Students Staff

31 October 2017

Assist the emergency services

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 10:53 am

Volunteers are needed for an emergency planning exercise on Southend Pier on Monday 27 November.

RNLI boat daily

All the blue light services, including the coastguard, Royal Naval Lifeboat Institution and Ambulance Service, are involved in this event, being co-ordinated by Southend Borough Council.

Volunteers, who will need to be at the pier from 11.30 am until 4.00 pm, will be acting as casualties and will be based at the end of the pier where they will be ‘treated’ or ‘evacuated’ as part of an exercise to assess how the emergency services and the council would manage casualties from the pier should a crisis arise.

If staff or students are interested please contact who is considering all applications to take part.

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27 October 2017

Zero tolerance of sexual violence, harassment or hate crime

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, People pages, Student experience — Communications, CER @ 3:14 pm

The University of Essex does not tolerate any acts of sexual violence, harassment, or hate crime.

Zero tolerance means that we will take action and that the action will be proportionate to the circumstances of the case.

We recognise that the issue of sexual violence, harassment and hate crime is a global problem, but we are doing what we can  to tackle it here – and are working hard to put a stop to it in our community.

In March our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster, set out our commitment to being an inclusive community with a zero tolerance of hate crime and sexual violence.

Since then, work has progressed. Here’s an update of what we’ve achieved so far:

Progress on the Tackling Sexual Violence, Harassment and Hate Crime Project

We have a high level University Action Plan. Our Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jules Pretty, is the senior lead for this work, and the Director of Human Resources and the Academic Registrar are the people responsible for delivering the actions, all of which will be completed by the end of the academic year 2017–18.

A Project Officer has been appointed until July 2018 to support the implementation of the University’s Action Plan, and to work with colleagues from across the University and the Students’ Union to embed activity to shape the institutional culture in relation to sexual violence, harassment and hate crime.


The university now offers bystander intervention awareness workshops. Bringing in the Bystander® is a bystander intervention workshop with a robust evidence-base. Rather than focusing strictly on the roles of perpetrator and victim, the highly interactive curriculum focuses on what you can do to intervene. It teaches bystanders how to safely intervene in instances where sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking may be occurring or where there may be risk that it will occur.

Book your place online now.

Watch our #ItEndsNow videos on YouTube and Vimeo

These workshops will help students, academics, professional services staff and community members to:

  • IDENTIFY behaviours on a continuum of violence
  • DEVELOP empathy for those who have experienced violence
  • PRACTICE safe and appropriate intervention skills
  • COMMIT to intervene before, during and after an incident of sexual abuse, relationship violence and stalking occurs

Read our guidelines for dealing with harassment and bullying.

Reporting and support

Contact for information and support. If an assault has just taken place and you are not in a safe place, feel at risk, or have any injuries that require urgent attention, call the emergency services on 999.

If you are on campus, please follow the guidance available online about emergency contacts.

If you are living in University accommodation on the Southend or Colchester campuses, Security can alert senior on-call Residence Life staff.

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You’re invited: Citizenship and civic engagement 

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Communications, CER @ 11:29 am

Do you feel disengaged and disconnected with the political system? What barriers are preventing you from being more involved, locally and nationally?

Come to our event and let us know what you think. Your views will help shape the House of Lords inquiry into citizenship and civic engagement.

The big issue

British society is changing. People have low levels of confidence in the political system. We now need to find new ways of building bridges within and between communities.

At the event, we will be asking you:

  • If you feel connected to the local community
  • If you feel government listens to you
  • How you could be supported to participate more in public life

How can you help?

Are you someone who feels disconnected and disengaged with the political system? If so, come to our event and help shape the inquiry.

When and where?


Date: Tuesday 31 October

Time: 1-4pm

Venue: Community Voluntary Services Tendring, 22 Rosemary Rd, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1NZ

The event is free to attend, but please book using our Eventbrite page as places are limited.

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Research Information System (RIS) – impact module

Filed under: Latest news, Research impact — Communications, CER @ 10:49 am

Earlier this year we launched a new Research Information System (RIS) to collect information about publications by University researchers.  For those who are new to the University, and as a reminder to everyone else, you can access your profile for the RIS by visiting and login using your University of Essex login details. Guidance on how to use the RIS for publications is available on the RIS help page.

We have also been developing an additional Impact Module within the RIS to allow users to store impact information alongside publication details.

I am happy to announce that the Impact Module is now ready to use, and to invite you all to start uploading information about your impact.

Purpose of the Impact Module

The Impact Module is a repository for academic staff to store and track information about the impact of their research outside of the academy. Its purpose is to give you a place to record your impact when it happens and to update your Department, your Faculty, and the REO while minimising the need for meetings, emails, and monitoring forms.

The Impact Module will deliver important benefits which include:

  • Linking of impact and impact activities to underpinning research (publications) already stored on the RIS
  • A single place where researchers can manage the links between grants, projects, professional activities, teaching responsibilities, publications, public engagement activities, and impact to generate a narrative around the reach and relevance of their work
  • A platform in which REF submission and Impact Case Study monitoring can be managed with minimal re-keying of data or completing of forms.

Guidance for use of the Impact Module

To use any part of the RIS, including the Impact Module, visit and login using your University of Essex login details.

Guidance and help for using the RIS Impact Module takes the following forms:

Written step by step guidance: attached to this email and available on the RIS help page, linked here.

Video guidance: also available on the RIS help page, linked here.

In-person lunchtime drop-in sessions: for those who would prefer an in-person introduction to the Impact Module, the Research Impact Officers will be available in person for a hands-on introduction to the Impact Module. Lunchtime drop-in sessions will be held:

  • 1-2pm, Wed 25 October, IT Training Room (4SW 3.3)
  • 1-2pm, Wed 1 November, IT Training Room (4SW 3.3)
  • 1-2pm Wed 8 November, IT Training Room (4SW 3.3)
  • 1-2pm Wed 15 November, IT Training Room (4SW 3.3)

Contact the team: if you have questions about the Impact Module please contact me by reply to this email. Questions about the RIS not related to the Impact Module should be sent to

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24 October 2017

Put Clifftown on your calendar

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 4:14 pm


Finish the year on a cultural high with some challenging and entertaining productions at The Clifftown Theatre performed by the talented students at East 15 Acting School in Southend.

Inspired by Naomi Klein’s book ‘This Changes Everything’ from Thursday 16 November until Saturday 18 November, this  new play of the same name has been created by award winning international director David Glass and is performed by BA Physical Theatre students from East 15 Acting School.

This first draft of a total theatrical piece is being developed for a professional version in 2019. It promises to shock, awaken, celebrate and involve the performers in one of the most relevant stories ever told.

The audience needs to be on its mettle for ‘Knight of the Burning Pestle’, performed by students on the BA Acting and Stage Combat course. In this Jacobean satire by Francis Beaumont, the play within a play sets the stage for a type of immersive theatre, long before the concept had been envisaged.

If you want to experience a play rather than just watch it, make sure you book your tickets for this production which will be staged between Thursday 30 November and Saturday 2 December.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to Clifftown Theatre between Thursday 7 December and Saturday 9 December, for their own festive contribution. This year lecturers Ainslie Masterton and Stephen Douse take on the glorious days of the eighties in their own version of ‘Cabaret’, performed by BA Acting and Community Theatre students.

If you danced to David Bowie, bopped to the B52s and stayed in for The Tube this is for you.

All tickets can be bought through the website or from the box office.



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Encore for children’s theatre

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 2:53 pm

The popular Clifftown Youth Theatre returns this weekend for a five-week run in the capable hands of East 15 Acting School third year students David Hughes and Poppy Stevens.

Every Saturday from 28 October until 25 November, children aged between five and eight are invited to take part in drama workshops at The Gateway Building between 10.30 am and 12.00 pm exploring imagination, story telling and creativity.

Poppy said: “We were lucky enough to shadow Katie Greenall and Grace Duggan who ran the youth theatre last year.Clifftown Youth Theatre daily

“This term we are working on story telling and confidence building. The children tell us what they would like to focus on. It is mainly about them having fun.”

David said: “For the five year olds it is a great way to learn how to socialise in and out of school and there is some great interaction between all the children which can be transferred back to school.”

The workshops are planned to continue next term. Spaces are limited and there are only a few left for this term’s sessions. You can email David and Poppy on for more details or turn up on Saturday. The cost is £30 for the term.


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New East 15 Acting School Professor

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 2:27 pm

East 15 Acting School in Southend has welcomed its first Director of Research, Professor Rosemary Klich.

Rosie weekly

Rosie, who joins the School from the University of Kent where she was Head of Drama, is the first person within East 15 to be appointed on a research contract and will be helping East 15 make a contribution to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and to build and shape a research culture within East 15.

Her particular field of research focusses on contemporary performance practice, such as multi-media, interactive and immersive theatre.

Rosie said: “Research is a new departure for East 15 and part of the challenge is to ensure that we develop research in such a way that it really supports the unique offer within East 15.”

She added: “This post really attracted me because of the opportunity to work within a conservatoire environment and also have the backing of a strong research institution like the University of Essex.

“I am looking forward to developing research connections with other departments within the University.

“East 15 is extremely well thought of within academia and the industry and I am really excited about what we are going to do.”

Rosie is splitting her time between Loughton and Southend but will be based in Southend. She is also leading on the new BA in Theatre Making and Producing at Southend that will be launched for the next academic year.

“The new course is aimed at students who want to learn how to facilitate arts projects, organise festivals and produce theatre productions; these are really important behind the scenes roles that allow theatre to happen,” she said.


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Any questions?

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 10:42 am

The Student Services Hubs at Colchester, Loughton and Southend Campuses can provide information, help and guidance on a range of topics from accommodation to funding, from exam stress to wellbeing. Here are the ten most frequently asked questions by friends and family members.

  1. I’m worried – what support can you offer?       There are lots of places that our students can go to get help and support. All of our students are assigned a Peer Mentor and Personal Tutor (in their academic department); plus, if they are living in University accommodation, a Residence Assistant. The Student Services Hub based in the Silberrad Student Centre in Colchester is open 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday during term time, in Southend, the Student Services Hub on the second floor of The Forum is open 10.00 am until 4.00 pm Monday to Friday during term time and in Loughton, the Hub on the ground floor of Hatfields House is open 8.30 am until 5.00 pm Monday to Friday in term time.
  1. What about out of hours?   We have staff on duty across the University 24/7Nightline is a service run by students for the welfare of students out of hours. Essex established the first ever Nightline, which has now been replicated around the world.You can also direct students here for a full list of contacts.
  1. Where is my child?    It isn’t uncommon for friends and relatives to be anxious at this time of year if they haven’t had contact from the student. The Data Protection Act means we can’t share information with third parties about our students.  Continue to try to contact them by as many methods as possible. If you can’t reach them, let our student services team know and they will pass on a message for you.
  1. How do I make a payment for tuition fees or accommodation? With the student’s PRID number, which can be found on their University Registration card and their date of birth, you can pay online. If you have any further questions  have a look here.  There are other ways to pay too.
  1. What is the situation with the accommodation waiting list?   New students get priority for university accommodation. Accommodation Essex is working really hard to turn rooms around when they become available and is allocating rooms as soon as possible.  If students need to find short term accommodation, the Student Services Hub has further details.
  1. What do the various accommodation options look like?   We have videos of our accommodation, if you’d like to see the different options.
  1.  Is the campus safe?  Our campuses are generally safe places although individuals should be mindful of their personal safety. Guidance on staying safe and our 24 hour security team is available on our webpages
  2.  Why can’t you give me details about the person studying with you?    The University has a policy regarding contact with third parties which follows the UK legislative framework. As a result, we won’t be able to share information with you.  If you are concerned about someone, please encourage them to contact the Student Services Hub, or, if this is not possible, contact the Student Services Hub yourself.  While we won’t be able to give you any information about the student, we might be able to provide you with information about our principles or processes or how we might work with students.
  3. What study resources are available?     The University has a range of places to study and IT services and support. The Talent Development Centre can help students to excel in their studies.
  4. What about exams?     Students will receive individual timetables about their exams although the dates for the exam periods are published here.  Students who are anxious about exams can get help from the Student Services Hub or the Talent Development Centre. We’re currently making arrangements for disabled students who need to have adjustments for the exams. Students should apply as soon as possible, we are notifying them as the arrangements are made.




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20 October 2017

STEM building update – road closures and water supply

Filed under: Campus news — Communications, CER @ 3:16 pm
Our STEM centre on Square 1

Our STEM centre on Square 1

The tower crane will be removed over the weekend of 17-21 November.

Some parts of Boundary Road will be closed: from 9am Fri to 2am Sat and again on the Sunday from 8am to 1pm.

Valley Road will be closed for the entire weekend; from 6pm on the Friday to 6am on the Monday.

The latest photos from the site are on flickr.

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17 October 2017

Project Managers and Continuous Improvement joint network event

Filed under: Latest news — ckeitch @ 4:42 pm

PTAIT_20160211_5506_webJoin us from 2pm to 3.30pm  in  NTC.1.04 on 9 November for a joint meeting of the Project Managers and the Continuous Improvement network.

The session is suitable for all staff, so please feel free to invite your colleagues.

Book now.

What to expect from the November session

Continuous Improvement Tools: In this session we’ll talk through how continuous improvement tools can be used to improve communication and help streamline your work. Whether you’re looking to find better ways of working with your project team or are simply looking to improve on your own process and everyday work, continuous improvement tools can help you.

Continuous Improvement Games: Continuous improvement games are a great way of changing how people approach problems. By gathering data with Mr Potato head or learning how standardisation can help improve your service with Standard Pig, our games are a great way of opening up people to the idea of change.

Skills Analysis Survey: The skills analysis is an opportunity for you to measure you project management skills and identify areas in which more training and support is needed. Some of you may have completed the skills analysis survey last year, if so you can review your results now. In this session we will review last year’s results and discuss your training needs for the upcoming year.

Networking session: This unstructured session will be held over tea and cake and is a great chance to network with your colleagues and chat about your work . This is a great opportunity to share things that have worked for you and brainstorm any issues.

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