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11 July 2017

Southend sambas to East 15

Filed under: Campus news — Heather Leathley @ 3:10 pm

Pandemonium 2017 act 1 jpegHundreds of people took time out of their weekend in sunny Southend to watch and enjoy the Community Theatre Students from East 15 Acting School  perform  their annual Pandemonium show of street theatre, clowning and puppetry.

Student Adam Jefferys said: “The whole event was a huge success, we absolutely loved performing for the people of Southend and we hope they enjoyed it too, especially the Samba precession, with over 200 people marching and dancing up the high street, ending a beautiful weekend on a high note.

Watching people smile and laugh is the reason why we love to perform.”

 

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12 June 2017

Rebel Radio’s election night special

Filed under: Campus news, Student experience — Tags: — Communications Office @ 5:08 pm
Students at Rebel Radio

Students broadcasting live during election night

Rebel Radio, the University’s student radio station, ran an all-night election special in association with our journalism students, Here, journalism student Alex Maxam gives his report on the night.

 

Rebel, the university’s student media collective, had extensive and in-depth coverage of election night with both a live radio show and a live blog.

With coverage spanning from 10pm until 6.30am, Rebel Radio was on air with Thomas Rowson, Lauren Moore and Chantel Le Carpentier providing news and analysis throughout. There were also bulletins every half hour provided by students from the Multimedia Journalism course, which featured the latest updates and reaction from an exciting and unpredictable election night.

The live blog, run by Jesse Harrison Lowe and Rowena Field-Carter, was updated on a nearly minute by minute basis.

Thanks to weeks of planning from Jesse, who led the project, Rebel had reporters down at the Colchester count to provide insight as to how it was going, as well as reporters in the Students’ Union Bar to get student reaction to what was happening. The blog also announced the Colchester result faster than both the BBC and Sky.

Rebel had a determined team of 14 students working through the night to provide the coverage, as well as eight Multimedia Journalism students and three lecturers. The tireless effort from everyone involved was all worthwhile with excellent radio and blog coverage of the night, as well as providing an invaluable experience for those involved.

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24 May 2017

Study spaces for students

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — ckeitch @ 1:36 pm

During exams we make extra spaces available for our students to use as places to study.

At our Colchester Campus, we’ve made seminar rooms available to students during the day and in the evenings, until the end of exams on 9 June.

Students can also revise in teaching rooms when they’re not being used, but they will leave the room if you already have it booked for something else. You might want to arrive 5 minutes early, if you want to make sure the room is free and to get set up ready for your meeting or event.

How can we help maximise revision space for students during exam weeks?

  • Do you have a department room that is not being used for a day or more?
  • Could the room be used by colleagues from other departments?
  • Do you have a room booking that now might not be needed?
  • Could you arrange for your meeting to be held in a non-teaching space?

Please contact rooms@essex.ac.uk if you can help us to free up teaching rooms to support student revision

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28 April 2017

Loughton building update

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Tags: — Heather Leathley @ 4:32 pm

Loughton update April webWork on the new building at our Loughton campus is progressing well and will be complete by 1 June.

The old refectory will be demolished in early June, when the new kitchen will come into play, serving the ground floor of the new building which will be a temporary refectory.  The new Library/IT Hub on the first floor will be up and running by the middle of June.

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22 March 2017

Parking at Colchester Campus – Monday 27 March to Monday 1 May

Filed under: Campus news — Communications, CER @ 5:37 pm

As part of the work on our new Meadows Phase 2 development, we will be closing the contactor’s car parking area on Capon Road from 5pm on Friday 24 March.

From Monday 27 March until Monday 1 May, part of the Innovation Centre car park will be cordoned off for use by our contractors,  whilst work on a new temporary car park for contractors is completed.

During this time, parking will be limited at the Innovation Centre and staff are encouraged to use one of the other staff car parks on Campus.

Students are encouraged to use one of the other designated student car parks.

If you have any questions about these works, please contact the Estates Helpdesk on ext. 2959 or email ems-helpdesk@essex.ac.uk.

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9 March 2017

Patrol officer’s charity adventure

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, People pages — Communications, CER @ 2:25 pm
Dominic Taddei has headed off on a charity adventure on his two year career break.

Domenic Taddei has headed off on a charity adventure on his two year career break.

Patrol Officer Domenic Taddei, has just embarked on a two year career break and is travelling to Africa to do charity work and work with homeless children.

Domenic is heading to Ethiopia where he will be volunteering for a charity while living in a mud hut. He will then head down to the northern border of Kenya, working with the northern Kenyan tribes near the border of South Sudan, before heading into Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, and Rwanda.

Before heading off on his adventure, Dom said he was most looking forward to working with the pygmy tribe on his last stop in Rwanda. Dom will be there to help the tribe adjust to a changing world and look after orphaned children.

Several of the areas he is going to are very dangerous, but Dom is no stranger to that, having served in the British Army. Since leaving the army he has visited Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Ethiopian, Chernobyl in Russia, Kenya and North Korea.

We wish Dom the best of luck in his new adventure and look forward to his safe return.

 

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8 March 2017

Meadows Phase 2 – path closed

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Communications, CER @ 5:36 pm
Our Meadows Phase 2 development will bring another 643 student bedrooms to our Colchester Campus.

Our Meadows Phase 2 development will bring another 643 student bedrooms to our Colchester Campus.

Work has begun to build our new Meadows Phase 2 development of student housing, opposite the existing Meadows.

The 643-room accommodation block will be designed specifically for our students. The site is already being cleared; take a look at some photos from the site on flickr

The next stage will be to close the path that runs between The Meadows and the pond, past the Meadows Phase 2 construction site and up to the Essex Business School.

This path will be closed from Monday 13 March at 8am, and is likely to remain closed for the period of the build. 

A map of the closure and alternative route is on flickr.

If you are coming from the Quays direction, you will be diverted down Annan Road, past the Meadows shop and up the hill into campus.

As work begins, you will see more construction traffic in the area so take extra care crossing roads or cycling.

The closures and the diversions will be clearly signposted and the closed area will be cordoned off. Please note that you will not be able to use the access gate between the pathway and The Meadows. However, the other two access gates will remain in use.

The closure will ensure safe access to the site for our contractors and to keep all of our community safely away from any potentially hazardous work or equipment.

The Meadows Phase 2 development is due for completion in late 2018.

Thanks  for your understanding and co-operation during this busy time for our Colchester Campus.

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STEM latest

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Communications, CER @ 4:36 pm
An image of our STEM building.

An image of our STEM building.

Our STEM development is making progress. You will have noticed the enormous tower crane which was brought onto site in sections on the back of six arctic lorries and then had to be craned into position by another crane.  The red tower crane is held in position by a concrete base and has a protective hoarding around it at the bottom.

The demolition of part of Square 1 has also been completed successfully, meaning that the noisiest works are now finished. Removing a section of the podium has made space for the new building to slot in. A gabion wall, made of wire baskets filled with rocks, has now been put in place as a decorative feature, and the grass hill will run up behind it.

The team have put in extra security and fencing under podia along with a banksman to help control traffic. The area underpodia is being heavily used by our contractors now as materials for the build are brought in.

If you need to access that area of campus, please be extra careful. Also, the roads leading to campus are being heavily used by construction traffic and can have some debris on them. If you are cycling or running, again, please take extra care.

Good news for cyclists, the new cycle parking under Square 5 has been agreed and work will start soon. The new double decked facility will have space to park 200 cycles, replacing the lost facility that used to sit under Square 1. The new bike parking should be completed after the Easter break.

Take a look at the latest photos from the site on flickr. More info on the finished building and a live feed from the site, is on our website.

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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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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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