Students Staff

27 October 2016

Make a date at Clifftown Theatre in November

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Communications Office @ 3:52 pm
Fahrenheit 451 poster

Poster from Fahrenheit 451

This month check out the Clifftown Theatre to see incredible shows created by East 15 students.

Revolution a double bill of two one act plays arrives at Clifftown Theatre on Thursday November 3 and runs to Saturday November 5.

Directed by Jules Tipton and Ian Nicholson, Revolution comprises Incognito, examining the cultural landscape, and A Part of the Main, carousing continental cabaret, exploring what it means to be British.

The temperature rises for Fahrenheit 451, the first performance of the season by East 15 students, a co-production between The David Glass Ensemble and the East 15 Physical Theatre course. The company creates an exciting production based on Ray Bradbury’s classic story of a world where books are outlawed and free thought is scarce.

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21 October 2016

Meet the Building Maintenance team

Filed under: Latest news — ckeitch @ 10:39 am

Our Building Maintenance Team make sure that everything is spick and span around our Colchester Campus. From carpentry and painting to brick laying and signage, they ensure that we’re all working and studying in a comfortable and safe environment.

Building Supervisor, Steve Manning, tells us more. 

How many members of staff make up the Building Maintenance team?

An image of the Building Maintenance Team

David Leather, Lee Williams and Gary Dodd.

There are eleven members of the team including myself. They consist of two painters, a builder, one sign maker and six carpenters.

How long have you worked at the University?

I have held the position of Building Supervisor for five years.

What are the main responsibilities of your role

My main responsibility is to manage the building maintenance team. I source materials, including bespoke, specialist items and also provide quotes for any work that needs doing.

An image of SAteve Manning

Steve Manning on lead guitar.

Tell us something funny or unique about yourself or your team?

I play lead guitar in a rock band at the weekends. We have another lead guitarist in a rock band, a guitar player in a church worship band, a keen golfer and a commanding officer in the Sea Cadets. So we are a team with many talents.

What big projects are you involved with?

We do not have a big project as such, but we provide on call assistance during Welcome Week and help out Security with student’s areas, plus any other problems new students may have.

An image of Lee Williams

Lee Williams.

What are you and your team most proud of?

I think that the whole team pride themselves in the part that we all take during Graduation and, as a team, feel privileged to be a part of such an important moment for those students that are graduating.

How did you get into this sort of role?

Previously I ran my own business making fitted and free standing furniture, before joining the university and working my way up to my current position.

What is your one tip for other working at the University?

Join a union. You may need help from them one day!

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12 October 2016

Introducing the 2016/17 Volleyball Women’s team

Filed under: Latest news, Sport — ckeitch @ 10:12 am
Our Women's Volleyball team.

Our Women’s Volleyball team.

Having won the BUCS National Trophy and promotion to the BUCS premier league last season, our Women’s Volleyball team begin their campaign to win the premier league (south) in earnest this week against the University of Sussex.

Returning players include Amelia Stamp who earned her first senior cap for England, at the end of last term, Molly Van Essen and Amelia Smith who are part of Sport England TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme).

Molly said: “What I hope to achieve at Essex is to become the best I can be.”

New members of the team include Holly Merrifield, Sarah Edwards and Lois Chitticks, who have represented England in their respective age groups, as well as Chaniel Nelson, Karis Watson who have played in the NCAA Div 1 in the USA, the highest level of competition at collegiate level.


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7 October 2016

Emma wins European title

Filed under: Latest news, People pages — Communications Office @ 11:22 am
Emma Paveley

Emma Paveley with her medals

Financial analyst Emma Paveley, 25, has won European bodybuilding competition the Arnold Classic Europe in Barcelona and is set to defend her UK title this weekend.

She said: “It is a dream come true for me to stand on that stage as Arnold Champion. Something I have been working towards for years.”

You might have spotted Emma in the gym at the Colchester Campus preparing for international and national competitions: “We have one of the best training facilities around so I do a lot of my training here on campus,” she said.

Being able to train at the Campus helps as preparing for an event like the Arnold Classic Europe takes huge commitment. “Every little detail counts,” she said. “It is much more than just focussing on a great figure. The training and diet is one thing, but putting on a performance in my routine round is what requires the most work.”

Emma, who works in the Faculty of Humanities, said she has had a lot of support from friends at the University: “The reaction from colleagues has been amazing. They are all so supportive and were all watching out for the results. It’s so nice to have very supportive work colleagues.”

Emma isn’t resting on her laurels and has ambitious plans for the future: “I have lots more competitions in the next few weeks and I am also launching my personal training business.”

Let us know your success stories by emailing:

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6 October 2016

Permanent Residence Briefing

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Communications, CER @ 9:26 am

Permanent Residence Briefing – Alex Russell, Mills and Reeve

  •  Wednesday 19 October, LTB 8  
  • 1 pm – 3 pm

Alex Russell of Law firm Mills and Reeve, will be giving his third presentation at Colchester Campus, this time focusing on ‘Permanent Residence’.

If you  would like to attend should please forward your name to Lyn Aldridge (

Hard copies of the presentation will be available on the day.

There will be time for general questions at the end of the presentation. Particular queries can be forwarded to Alex in advance, via Lyn, but please keep these generic,  such as ‘how do I evidence comprehensive sickness insurance’ etc.

Alex will not be able to provide detailed specific advice for individuals. To provide individual advice he would need to engage the person as an individual client of his firm, this is for regulatory reasons and would be at your own expense.

This session is likely to be quite interactive and therefore not suitable for technological links to Southend and Loughton. However, travel expenses will be reimbursed for colleagues who travel to Colchester for this briefing.

The final briefing on 23 November will cover Naturalisation. If you would like to attend this session, please forward your name to Lyn, before 31 October so HR can ascertain the level of interest.

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