat Challenge.

What's more it's free! You can take part in, or spectate at, every event this year and pay absolutely nothing (*60p entry without an activated campus card) We value your participation more than your money, so no excuses, just turn up and join in. 
…and no matter how limited you may think your experience of a sport is, you can still give it a go and be in with a chance of winning valuable points for your school.

Scoring points and playing the joker?

Schools receive points that contribute towards their standing just by getting a team together and taking part. Bonus points are then added based on how well the team performs. The same scoring system applies to all the events except for the last one – Athletics; where the points are doubled.

When the Head of your school participates 5 bonus points are added per event.
3 bonus points can be gained when the HOS comes along to spectate. In the event that the HOS is unavailable each school may select ONE ‘nominated other' who will be awarded 4 points for participating and 2 points for spectating.
Schools have 2 jokers to play during the course of the competition, these may be placed on any event (*that has 10 entries or more). Playing the ‘Joker' will double the Ziggurat points for that event.

How do I get involved?
Each School has 4 Sports Activators who receive information about events and results. They are responsible for putting together a team for each event by electing a captain for each sport. The activators do a very important job and need your support. Without their voluntary efforts the competition will struggle to function. You will be able to find out who your academic department activator is by:
• Contacting the Head of School Secretary/PA
• Your activator will keep you updated on the results or you can look at the student Sport Website or the ‘Ziggurat' notice board in the Sportspark.
• If you are interested in becoming the captain for any of the sports detailed in the programme please contact your activator immediately.
• If you are interested in participating in a particular sport, you should register your interest with the activator as soon as possible.

If you have any queries or would like any further information then please contact:

Student Sport Co-ordinator: or call 01603 593567

Awards and prizes
The presentation ceremony will take place in May 2029.

Trophies will be awarded to the following teams & individuals:

• Overall winning school
• Runner-up
• Most improved team (based on last year's final position)
• Most Sporting HOS
• Most Sporting member of staff (‘Nominated Other')
• Sports Activator of the year (leavers only)
• Certificates are presented to each of the event winners.


The final result was very close but we can announce that the 2018/2019 winners of the ziggurat challenge were the School of Biological Sciences.