Students Staff

18 February 2015

Freedom explored in 50th poetry event

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: , , , — Communications Office @ 1:02 pm
Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor

UK Slam Champion, Joelle Taylor, was at our Colchester Campus last week for the University’s first ever multi-lingual poetry slam event.

The event was organised by the modern languages team in the Department of Languages and Linguistics, as part of our 50th anniversary events programme.

Fourteen students took part in a poetry and performance workshop in the Hexagon, where they used some of the Something Fierce exhibits as props, before performing in the Lakeside Theatre to an audience of prospective students and local secondary school students.

Speaking afterwards, Joelle said: “Students created pieces in a mic of their mother tongues and English, and performed them to an incredible crowd…who became the judges of the slam. The poems themselves were raw and almost transcendental, exploring each artists’ feelings and personal relationship to the theme of freedom.”

One of the students who took part said: “Joelle knows how to encourage people and the whole workshop was not about your writing skills but more about self-confidence and trying to do something different.”

A representative from Routes into Languages East added: “I was hugely impressed, first by Joelle Taylor’s wizardry with words and her charisma and then by your students not only the amazing poetry they produced but their professional, powerful performance of it – I particularly loved the interplay between the different languages and how it all really demonstrated how empowering poetry can be.”

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21 January 2015

Take a Punt on radio quiz questions

Filed under: Campus news, What's on — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 11:07 am
The 3rd Degree is hosted by comedian Steve Punt

The 3rd Degree is hosted by comedian Steve Punt

Comedian Steve Punt will be at the Colchester Campus on 2 February to host a Radio 4 quiz show pitting our students against their lecturers.

The University of Essex edition of The 3rd Degree will be recorded as live in front of an audience in the Lakeside Theatre.

The 3rd Degree is recorded on location at a different university each week. Rounds vary from specialist to general knowledge, with quick-fire bell-and-buzzer rounds as well as individual questions. With the underlying rigour of a formal quiz it is a light-hearted quest to discover how students fare against their elders.

Essex academics taking part are Dr David Rush, Dr Rob Johns, and Christopher Walklett.

The quiz is hosted by Steve Punt of Mock the Week and Horrible Histories, and is produced by David Tyler whose credits include Spitting Image and Not the Nine O’Clock News.

The event is being hosted at Essex as part of our 50th anniversary events programme.

The 3rd Degree will be recorded in the Lakeside Theatre from 6pm on 2 February. Attendance is free but tickets should be pre-booked online.

Please be aware booking does not guarantee your seat. Due to the high frequency of uncollected tickets to free events in the past, we are releasing double the number of tickets to seats.

We anticipate this will be a popular event. Doors will open at 5.30pm and seats will be allocated to people on the booking list on a first-come, first-served basis.

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1 October 2014

Memories of coming home

Filed under: Latest news, People pages — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 3:42 pm
The Barhams' polaroid and memory pinned to the wall in The Hexagon

The Barhams’ polaroid and memory pinned to the wall in The Hexagon

Recreating student days was top of the agenda for graduates who returned for Homecoming Weekend but for one family it marked a more personal, family occasion also.

For David and Trish Barham, who met at Essex in 1984, it was an opportunity to visit the spot where they got married.

The Barhams were married in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre by former Catholic Chaplain Michael Butler in 1986. Today their eldest son is in his second year of a BSc Computer Science degree at Essex and their youngest son is considering our University as his first choice for a Politics degree after his A Levels.

But what was the highlight of Homecoming for this Essex family? “It was definitely being able to stay in Eddington again…and dancing for two hours in Sub Zero” said David.

David and Trish, who marked their time at Essex by adding a polaroid to the memory wall in Something Fierce, overcame the challenge of the Cold War to continue their student romance when Trish, who was studying Russian Studies, travelled to Moscow for five months.

“From September 1984 to January 1985 we could only communicate via letters, which were opened by the KGB, and the occasional telex from the University library to the cultural section of the British Embassy in Moscow” explained David.

He added: “We opted to get married on campus as most of our friends were still students who couldn’t afford to travel. Trish’s landlady from her third year made the dress and our reception was held in the East Seminar room which was booked out as a ‘Discussion group on marriage.’”

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8 September 2014

Imaginations: fifty sociological insights

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Ken Plummer book cover

Fifty contributions from past and present tell the story of Essex Sociology in this new 50th anniversary book

Join Ken Plummer and members of the Department of Sociology for a roundtable discussion about the book on Thursday 30 October from 4pm to 5.30pm in The Hexagon, Colchester Campus.

Fifty contributions from past and present staff and students tell the story of Essex sociology in a new 50th anniversary book edited by Ken Plummer.

For anyone who has worked or studied at Essex, the book is jammed with stories and memories, which tell of the history, creativity and community of the Department of Sociology, one of the University’s founding departments.

Imaginations: fifty years of Essex Sociology also provides an insight into the workings of a UK university department and of the shape of modern British sociology.

Founding academic staff member, contributor and former Head of Department, Professor Paul Thompson, said: “You will treasure this book, not only if you worked or studied at Essex, but also if you care deeply about sociology and its future.

“For those who experienced Essex, it will touch on special memories. But it will also show how much more was going on there than you ever realised at the time.”

The 200-page book was launched in the Tony Rich Teaching Centre during the University’s 50th anniversary celebration event on Saturday 13 September.

Copies can initially be ordered from The Wivenhoe Bookshop, the University Bookshop or direct from Ken Plummer at: plumkessex@gmail.com, priced £25.

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2 September 2014

Take a bite of something brilliant

Filed under: Latest news, Research impact — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 1:09 pm

identity1-300x200Ever wanted to know more about some of the leading research being carried out at the University?

Well, an extensive programme of bite-sized lectures is planned  for Homecoming – the launch event for our 50th anniversary celebrations on Saturday 13 September.

Covering everything from British dialects and tattoos to sexual attraction and the challenge of feeding the world, the lectures are a great way of getting an insight into why excellence in research is at the heart of Essex.

Find out more on our 50th anniversary website.

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22 August 2014

Interact with our research

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Brain computer interface researchGet involved with our research and find out why we’re consistently ranked in the UK’s top ten at Homecoming’s interactive activity programme.

You’ll be able to test your mind and body, have a go at our new word-game app, and watch our robotics displays in a series of activities inspired by our world-leading research.

Budding cyclists can pit their wits against the professionals in our cycle sprint challenge at the Human Performance Unit, the east of England’s top sports science facility. There will be prizes for the best 10-second sprint and opportunities to find out how we help elite athletes up their game.

You will be able to wire yourself up to our EEG monitor at the brain computer interface stand and even find out how our researchers are using the Nintendo Wii to improve balance and help prevent falls.

Find out more on our 50th anniversary website.

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15 August 2014

Make connections at Homecoming

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Students socialising in the Students' UnionThere has never been a better time to meet new people, and reconnect with old friends, than at our Homecoming weekend which is just around the corner.

Essex alumni will be returning to our Colchester Campus between 12 and 14 September to rediscover their student days and find out how their University has changed over the decades.

Departmental lunches will give former students the chance to meet their old tutors and fellow graduates on Saturday 13 September. Alumni can book their free place (£6 for guests) on the 50th anniversary website.

And there’s no excuse to stay in your halls after dark with a packed social programme for those staying for the weekend. Sub Zero will be playing hits from the last 50 years at the SU Club Night, and budding songsters will have their chance at the mike at Bandi-oke – like karaoke but with a live band.

If you thought Sunday was all about winding down, think again because there will also be drop-in basketball, volleyball and rounders for those who have any energy left.

Find out more about social activities on our 50th anniversary website.

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8 August 2014

Raise your pulse at Homecoming

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Climbing wallDon’t forget to bring your trainers to Homecoming on Saturday 13 September because there will be plenty of sports activities to get your pulse racing.

Active fun for all the family includes a variety of glow-in-the-dark events. You can try your hand at badminton, volleyball or Zumba in the Sports Hall. Just make sure you bring a white t-shirt so you stand out in the dark.

Outside there will be Frisbee golf and Zorb football. Visitors can also take part in family sports activities and try out the University’s climbing wall.

For alumni staying on campus for the weekend, there will be rounders, volleyball and basketball matches on Sunday 14 September. And anyone is welcome to watch a staff, student, alumni University cricket team take on a Wivenhoe and west Essex team.

You don’t need to book to take part in any of the sports events but some age restrictions do apply. Just turn up and get going.

Find out more about Homecoming.

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1 August 2014

Chloe Inkpen comes to campus

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Chloe Inkpen

Chloe Inkpen

Acclaimed children’s author, and creator of Zoe and Beans, Chloe Inkpen is at the centre of an exciting cultural programme for the Homecoming Weekend in September.

The successful children’s author will be on Campus on 13 September offering interactive storytelling, games, an illustration workshop and book signings suitable for all the family.

The session will also include a special guest appearance by Chloe’s father Mick Inkpen, creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig.

Homecoming’s cultural activities will also include Then and Now, a magical celebration of the history of the University by Academic Magician Todd Landman, otherwise known as our Executive Dean (Social Sciences).

Professor Landman will stage a highly interactive, split stage performance of key moments and academic highlights from our 50-year history.

As if these weren’t enough, the Squares will also be bustling with live music, award-winning street theatre performers, combat displays by students from East 15 Acting School, and the chance to watch parkour up close.

Homecoming is free and all are welcome. Some events, including Chloe Inkpen’s family workshop, and Then and Now can be pre-booked to avoid disappointment on the 50th anniversary website.

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9 June 2014

Celebrate homecoming with us

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 2:32 pm

Homecoming WeekendWith less than 100 days to go until we launch our 50th anniversary at a fun-packed Homecoming Weekend, a new online booking system means it couldn’t be easier to join in the celebrations.

Homecoming, which takes place at our Colchester Campus on 13 September, is open to all and will feature everything from music and magic, to interactive games inspired by our research, to street theatre and bite-sized lectures.

There will be comedy clubs and workshops for children plus adventure trails around Wivenhoe Park.

Our iconic Hexagon building will host an exhibition, curated by Professor Jules Lubbock, exploring our famous concrete buildings and how they reflect who Essex is today. There will also be a social history of Essex’s first five decades created by the memories of former students and staff.

Everything is free and we want staff and former staff to join the fun as we celebrate with students, alumni and the local community. Please help us spread the word.

There’s no need to book to attend Homecoming, with the exception of some individual events where seats are limited. See the 50th website for a full programme and further details.

We are also looking for volunteers to help the 50th Team on 13 September. If you can help on the day email them at: fifty@essex.ac.uk. You’ll receive a voucher for food and drink, and get the chance to play your part in delivering a memorable celebratory event.

 

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