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12 January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Week 2017

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Since 2007 the University of Essex has marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of events taking place during the week that leads up to or includes 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by Soviet troops.

The week provides a focus for remembering the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in countries such as Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It is also an opportunity for us to look at human rights issues, and lessons still to be learned by the Holocaust.

For more information email, or telephone: 873270.

17 January – 18 February 2017


This event marks the start of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Week, and will be opened by Professor Rainer Schulze, at the launch event on Thursday 19 January from 6pm-8pm.

Photographer and video artist Ori Gersht turns his lens on sites of collective trauma, violence and loss, examining the power of time and landscape to preserve and erase history.

This exhibition features ‘Evaders’, a two channel film and series of photographs which trace the journey used by the German-Jewish writer and philosopher, Walter Benjamin on his ill-fated journey in 1940 to escape Nazi-occupied France across the Pyrenees.

The clear visual references to German Romanticism in Gersht’s ‘Evaders’, particularly to the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, are suggestive of a fatal attachment to German culture that prevented Walter Benjamin, like many others, from grasping the horrific scope of the Nazi agenda until it was too late to escape its consequences. Gersht skillfully combines this history with his own more recent cultural upheavals and current concerns over Europe’s border controls or the lack of them.

‘Evaders’ is accompanied by photographs from the ‘White Noise’ series which also take a journey as their starting point – the train journey from Krakow to Auschwitz. Gersht photographed the scenes from his train window using a slow shutter speed, allowing the images to blur and slip away like memories in the process of forgetting.

Ori Gersht was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel and now lives and works in London.

Guest-curated by Sanna Moore.

Thursday 19 January

Launch – Ori Gersht:Evaders

Opened by Professor Rainer Schulze, Emeritus Professor, the Deparment of History.

6pm-8pm Art Exchange. Free admission and all welcome.

Wednesday 25 January

THINK debate on refugees

2pm, Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall

Don Kipper

Lakeside Theatre, 7.30pm

Join the award-winning klezmer ensemble for a special Holocaust Memorial Day performance.

Uncover the world of Eastern European Jewish and Roma music making, from hectic hongas and frantic freylekhs, to tranquil Dobridens and soulful Doinas. Over the course of the evening Don Kipper will tell you stories of great Klezmer musicians (the Klezmorim) of the past, bringing  to life that tradition and giving voice to  the music of the many minorities who were victims of the holocaust.

Don Kipper attempt to root themselves deeply in the traditions that surround them. They seek to explore radical interpretations and taut arrangements full of complex harmonies, rhythms and imaginative improvisation.

“So tight it sounds like one divine entity is playing the band”

Max Reinhardt (Late Junction, BBC Radio 3)

In advance:

UOE Students £6 / Conc £9 / Full £13

Thursday 26 January

Lunchtime Tour

To coincide with Holocaust  Memorial Week, Jess Twyman will lead a tour of the exhibition, offering insights into the ideas explored in Ori Gersht’s work.

1.15 – 1.45pm, Art Exchange

Dora Love Prize – Separate to Holocaust Memorial Week

Dora Love, a Holocaust survivor, spent much of her life raising awareness that the attitudes which made the Holocaust possible – intolerance, discrimination and outright hatred of those who are regarded as ‘different’ for whatever reason – are still alive all around us. Whilst the specific circumstances of the Holocaust are unlikely to recur, we need to learn from the past in order to act responsibly in the present and shape a joint future for all where no one is excluded.

Dora Love died on 26 October 2011, and the Dora Love Prize continues her work. It is awarded each year for the best Holocaust awareness project by an individual pupil or group of pupils of a school in Essex or Suffolk. Currently it is only open to years 7 to 10. The Prize goes to the project which expresses best that which was most important to Dora Love: speaking up against hatred wherever it occurs, never forgetting the ultimate consequence of seemingly small acts of discrimination and developing a sense of personal responsibility.

The Dora Love Prize evening, when participating schools from Essex and Suffolk present their projects ending with the award of the Prize, always takes place in the week leading up to or including Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by Soviet troops in 1945.

Lakeside Theatre,  7pm.

Friday 27 January – Holocaust Memorial Day

Reading of names

11.50am-4.10pm, Square 3, Colchester campus

We would like volunteers to read the names – if you would like to take part in this commemoration, please contact our events team on ext 3270 or email

Reading of names of those who perished in the Holocaust and other genocides. From 10 minutes to and 10 minutes past each hour between 11.50am and 4.10pm.

As a symbolic gesture we will read the names of victims of the Holocaust and other genocides every hour in Square 3 from 11.50am to 4.10pm, from ten minutes to the hour to ten minutes past the hour and we are looking for volunteers from our staff and students to read names for around five minutes in any of those time slots.

The spirit of this act of remembrance is perhaps best expressed by David Berger, himself a victim of the Holocaust who was killed, at the age of 19, in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1941. He said, ‘If something happens, I would want there to be somebody who would remember that someone named D. Berger had once lived.  This  will make things easier for me in the difficult moments.’ The reading of names is very informal and people will listen (or not) as they pass by through Square 3. The emphasis is not on correct pronunciation but more the fact that they are being remembered by us today. Every name we read out represents the many whose names we do not know.

If you would like to contribute to this commemoration, please email to let us know your availability, so that we can prepare a rota for the day.

Service led by Colchester and District Jewish Community to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

A short service based on the Friday evening synagogue service with readings and reflections. 
Lakeside Theatre, 7.30pm

Thursday 2 February

Artist’s Talk

Artist Ori Gersht will join us for an evening of debate and conversation. Focusing on the artworks on display, Ori will expand on the ideas that inform his production.

6pm-7pm, Art Exchange

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19 December 2016

Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors at the UK Data Archive?

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 3:28 pm

To celebrate its 50th anniversary the UK Data Archive is holding an open morning specifically for Professional Services staff at the University.

As a secure data environment the UK Data Archive is usually behind locked doors, so this is a rare opportunity to visit the Archive.

Date: Wednesday 11 January 2017


10.30am: Welcome and introduction to the UK Data Archive

10.45am-11.15am: What does the UK Data Archive actually do? Short presentations of its key work

11.15am-12 noon: Enjoy coffee and cake, meet staff and see project work

The open morning will give you a whistle-stop tour of the Archive’s work, give guests the opportunity to meet staff and hear about some of our latest projects involving research and development, training and teaching, research data management and more.

To fulfil security obligations as a secure data environment the Archive will need to have a list of visitors, so if you would like to come along please RSVP to in advance.

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4 November 2016

Sandi Toksvig to host Women of the Future Appeal dinner

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Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig

The success of the Women of the Future Appeal will be celebrated with a special fundraising dinner at Wivenhoe House hotel on Wednesday 14 December hosted by television presenter and writer Sandi Toksvig.

Launched in June 2015 to raise £500,000 to support 25 Masters scholarships for women from around the world to study at Essex, the Appeal has surpassed its target thanks to the enthusiastic support of the University community and the wider public. This means even more women can be supported through scholarships.

The Celebration Dinner, which is being hosted by Sandi Toksvig, will close the appeal. The evening will feature an auction with items donated by our Honorary Graduates and local businesses including a selection of David Dimbleby’s Question Time ties, luxury hotel stays and a free dive with a world champion free diver.

The evening is a chance to bring together donors to the Appeal, local business representatives and members of the University and local community.

All proceeds from tickets sales and the auction will be matched by the University.

Booking is open to everyone to book tickets go to:

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27 October 2016

Make a date at Clifftown Theatre in November

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Communications Office @ 3:52 pm
Fahrenheit 451 poster

Poster from Fahrenheit 451

This month check out the Clifftown Theatre to see incredible shows created by East 15 students.

Revolution a double bill of two one act plays arrives at Clifftown Theatre on Thursday November 3 and runs to Saturday November 5.

Directed by Jules Tipton and Ian Nicholson, Revolution comprises Incognito, examining the cultural landscape, and A Part of the Main, carousing continental cabaret, exploring what it means to be British.

The temperature rises for Fahrenheit 451, the first performance of the season by East 15 students, a co-production between The David Glass Ensemble and the East 15 Physical Theatre course. The company creates an exciting production based on Ray Bradbury’s classic story of a world where books are outlawed and free thought is scarce.

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26 August 2016

Alumnus to showcase artwork at Nottage

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Winter lake scene in moonlight

Winter lake scene in moonlight

Local artist and Essex alumnus Alex Tzirinis (Altis) will again be showcasing his work at a special exhibition at the Nottage Maritime Institute in Wivenhoe from 3-18 September between 2-6pm. The private view in on Saturday 3 September.

Alex takes scenes that attract his attention and transforms them into vibrant memories through imaginative colour harmonies.

Alex, who graduated from Essex with a MA in History and Philosophy of Modern Art, paints on canvas using oils and acrylics and his work is characterised by vivid colours and impressionistic, visible brushstrokes which blend in to create unique immersive pieces.

More images are available to view on his website.






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18 August 2016

What does our data-driven future mean to you?

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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

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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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