Students Staff

26 January 2018

New website – staff directory now live

Filed under: Latest news — Communications, CER @ 4:39 pm

Our brand new Staff Directory is now live.

It’s the go-to place for you to find the information you need about Essex and the work that we do.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us get ready for this important launch. Whether you’ve been uploading new content, redeveloping your existing webpages or helping out behind the scenes, we just wanted to say ‘thank-you’.

The directory currently contains more than 250 articles, with information covering some of the most common queries and questions about working at Essex. With your help, this number will continue to increase as we move more and more information onto our new site.

The site may be new, but we’re still getting things up and running so if you experience any problems, please do email our web team. If you’re struggling to find your old page, just search for it using the search bar at the top of the screen.

Staff profiles live next week

Next week we’ll be making our new staff profiles live.  Every member of staff will have a new profile, with a photo and information about their role and area of expertise.

You can access your profile now and are free to update it before we go live on Monday 29 January.

If you need a new photo for your profile, contact comms@essex.ac.uk. The Communications team can either organise a photo shoot for your whole office or you can come along to the next photo drop-in session. For more information or to report problems with any of our new web resources, contact our Web Editing and Digital Media team.

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Get sustainable for our next Applicant Day – Wednesday 31 January

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — ckeitch @ 1:24 pm

Next week we are set to have one or our busiest ever Applicant Days.

On Wednesday 31 January we’re expecting record numbers of potential new students to come and visit our Colchester Campus, so parking will be very limited.

However, we’ve been working hard to make sure there are plenty of alternatives to driving in, so join us in being more sustainable for the day.

Cycling

Ditch the car and hop on two wheels for your commute to enjoy some great cycling related activities.

From 8.30am to 2.30pm you’ll be able to get a free safety check of your bike and do some minor repairs at a discounted rate from Doctor Bike.

Our cycle sleuth will also be out and about dishing out rewards for 10 lucky cyclists.

To find out more about our cycling facilities and our bicycle purchasing scheme, take a look at our cycling pages.

Walking

Walk to campus and record your steps using a smartphone, FitBit, or other similar device, and you could win a reusable keep cup and a food voucher for use on campus.

Just email Daisy Malt, our Sustainability Project Officer, on Thursday 1 February to let her know how many steps you covered and where you walked in from.  The person who records the most steps will win the prize.

If you don’t have your own pedometer, you can request one from Daisy Malt.

Free Bus travel

We have 100 all Essex First Essex Bus tickets valid for one day’s unlimited travel in Essex on Wednesday 31 January to give away.

If you fancy a change from the hassle of driving and walking or cycling is not an option, just pop into the Estates Management Helpdesk and pick up a ticket.

The tickets are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Park and ride

We’re running our own free park and ride service to help you get to campus.

You can park at Colchester Park and Ride for the day and catch one of our shuttle buses.

You’ll just need to give your vehicle registration number and name to the Parking Assistant to get your bus ticket. This is so you can leave the car park in the evening using the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system.

The buses will be stopping at the bus stops at the junctions of Hewes Close, Avon Way and Magnolia Drive to pick people up on their way to campus.

They’ll be dropping off at all three bus stops on Boundary Road – South Courts, Valley Road and North Towers.

Buses will run every 20 minutes from 7am to 9am and from 4pm to 7pm.

The last bus to leave the park and ride in the morning will be 9.40am and the last bus from campus in the evening will leave the North Towers bus stop at 6.40pm

As an added extra, all park and ride users will be entitled to complimentary ECC Park and Ride bus travel on the day. Destinations include the town centre, station and hospital in a ‘hop on, hop off’ style. The last return bus to the site from the town centre is just before 7pm.

If you have to drive

If you do need to drive, please be aware that it will be difficult to find a space after 9am.

Staff are encouraged to park in either the multi-storey car park, the Innovation Centre car park or the North Towers car park.

We will have parking staff on site to help you with finding a space. Don’t worry if they ask you to park somewhere that you wouldn’t normally be able to – you won’t have to pay a fine. However, please only park where they ask you to.

Please contact the EMS Helpdesk if you have any questions about parking on our Applicant Day.

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12 January 2018

East 15 alumni return to the nest

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 6:32 pm

Familiar faces will be on the stage at the East 15 Clifftown Theatre in Southend  this term as alumni return with their new touring productions, The Lost Leigh Goose on Saturday 27 January performed by new Southend company, Wild Story Theatre and Joan,Babs & Shelagh Too on Monday 29 January presented by Conscious Theatre.

Wild story theatre weekly

Wild Story Theatre, founded by Elaine Hartley, aims to produce local stories about wildlife, folklore and history around Essex.   This project, which is backed by Metal Culture, includes several East 15 alumni, Dylan Tate, Assistant Director and Media Marketing, Emily Essery and Kate Austen, both performers and devisors and Rhea Locker-March, devisor.

Elaine said: “Dylan was on the Community Theatre course in Loughton. He graduated in 2008 and now tutors at East 15 in Southend, this term he is focussing on puppetry for the Physical Theatre course and BA Acting and Stage Combat. I met Dylan at an audition in 2010, we both got a job working with Flabbergast Theatre, and have been touring and creating exciting comedy puppetry shows ever since. We are now married and living in Leigh-on-Sea where Dylan is from.

“Emily was on the Physical Theatre course in Southend. We have been working with her for about four years and she is so much fun to work with, very creative and has great energy and input for devising and performing.

“Kate Austen, from Leigh-on-Sea,  was on the BA Acting course and I met her this summer at the Edinburgh Festival. We got chatting and realised we had Leigh-on-Sea in common among other performance interests.  It is great to involve another local in the production who feels close to the project matter and who can bring some  local knowledge to the production.

“Rhea was also on the Physical Theatre course and joined Flabbergast last year. She is a very talented and creative performer and I am excited to work with her on this production. Rhea is based in Southend so it is fantastic to have her on board. Rhea is helping with the development and devising of the show.”

Elaine chose Clifftown Theatre to launch this production as it is such a fantastic space that supports smaller theatre productions. She said: “I have been to watch a number of shows here and have always come away impressed, whether it is a student production or touring company.

“It is so important to have theatres such as Clifftown that will support upcoming companies and productions and provide an alternative to the large, commercial receiving houses that so often dominate theatre. The staff at Clifftown are always so friendly and helpful. Southend is lucky to have such a wonderful theatre on its doorstep.”

Joan, Babs & Shelagh Too is brought to Clifftown by Loughton Campus Contemporary Theatre graduate Gem Rudd-Orthner who is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Joan Littlewood’s birth, the woman many consider to be the mother of modern theatre.

Gem in role

Gem as Joan

Gem said:”Joan, Babs & Shelagh Too was inspired by Ken Campbell who taught me at East 15 just before I graduated. A few years later, when it was the centenary of Joan’s birth, I decided to take Ken’s advice and be Joan. Joan’s students founded East 15 to carry on her extraordinary actor training method. Debuting at Edinburgh Fringe as a work in progress, it attracted Oliver Senton who expressed an interest in redirecting it. I am so grateful for the journey I have taken with Oliver making the show into what it is today. I feel the whole process has been a tutorial from Joan because I have learned so much about producing shows as well as writing and performing them.

“I wanted to bring this piece to Clifftown because Joan is our guiding light and I feel that we, of all the theatre practitioners out there, should know about Joan and her enormous legacy. All contemporary theatre, especially the work that we all make, is derived from her.”

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NEwComERs brings early career researchers together

Filed under: Latest news — ckeitch @ 3:49 pm
The NEwComERs team

The NEwComERs team

The Network for Early Career Essex Researchers (NEwComERs) has had a very successful launch week, with its first training programme attracting over 250 participants from across all of our faculties.

The programme ran all week from 8 to 12 January, to support researchers in the early stages of their careers including newly-appointed lecturers, post-docs, research fellows and PhD and Master’s students.

NEwComERs is a cross-departmental collaboration between the UK Data Archive, the Research and Enterprise Office and Library Services to bring together researchers interested in different aspects of the research lifecycle.

The NEwComERs team is made up of Beate Reinhardt, REO, Katrine Sundsbo, Library Services, and Annette Pasotti and Helen Johnson from the UK Data Archive.

“We’ve had five workshops each day on everything from data management to publishing research and getting funding and demonstrating impact”, explained the team.  “It’s been a very successful week, helping the researchers with professional development, and alerting them to the resources we have that can support their work.”

The team have set up a mailing list newcomersupdates@essex.ac.uk, to keep the researchers up-to-date and to create a forum for discussion.  There’ll also be another research week in June, to build upon the success of the launch week.

If you’re an early career researcher and want to find out more, or talk to someone about the challenges you face and what you’d like to see in future workshops, email newcomers@essex.ac.uk.

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9 January 2018

On the move

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 5:01 pm

I know it hardly seems a minute since you were moving your student into university accommodation, but I’m afraid it’s already time to start looking at rental options for year two!

The subject may have been broached over the winter holidays and there are lots of different alternatives available, so there is still time to take advice and gather some research on what is the best path for your student.

Student in room blog

There’s plenty of choice in Colchester and Southend and students can stay on at University Square in Southend if they prefer to be close at hand. The Students’ Union has its own SU Lets office on the Colchester Campus which offers valuable support.

The first job at hand is to find people to share flats or houses with and you could pose some valuable questions to your student.

  • Are you looking for fellow clean beans or party pals?
  • Are you happy with one bathroom between you or do you like your own privacy?
  • Is speedy wifi a must?
  • Have you checked you are all thinking of the same sort of budget?
  • Do you need parking or are you happy to walk to Campus every day?

In my daughter’s case she opted for a flat run by a privately managed company which specialises in student accommodation. It was a simple three bedroom flat with one bathroom but worked ideally for her and her friends who shared it for the next two years.

It was easy to keep clean and just a 20 minute walk from Campus and a short stroll (or cheap taxi!) from a big supermarket. Any problems were dealt with quickly and the deposit was small and returned promptly at the end of the contract.

The other advantage to staying there for two years was we could leave stuff there securely over the summer and I didn’t have a house full of uni paraphernalia which had to be lugged to and fro.

I suppose it was really an extension of campus life so doesn’t suit everyone if you want a bit more freedom and your own front door. Also a year down the line and looking to fly the nest, she is concerned she has no experience of coping with  household bills.

If your student is keen to remain on campus, they can apply to be a member of the Residence Life team. Living in student accommodation, their (paid!) role is to help build a community spirit among the first year undergraduates by organising fantastic events and inspiring everyone to work as a supportive group.

It’s a brilliant experience to have on a CV and can be very rewarding. While Residence Life team members pay the standard price for their accommodation, they can make a substantial dent in the cost through this role.

As you can see there are plenty of options and it is definitely worth doing a bit of research rather than plunging ahead with the first idea that comes up, it will be home for the next year after all.

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5 January 2018

Blue is the colour for Essex Dementia Day

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 10:31 am

Everyone is invited to support Essex Dementia Day on Friday 19 January with events on the Southend Campus, organised by the School of Health and Social Care, and in Southend town centre.

Dementia3 weekly

Lecturer Wendy Rajah is arranging the popular Dementia Friends training and staff have the opportunity to experience the Virtual Dementia Tour. Worldwide, more than 1.7 million people have been on this tour which is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest experience of what dementia might be like.

The training will be held in the Multi-Skills Lab on the first floor of the Gateway Building and runs from 10am until 2pm.  Tea, coffee and cakes are provided, but take your own lunch. Please contact Wendy on wrajah@essex.ac.uk to reserve your space.

Wendy said: “As this day is Essex Dementia Day, we would love colleagues to wear blue in support.”

A stall dedicated to Dementia Friends awareness sessions and providing information, support and contacts within the borough for those affected by dementia will be at The Royals Shopping Centre between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

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Our students are all heart

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 9:47 am

Furniture and electrical items worth more than £1100 were among the amazing goods donated by our students as part of the annual British Heart Foundation Pack for Good collection.

BHF 2017 Weekly

In the third year of this clear out campaign, students in our accommodation were encouraged to hand over items they didn’t want to squeeze into their packing when they left at the end of the summer term 2017.

In advance of the vacation, Accommodation Essex alerted all the students who live on campus and arranged for a mixture of donation boxes and clothing banks, giving students a total of 16 easily accessible points.

In 2015 when we first signed up to the nationwide scheme, 1,000 bags were collected. This year 2,843 bags were picked up at Colchester and 371 bags  in Southend.

Angie Flynn, deputy head Accommodation (operations) said: “These were fabulous results and this process definitely works both for our students and the operational clearing of the rooms, hopefully onwards and upwards in 2018!”.

Based on an estimated £14 bag value, the British Heart Foundation puts the total raised in cash terms at nearly £44,000, up from about £35,000 in 2016, helping to fund a range of projects, including research into fighting heart disease, defibrillators and heart support groups.

The scheme also means that the equivalent of 24.3 tonnes of items were diverted from landfill, instead being sold through the extensive network of BHF shops which sell 90,000 items every day.

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