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12 June 2020

Changes to the way we buy and pay – coming soon

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Communications, CER @ 3:40 pm
Carol Saward

Carol Saward, Head of Income and Payments

Our University currently does not use a single, consistent route for purchasing and invoicing. Over the years different localised systems have been employed; reliant upon paper copies, local files, local knowledge and some good will.

In the coming weeks we will see changes to the way we buy and pay for things. 

Here, Carol Saward, our Head of Income and Payments, and Phil Sweeting, our Head of Procurement, tell us more about the changes and the benefits.

Tell us about the current situation with invoicing

Supplier invoices are distributed by different methods all over the University, often directly to departments with no central registration of these.

In a large number of cases, receipt of a supplier invoice generates the raising of a retrospective purchase order onto Unit4.

There is so much paper present in our current process too. Even if the supplier invoice received is in a pdf format, we print it off to complete our current manual paper based processing and sign-off business process before the invoice is sent to Payments for processing the payment to the supplier.

Why is the current system causing a problem for the University?

Currently, it is impossible to track any invoice, especially when dealing with supplier queries surrounding receipt of an invoice, or where an invoice is in the authorisation process for payment.

The raising of an official purchase order after the supplier invoice has been received means that the University is not able to meet its responsibility to provide a clear audit trail for authorisation of expenditure, whilst understanding its financial commitments for budget and forecasting purposes.

If the official purchase order is late in being raised, aside from not complying with our Financial Regulations, it slows down the payment to the supplier by making it difficult to take advantage of early payment discounts, can lead to late payment charges, and can even damage our relationship with the supplier.

Tell us about the benefits of the new system

We are introducing an ‘Amazon like’ ordering process known as a Marketplace.  This will enhance the current ordering process where we have compliant procurement frameworks with live stock levels and pricing through punch outs and catalogues to improve the end user experience. After the appropriate Unit4 authorisation workflow process, suppliers will receive an order electronically, will be able to process your order quicker and can send their invoices to us electronically via XML as opposed to current paper or pdf formats.

All supplier invoices will be received centrally whether in paper, pdf or XML format, which will include scanning and uploading onto Unit4 to enable paperless workflow processes to be completed.  This will improve our visibility over the entire purchase to pay process to track outstanding liabilities and have full visibility capabilities of the accounts payable process in real-time to improve supplier relationships.

The new system will increase transparency and usability of expenditure data for budgetary control and forecasting by using Unit4 as a centrally managed and controlled system that is accessible to multiple users.

Will it work with our existing systems e.g. Unit 4?

Yes, the new system will work and fully integrates with Unit4.

Tell us about the new marketplace. Do I go to it for all purchasing or just certain things?

The Marketplace enables access to supplier “punch outs” and catalogues which will enable an easier customer experience when placing orders.  Colleagues will be able to click a “go shopping” button in Unit4 which will enable them to access suppliers websites direct, showing live stock levels and improved pricing.  This will give colleagues an Amazon type shopping experience. The Marketplace will also compare prices across suppliers to help colleagues achieve best value.

Which suppliers are on it?

We will be going live with Office Depot, Fisher Scientific and Bunzl Cleaning initially but more suppliers will be added covering commonly purchased items.  We will give full guidance on the suppliers who will be available through the marketplace and release regular updates.

When will this all be launched? All at the same time?

The solution will go live in September for invoicing with a few marketplace suppliers but further suppliers will be added regularly.

Will training be available?

We will be running training sessions covering the new system along with any changes in existing processes.  It is likely these will be through Zoom sessions.  We will also have champions across the University who will be able to help with queries.

Any new considerations?

  • Paper invoices will be a thing of the past and there will be no need to handle paper invoices or keep local copies of them.
  • We will implement a no purchase order no payment policy with our suppliers, therefore, it is essential that purchase orders are raised before buying goods or services

How do I get involved with the project?

  • Regular updates will be provide to all staff via Essex Weekly
  • If you are interested in becoming a champion for your area, please contact Carol Saward or Phil Sweeting.
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24 April 2020

Social distancing on campus

Filed under: Campus news, People pages — Communications, CER @ 12:46 pm

With 1,500 of our students currently living together on our campuses during the lockdown, we understand that the rules around social distancing may seem difficult to apply, but it is still really important to stay two metres apart to stay safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Those who do not live on campus are encouraged to stay at home and to only travel for essential reasons such as your daily exercise and to collect supplies. While the campus is quiet it is not a time to visit if you do not need to.

Here are some of the dos and don’ts and ways to ensure you stay as safe from COVID-19 as possible.

I live in a flat with a number of other people. We share a kitchen and a bathroom. Surely it’s okay for us to have a party together?

No. Even those living in communal flats must still practice social distancing. Please do what you can to use the kitchen one or two at a time and please don’t share plates, cups or cutlery. Your flatmates may feel well but even those who look well could be symptomatic. Anyone could have an underlying health condition that you aren’t aware of.

If you do share a flat, remember you must still stay at least two meters away from other people. Viruses can spread when someone sneezes or coughs out tiny droplets. They may even spread when people talk.

Please be a good flat mate too. If you’re sharing communal spaces, especially kitchens, you must clean up after yourself. Do not leave food or washing up for someone else. Leave communal spaces as you would wish to find them.

The on-campus eateries have seating outside – surely I can sit there with my friends and have lunch?

No. We know sitting outside in the sunshine is really tempting, especially if you’ve been isolating and studying all day – but you must still practice social distancing when at our on-campus eateries. Please queue at least two meters from the person in front – and the same applies when sitting down to eat. You must maintain a good distance from other people to avoid any droplets being transmitted to someone else. If you’re sitting too close, droplets may land on the table, the chairs or the surrounding surfaces and can go straight from there to someone’s hand or face. It isn’t worth thinking about it! Stay apart to stay safe.

Colchester campus is situated in 200 acres of beautiful parkland. Surely my flat mates and I can gather on the grass for a picnic?

No. We are really lucky to be surrounded by such lovely parkland but remember, when you’re with anyone else, wherever it is, you must stay two meters apart. Droplets can be transmitted wherever you are. Those living with others may unwittingly contract the virus and pass it on. You may be exposed to someone who is asymptomatic (has no symptoms but has the virus). We know it’s hard – but keeping your distance is the best way to keep yourself and others safe.

I am a member of staff and I want to visit campus to water the plants in my office and use the computer labs while they’re quiet. This is alright isn’t it?

No. We understand that staying at home for such a prolonged period is hard, but those staff who are not being specifically instructed to visit campus must stay at home.

Just your physical presence on campus could spread droplets on door handles or stair banisters. You may unwittingly come into contact with virus droplets which you then take home to your family. As a member of staff you must set a good example and stay at home to protect the NHS and to save lives.

Can I invite friends and family from outside the University to visit campus or stay overnight? They are not sick and do not have symptoms.

No. We know it’s tempting to invite friends or family over especially when the weather is so good, but you must not invite anyone from outside the university onto campus at this time.

You never know who might have a vulnerable family member at home who might inadvertently be exposed to the virus this way. You also don’t know who that person may have been in contact with or where else they have been, they may even have the virus but not be displaying symptoms. At this current time the safest thing is to stay indoors, do not mix with others outside of your immediate household and if you do go out, to stay at least two meters away from other people.

The computer labs on campus are open so surely it’s safe for me and my friends to use them?

Yes, you can use the computer labs on campus but it is crucial that you practice social distancing while you work. Please stay at least two meters away from the person using the next computer. Droplets spread the virus and droplets can travel by coughing, sneezing and even just talking. If there is a sign on the computer or on the pod – read it and take notice.

I am a member of staff and want to use the on-campus computer labs while it is quiet. Is that okay?

No. We ask all those members of staff who are not directly required to attend campus to work from home. It is vital that you stay at home to protect the NHS and to save lives.

If you are unable to work from home for any reason, please contact your Head of Department or Line Manager.

What is the latest government guidance on social distancing?

Stay at home

Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

  • If you go out, stay two metres away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

When am I allowed to leave home?

You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

Can I see my friends?

We must all stay away from each other to stop spreading the virus, and that means you should not be meeting friends unless you live in the same household.

But you needn’t be alone. There are lots of ways to stay in touch with friends and loved ones remotely such as the telephone, video calls or social media.

Can I visit family members or friends?

You should not have contact with anyone you do not live with, especially the elderly or those who have underlying health issues since these people are more vulnerable to the virus.

It is crucial to keep the virus from spreading and protect everyone and particularly those who are more vulnerable. You can keep contact using remote technology like phones, internet, or social media.

Keep in mind the safety measures

  • Wash your hands regularly, at least 20-30 seconds with soap.
  • Cough or sneeze while covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow.
  • Throw the tissue away afterwards.
  • Avoid large crowds of people or closed spaces with a lot of people.
  • Avoid gestures like shaking hands or hugging.
  • Avoid using public transport, if you can.
  • Avoid visiting public institutions, if you can.
  • Avoid shopping when there are a lot of people. Choose a less-busy time of the day.
  • Stay away from people who show flu-like symptoms (or coronavirus symptoms).
  • Keep a distance of at least two meters away from other people.
  • In case you show symptoms, call your doctor before going to the hospital or pharmacy.
  • Do not underestimate the importance of hand hygiene.

Your mental health matters!

It is completely understandable to find social distancing boring or see that your mood and feelings are low during this time. You should keep in mind that taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of your physical health. Make sure you are spending time doing things you enjoy indoors.

Some of the things you can do to take care of your mental wellbeing include:

  • Indulge in your indoor hobbies like reading, watching movies, tv-series, and cooking or baking.
  • Make sure you stay hydrated, avoid smoking, and try to eat as healthy as possible.
  • Spend time in the garden under the sunshine, open the windows for fresh air, and exercise at home.

Of course, there are plenty of other things you can do while social distancing. It is important to be something you enjoy.

More information

Latest government advice on what you can and cannot do during the coronavirus outbreak is available on their website.

Looking after your mental health is vital at this unsettling time. There are some good suggestions for looking after your health and wellbeing on the Young Minds website.

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16 March 2020

Changes to Essex Food outlets

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Laura Mathias @ 5:06 pm

Following the start of a period of ‘Enhanced Protection’ at the University from Monday 16 March, Essex Food have introduced several new service developments to ensure the wellbeing of our campus community. Tim Morris, Deputy Director of Operations Estates and Campus Services, explains the changes.

Currently, and for the remainder of the term, we will be operating all restaurants and cafes as normal, with the exception of the street food huts – which will be closed until after the Easter break.

Please see the Essex Food website for updated opening hours.

Tim Morris

Tim Morris

Within the restaurants, you will notice tables have been spaced to ensure safe social distancing, we would also request customers queue using a safe distance apart (one metre).

All our cutlery and crockery will be single use to minimise risk, all food displays will be covered and some of our usual services such as fresh water jugs and glasses will be removed. These services however will be available on request, so please just ask a member of the team.

With concerns around group congregation, we are planning to operate more restaurants on a takeaway basis only, providing continued service whilst minimising risk wherever possible.

Clearly things are changing at a fast pace, and we will continue to react to these changes in line with University and Government guidelines. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but remain committed to serving the University community.

For more information on COVID-19, please see our guidance for staff and students.

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4 March 2020

Behind the scenes with the mechanical team

Filed under: Campus news — Laura Mathias @ 10:50 am

The sustainability team chat with Andy Beales, Technical Manager Mechanical and Sam Merritt, Mechanical Supervisor, at the University. Andy’s team carry out plumbing and heating works across our campus making sure all systems run safely.

Tell us a bit about your team?
The team do a fantastic job of keeping all services running throughout the year. There are 74 Boiler rooms across Colchester Campus which the team maintain – we make sure the heating and water keeps flowing.

Mechanical Team at University of Essex

The University of Essex mechanical team

What have you been working on recently?
We’ve been in South Courts Accommodation swapping out old cold water booster pumps for new ones which are more energy-efficient and a lot quieter! We also got creative with some old shelving to create stands for these new pumps.

So you’re good at repurposing materials across campus?
We always try to find ways to reuse and recycle materials. When renovating the Bertrand Russell Tower we salvaged parts from sinks, toilets and radiators so if there are any faults with the remaining towers, we have what we need to fix it. This not only saves the University money but is a sustainable approach to maintenance works.

What can we all do to make our offices environmentally-friendly?
If you have a thermostatic radiator valve turn it down if you get too hot rather than having your ra

Boiler room at Colchester Campus

Boiler room

diator on full and then opening the window.

If you have a dripping tap or broken window, make sure to report it to Estates on 2959. This helps us save energy by making sure everything is running smoothly.

Want to discuss how your work is related to sustainability and the environment? Email the Sustainability team to share your story.

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24 January 2020

Copyright Licensing Agency collection exercise Jan-Feb 2020

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

What’s happening?

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) is doing a periodic collection of data relating to the type and quantity of paper copies we make for educational purposes.

What is the CLA?

The CLA is one of the UK’s intellectual property licencing agencies. They undertake periodic data collection to inform the payment of royalties for authors. The University holds a licence for copying and digital scanning and so is included, among other organisations for the data collection.

When is the data collection taking place?

For six weeks between 13 January to 21 February 2020.
If you are printing packs using a local printer, please print an extra copy and deliver it to the Copy Centre, where all paper copies will be collated. If you are printing a pack from an electronic original, please upload the electronic version to the CLA Cloud –  Login Name: UniversityofEssex  Password:Monday14!
Packs ordered from the Copy Centre will be automatically collected.

What is the purpose?

Once every five years the CLA requires us to tell them approximately how many paper copies we are making for educational purposes. Their motive for collecting this data is to ensure that the authors of the publications we copy and use are paid the correct amount of royalties. It is not an audit to check our use against our licence. As many of our academics are published authors, you will understand the importance of accuracy in this exercise.

Who does it apply to?

It applies to anyone making copies for teaching; including academic and professional services staff and Graduate Teaching Assistants.

What do I have to do?

This exercise relates to publications copied onto paper for educational purposes only – you are not required to declare copies made for personal or private research purposes. Yellow boxes have been installed next to some our printers. When you copy something for teaching, simply make a copy of the back page including the bar code, fill in a CLA label and pop it into the yellow box. Anyone making copies for teaching will be required to take part. If you are making paper copies on a local printer, please create an extra copy and deliver it to our Copy Centre who will collate them all. Alternatively, if you are creating a paper copy from an electronic original, please upload the electronic version to the CLA cloud. Copies ordered from the Copy Centre will be automatically collected.

What about digital scanning and born-digital copies?

Scanning of paper items for digital use is not included. Copies of copies are included. Paper copies of digital born materials are to be included. Course packs that are printed are to be included.
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New safeguarding training

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, What's on — Communications, CER @ 4:09 pm

The Safeguarding Team have launched a bespoke training session for staff that builds upon the Moodle Safeguarding Essentials training.

Safeguarding at the University provides information on distinguishing between the legal and frequently adopted definitions of safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk and looks at relevant internal policies and guidance.  In the training, we will consider what may cause someone to be vulnerable to the different types of abuse and neglect and identify the procedures and routes for escalating concerns about members of our community.  Case studies will also be used to embed learning and help those attending the course see how safeguarding works in practice at our University and what their role might be.

Safeguarding at the University supersedes and replaces the Workshop to Raise Awareness about Prevent training that over 1,500 members of staff attended since its launch in January 2016.  This new training session looks at relevant scenarios where members of our community may be at risk and vulnerable to a wide spectrum of abuse and neglect, such as the vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism, County Lines drug trafficking, emotional, physical and financial abuse and modern slavery. 

There are currently four sessions scheduled that can be booked via HR Organiser, with further sessions to be organised across all three campuses.

  • Thursday 30 January, 2.00pm-3.30 pm (Colchester)
  • Monday 23 March, 10.00am-11.30 am (Colchester)
  • Monday 11 May, 10.30am-12.00 pm (Colchester)
  • Monday 29 June, 2.00pm-3.30 pm (Colchester)

If you have any questions, please contact the Safeguarding Team: safeguard@essex.ac.uk

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20 December 2019

Improving access to higher education for refugees.

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, People pages — Communications, CER @ 3:22 pm

Professor Geoff Gilbert was in Geneva this week at the first Global Refugee Forum, where the pledge to improve access to higher education for refugees was officially announced.

Our University signed the pledge back in November, committing us to improving access to higher education for refugees. A full list of pledge signatories is online.

Speaking from Geneva, Professor Gilbert said: “Our pledge regarding support for our continued work in research, teaching and training on the international protection of refugees and other displaced persons, commitment to providing scholarships, and for support to the new Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network have all been gratefully received.”

This work forms part of our bid to gain University of Sanctuary accreditation, which builds on our commitment to promoting a culture and practice of welcome, safety and inclusion within our campus communities and in the wider world.

More information on our bid to be named a University of Sanctuary is on the Student Action for Refugees (STAR) website.

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6 December 2019

Professional Services Sections Christmas Closures

Filed under: Campus news, What's on — Communications, CER @ 10:46 am

Our Professional Services teams will be closing for their Christmas lunches or annual conferences in the run up to the festive break. 

REO

Wednesday 11 December 2019 from 12pm

Academic Section

Thursday 12 December 2019 from 12pm

Wednesday 18 December 2019 from 12pm, including the Student Information Team

Vice-Chancellor and Registrar’s Office

Thursday 12 December 2019 from 1pm

Human Resources

Friday 13 December 2019 from 12:00pm

Finance, Planning & Data Insight

Friday 13 December 2019 from 12:00pm

Southend Campus

Friday 13 December 2019 from 1pm

Estates and Campus Services

Estates Helpdesk

Friday 13 December from 12.00pm.  An answerphone and out of office email will be available.  Emergencies should be directed through the Information Centre which will be staffed.

Accommodation Essex

Friday 14 December from 12.30pm.  The SIT front line service will be available for accommodation queries, as will the Information Centre

Print Essex and the Copy Centre

Friday 20 December from 12.30pm.  An answerphone will be available, and staff will respond to calls and emails on their return.

The Post Room will remain open.

The Day Nursery, Essex Sport and Essex Food will be open as normal.

Students’ Union

Tuesday 17 December 2019, all day

Please note offices will also be closed on Monday 16 for the Mission Checkpoint Day.

Albert Sloman Library

Tuesday 17 December 2019 from 9.30am – 3.30pm.  The Library will still be open but staffed by the Reassurance team.

CER

Wednesday 18 December 2019, half day (until 1pm)

Innovation and Technology Solutions

Thursday 19 December 2019 from 12.30pm

The section across our Colchester and Southend campuses will be closed for the afternoon and the Helpdesk email addresses will continue to be monitored (helpdesk@essex.ac.uk and IT.Southend@essex.ac.uk).

The AVS service desk in the Colchester LTB will remain open.

First line IT support will be available from Library staff for the afternoon at the Southend Campus (from the Info Point) and at Loughton Campus (from the Library and IT Centre).

ITS staff will respond to all queries as soon as possible and thank you in advance for your patience.

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25 October 2019

Essex remains committed to inclusivity

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, People pages — Communications, CER @ 2:46 pm

Despite uncertain times and within the context of a potential Brexit, our University remains committed to inclusivity and prides itself on being a home to people from all sorts of different backgrounds and countries.

Here, four members of our community tell us about the work they are doing to ensure Essex remains an inclusive and welcoming place.

Our One Essex campaign was born following the referendum result.

Monica Illsley is our Chief of Staff and Chair of our One Essex inclusivity group.

We pride ourselves on being a wonderfully diverse university community, it’s one of the reasons that staff choose to work here and why many of our students want to study here.

I think we ‘live’ these values as a community on a day-to-day basis and there are a number of University, Students’ Union and community-driven events and activities that take place across the University all the time that demonstrate our diversity and our inclusive spirit.

But occasionally, there are instances of behaviours, examples of things happening, that remind us that we cannot take these values for granted and that shock us into taking proactive action.

This is why the One World, One Spirit, One Essex messaging, first used in response to the Brexit referendum, remains relevant today. It helps bring our community together to champion inclusivity and the benefits of being a diverse cosmopolitan global community.

The One Essex Inclusivity Group that I convene and chair brings people together to find ways of reinforcing and celebrating our One Essex spirit

We welcome ideas and suggestions which staff and students can put forward either through the diversity network Chairs but also direct to me at illsmp@essex.ac.uk.

Karen Bush is our Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

What area of inclusivity are you working on?

Together with my colleagues in Organisational Development, we are working to build a culture in which equality, diversity and inclusion are central to everything the University does. This means embedding it within our ways of working, our decision-making processes and ensuring we recruit and reward people who  are committed to our values. This aspiration can only be realised if every member of our community takes personal responsibility for their behaviour and treats others with respect and as individuals, irrespective of differences in background, culture, experiences and views and this is my particular area of focus.

We are proud of our internationalism – we are a global family.

What are your priority projects or themes?

One key piece of work I am involved in this academic year is the Race Equality Charter. Through this, we are starting an institutional conversation about race equality. We will be looking at how we recruit staff and students from different ethnic groups, how we support them to progress, and how we create a race-inclusive culture.  As part of this work we are currently seeking the views of staff and students on race equality at the University. Tell us about your experience of working and/or studying at Essex and what we can do to advance race equality across the University by

completing the staff Race Equality Charter survey or the student Race Equality Charter survey.

I am also involved in work on inclusive leadership, which research shows is critical in helping leaders maximise the potential of the diverse talent in their organisation. Working in this way is also known to make people feel more valued and have more confidence and self-belief. We will be working across the University to cultivate inclusive capabilities in all our leaders and managers.

What are your hopes for the future of this work?

I would like to get to a point where we do not need to ask people to disclose their personal characteristics in order to identify where under-representation or differential outcomes exist as everyone is accepted without exception for who they are, people respect difference and treat others fairly and with dignity at all times.

Dr Ilaria Boncori is a Senior Lecturer in management, marketing and entrepreneurship, currently serving as a Dean deputised for education in the faculty of Arts and Humanities.

I have always been keen to understand how different  organisations foster or hinder inclusivity, with a personal approach stemming from critical perspectives that consider power dynamics both at the systemic and individual level.

Our annual staff strawberry picnic is one way our community finds time to get together.

Initially focussed on cross-cultural practices in international business, my research and teaching interests in terms of inclusion then developed into explorations of gender, gender identity (particularly transgender and gender non-conforming), ethnicity and intersectional identities. This predilection towards the study of various forms of inclusion (or lack thereof) has prompted me to create and edit our University’s collection of  volumes bringing together expertise and experiences from staff and students: ‘LGBT+ Perspectives’ (2017), ‘Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion’ (2018) and ‘Health and Wellbeing’ (forthcoming in 2020).

My priority, as a teacher and Deputy Dean Education, centres around our ability to develop and consistently deliver a truly inclusive curriculum underpinned by sound pedagogy. In order to do so, we have created a series of teaching and learning toolkits to support our educators, and we are currently involved in a number of initiatives to enhance our educational environment and provision. My vision for the future is of a University which enables all students to achieve their potential through the embedding of inclusive mindset and practices, with equal opportunities and no significant differential outcomes.

Erkan Ibrahim is our Inclusion Manager.

What area of inclusivity are you working on?

My role focuses on the inclusion of underrepresented students at the University of Essex, and I work with various key stakeholders including the Students’ Union, Organisational Development, Communications and External Relationships, Academic Departments and Schools and many colleagues within the Academic Section to ensure that all students feel a strong sense of belonging and have the best possible chance to succeed whilst at Essex.

What are your priority projects or themes?

We offer a very international welcome to new students from around the world.

One key priority at present is working with Inclusivity Leads within each Academic Department/School to identify the good practice that is taking place across the University, and work with them to address any challenges they currently have with regards to student success, engagement and belonging. Over the past year, we have established the Inclusivity Lead network, all of whom are academic staff members that we have been working with to improve communications between Departments/Schools and professional services, share examples of inclusive practices currently taking place in each Department/School and gain feedback from academic staff around their current challenges and opportunities in relation to the inclusion of their students.

I am also currently leading on the planning and organisation of our yearly Inclusion and Wellbeing Conference which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 29 April (save the date!). This year we shall be including information on challenges the HE sector faces around race disparities (and potential solutions around reducing them), how Universal Design for Learning can support us to meet the needs of all students and how we can build Enabling Environments here at Essex.

  • Any staff member wishing to find out more information about our work with Departments/Schools should see the Inclusivity Lead webpage on the Staff Directory or contact me directly e.ibrahim@essex.ac.uk to discuss anything else.
  • Students wishing to find out more about our work are more than welcome to get in touch with me directly, or get in touch with their Department/School Inclusivity Lead

Our Students’ Union family is another part of our diverse and inclusive community.

In terms of inclusivity – where would you like us to get to? What does inclusivity look like at Essex for you?

A place where no complaints of harassment, discrimination or bullying are made as all members of our community treat each other with respect and compassion, the environment that we live, work and study in meets the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of all, and all members of our community value and celebrate diversity.

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20 September 2019

An holistic approach to student development

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, People pages, Student experience — Communications, CER @ 10:55 am

Daniel Fox, our Head of Student Development, tells us more about his new team and their priorities for the new Academic Year.

This summer saw the formation of our new Student Development team within the Student Life Directorate.

Daniel Fox, Head of Student Development.

Created through a restructure, Student Development incorporates Skills for Success, formerly known as the Talent Development Centre, alongside Careers Services, Faculty Co-ordination and Industry and Placements, formerly under the banner of Employability and Careers.

I just wanted to take a further opportunity to briefly highlight the work of this new team within the University as we move towards Welcome Week and the return of our students.

Through the creation of the Student Development service, we aim to achieve a more holistic approach to student development and, over time, a consolidation of initiatives with a greater emphasis on outputs and impact. This, alongside other new initiatives and ways of working, will allow us to become much more agile and focus our services when responding to student need.

As part of the restructuring we are changing the way students access our services in Colchester and Southend. On the Colchester campus the Employability and Careers Centre on Square 2 and the TDC Helpdesk on the ground floor of the Silberrad Student Centre have closed. The access point for initial enquiries is now the Student Services Hub (SSH) on each campus; since the creation of the Student Services Hub, it has been the intention to have a one-stop-shop approach, giving all students easy and clear access to services. This is also an opportunity to ensure parity of experience across our campuses is achieved, as well as extending opening times to students who want to access these services.

Clearly this is the start of an exciting journey where we aim to work closely with colleagues to ensure students are supported not only during their time here but also as they move into the next stage of their lives.

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