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18 August 2016

What does our data-driven future mean to you?

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Tags: — Communications Office @ 11:24 am

Big dataThe hidden world of data and what it means for all of us will be explored in four keynote lectures for staff and students as part of next month’s Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School.

All the lectures will be held in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall’s Auditorium A on our Colchester Campus.

Monday 5September 4.45pm-5.45pm

Speaker: Harry Powell, Head of Advanced Data Analytics, Barclays PLC

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Abstract: How do you apply “Google” technology to a 325-year-old bank? The digital economy accounts for only 5% of GDP. Data science will revolutionise our world only once we work out how to apply it in established “old-world” businesses.

But there are challenges in doing so and overcoming them requires an appreciation of what data science is, how it is different and why. This talk will draw on Harry Powell’s experience of building the Advanced Data Analytics team at Barclays and in building big data machine learning applications in a regulated environment.

 

Wednesday 7September 4.45pm-5.45pm

Speaker: Hado an Hasselt, Senior Research Scientist, Google Deepmind

Title: Deep reinforcement learning

Abstract: Reinforcement learning gives us a way to build machines that can learn to make decisions automatically and autonomously, without prior demonstrations of desired behaviour.  This means that the machine can find solutions that its designer did not need to specify or even know.  This talk will discuss how to use reinforcement learning to learn how to make decisions, and how to combine it with deep learning to scale to impressive applications.

 

Monday 12September 4.45pm-5.45pm

Speaker: Hetan Shah, Executive Director, The Royal Statistical Society

Title: A data manifesto

Abstract: Hetan Shah will talk about the Royal Statistical Society’s Data Manifesto which argues that government can improve democracy, policymaking and prosperity through better use of data and statistics. He will discuss a range of issues including data access and data sharing, open data, statistical skills and the ‘data trust deficit’.

 

Wednesday 14 September 4.45pm-5.45pm

Speaker: Megan Lucero, Data Journalism Editor, News UK

Title: What’s next for (data) journalism?

Abstract: Over the past few years, The Times and Sunday Times broke several exclusives that led to international outcry and institutional change, due in part to their investment in a computational investigations team.

From uncovering tax avoidance, to doping in athletics, the data team at The Times and Sunday Times changed journalism practice by integrating computing into the story finding process. The team, equipped with statisticians, programmers and journalists, lend an analytical eye to stories in a unique way for a newspaper.

This talk by the team’s Data Editor, Megan Lucero, will go behind the scenes of several of their big stories and explain how data analysis can advance accountability in journalism and society.

Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School is being held from 5 to 16 September 2016 at Colchester Campus.

 

 

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22 June 2016

Good Teaching Practice Conference

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 5:01 pm

DSC_0683The first Annual Good Teaching Practice Conference at Essex Business School was a success with over 75 people attending throughout the day.

The day included three themed sessions covering student engagement and provision of feedback; postgraduate teaching practice; and work-based learning. A number of speakers from across our campuses shared examples of their good practice and there were lively discussions in the breaks as colleagues enthusiastically shared ideas.

The event, organised by Learning and Development, was designed to allow colleagues to meet and share good practice ideas and promote good teaching practice across the University.

A large number of people attended throughout the day, including colleagues from partner institutions at Colchester Institute, South Essex College and UCS, as well as colleagues from Southend and Loughton.

Thank you again to all participants for giving your time to share your good practice and ideas with colleagues, hopefully the event will continue to grow in future years and become a cornerstone of a network to share good practice at the University of Essex.

Have a look at some of the event photos or download copies of the conference booklet and the speaker’s slides.

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29 February 2016

Children’s tennis course served up

Filed under: Campus news, Sport, What's on — Tags: , , — Heather Leathley @ 3:09 pm

University Tennis Co-ordinator Toby Bawden has successful applied for funding from the Lawn Tennis Association to run an introductory junior tennis course at the Colchester Campus.

Following Britain’s success in the Davis Cup last year, the Lawn Tennis Association invited coaches to apply for Legacy funding to run a free six week introductory tennis course for up to ten children aged from five to eight.  Children who attend for at least four weeks will be given special Davis Cup rackets.

As coach,  Toby gets to attend a training day with an inspirational coach, a GB Davis Cup kit, six week course lesson plans and a bucket of red tennis balls to use.

The lessons will run after school next term.  For more information please contact Toby on tbawde@essex.ac.uk.LTA

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11 January 2016

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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18 December 2015

Tickets now on sale for national basketball final

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Sport, What's on — Tags: , , — Heather Leathley @ 10:31 am

The first 50 tickets to see the Essex Blades women’s team in the Basketball England National Cup final are on sale at just £10 including coach and match ticket.In their first season in the national league the undefeated team is heading to Sheffield on Sunday 24 January to play Reading Rockets at the English Institute of Sport for this prestigious title. The Men’s National Cup final is held on the same day so it’s a chance to see some world-class basketball. More details available here.

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7 December 2015

Children’s Christmas club at Colchester Campus

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Sport, What's on — Tags: , — Heather Leathley @ 4:26 pm

There are a few spaces left for the children’s activity sessions running at the  Colchester Campus Sports Centre Monday 21 December to Wednesday 23 December.

Known as CHUMS, the Children’s Holidays at the University of Essex Multi-Activity Sports, offers a jam-packed programme of fun sports from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm every day. Email chums@essex.ac.uk for more information.

 

 

 

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1 December 2015

Dr Sharon Shoesmith gives talk at Southend

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Tags: — Communications Office @ 2:21 pm

The former Director of Children’s Services in Haringey, Dr Sharon Shoesmith, who attracted extensive media attention following the homicide of Baby P, will be speaking  to students and social work professionals at The Forum Southend-on-Sea on Friday 11 December.

At this free event, organised by the Centre for Social Work Practice in association with the University, Dr Shoesmith will talk about developing different perspectives on the social work profession, using her experience from 37 years working with and protecting children.

The case of Baby P ultimately led to Dr Shoesmith’s unfair dismissal. Her subsequent successful High Court case against the then Secretary of State Ed Balls and her former employer led her to undertake a PhD and write a book about the responses to the case, which will be published in 2016.

The talk is from 5.30pm to 8.00pm. Tickets are available from the Centre for Social Work Practice.

 

 

 

 

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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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23 November 2015

Christmas in Canteen

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, What's on — Tags: , , — Heather Leathley @ 6:05 pm

The popular annual Christmas lunch will be served in Canteen on Square 3 on Tuesday 8 December, Wednesday 9 December, Thursday 10 December and Wednesday 16 December.  More details and table bookings are available here. There’s a bottle of free non-alcoholic sparkling wine for parties of four or more.

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19 November 2015

University hosts climate change debate

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Tags: — Communications Office @ 4:54 pm
Professor Jules Pretty

Professor Jules Pretty

MP Bernard Jenkin and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Jules Pretty are chairing a public meeting at the University to debate how to limit the local impact of climate change.

The meeting takes place from 9.30am to 1pm on Friday 27 November at Wivenhoe House hotel and is open to all those who live in Mr Jenkin’s Harwich and North Essex constituency, which includes the University.

The event takes place just three days before the start of the United Nations climate conference in Paris, at which representatives of 190 nations will try to reach a new global agreement on climate change.

Organised by Chappel and Wakes Colne WI, the Essex meeting will focus on local impacts of climate change and potential solutions. Speakers include representatives from the Environment Agency and Essex Wildlife Trust.

The meeting will feature audience voting via keypads, and will also receive the results of an online survey of north Essex residents about climate issues.

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