Students Staff

30 November 2016

Your pennies changing lives: Eloise Peters

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Every penny really does count with the Donate Your Pennies fundraising initiative which is already raising hundreds of pounds for Women of the Future.

We’ve spoken to people from around our University community who have signed up to the scheme to find out what motivated them.  Following hot on the heels of last week’s case study is Eloise Peters, Growth Hub Data Co-ordinator in the Research and Enterprise team.

Eloise Peters

Eloise Peters

What inspired you to sign up to Donate your Pennies?
I thought that it even though it would have a negligible impact on my income, the combined effect of every small donation each month across the university could make such a positive contribution.

Why do you think supporting education for women is important and what impact do you hope your contribution can make?
I think women gain a lot from education as it increases their employability and self-sufficiency, but it goes a lot further than that! Teaching women thinking skills allows them to take control of their lives, make effective decisions, and make their own path through life. Friendships between women begin in education and often extend through life, creating a network of confident empowered women. And finally, often education starts the beginning of a lifetime of enjoyment and engagement with particular interest.

What would you say to anyone thinking about joining the initiative?
It’s a small individual contribution, but when combined can achieve a lot.

Donate your pennies is a way for everyone at Essex to get involved in fundraising. Your net monthly pay is rounded down to the nearest pound, with the pennies going towards our scholarships, currently the Women of the Future Appeal – supporting talented women from across the world to study at Essex. As your maximum donation can be no more than 99p per month, our 3,000 staff at Essex can together make a big difference to our students. Sign up today.

 

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24 November 2016

From dinner with Jack to David Dimbleby’s ties – bid now!

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Staff have the chance to bid on items donated for the fundraising auction taking place at the Women of the Future Appeal dinner in December – hosted by television presenter and writer Sandi Toksvig.

You can look at the catalogue online and anyone is welcome to place a bid for the silent and live auction lots by emailing thankyou@essex.ac.uk by 12noon on Wednesday 14 December.

Items have been donated by friends of the University including Honorary Graduates and local businesses.

Lots range from signed books to a selection of David Dimbleby’s Question Time ties to dinner cooked at your home by Jack Monroe. Results of the auction will be announced at the dinner.

We will be matching every pound raised from the auction and all proceeds will go directly to the Women of the Future Appeal which will be closing at the end of December. The Appeal has raised more than £500,000 towards providing 25 masters scholarships at Essex fpr bright and inspirational women from across the world.

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Meet the team behind the HEAR

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The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) is a new way for our students to record their achievements whilst they’re at Essex. The HEAR is available to all undergraduates who started in 2014 or later. We spoke to Kevin Delves to find out more. 

Can you start off by telling us a bit more about the HEAR?

Kevin Delves

Kevin Delves

We wanted to develop a way to provide a detailed picture of what students have achieved throughout their time at Essex. The HEAR lets us recognise academic work alongside extra-curricular activities like employability awards, voluntary work and roles they’ve held in students’ union clubs and societies.

Thanks to the HEAR, students will have an electronic document for life that pulls through all of this information from our various systems and meets the requirements of the European Diploma Supplement which is then verified by the Registrar.

How will HEAR have an impact on our students and how we recognise their achievements?

The aim is for students to be able to share this document with employers and other institutions and give a more rounded picture of their time at university. It’s also a great way to acknowledge the range of opportunities Essex can offer them. The HEAR will enable them to enhance their employability by presenting the totality of their performance at Essex.

We’ve been working with a company called Gradintel to produce the HEAR which means we can also offer some added benefits for our students. Students will start with a formative HEAR when they register.  During this phase they can review their HEAR at any time and build on it by signing up to the Big Essex Award, which is our way of recognising the extra-curricular elements of their student experience. This will enable them to develop their HEAR over time, before they’re issued with their final HEAR at Graduation.

The Gradintel system also enables them to develop a personal profile alongside their HEAR as an extended CV that will enable them to articulate their abilities, skills and experiences outside of Essex. It also provides a way for employers to connect to students and offer opportunities that would be interesting and suited to them individually. To help prepare students for the employment market they also offer a suite of assessments and tests that are used by 70% of large recruiters in the recruitment process as practice tools.

How many members of staff have been working on launching the HEAR?

I am the project manager and I work alongside a project support officer feeding into a Steering Board chaired by the project sponsor and now our Academic Registrar – Richard Stock. The project as a whole, though, has brought in knowledge, skills, expertise and guidance from across the university. Throughout the project we’ve worked with academic departments and faculties, employability and careers, IS and student systems, graduation and registration, marketing and communications, quality and academic development, strategic planning and change, and many more. Through the Students’ Union the project has also involved many students and ensured we have SU representation.

What are the main responsibilities of your role?

As I only took over the project at the start of this year, my main responsibilities have been to guide the project through the home stretch towards Go Live.  This has involved bringing all of the elements together, planning the communications strategy and getting the final system integration elements to come together so that students and staff are aware of the HEAR. I’ve also had to make sure the system is ready for students to register and develop their formative HEAR, ahead of us issuing our first final HEARs at Graduation in 2017.

Now that it’s launched, what happens next?

Students should be receiving account activation emails very soon so that they can get started on their formative HEAR.  The promotion for the HEAR has started and this will continue over the next year.  We’ll also be linking up with the Big Essex Award at events in the future and we’re currently in the process of planning sessions at Southend and Loughton.

Before you go, can you tell us what are you most proud of about the HEAR?

That it has finally all come together and is a good opportunity for students to enhance their employability by encouraging them to look at all of the ways the university can support them in developing themselves and recognising those achievements they have engaged in.

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18 November 2016

Your pennies changing lives: Professor Graham Underwood

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graham_underwood_300x200Every penny really does count with the Donate Your Pennies fundraising initiative which is already raising hundreds of pounds for Women of the Future.

We’ve spoken to people from around our University community who have signed up to the scheme to find out what motivated them. The first in our Pennies series is Professor Graham Underwood, Executive Dean, Science and Health.

What inspired you to sign up to Donate your Pennies?
It’s such a simple and easy system, but one that can make a difference, month by month, as more people sign up. A great example of where small individual actions can be scaled up to something significant.

Why do you think supporting education for women is important and what impact do you hope your contribution can make?
Education is a proven route to improving peoples life chances, and I think providing the opportunity for women to come to the UK and study at Essex is particularly exciting . I’ve read reports that show how empowering women in developing countries correlates strongly with better outcomes, for them, their families and society. Given our strong commitment as a University to equality and internationalisation, this is an excellent programme.

What would you say to anyone thinking about joining the initiative?
Just do it! A couple of clicks on a webpage and it’s done!

Donate your pennies is a way for everyone at Essex to get involved in fundraising. Your net monthly pay is rounded down to the nearest pound, with the pennies going towards our scholarships, currently the Women of the Future Appeal – supporting talented women from across the world to study at Essex. As your maximum donation can be no more than 99p per month, our 3,000 staff at Essex can together make a big difference to our students. Sign up today.

 

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17 November 2016

Open Forum on the Teaching Excellence Framework

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Earlier this year the Government introduced the ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ (TEF), as a way of recognising and rewarding excellent teaching in higher education and providing more information to support students in making choices about what and where to study. Performance in the TEF will also have a direct impact on Universities’ ability to increase student fees.

Although the introduction of a ‘TEF’ has divided opinion, it is likely to become a significant external measure of how universities are ensuring teaching quality, and it is important that all staff involved in delivering and supporting higher education are aware of this new framework.

In these Open Forum sessions we will explain how the TEF will operate, what the TEF will measure, and how Essex is preparing for the TEF within the context of our wider Education Strategy. The events will be led by senior staff and student representatives involved in TEF planning and are open to all staff and students.

Dates and times of open forum sessions:

  • Loughton campus, Corbett theatre -   Monday 21 November 1.15 – 2.10
  • Colchester campus, LTB 8 – Thursday 1 December 1.00 – 2.00
  • Southend campus, The Forum Lecture Theatre – Friday 9 December 1.00 – 2.00
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16 November 2016

We want you to join our human rights community

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The University’s Human Rights Centre is one of the oldest academic human rights institutions in the world. Our community is made up of over 90 academics from 11 disciplines, distinguished fellows and honorary fellows, over 2,000 alumni working across the globe in key human rights positions and our rich undergraduate and postgraduate student community.

At the heart of our work is the interface between the theory and practice of human rights, focusing on enduring and emerging human rights problems. Throughout the academic year, we organise a programme of seminars, social occasions and an annual lecture for the human rights community at Essex.

We work closely with our members to support and showcase their work, including through the development of human rights research projects, grant applications and impact activities, whether single, multi or inter-disciplinary.

We would like to invite colleagues who are working in areas related to human rights (or who are interested in the field) to become members of the Human Rights Centre. Email us to join our members and fellows listserve.

Email us if you would like to join us for our next social event on Wednesday 23 November, 4.30 – 6.30 in Essex Business School foyer (supper will be provided) and the next members and fellows meeting on 1 December, 12 noon – 2pm (5S.6.25). You can also read more about the work of the Centre and its members and ways in which you can become involved in the most recent newsletter.

Professor Lorna McGregor
Director of the Human Rights Centre

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10 November 2016

Essex opens campus-based Sports Therapy Clinic

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Student experience — Tags: — Communications Office @ 11:03 am
Student Rebecca Wilson at the new sports therapy clinic.

Student Rebecca Wilson at the new Sports Therapy Clinic.

Our new Sports Therapy Clinic is now open for business at Colchester Campus – and it is free for all students and staff.

The clinic is the first campus-based facility of its kind at the University and will provide an essential place for our BSc Sports Therapy students to put their new skills to the test.

Opening on Monday 14 November, the clinic will offer treatment and management for a number of conditions including neck and shoulder pain, muscle strains, sports injuries, arthritic joint pain and foot and ankle pain. The students will also be able to offer massage to help posture issues and ease tension.

The clinic, which is open from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, will mainly involve third year students giving treatment, supervised by their lecturers. Students and staff can attend as often as their injuries require treatment.

Lecturer in sports therapy Keith Burnett, who will be supervising the students, said the course at Essex was more developed than others in the way it underpinned the sports therapy aspect with the psychological side of treatment. Being linked to sports science academics at Essex has meant the students also have a real understanding of the scientific principles behind the injuries.

“The psychological understanding of sports therapy is also essential,“ added Keith, “as it is the way to get into the client’s mind set to enhance client adherence, which then makes the rehabilitation interventions more effective and successful.”

The experience in the clinic will go towards the 200 hours of practical experience the students need to undertake to become a member of the Society of Sports Therapists at the end of the course.

The students will get to experience dealing with a wide range of injuries, which will enhance their confidence and improve their employability.

“Working with real patients gives them the chance to look at the true pathology and they will experience the various grades of injury,” added Keith. “This will enhance their understanding and give them vital hands-on experience and increase their confidence so they are industry ready when they leave university.”

Student Rebecca Wilson came to Essex as there were no courses like this at her home in Northern Ireland. “The only courses available were in physiotherapy and I really wanted a course where I could focus on the strength and conditioning side of things which Essex provided.”

Rebecca, who also works closely with the Essex men’s and women’s basketball teams, added: “It is a great asset to get a clinic on campus. Getting that hand-on experience is vital and will really help give me more confidence being a sports therapist.”

For more information please email the Sports Therapy Team at sportstherapyclinic@essex.ac.uk or call 01206 872255.

 

 

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9 November 2016

New Chair for the Essex LGBT Alliance

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Following her involvement with the Equality and Diversity  team over the past year, Dr Ilaria Boncori (International Academy) will be taking over as Chair of the Essex LGBT Alliance (ELGBTA) from November 2016. Ilaria is a Senior Lecturer in Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. We spoke to her to find out more.

Dr Ilaria Boncori

Dr Ilaria Boncori

What will be your focus in the coming year?

It is important for us to continue the excellent work conducted to date, but I would like to increase the opportunities for our ELGBTA members to share examples of good practice, so we can learn more from each other. I would also like to enhance participation and visibility for our events.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current research on gender?

I have always been interested in matters related to Equality and Diversity. Over the past three years, as a researcher in organizational behaviour, I have focussed in particular on various aspects regarding female careers, gender non-conforming identities in the workplace and discrimination in terms of sexual orientation and gender identity.

You’ve been involved in some really interesting LGBT projects – can you tell us about some of them?

As a Straight Ally, I think it’s important for all of us to embrace and champion equality and diversity as I believe that valuing diversity, respecting others and promoting equal opportunities is everybody’s business. The University has a strong commitment to Equality and Diversity, but I also wanted to contribute as an individual.

My research and the existing literature inspired various projects aimed at spreading awareness of LGBT+ issues, addressing challenges in our teaching and learning practices and increasing support for staff, students and visitors of the University. For instance, the forthcoming LGBT* toolkit is based on a large questionnaire and interviews conducted with staff and students. We wanted to give voice to peoples’ experiences, concerns and recommendations in order to make our practices and curriculum more inclusive.

Students told us that they need more visible role models, and that being aware of the University commitment to Equality and Diversity made them feel more accepted. So I thought of joining the global “it gets better” campaign by creating a video with testimonials from staff and students who are part of the LGBT+ community at the University. We want people to know that we are Essex – this is a place they can call home, where they can be whomever they want to be.

You’ve helped establish a friendship agreement with the SInAPSi Centre for Inclusivity at the University of Naples Federico II. How can staff and students get involved and support this link?

I collaborate with colleagues at the SInAPSi Centre for Inclusion (Universita’ di Napoli Federico II, Italy) on various publications, research activities and teaching oriented projects.

Karen Bush, the Head of Equality and Diversity, and I visited SinAPSi for a few days last year thanks to our Erasmus funded staff exchange. Staff there were very generous in sharing their great expertise and best practice, and I know that they would be happy to collaborate on staff exchanges, research bids and other projects focussed on inclusivity in the future.

One of the PhD students from that University is now working with me here at Essex as a research trainee for 8 months on a project focussed on non-binary gender identity. I hope we can increase our student/staff collaborations in the future in terms of both teaching and research projects with SInAPSi and other partners worldwide.

LGBT* Perspectives – The University of Essex Reader is out soon – what will people discover in it?

I wanted to put together a resource for schools, universities and the general public that looks at LGBT+ from different perspectives and subjects. In this book, readers will find very interesting stories written by staff and students at the University, who were invited to send contributions for short chapters or essays written in an academic yet conversational style that considered personal experiences, academic research, historical and professional topics in relation to LGBT+.

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4 November 2016

Sandi Toksvig to host Women of the Future Appeal dinner

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Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig

The success of the Women of the Future Appeal will be celebrated with a special fundraising dinner at Wivenhoe House hotel on Wednesday 14 December hosted by television presenter and writer Sandi Toksvig.

Launched in June 2015 to raise £500,000 to support 25 Masters scholarships for women from around the world to study at Essex, the Appeal has surpassed its target thanks to the enthusiastic support of the University community and the wider public. This means even more women can be supported through scholarships.

The Celebration Dinner, which is being hosted by Sandi Toksvig, will close the appeal. The evening will feature an auction with items donated by our Honorary Graduates and local businesses including a selection of David Dimbleby’s Question Time ties, luxury hotel stays and a free dive with a world champion free diver.

The evening is a chance to bring together donors to the Appeal, local business representatives and members of the University and local community.

All proceeds from tickets sales and the auction will be matched by the University.

Booking is open to everyone to book tickets go to: https://alumni.essex.ac.uk/support-the-uni/WOTFdinner

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Tribute to Professor Clive Hart

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Professor Clive Hart sadly passed away earlier this year. Here, his wife Kay Gilliland Stevenson, pays tribute to his life and work.

Clive Hart (1931-2016) died 27 August. As a Professor in the Department of Literature (1972-1998) he taught English and European literature. At the University of Essex he served at various times as Dean of Students, Head of Department and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Academic.

With his first book, Structure and Motif in Finnegans Wake (1962), he established a place in the early wave of Joyce scholarship that included Fritz Senn, with whom he coedited A Wake Newslitter. Best known throughout his academic life as a Joycean, he also published four books on the early history and iconography of flight, and two on kites. He was pleased that Charles Schulz quotes from one of his books in a Peanuts cartoon. Late in his career he edited and translated several Renaissance treatises on women, including  a series based on the spoof theological argument Disputation nova contra mulieres, qua probatur eas hominem non esse. Although a stroke in 2006 limited his ability to find the precise word he wanted, he continued in collaboration with Ian Gunn and Harald Beck, to work on  a second edition of James Joyce’s Dublin: A topographical guide to the Dublin of Ulysses.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Clive Hart studied at Perth Modern School, the University of Western Australia (where he won a prize as the best first-year student in physics), the Sorbonne, and Cambridge. His first chair was at the University of New South Wales, followed by the University of Dundee, and finally Essex, with periods as Visiting Professor in America, Sweden, and Australia. His first wife, Helen Linthorne Watson, died in 1988.  He is survived by his three sons, Philip, Michael, and Rob, his stepson Jed, by the children of Rob and Jed, and by his second wife Kay Gilliland Stevenson who is a Fellow of the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies.

A private burial took place at the woodland site in Wrabness.  Donations in his memory, if desired, could be sent to the following charities:

or by post to
Suffolk Villages Festival, 119 Maldon Road, Colchester CO3 3AX

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