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26 January 2018

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.


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.


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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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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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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3 October 2017

Give your wellbeing a work out

Filed under: Campus news, People pages, Sport, What's on — Communications, CER @ 10:53 am
To join the Wellbeing Workout programme: contact Jayde on

To join the Wellbeing Workout programme: contact Jayde on

If your wellbeing could do with a work out – why not join the Wellbeing Workout Programme?

This special wellbeing initiative is looking for new recruits to take part in three different activities over the course of the year. They are:

  • Circuit based gym sessions
  • Green Exercise
  • Mindfulness sessions

You can also get involved in green exercise sessions:

Next Session: Tuesday 10  October (the sessions are weekly - each Tuesday until 14 November)

Time: 11am (the duration of the activity will be 1 hour and 15 minutes for each session)

As part of the research you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire.

For more information and to sign up – please email our post-grad researcher Jayde on

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31 August 2017

Roofing works – access to some offices restricted

Filed under: Campus news — Communications, CER @ 5:08 pm

Work is being done to re-roof some buildings at our Colchester campus.

To make sure it’s safe for our workmen to access these buildings and complete this work, some sets of doors will need to be locked.

The doors will be released in case of emergency, but will be out of use for staff and students.

Signage will be in place.

The contractor car park will also be closed as will the spiral steps leading from the grass areas in front of the Social Science Research Centre (SSRC).

Alternative routes to the under podia area and central stores will be via the H5 lift to level 3.

To access rooms 2.401 – 2.411 on level 2 (also known as the Maths building) and Print Essex, please use the Square 2, 2NE entrance and go down to level 2. Take a look at a map on find your way. Search for room 2.401 and press the “go inside” button to see the affected area.

To access rooms 1.512-1.521 and the workshops, please use the Square 2, 2NW entrance and go to level 1 (also known as the Computing Building). Take a look at a map on find your way. Search for room 1.512 and press “go inside” to see the affected area.

These door closures are expected to be in place by Friday 1 September and will last for 14 weeks.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we carry out this work.

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24 August 2017

Electrical works

Filed under: Campus news — Communications, CER @ 9:52 am

Electricity shut downs will be taking place on Colchester Campus this week.

Affected areas:

Friday 25 August

Wivenhoe House and Constable Building electricity supply will be switched off at 10.30am. The supply will be off for 15mins before all buildings in the vicinity are connected to the generator. The generator will supply power for the duration of the works.

Buildings affected:

  • Constable Building
  • Grounds Barns
  • Sports Pavilion
  • Lakeside House
  • Wivenhoe House

Saturday 26 August

Square 5 electricity supply will be switched off at 8am and will remain off, without any back-up power, until all works are finished. Once work is completed, the electricity supply will be reinstated. Power is expected to be back on by 4.15pm.

Buildings affected:

  • 2001 Building; including LiFTS and History departments
  • Ivor Crewe Lecture Theatre
  • Lakeside Theatre
  • Albert Sloman Library (including extensions 1&2)
  • Route Master Bus No64
  • Silberrad Student Centre
  • All Square 5 buildings; including Art Exchange and Waterstones bookshop

Buildings affected:

  • Constable Building
  • Grounds Barns
  • Sports Pavilion
  • Lakeside House
  • Wivenhoe House

If you have any questions, please contact the Estates Helpdesk on ext. 2959 or email

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9 August 2017

Welcome 2017 needs you!

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Student experience, What's on — Communications, CER @ 12:17 pm
We can all do our bit to help our new students feel they belong at Essex.

We can all do our bit to help our new students feel they belong at Essex.

Welcome 2017 is fast approaching and this year we want to deliver an even bigger and better Welcome experience; giving everyone the opportunity to get involved in creating a warm and friendly atmosphere for our new students.

This year’s welcome theme is belonging. We want every student to enjoy a smooth arrival, to feel that we care about them, that we’ll help them settle in and find friends – and that they belong at Essex.

But creating a sense of belonging, in so many different people, from so many different places and with so many different backgrounds isn’t going to be easy – and that’s where you come in.

We would like everyone, no matter what their role or position within our University, to be part of our Welcome team. We want our new students to be greeted by smiling faces, by staff that are willing to help, to help them find their way around campus and to make them feel like an important part of our unique community.

Research conducted by our own Dr Gillian Sandstrom has shown that students who feel a stronger sense of belonging are more likely to complete their degree and demonstrate higher achievement in their studies.

You can read more about Dr Sandstrom’s fascinating research in her interview on Essex Daily. Our Head of Residence Life, Victoria Frost, also shares her thoughts on how students who feel they matter to their university are more likely to succeed – and how all of us can play our part no matter what our role.

If you are able to take this one step further and volunteer for an official role as part of Arrivals Day, registration or Welcome, please fill in our quick form, letting us know your availability during the Welcome period and the kind of duties you’d be happy to perform. Take a look at Registration roles to see which you could volunteer for.

Graduation 2017 was a fantastic example of what a great event we can run if we all pull together. If you volunteered for Graduation – we’d love your help during Welcome, and if you didn’t – now’s your chance to lend a hand.

We very much appreciate any help you can give during this exciting time for our University. Welcome is our chance to show our Essex Spirit at its finest; to work together to show what a warm and welcoming place our campus is.

We hope everyone will embrace the chance to get involved.

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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 if you can help us to free up teaching rooms to support student revision

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