Students Staff
University of Essex

5 April 2011

Life on Campus – Bringing the World Closer

Filed under: End of term,First Year UG,Mature Students,Mike Foote — Michael Foote @ 12:04 pm

There have been some very dramatic events around the world in the last two or three months, some (literally) earth shattering. For most of us we view these events through the television screen, and that, for many, is the nearest they will ever experience them as things going on ‘out there’, even in an increasingly shrinking world. However, on campus, we have experienced some of them in an almost personal way. Walking through Square Three recently, I witnessed the Libyan students calling on support for their people’s struggle against the Gadaffi regime, a passionate address through megaphones and the waving of their own, original, national flag. Then, over several days, the gathering of Japanese students appealing for support, moral as well as financial, to help them rebuild their country after what amounted to a ‘quadruple whammy’; earthquake, tsunami, radiation hazard and freezing winter conditions.

Life on campus certainly brings the world closer for all of us privileged to be here.

Mike Foote.



20 December 2010

Life on Campus – End of First Term

Filed under: End of term,First Year UG,Mature Students,Mike Foote — admin @ 12:22 pm

Unbelievable! Is it really possible that we have come through eleven weeks of the first term? Imagine the period as being like a video on fast forward—and it’s still playing! A moment to reflect on what we have absorbed so far. The geography of the campus will by now have been pretty much understood by most of us (OK, I think that you can switch off the SatNav now). The locations of those places which have become important in our academic journey, the SU Bar, Top Bar….(ahem), sorry, I meant to start with such as the LTB, the Alfred Sloman, Ivor Crewe and those of the various lecture and seminar rooms as they relate to our individual fields of study.

Question: how do you make strong men and women quake in apprehension, fear and dread? Utter the two magic words, Essay deadline! As you proceed about the campus, you can get snatches of conversation, whispered in a hushed, almost conspiratorial way that can include such as: “The essay or such and such a module is due on….!”, and, “OMG, I’ve barely started….!” And if you’re really quiet, you realise that you are saying them, too! Welcome to Uni. Have a good break, and let’s look forward to the Spring term.