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27 July 2015

Alumnus to showcase artwork at Nottage

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Tags: — Communications Office @ 10:53 am

Fasli-art-show-300x200Local artist and Essex alumnus Alex Tzirinis (Altis) will be showcasing his work at a special exhibition at the Nottage Maritime Institute in Wivenhoe from 9-16 August between 2pm-6pm.

The exhibition of his work is themed around the Colne Estuary and the Greek Islands, capturing dramatic skies, warm sunsets and sailing boats.

Alex, who graduated from Essex with a MA in History and Philosophy of Modern Art, paints with oils 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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16 January 2015

Cris wins top solicitor honour

Filed under: Latest news, People pages — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 5:11 pm
Cris McCurley

Cris McCurley with the BBC’s Mishal Husain

Essex law alumna Cris McCurley has won the Solicitor of the Year award at The Law Society Excellence Awards 2014.

Selected by a panel of senior industry experts, the Law Society event honours the brightest stars of the legal profession. It was hosted by BBC News presenter Mishal Husain in Westminster.

Cris, who is an international family law specialist and partner at Ben Hoare Bell LLP, studied law at Essex and eventually qualified as a lawyer in 1990. She joined the partnership at Ben Hoare Bell in 2006 to develop specialist family law services, the majority of her casework involving black and minority ethnic women and children who have experienced abuse.

A powerhouse in family law and committed to demanding justice for vulnerable individuals, Cris has fought for rights of men and women throughout the world, including Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Cris has worked with the United Nations, the government, and is a member of many specialist advisory groups and professional panels. She has also received several awards in recognition of her work in human rights.

Recently she attended the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) enquiry into the UK Government compliance with the convention. She gave evidence against the Government in relation to women’s access to justice being cut by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), resulting in a finding against the Government. She is also a justice ambassador and very involved in fighting Legal Aid cuts on human rights grounds.

 

 

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18 November 2013

Staff can support Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: , , , — Communications Office @ 12:36 pm

University staff members are being reminded they can take part in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey if they have recently completed their studies at Essex.

Some graduates move into employment at the University after graduation, but might not realise they are still eligible to take part in the DLHE survey.

The Employability and Careers Centre is encouraging all recent graduates to check their email and keep an eye on their post over the next few days to make sure they do not miss the invitation to take part in the survey.

If you do not receive anything, but you did leave Essex between January and July 2013, please contact Careers Information officer Oli Mawdsley by email at: omawds@essex.ac.uk to find out if the University has been trying to get in touch.

Many members of staff are also in contact with recent graduates and the Employability and Careers Centre would encourage you to mention to them the DLHE survey has just been launched and remind them to complete it when they are officially contacted by the University.

The latest DLHE survey was launched this month and will continue until next March.

As part of this process the University contacts all undergraduate and postgraduate leavers from the last academic year to find out what they have gone on to do since completing their course at Essex.

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4 November 2013

Free access to journals proves popular benefit for Essex alumni

Filed under: Latest news — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 4:13 pm

A special new benefit for Essex alumni, which offers free access to thousands of academic journals and books, is proving a big success. Jstor logo

Within just a week of launching JSTOR to alumni, more than 900 new Essex graduates have registered on the Alumni website and the JSTOR page has had 3,000 visits.

By signing in to the Essex Alumni website, all our graduates can now get the same access to academic journals and books that current students and staff enjoy.

Jo Rogers, of Alumni Relations, said: “This is a significant new addition to our alumni benefits package and we are glad to see so many of our alumni taking advantage of it. We hope this great benefit will create new links between our alumni and our academic staff.”

 

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29 August 2013

Obituary for Dr Eleanor Wake

Filed under: Latest news, People pages — Tags: — Communications Office @ 2:58 pm

The Guardian published an obituary this week for Essex alumna Dr Eleanor Wake, one of the world’s leading scholars of early colonial Mexico.

The obituary was written by Visiting Fellow in Art History Professor Valerie Fraser, who supervised her PhD at Essex. Dr Wake was 40 when she started her PhD, which formed the basis of her book Framing the Sacred: The Indian Churches of Early Colonial Mexico in 2010.

Professor Fraser wrote that her work on Mexico was underpinned by “scrupulous field and archival work”.

You can read the obituary in full on the Guardian website at: www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2013/aug/25/eleanor-wake-obituary?CMP=twt_gu

Dr Wake died on Tuesday 30 July and a funeral service was held at Wivenhoe Cemetery Chapel on Thursday 15 August.

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3 May 2013

Essex graduate is Bangladesh’s first female speaker

Filed under: Latest news, People pages — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 1:04 pm

A graduate of the School of Law has made history as the first female speaker of Bangladesh’s parliament.

Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, who was awarded a PhD in 2000, is the State Minister of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and was awarded Asia Society’s Humanitarian Service Award in 2010 for her work to eliminate violence against women and improving women’s employment in Bangladesh.

Dr Chaudhury is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and has been a practicing lawyer for sixteen years. Prior to coming to Essex she studied at the University of Dhaka.

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