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10 November 2016

Essex opens campus-based Sports Therapy Clinic

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Student experience — Tags: — Communications Office @ 11:03 am
Student Rebecca Wilson at the new sports therapy clinic.

Student Rebecca Wilson at the new Sports Therapy Clinic.

Our new Sports Therapy Clinic is now open for business at Colchester Campus – and it is free for all students and staff.

The clinic is the first campus-based facility of its kind at the University and will provide an essential place for our BSc Sports Therapy students to put their new skills to the test.

Opening on Monday 14 November, the clinic will offer treatment and management for a number of conditions including neck and shoulder pain, muscle strains, sports injuries, arthritic joint pain and foot and ankle pain. The students will also be able to offer massage to help posture issues and ease tension.

The clinic, which is open from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, will mainly involve third year students giving treatment, supervised by their lecturers. Students and staff can attend as often as their injuries require treatment.

Lecturer in sports therapy Keith Burnett, who will be supervising the students, said the course at Essex was more developed than others in the way it underpinned the sports therapy aspect with the psychological side of treatment. Being linked to sports science academics at Essex has meant the students also have a real understanding of the scientific principles behind the injuries.

“The psychological understanding of sports therapy is also essential,“ added Keith, “as it is the way to get into the client’s mind set to enhance client adherence, which then makes the rehabilitation interventions more effective and successful.”

The experience in the clinic will go towards the 200 hours of practical experience the students need to undertake to become a member of the Society of Sports Therapists at the end of the course.

The students will get to experience dealing with a wide range of injuries, which will enhance their confidence and improve their employability.

“Working with real patients gives them the chance to look at the true pathology and they will experience the various grades of injury,” added Keith. “This will enhance their understanding and give them vital hands-on experience and increase their confidence so they are industry ready when they leave university.”

Student Rebecca Wilson came to Essex as there were no courses like this at her home in Northern Ireland. “The only courses available were in physiotherapy and I really wanted a course where I could focus on the strength and conditioning side of things which Essex provided.”

Rebecca, who also works closely with the Essex men’s and women’s basketball teams, added: “It is a great asset to get a clinic on campus. Getting that hand-on experience is vital and will really help give me more confidence being a sports therapist.”

For more information please email the Sports Therapy Team at sportstherapyclinic@essex.ac.uk or call 01206 872255.

 

 

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30 September 2016

Volunteering gets a revamp

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 10:49 am

vteam posterUntil now, students had to carry around and complete a paper passport to log their volunteering efforts with the Students’ Union vTeam.

Being paper, these were often damaged, lost, or forgotten; and students then had no record of their activities. Paper has now become electronic thanks to the Catalyst Project funding an additional volunteering module for the vTeam’s MSL system, enabling the vTeam to now:

  • Offer an easy online way for students to record their volunteering, skills, and training
  • Align with the Big Essex Award skills, providing consistency for our students across different schemes
  • Encourage students who’ve completed the necessary volunteering hours to apply for the Big Essex Award, also giving them recognition on their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
  • Have more time to dedicate to setting up new and exciting projects for our students
  • Increase our volunteering efforts within our local communities
  • Provide students with a record of their skills achieved through volunteering and increasing their employability
  • Be able to accurately know how many hours and opportunities students are participating in
  • Include other student volunteering such as Society & Club volunteering, peer mentoring, Nightline, external volunteering and lots more

Volunteering is an important part of the student experience, and the vTeam are the go-to team for anything related to student volunteering.

Need some volunteers? Contact the vTeam.  Need some help promoting your opportunity? Contact the vTeam. Got some ideas? Contact the vTeam.

Anya Visegorodceva – Volunteering Manager E: aviseg@essex.ac.ukT: 01206 863211

www.essex.su/volunteering/

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5 August 2016

Get insights into our National Student Survey results

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Communications Office @ 11:04 am
Students outside The Meadows

Students outside The Meadows

The results of the National Student Survey are out this week and a special briefing is being organised for all staff by the Academic Section to offer them insights into the results before they are officially published.

All staff are invited to the briefing which will be on Tuesday 9 August at 2pm in LTB4 on the Colchester Campus and GB2.18 on the Southend Campus.

The National Student Survey results will be published the following day on Wednesday 10 August.

The session is designed for staff interested in improving the student experience and will provide an overview of the 2016 results data for Essex and the sector data prior to national publication. There will also be an opportunity to explore the key themes and headlines.

Contact Assistant Education Manager Richard Alderman at r.alderman@essex.ac.uk if you have any questions ahead of the briefing.

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19 July 2016

Discover new way to map your research and join new ArcGIS user group

Filed under: Latest news, Research impact, Student experience — Communications Office @ 12:13 pm
Map of Essex created with ArcGIS

Map of Essex created with ArcGIS

Essex academics and postgraduate students are being offered the chance to use a powerful suite of software, apps and online tools to map out their research in a new and exciting way.

The University has a license for ArcGIS which allows you to create and share beautiful maps based on your research. An ArcGIS user group has now been setup to share experiences and provide support.

The system is already being used in history, sociology and biological sciences and Dr Leanne Appleby Hepburn, who is promoting ArcGIS thanks to a Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund award, is now looking to create a users’ group to help other people find out more and start using it in their research and teaching.

  • For more information about learning to use ArcGIS and to join the user group email Leanne at: ljheb@essex.ac.uk

Leanne said: “We use the software in both teaching and research and employers specify this skill in many graduate level jobs.  We are inviting anyone across the University who is interested in learning more about this software to get in touch so that we can encourage interest and set up a meeting.

“Our license covers the whole University so we want to make people aware we have this resource available. “

Case studies

Mapping marine and terrestrial habitats

Leanne is using the ArcGIS Collector app to map environments being studied by students. She said: “I’m using ArcGIS apps in the field for practical work by students where we are mapping marine and terrestrial habitats.

“We are also starting a new Oceanography and Marine Conservation field course in Greece this year where student will be using ArcGIS to map the distribution and abundance of protected Poisdonia seagrass beds – which are a vital part of the Mediterranean ecosystem.

“We also use ArcGIS to map the Blackwater estuary native oyster population which was used as important data in the designation of the area as a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).”

Mapping domestic abuse

Ruth Weir, from the Department of Sociology, who is researching domestic abuse patterns in Essex, added: “I’ve been using ArcGIS to identify predictors of domestic abuse.  I’ve used Geographically Weighted Regression, from the spatial analyst extension, to model predictors and look at how the relationships vary across Essex.

“I also ran a Proficio course for postgraduate students in April and I’m working with Professor Pamela Cox to introduce ArcGIS into teaching for third year undergraduate criminology students and Masters students.”

Helping visualise history of Colchester

Dr Justin Colson from the Department of History is excited about enriching the learning experience for students: “On my new module ‘Mapping History and Heritage in Colchester’ students will be using ArcGIS to interact with historic maps of the town from various eras, as well as information such as the census and trade directories. They’ll use ArcGIS to produce their own projects mapping change in different aspects of Colchester’s shops, industries and culture.

“I’m also working with the same material, as well as data shared by Colchester Borough Council and the Colchester Archaeological Trust, to produce a comprehensive atlas of the town’s development.”

Training opportunities

In 2016-17 staff and postgraduate students will be able to take advantage of Ruth’s course on ArcGIS while Justin will be running additional courses on concepts of mapping and using the online ArcGIS app.

 

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22 March 2016

Naseem showcases research at House of Commons

Filed under: People pages, Research impact, Student experience — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 2:58 pm
PhD student Naseem Ramli discusses her research with Bernard Jenkin MP.

PhD student Naseem Ramli discusses her research with Bernard Jenkin MP at the House of Commons.

PhD student Naseem Ramli was shortlisted to showcase her research at a special event at the House of Commons.

At the SET for BRITAIN event, Naseem presented a poster demonstrating her research into renewable energy to several MPs, including Harwich and North Essex MP Bernard Jenkin.

Naseem, from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, said: “It was a prestigious event, with my session being quite competitive. I’m working on renewable energy, but it was a great opportunity to meet those from other engineering disciplines.”

SET for BRITAIN aims to connect researchers with MPs and highlight Parliament’s role in promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. Naseem, who was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants, added: “Not only did the event highlight new technologies, but also it was a great way to showcase renewable energy and how it benefits the planet.”

Naseem’s research focuses on using lithium-ion batteries for low power applications and she would like to be able to gain funding to develop her research further.

With renewable energy being a key interest for Naseem, she praised the University’s Green Impact programme, which helps departments be more sustainable. “It’s a good scheme,” added Naseem, “I can see that the university has made large investments in solar technology.”

 

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11 January 2016

Repairs on site

Filed under: Campus news, Student experience — Heather Leathley @ 5:19 pm

Mobile phone and tablet repairs can now be taken care of through the Everything Essex shop on Square 4.

The shop is trialling a new service in conjunction with a local company.   Damaged items can be dropped off at the desk before being sent off for repair and then returned when as good as new.

A price list is available at the counter.  All Apple models and androids must be less than four years old.

 

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Colchester fitness classes expand.

Filed under: Campus news, Sport, Student experience, What's on — Tags: , , — Heather Leathley @ 11:30 am

Kickstart your 2016 fitness plans with a week long guest pass to the Colchester Evolve Gym which includes access to 10 new fitness classes.

Introducing early bird classes every weekday morning at 7.05 am, the line-up of more than 30 sessions each week now includes Cycle Fit and Stretch and Mobility. Sign up here for the guest pass and book your place on a class through the Sports Centre reception on 3250.

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14 December 2015

Become a member of the Student Conduct Panel

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Communications, CER @ 1:22 pm

The University is looking to recruit new student members of the Student Conduct Panel.

What is the student conduct panel?

The Student Conduct Panel exists to deal with cases of serious student non-academic misconduct. The panel is made up of a mixture of about 16 members of academic staff and around 12 students. When a student is reported for an alleged breach of the Student Conduct Regulations the case is investigated by the Proctor or the Associate Proctor who may impose a penalty themselves in less serious cases. However, serious cases or repeated minor breaches are referred to a Student Conduct Committee made up of three members of the Student Conduct Panel: two members of academic staff and one student. The Student Conduct Committee meets to hear all the evidence in the case and follows set procedures to determine whether or not the accused student is guilty of the alleged breach and, if so, what the penalty should be. Penalties can range from a formal written warning to expulsion from the University.

What are the benefits of joining?

As a member of the panel you would be making a significant contribution to University life. Aside from finding involvement in the process very interesting and rewarding, you would gain some valuable transferrable skills that could be used during and beyond your studies. We encourage students who have participated in the process to make reference to their panel membership on their CV.

Additionally, students who join the panel in 2015/2016 and who complete their initial training session plus two observations and then sit on a minimum of four (4) committee meetings over a three (3) year period can achieve 25 units towards a Big Essex Award.

How will membership affect my studies?

Membership of the panel will not take up much of your time. A Student Conduct Committee usually lasts less than two hours and we have in the region of 15 per academic year. In a busy year it is unlikely that you would be expected to sit on more than three or four committees over the course of the year. Students who join the panel are expected to attend an initial training session and then observe a couple of committees before being ready to sit on a committee themselves. There is also an annual review and training event which all existing panel members are asked to attend which lasts about three hours.

How long would my membership last?

If you are happy to do so, we would hope that you would remain a panel member for the duration of your studies. Experience as a panel member contributes greatly towards the panel functioning well.

Interested? Want to know more?

If you are interested in joining, please email studentconduct@essex.ac.uk to register your interest no later than 4pm on Monday 25 January 2016. You will then be invited to a meeting to hear more about the process and how to apply formally to join the panel.

More information

In the meantime, you can find further information about the student conduct process on our student conduct webpage.

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7 December 2015

Big win takes Essex Blades to national final

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Sport, Student experience — Tags: , , — Heather Leathley @ 10:34 am

Essex Blades Women’s basketball team is off to the final of the Basketball England National Cup after a resounding victory over Mansfield Giants.

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1 December 2015

Southend screening for acclaimed Holocaust memorial film

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Student experience, What's on — Tags: , — Heather Leathley @ 11:29 am

To mark  Holocaust Memorial Day on Thursday 28 January the University of Essex is partnership with Southend Borough Council to offer a free screening of the acclaimed documentary ‘Night Will Fall’ in the Lecture Theatre in The Forum at the Southend Campus.

Night Will Fall, narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, is a 2014 documentary film directed by Andre Singer that tells the story behind a 1945 British government film which aimed to provide lasting evidence of Nazi crimes during the Holocaust.  Professor Rainer Schulze from the University of Essex’s Department of History was an historical consultant on this 75-minute documentary which derives its title from the original film: “Unless the world learns the lesson these pictures teach, night will fall.”

Rated as a 15, tickets are available through Eventbrite.

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