Students Staff

23 August 2019

Take a pew…new seating planned for all campus Squares

Filed under: Latest news — Communications Office @ 12:11 pm
Example of how new seating will look

Example of how some of the new seating will look.

We all know how important the Squares are on campus – they are the true hub of the University and are great places to meet.

So we’ve decided to make them even more the heart of our community by improving seating and lighting in all five Squares and the Silberrad Student Centre plaza.

We are adding seating units with lighting to Square 1, powered by solar panels, and also two learning units where people can meet and work.

The café and eateries on the Squares are getting modern benches and tables and the Students’ Union bar will have new picnic-style benches.

Square 5 will have a larger central seating area and improved lighting which includes a lighting projector where messages can be displayed on the paving.

The plans will include:

  • new seating with lighting to Square 1, powered by solar panels
  • seating around eateries on Squares 2, 3, 4 and outside the Lakeside Theatre café
  • more seating in Square 5
  • new lighting in Square 5 and the Silberrad Student Centre plaza
  • new seating overlooking the lower lake outside the Silberrad Student Centre



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Can you help us welcome our new students?

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, People pages, Student experience, What's on — Communications, CER @ 11:52 am

Welcome and Registration volunteers – we need your help!

Could you spare some time to volunteer during Arrivals Day or Welcome this year?

The Registration and Student Experience teams are busy preparing for the start of the new academic year and are keen to hear from anyone who can donate some of their time to support Welcome and Registration events for our new students in October.

Help is needed on Arrivals Day, Sunday 29 September, as well as during Welcome Week. This is a great way to have positive contact with students who will be grateful for all the help and support they can get to make their transition into University life a smooth one.  It’s also a chance to work with staff and student volunteers from across the institution so it really is a win/win opportunity.

If you’d like to get involved in activities that aren’t part of your usual job please speak to your line manager and complete the online form and the team will be in touch.

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Cycling to campus and reducing our carbon footprint

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Student experience — Communications, CER @ 9:47 am

Cycling to work plays a key part in reducing our carbon footprint, improving the health of staff and students and managing our environmental impact.

New cycle parking now located under the STEM building.

As a University, we have made a commitment to reduce our carbon emissions by 43% against a 2005 baseline by 2020/21 through energy usage, but our community’s travel emissions are important too.

As a step to meet this goal, we are keen to encourage our community to cycle to work. Please see more about the cycle scheme we offer staff.  Currently, we have 15 cycle rack locations across our Colchester Campus ranging from The Copse to the Sports Arena.

We have also recently installed a number of cycle hoops following the completion of the STEM building. These are located underneath the STEM Building and can be accessed via Valley Road.

With the introduction of cycle storage at both ends of Valley Road, cycling the full length of Under Podia will no longer be permitted. This change is to ensure the safety of all cyclists.

Since last year we have increased our cycle storage provision by adding over 100 additional spaces. In total that will bring us to over 1100 cycle spaces across our Colchester Campus.

We are also going to move the Cycle Fixing Station and bike pump under Square 5 by the two tier cycle rack to beside one of the supporting pillars alongside the cycle hoops opposite. This will allow for cyclists to support their bike safely whilst work is undertaken.

An additional repair station will also be installed in North Towers Cycle Park by Rayleigh Tower; both works will take place by the end of September 2019.

We have added additional dates for Dr Bike to be on campus over the summer to provide servicing, repairs and affordable second-hand bikes on the following dates:

Wednesday 28 August 2019

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Cycle parking under podia

They will be located on Square 5 from 8.30am- 2.30pm. For further information on Dr Bike please visit our webpages

Finally we are updating some of our cycling signage across campus, clarifying a number of pedestrian only access routes to the Squares and where it’s appropriate to cycle under podia. This work is anticipated to take place in September.

We want to make the University campus a safe place for everyone. Please find the link to our recently updated cycling rules on campus

If you would like to find out more information about cycling on campus please visit the Estates webpages.

Our Sustainability and Transport team have also undertaken a full review of travel and infrastructure which has included stakeholder engagement, surveys and pop up stands.

Based on the findings the team will be creating a set of initiatives to allow growth and development within our approaches to travelling around the University. External stakeholders have also been brought on board to advise on ways to improve journeys to and from campus.

If you need any further advice on cycling please contact

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9 August 2019

Southend mural raises awareness of modern slavery

Filed under: Latest news, People pages, Research impact — Communications, CER @ 10:46 am

Dr Stephen Jordan of our Centre for Social Work, has worked with SAMS Southend Against Modern Slavery Partnership to create a new mural in Southend highlighting the continued problem of slavery in our society. 

Where is the mural located?

The mural is under the railway bridge on Southend High Street.

Who painted it?

The artist was Nik Vaughn, who has created other murals, and he was also helped by members of Project 49, a community based organisation providing services for adults with learning disabilities, who helped in the painting and preparation.

What is the message the mural would like people to understand?

Sadly slavery did not disappear when it was officially abolished by parliament in 1833. Trafficking is often the means by which people end up in situations of slavery. People are trafficked by force, fraud, coercion or deception with the aim of exploiting them and it is estimated that tens of thousands of people have been trafficked to the UK, as well as vulnerable people, already resident in the UK, who have been exploited and forced to live effectively as slaves. Modern day slavery exists in the form of people who are used for forced labour in industries such as agriculture, construction, hospitality, illegal drug production, nail bars and car washes. Many women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation.

Why is it important to raise awareness of modern slavery today?

Modern day slavery is a hidden crime and remains as one of the greatest evils of our time. By raising awareness through campaigns such as ours in Southend can we can start to help people recognise the signs of modern day slavery and reach out to the people who are victims.

What is the connection to the human rights work/social care research of the University?

The University held a conference last year on 12 December as part of our work with the Southend Against Modern Slavery Partnership. Social work has a long and proud history of safeguarding and challenging the abuse of children and vulnerable adults. Modern slavery is an issue of national importance. One example of modern slavery is that children’s care homes have been ‘actively targeted’ to coerce vulnerable children into becoming drug mules or for sexual exploitation. Many children are trafficked into the UK and there are a significant number of British nationals affected by modern slavery.

The project was featured in an article in the Evening Echo

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2 August 2019

Results embargo 9-15 August

Filed under: Latest news — Communications, CER @ 12:29 pm

We receive the A-level and BTEC results in advance of applicants, and these results are strictly embargoed until they have been released to applicants.

This year, the results embargo period will be from 2pm on Friday 9 August to 6am on Thursday 15 August 2019.

We receive the results on the Friday, and applicants receive them on the following Thursday.

The embargo covers:

  • Direct communication from the University to an applicant in relation to their actual examination results.
  • Communication of a decision to an applicant that is based on their exam results – for example confirming during the embargo period that an applicant has changed from conditional firm (CF) to unconditional firm (UF), or that they have been offered a place at Essex.
  • Implied communication – for example asking an applicant to apply for accommodation during the embargo period implies that they have received a place. This is incredibly important to note as this is where the majority of breaches occur.

A breach of the embargo could result in a financial penalty, or the University losing its privilege of receiving results prior to applicants, so it’s really important that anyone who may have contact with applicants is aware of it.

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