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13 July 2018

Making it happen – whatever the score

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience, What's on — Communications, CER @ 11:06 am

Our Make Happen students have been on campus for their residential summer school.

Year 12 students from Essex and beyond cheered for England from their residential summer school on Colchester Campus this week.

Their schedule was changed to allow them the chance to catch the game during their busy week –  living the student life,  staying in halls of residence and checking out what university offers them.

The summer schools are being run by the University of Essex and Make Happen – the collaborative outreach programme aimed at inspiring the young people of Essex to look at higher education as a route to achieving their ambitions.

The focus for some of the students at this week’s Make Happen residential  summer school is sport science – and the young people have been learning about working in elite sports, using movement and exercise to rehabilitate injuries and how to use cutting edge performance analysis techniques in coaching.

The students enjoyed watching the England match as part of their experience of living on campus

Make Happen’s Luke French said  “ It’s the dream of many of our guests to work in elite sport, you never know  we may have the England Football Team coach  or physio for the 2022 World Cup in our midst!”

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15 June 2018

Exhibition on the women’s refuge movement

Filed under: Latest news, People pages, What's on — Communications Office @ 2:02 pm
June Freeman

June Freeman

A fascinating new exhibition in Colchester tells the story of the women’s refuge movement in East Anglia and the tenacious grass-roots campaigners who pioneered these vital oases in the struggle for gender equality.

Interviewers recorded the memories of 35 women who fought against the dismissive attitudes of the 1970s and 1980s to lift the lid on domestic violence, helping to establish nine refuges, including those in Ipswich, Chelmsford,  Norwich, and Colchester, between 1974 and 1981.

The free exhibition, “You Can’t Beat a Woman”, runs from 18 to 30 June at The Minories in Colchester. It is accompanied by an illustrated booklet, a workshop and a free talk.

Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, Dr June Freeman, an Essex alumna and founder member of Colchester Refuge, spent two years overseeing the oral history project which tells the history of the refuges in the founding women’s own words. June worked with Ravi Thiara, focusing on the campaign to change attitudes to domestic violence in white British and British Asian communities.

Author, researcher and lecturer June explained: “Many of the pioneers of the refuge movement are now in their 60s and 70s, with some in their 80s. If we were to capture the story of the early days of the refuge campaign from the point of view of the women who instigated and were involved in it, we needed to act immediately.”

June adds: “Refuges are now an accepted feature of the social landscape. The dismissive condescension of the 1970s belongs to a bygone age. But, with many refuges heavily dependent on central and local government funding, government policies threaten both the stability and culture of refuges, which were established as organisations run by women for women.”

The challenge for campaigners seeking to establish a refuge was to provide hard evidence of the need for it. Initially Essex’s Social Services department, the police and the local media were unconvinced. A turning point came when the Colchester refuge group liaised with local solicitors to establish how often violence was discussed in their dealings with matrimonial cases.

The group took their story to the press. A 1976 report was headlined “400 wives need refuge from violent husbands”. The article revealed that – in the past year – social workers had dealt with “At least 20 cases of severely beaten women. Two women had broken jaws, two had broken noses, one suffered brain damage, two suffered attempted strangulation and one had 38 stitches in her face.”

The Colchester group also gathered information about women murdered by a husband or partner, uncovering staggering evidence that the criminal justice system was failing to protect them.

In one case, a man tried for strangling his wife was cleared of murder after claiming she was always complaining and had shouted at him with a “vicious look on her face.” Sentencing him for manslaughter, the judge said he had never come across a case where anyone had endured so much provocation and gave him just three years’ probation.

As the campaigning women uncovered more horror stories, a groundswell of public opinion pressurised local councils to find properties they could rent. In the early days these were frequently run-down buildings where the women and their children endured squalid conditions. Campaigners helped to decorate them, appealing for furniture and utensils to try to establish safe, supportive and welcoming accommodation.

Black, Asian and ethnic minority women were a critical part of the struggle for women’s rights and they developed specialist women’s refuges to serve the different needs of their communities. Interviews focusing on British Asian experiences form part of the exhibition, which moves to a gallery in Bethnal Green Road, East London, in January.

‘You Can’t Beat a Woman’ is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday 18 June to Saturday 30 June at The Minories, High Street, Colchester. Admission is free.

A workshop led by Mell Robinson entitled ‘A Woman’s Voice: 100 years of women’s empowerment’ takes place at Firstsite, Colchester from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 23 June. Places are limited and tickets cost £10.50 including lunch.

A free talk by Roxanne Ellis, entitled ‘The Making of the Femicide Census Quilt’ takes place at Firstsite on Monday 25 June from 2-3pm.

For more information, see: www.youcantbeatawoman.co.uk

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2 March 2018

Make a runner smile

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — ckeitch @ 1:07 pm
Charlie likes sweets

A runner grabs some jelly babies

It’s the Colchester Half Marathon on Sunday 25 March and we’re looking for volunteers to join our team of marshalls.

We’re going to be turning Langham pink with our hi-vis vests and woolly hats, and helping to cheer all the runners up as they start to make their way back towards the finish line at Weston Homes Community Stadium.

We need marshalls to help man our water station, dish out some much needed jelly babies and give all of the runners a huge cheer.  Take a look at our photos from last year to see what a great day it is.

The race is organised by a group of volunteers from Colchester Colne Round Table, alongside some dedicated individuals from the Colchester community.  Over nine years it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities. These have included MSUK, Headway, The Robin Cancer Trust Robin and the Tom Bowdridge Foundation.  In 2018, the race is raising money to support Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and MSUK.

Take a look at what ‘s involved with being a volunteer and contact us if you’d like to help out.

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27 October 2017

You’re invited: Citizenship and civic engagement 

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Communications, CER @ 11:29 am

Do you feel disengaged and disconnected with the political system? What barriers are preventing you from being more involved, locally and nationally?

Come to our event and let us know what you think. Your views will help shape the House of Lords inquiry into citizenship and civic engagement.

The big issue

British society is changing. People have low levels of confidence in the political system. We now need to find new ways of building bridges within and between communities.

At the event, we will be asking you:

  • If you feel connected to the local community
  • If you feel government listens to you
  • How you could be supported to participate more in public life

How can you help?

Are you someone who feels disconnected and disengaged with the political system? If so, come to our event and help shape the inquiry.

When and where?

Clacton-on-Sea

Date: Tuesday 31 October

Time: 1-4pm

Venue: Community Voluntary Services Tendring, 22 Rosemary Rd, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1NZ

The event is free to attend, but please book using our Eventbrite page as places are limited.

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6 October 2017

Score a discount on your next car

Filed under: Sport, What's on — Communications, CER @ 2:27 pm
Pictured are Jon Neill from Sportsafe, Mark Farress from D Salmon Cars and Dr Dave Parry our Director of Sport along with our basketball scholars Ellie Shazon, Catherine Lutz, Stanley Kadzunge and Findlay Wood.

Pictured are Jon Neill from Sportsafe, Mark Farress from D Salmon Cars and Dr Dave Parry our Director of Sport along with our basketball scholars Ellie Shazon, Catherine Lutz, Stanley Kadzunge and Findlay Wood.

D Salmon Cars, sponsors of our basketball teams, are offering our staff and students a discount on new Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Jeep cars.

The discount is worth between  £1,250 and £10,000 on the purchase price of new vehicles.

Take a look at the D Salmon website offers page for more details.

If you would like to catch our basketball players in action, take a look at  this season’s National league home fixtures. Everyone is invited – so come along and cheer on our Essex Blades.

Date Women 5pm Tip Men 7pm Tip
Saturday 7 October Lancashire Spinners Greenwich Titans
Saturday 21 October University of Nottingham
Saturday 28 October Cardiff Met Archers
Saturday 4November Team Solent Kestrels
Saturday 18November Loughborough Student Riders Oxford Brookes University
Saturday 2 December Southwark Pride East London Allstars
Saturday 9 December Oxford Brooks University Southwick Pride
Saturday 16 December BA London Lions 2
Saturday 13 January Reading Rockets Swindon Shock
Saturday 3 February Team Birmingham Elite Northants Tauras
Saturday 17 February Anglia Ruskin University
Saturday 3 March Bristol Academy Flyers Team Solent Kestrels 2

 

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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 jhubbaa@essex.ac.uk

To join the Wellbeing Workout programme: contact Jayde on jhubbaa@essex.ac.uk

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 jhubbaa@essex.ac.uk

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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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28 July 2017

Discount ticket offer to see GB’s top basketball stars

Filed under: Latest news, Sport, What's on — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 10:09 am
GB Basketball in action

Photo credit: Mansoor Ahmed/Ahmedphotos

The University is partnering up with British Basketball for the GB vs Greece Senior Men’s International game next month at the Copper Box Arena in London.

And as an official partner for the game on Saturday 19 August, staff and students at the University can enjoy a third off the price of the tickets.

The University is also extending its relationship with British Basketball as a training venue for its Under 20 Men’s team.

British Basketball Chief Executive, Lisa Wainwright, said: “The University of Essex has always provided us with outstanding facilities and services whenever we host camps or events there. We’re looking forward to working with them on the game.”

The University’s Director of Sport Dave Parry added: “The University of Essex is proud to be a commercial partner of British Basketball for the match against Greece. We are committed to supporting the game of basketball from grass roots to elite performance, through our community projects and junior teams, up to our basketball scholarship programme.

“We are delighted that we are again hosting Great Britain teams for training camps at our facilities, and hope to continue to do so in future, particularly when our new £11m three-court facility opens later this year.”

• Check the British Basketball website for further details of tickets with the discount code.

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24 May 2017

Webinars to make the most of data

Filed under: Research impact, What's on — Communications Office @ 11:50 pm

Free webinars on making the most of data

The UK Data Service, based at the University of Essex, is contributing to a series of free one-hour webinars aimed at helping you get the most out of research tools and key national and international surveys, on topics ranging from politics to aging.

The sessions, aimed at beginners, include an introduction to bio-markers: what they are and how they can be used, and an overview on sharing data through the ReShare repository.

For details and bookings, see the links below.

Wednesday 7 June – 2pm

Data in Europe: Political behaviour

https://cessda.net/CESSDA-Services/Resources/Events/Webinar-Data-in-Europe-Political-Behaviour

Tuesday 13 June – 3pm

Guided walk through ReShare

https://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=4864

Wednesday 14 June  – 3pm

Data in Europe: Ageing

https://cessda.net/CESSDA-Services/Resources/Events/Webinar-Data-in-Europe-Ageing

Thursday 15 June – 2pm

Introduction to Biomarker data

https://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=4918

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27 January 2017

Essex Book Festival 2017 hits Loughton

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Heather Leathley @ 5:19 pm

This year’s Essex Book Festival runs throughout  March with events around the county.

Budding authors should head to Loughton Library on Saturday 11 March when Ann Cotterrell from Northway Books will be sharing insights and anecdotes to illustrate the joys and pitfalls of publishing.

Come to Loughton Library to take part in this year's Essex Book Festival.

Come to Loughton Library to take part in this year’s Essex Book Festival

She’ll also be sharing some wise thoughts on self-publishing including advice on design, the processes of production, distribution and new media.

The talk, which starts at 2.30 pm, is accompanied by a display from the National Jazz Archive’s extensive collections.

More details for this event and the many others featured during the month can be found on the Essex Book Festival website.

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