Students Staff

24 February 2017

Southend campaign success

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 4:18 pm
An image of Ernest Nyarko

Ernest Nyarko

A concerted cross-Campus effort led to a ten per cent increase in the number of votes cast at the Southend Campus in the recent Students’ Union elections.

Adrian Patsalos, the Engagement Co-ordinator (Southend) for the Students’ Union said: “ A total of 327 votes were placed, compared to 296 last year. It’s particularly positive news as we only had one candidate for VP, Ernest Nyarko, pictured, who was successfully standing for his second year.

“We were also successful in electing for two voluntary positions, Women’s Officer Ifra Qureshi and Open Portfolio officer Kalina Katsarka, who are both Essex Business School marketing students.”

“We promoted the elections to students at various points across Campus, including the SU Lounge, in Accommodation and the  Clifftown Studios and used the University’s digital signage to highlight key points in the campaign and elections.”

It’s the first time Adrian has run the elections in Southend and it’s given him ideas on how to make it even better next time. “We achieved 27 per cent participation, when the national average for student elections is 16 per cent,  and I will be looking to make this even higher next year.”


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Southend Echo marks decade of The Gateway Building

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 10:05 am

The Southend Echo dug through the archive photo files for a double page feature marking the 10th anniversary of the Gateway Building.From the first days of the University’s arrival in the seaside town in 2001  to the launch of The Forum Southend-on-Sea in 2013 and the latest figures for student numbers and the economic impact of the University on the town, the feature celebrates the continued success of the Campus.

Gateway building anniversary Echo feature

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23 February 2017

Are you buying the right way?

Filed under: Latest news — Communications, CER @ 5:45 pm

Buying on behalf of the University is an important part of many people’s roles, but if you’re not using the right process, you could be costing time and money.

Our Director of Finance, Andrew Keeble.

Our Director of Finance, Andrew Keeble.

Our procurement and finance teams have been working together to better define exactly which method should be used to buy which items. Colleagues are now encouraged to use either an official University purchasing card or an Agresso purchase order to buy goods.

Following feedback from staff, our preferred travel buyer has been changed from Key Travel to STA Travel. Find out more about STA Travel on the procurement website.

Director of Finance, Andrew Keeble said: “Processing all those claims on paper forms is slow and cumbersome, taking valuable academic support time away from important work.”

All items bought on behalf of the University must now be bought either:

Check out our new buying guide on the procurement website.


  • All purchases over £750 require an Agresso purchase order raised before the items are ordered
  • All Travel is to be booked through STA Travel
  • All low value purchases below £750 are to be made with a purchasing card where possible, otherwise an Agresso purchase order is required
  • All stationary to be bought through the University’s preferred supplier (currently Office Depot)
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17 February 2017

New streamlined online room booking system

Filed under: Campus news — Communications, CER @ 5:05 pm

Booking rooms for events on campus is now easier than ever, thanks to our new streamlined room booking forms.

The new forms can be used for booking space on campus for all your non-teaching events.

Student bookings

Students booking a room for an event, like a sports club or society meeting, can access the new form from the online student homepage. From there choose the student experience tab on the left hand side, then pick the Clubs and societies room booking form from the drop down list.

Then just follow the instructions on the form as they appear.

The new form asks for details about any external speakers being invited to campus. Please give as much information as possible and follow the prompts to all of our relevant policies on:

Once complete, the system will automatically send an email to the right person in the Students’ Union to confirm and agree. Once agreed by the SU and CTO, you’ll receive an email to say your room is booked.

Staff bookings

Staff can access the room booking forms from the staff homepage, then click the Academic and timetable info from the left hand navigation panel, from there, click the room bookings for non-teaching events tab.

Again, follow the instructions, making sure to consult the relevant policies as you’re prompted to do so.

Central Timetabling Office

Our Central Timetabling Office (CTO) will stop taking email bookings next month –so familiarise yourself with the new forms as soon as you can.

To contact CTO or find out more about academic and teaching event bookings – see the specific Timetabling and room bookings page on our website.

And don’t forget, if you want to publicise your event, add it to our online What’s On calendar.

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Meet Chris Oldham, Director of Campus Servcies

Filed under: Latest news — Borislava Borovanska @ 4:02 pm

Campus Services deliver a huge variety of services at our Colchester Campus, from catering outlets to sports facilities. As part of the Keep It On Campus campaign we’re meeting the various businesses and staff that make up this section, starting with Chris Oldham, Director of Campus Services.

An image of our Campus Services Team

Chris Oldham with some of his team.

What is Keep It On Campus?

Keep it On Campus is an initiative to draw attention to the fact that your money spent with the University of Essex’s services and facilities is reinvested back into the development of the University itself.

Why is Keep It On Campus important?

As all Campus Services outlets are owned subsidiaries of the University of Essex, all profits generated are used to support and reinvest in the University, including refurbishment, building projects and general University developments.

How will I know when I am supporting Keep It On Campus?

We are in the process of ensuring that all Campus Services facilities and outlets carry the Keep It on Campus stamp. Whenever you see it you are about to buy a product or use a service which is owned by the University of Essex Campus Services, and thereby helping support the future of the University as a whole.

Keep It On Campus icon

Keep It On Campus

Where can I find the Keep It On Campus stamp?

  • Event Essex – for internal events, meetings and accommodation
  • Essex Food – 9 catering outlets across campus
  • Essex Food – delivered catering for meetings and formal dinners
  • EverythingEssex and the Copy Centre
  • Print Essex – graphic design and professional print solutions
  • Wivenhoe Park Day Nursery – On campus day care facilities
  • Essex Sport – High end sports facilities
  • Wivenhoe House – on campus hotel and meeting venue

How many members are there in your team?

There are around 450 staff within Campus Services.

How long have you held this position?

Two and a half years.

What are the main responsibilities of your role? 

I lead the strategy and direction for Campus Services in delivering a range of extra-curricular and business services at the University of Essex.

What is the main purpose of the team?

The main purpose of the Campus Services team is to support the University strategic plan in providing:

  • Excellent facilities and services
  • Excellent service and customer care
  • Strong business performance to deliver excellent value for money and optimise reinvestment, to support development opportunities for the University
  • Ongoing development of vibrant campus communities
  • To develop a strong and supportive team culture

What big projects do your team have coming up?

As a growing University, we have had the opportunity to work on lots of exciting projects for new facilities and services. Current major projects include new sports facilities and new student accommodation.

What projects are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the fact that all of the strategic business reviews undertaken within Campus Services to date have resulted in change that has led to further success.

How did you get into this sort of role? What other roles/organisations have you worked for?

It’s often not what you know, but who you know. The only job I have ever directly applied for was my first job since leaving University. Ever since then, my career has taken on a life of its own through relationship development and internal progression.

What is your top tip for others working at the University?

Never accept a view that the best way of doing something is the way it has always been done.

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8 February 2017

New expertise to enhance the breadth of the Big Data Network capabilities at Essex

Filed under: Latest news, People pages — Communications, CER @ 5:51 pm
Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson brings his experience to an 18 month secondment with our ADRN

A new strategic data negotiator has recently joined the Administrative Data research Network (ADRN), part of the Big Data Network at Essex.

Paul Jackson, comes on secondment from the Office for National Statistics for a period of 18 months and has invaluable experience with the ONS. He has worked with the bill for the Statistics and Registration Service Act and negotiated numerous European statistical laws. Paul spent two years as Chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Expert Group on international collaboration on microdata and was a member of the steering committee of Data Without Boundaries. He spent a year as the first Managing Director of The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA).

Administrative data, routinely collected by government departments and agencies, when linked together can provide an in-depth and accurate picture of society, which is an extremely valuable and mostly under used resource for social and economic research and can provide beneficial evidence for policy makers. Paul Jackson in his new role, will strengthen and increase the current links with the many different data generating government departments. He will negotiate with government officials and data controllers for data release and this will enable the ADRN to extend the opportunities for social science researchers.

The Administrative Data Research Network negotiate with government departments to enable researchers across the UK safe access to de-identified and linked administrative data to carry out research with the potential to benefit society.

If you have a research proposal that would gain by using administrative data, please contact our user services who would be pleased to help and advise you: or 01206 873435.

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6 February 2017

We are the champions

Filed under: People pages, Sport, Student experience — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 6:19 pm
Our men's and women's volleyballl squad

Our men’s and women’s volleyball squad at the Volleyball England National Student Cup finals

Our men’s volleyball team have been crowned Volleyball England National Student Cup Champions.

The competition started with teams being whittled down to the top 32 university and college men’s and women’s teams during several qualifying matches held across the country. The 32 student teams then battled it out over the weekend at the finals tournament at the University of East Anglia.

Both our men’s and women’s teams progressed through the group stage on Saturday without dropping a set, and then progressed further through the knock-out stages on Sunday with both teams reaching the final.

The women won silver after losing 2-0 in the final to last year’s runners-up Newcastle University, but the men won a thrilling final 2-1 against Bournemouth University, who have won the cup for the last three years.

Delighted Essex volleyball performance coach Alex Porter said: “I’m very proud of the athletes at the University of Essex and pleased to see all their hard work pay off.

“We set out in September with the goal of winning the double and they have pushed themselves to the limits to make this happen. We strive to improve each day and take every opportunity to develop as athletes, teams and as a programme. Final year student Toby French had an excellent performance in the final which is a testament to his three years of hard work. And fellow final year student Amelia Stamp dominated the passing unit in the women’s squad throughout the weekend, bringing a calming figure to the team.”


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3 February 2017

New student facilities for Loughton Campus

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Communications, CER @ 5:52 pm
New facilities for students at our Loughton Campus.

New facilities for students at our Loughton Campus.

Work is well underway on the expansion of the student facilities on our Loughton campus.

The first phase  involves creating two buildings.  A two-storey building, plus a single storey ‘link’ building which will serve as a kitchen for the temporary refectory which will open on the ground floor of the bigger building when work starts on the second phase.

This second phase,set to begin in May, will see the demolition of the existing conservatory, bar and kitchen. This will be replaced by a new facility, double the size of the current space.

Once completed, the temporary refectory will become storage and the first floor will become an IT/Library hub.

We’ll be updating you with more images on our flickr album.

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You’ve got mail?

Filed under: Campus news — Communications, CER @ 4:01 pm
Help our Postroom team by thinking twice before putting something in the mail.

Help our post room team by thinking twice before putting something in the mail.

Sending things by post is not always the best or most sustainable option.

Before embarking a huge mailshot, stop and think, is there an electronic answer?

Top tips from our post room team:

  • Please stamp the back of your letters with a departmental stamp – this will save the post room team time. You can purchase a stamp through central stores.
  • Can you email a PDF instead of sending letters? The email option can save time and paper.
  • If you do need to send out a letter please use a A5 envelope instead of a A4.
  • If you do need to send out a large amount of mail please liaise with the post room first. They can help you manage the volume and ensure it gets to your customers efficiently.
  • Transporting packages and letters generates carbon dioxide emissions. Help keep yours to a minimum by shipping using a correctly sized box or envelope. Too big a box/envelope means wasted space on the trucks or airplanes that deliver your goods, which increases your environmental impact.
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2 February 2017

Online expenses update

Filed under: Latest news — Communications, CER @ 3:18 pm

Online expenses are to be processed through our existing Agresso (Unit 4) system, rather than through iTrent.

Following a period of internal testing, it became clear that iTrent is not flexible enough to accommodate complex claim and authorisation procedures. Our HR and Finance teams researched other existing systems and discovered that Agresso (Unit 4) offers a solution which is more tailored to both users and the University’s needs.

Project development work will begin very shortly and further updates will be provided at regular intervals as the project progresses.

If anyone would like to assist, provide feedback or test the system please contact Catherine Jaques

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