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23 August 2019

Can you help us welcome our new students?

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, People pages, Student experience, What's on — Communications, CER @ 11:52 am

Welcome and Registration volunteers – we need your help!

Could you spare some time to volunteer during Arrivals Day or Welcome this year?

The Registration and Student Experience teams are busy preparing for the start of the new academic year and are keen to hear from anyone who can donate some of their time to support Welcome and Registration events for our new students in October.

Help is needed on Arrivals Day, Sunday 29 September, as well as during Welcome Week. This is a great way to have positive contact with students who will be grateful for all the help and support they can get to make their transition into University life a smooth one.  It’s also a chance to work with staff and student volunteers from across the institution so it really is a win/win opportunity.

If you’d like to get involved in activities that aren’t part of your usual job please speak to your line manager and complete the online form and the team will be in touch.

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28 June 2019

Reaching out to young people this summer

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, People pages, Student experience, What's on — Communications, CER @ 1:51 pm

Two summer schools will invite young people to our campus this summer to learn about and experience university life.

Over the next two weeks, the Outreach team will be welcoming around 150 students onto our Colchester Campus for a university residential experience that they will never forget.

Our summer schools are designed for students who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education and are the perfect opportunity for them to discover more about university. They raise aspirations, knowledge and attainment through an innovative set of activities.

Two summer schools will give students the opportunity to immerse themselves into university life, both academically through taster sessions and socially as they will be staying in our University accommodation.

Our year 10 summer school, funded through Make Happen – the Essex partnership for the National Collaborative Outreach Program-  will see students taking part in a one-night residential, working with University of Essex academics to produce an academic poster arguing passionately for or against one of the following topics:

Year 12 visitors will experience the five-day programme filled with lectures, seminars, and independent research time to prepare them for university applications and degree-level academic writing. As part of the application process, students were invited to write a  500-word application on one of the following strands:

  • Mental Health Uncut: Critically consider the role of social media in the development of mental health problems.
  • Detention in the USA: Trump has detained many asylum seeking families, do you think this affects people’s Human Rights?
  • Global Meltdown: Young people in the UK are not affected by worldwide environmental concerns. Discuss.
  • Biological Sciences: A life for a life: Is the use of embryonic stem cells in medical research justified? Argue passionately for and against.
  • Business Studies: Write about somebody in business you admire: Tell us why you think they make a good business person. Think about their professional image, behaviour and reputation.
  • Literature, Film and Theatre Studies: Delve into the fascinating world of relationships by immersing yourself in one of our key texts. Critically analyse how relationships are depicted in your text by writing an essay. Or, you may feel inspired to write a poem, song, rap, short story, piece of drama, epilogue or prologue.

Both year groups will be living in our on campus accommodation, using the academic and social facilities and experiencing life as a University of Essex student. Current students act as role models throughout the summer school to share their experiences and inspire them to follow their footsteps into university.

Summer schools are part of the University’s outreach program of activity which is designed to work with underrepresented groups in higher education and give them to tools and confidence needed to progress to Higher Education. More information about the University’s outreach activities can be found on our outreach website.

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22 May 2019

Celebrating Professor Jules Pretty’s time as Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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Please join us on Wednesday 12 June to celebrate Professor Jules Pretty’s contribution to the University, as he steps down from his role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Jules Pretty is standing down as our Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Jules Pretty has played a vital role in our University for many years. He is Professor of Environment and Society, was Head of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2004-2008, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Science & Engineering) from 2010-2012, then Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2012-2019.

Jules joined Essex’s Department of Biological Sciences in 1997, having worked for ten years at the International Institute for Environment and Development, where he was director of their sustainable agriculture programme from 1989. Before that, he worked at Imperial College.

At Essex, he set up the Centre for Environment and Society, which links across a variety of departments and disciplines. His sole-authored books include The East Country (Cornell Univ Press, 2017), The Edge of Extinction (Cornell University Press, 2014), This Luminous Coast (2011, 2014), The Earth Only Endures (2007), Agri-Culture (2002), The Living Land (1998), and Regenerating Agriculture (1995).

Professor Pretty is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, former Deputy-Chair of the governments Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, and has served on advisory committees for BBSRC and the Royal Society.

He was presenter of the 1999 BBC Radio 4 series Ploughing Eden, a contributor and writer for the 2001 BBC TV Correspondent programme The Magic Bean, and a panellist in 2007 for Radio 4’s The Moral Maze.

He was appointed A D White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University from 2001, and is Chief & Founding Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability.

He received an OBE in 2006 for services to sustainable agriculture, and an honorary degree from Ohio State University in 2009.

A drinks reception will be held on Wednesday 12 June in The Hexagon from 4.45pm-6.00pm.  If you would like to attend Jules’ event, please RSVP to events@essex.ac.uk or if you would like further details please telephone Holly Ward on ext 3270 or email hollyb@esssex.ac.uk.

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1 February 2019

Time to Talk Day – Thursday 7 February

Filed under: People pages, What's on — Communications, CER @ 3:33 pm

How are you?

Many of us will answer ‘fine’, even when we’re not.

Time to Talk Day is Thursday 7 February.

Too often, mental health problems are treated as a taboo subject- something not to be talked about.

However, mental health affects us all and we should feel able to talk about it. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. And you don’t have to be an expert to talk.

In November 2018 the University signed the Time to Change Pledge, a commitment to you all to change how we think and act about mental health at every level of this organisation.

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem and nine in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation around mental health and ensuring that no one is made to feel isolated or alone for having a mental health problem.

As part of our ongoing commitment to this, we are supporting Time to Talk Day, taking place on Thursday 7 February.

This is a day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health and we shall be promoting this in our restaurants and public areas.

We want everyone who works or studies here to feel they can be open about their mental health, and ask for support if they need it. We have a range of support services available to staff and for our students.

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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 

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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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