Students Staff

20 February 2015

Award opportunity for entrepreneurial students

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 5:39 pm

Picture of the competition posterDo you know a student with a great business idea? Do they need a financial boost to get their idea off the ground?

Make sure your students don’t miss out on the opportunity of a cash prize and banking support through the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Award.

The annual competition which is open to undergraduates and postgraduates, offers prizes of up to £20,000 to entrepreneurial students. As a partner university, Essex students are eligible to take part and you can help spread the word.

Interested students must complete a business plan and submit it to LDawson@essex.ac.uk by 11am Wednesday 11th March. The University’s prize committee will consider the plans and shortlist one business plan from each category which will be submitted to Santander UK for consideration.

Find out more.

 

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7 April 2014

Student Choice Awards

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Our Students’ Union is running the very first Student Choice Awards where students can nominate staff to win an award at a fancy ceremony.

Awards include:

  • Best Lecturer Award
  • Best Support Staff Award
  • Best Module Award
  • The Extra Mile Award
  • Course Rep of the Year Award

Nominations will be open until 4 May.

Please support our SU by encouraging students to vote – you never know, they might vote for you!

More details can be found on the Students’ Union website.

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14 November 2013

Publishing award for EBS researcher

Filed under: Latest news, People pages — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 2:17 pm
Professor Samantha Warren

Professor Samantha Warren

Professor Samantha Warren, of Essex Business School, has been recognised by the Emerald Literati Network in their 2013 awards for her work on a special issue journal.

Professor Warren, who co-guest edited an issue of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, has received the Outstanding Special Issue Award with colleagues Professor Jane Davison of Royal Holloway, University of London, and Dr Christine McLean of the University of Manchester.

Their special issue, entitled ‘Qualitative research: exploring the visual in organizations and management,’ was published in 2012.

According to the journal’s editors, Professors Gillian Symon and Catherine Cassell, the special issue “tackles an issue that is currently of great significance to the qualitative organisational research methods community; how can we incorporate the visual into our understanding of occupational and organisational life?”

The Emerald Literati Network Awards recognise excellence across the Emerald publishing group.

 

 

 

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27 September 2013

University honoured for promoting gender equality

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The University of Essex has been honoured for its commitment to help advance women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine).

The University has won a Bronze award in the Athena SWAN Charter awards,

The University has won a Bronze award in the Athena SWAN Charter awards,

Essex has been successful in gaining a Bronze university award in the Athena SWAN Charter awards, which recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM academia. The honour is in recognition that Essex, across the whole institution, has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster, said: “We are delighted that our commitment to achieving a significant improvement in women’s representation and career progression in STEMM subjects has been recognised. This is an important step for the University and we are keen to build on the momentum gained by achieving this award. We will be working to identify and address challenges faced by particular disciplines within STEMM subjects and we are also participating in the Equality Challenge Unit’s Gender Charter Mark trial which extends the principles of Athena SWAN to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

“I am personally committed to improving the gender balance across the University and see equality and diversity as a mainstream, essential activity of this University. It is what the University stands for in providing a fair and open environment for staff and students.”

Having achieved this award, the next step is for individual departments/schools within the Faculty of Science and Health to apply for their own awards in recognition of the specific work they are doing to promote gender equality and address challenges particular to their discipline.

To qualify for the award, the University had to demonstrate that it had a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff. The University then had to develop an action plan to promote gender equality.

 

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5 September 2013

Book exploring the East Anglian coast scoops another award

Filed under: Latest news, People pages — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 2:56 pm

Professor Jules Pretty’s acclaimed book This Luminous Coast has received another literary award.

Professor Jules Pretty

Professor Jules Pretty

This Luminous Coast, which explores the 400 miles of East Anglian coastline from the Thames estuary to the Wash, has been awarded the New Angle Prize for East Anglian Literature.

The book, written by Essex Deputy Vice-Chancellor, was described by one of the judges, Esther Freud as an “exquisitely written examination of the changing landscape of four hundred miles of East Anglian coastline. It gives you stories as vivid as any novel, and ruminations as thought-provoking as philosophy.”

Professor Pretty said: “It is personally very gratifying to have been given this prestigious literary award. It is also recognition that the research and writing we undertake here at Essex is both high quality and relevant and of interest to the communities and regions around us.”

In 2011, This Luminous Coast was winner of the nature and place category at the Eastern Daily Press/Jarrolds East Anglian Book Awards and was also shortlisted in the Best Non-Fiction Book category by the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain.

The £2,000 prize is organised by The Ipswich Institute and is sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors.

Find out more about This Luminous Coast.

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23 August 2013

Bees research project makes national final

Filed under: Latest news, Research impact — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 1:03 pm
Bees

Bees

A research project involving Essex mathematicians was a finalist in the Virgin Money ‘Be the Start’ sustainable business competition.

Project Beeswax aims to improve pollination outcomes for fruit and crop growers globally by locating scarce beehives at locations across the UK. The project was among five finalists in the national competition who had to prove why their business should be awarded the £10,000 prize when they pitched their business idea in a live ‘Dragons Den’ style Google+ Hangout Live on Air to a panel of judges.

‘Be the Start’ is part of Start, the UK initiative inspired by the Prince of Wales which celebrates and demonstrates how living sustainably can be rewarding and meaningful. During the live final, the judges commented on how Project Beeswax could in the future have the potential to have a “profound effect on how people farm in the UK and around the world”.

The project, led at Essex by Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences Dr Abdel Salhi, uses mathematical science to find the best positions for beehives to optimise pollination. The University is working in partnership with Andrew Lewis, from Chelmsford-based Simul Systems Ltd, on the project.

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Students win prestigious Wellcome Trust scholarship

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Gemma Newton, Emily Colley, Dr Mike Hough and Dr Jonathan Worrall.

From left: Gemma Newton, Emily Colley, Dr Mike Hough and Dr Jonathan Worrall.

Biomedical science students Gemma Newton and Emily Colley gained some valuable hands-on research experience after each winning a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship.

Competition was fierce for the scholarships and the pair were among a group of promising undergraduates from across the UK to secure the scholarship, which allowed them to design and then undertake a full-time, eight-week research project in research labs.

Gemma, who was supported by Dr Mike Hough, focused her project on gaining a better understanding of a particular protein and how it binds to gas molecules – a process which is linked to cardiovascular disease. Emily, who was supported by Dr Jonathan Worrall, researched how a particular protein acts as a signal to trigger cell death, which has implications for cancer.

The scholarship meant they gained valuable research lab experience ahead of their year-long NHS biomedical lab placements; Gemma is going to Colchester General Hospital and Emily is going to Ipswich Hospital.

Both students put in a lot of hard work to secure the scholarship and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, despite having some long days working in the lab.

Emily explained: “We are both considering doing PhDs after graduating and this scholarship offered a great chance of being in a research lab as opposed to a class lab.”

Gemma added: “It is a totally different experience from the class lab environment as you get to do research yourself and get a real insight into what a PhD would be like. We have had some long days, it was lots of work but it has been relaxed and really enjoyable.”

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1 August 2013

Help make the Big Essex Award a Big success

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Will you be employing a student member of staff over the next academic year, either on a paid or voluntary basis?

If so, the Big E team would love to hear about it!big_essex_group2

The Big Essex Award team are looking to expand on the success of last year’s pilot and want to encourage all students actively involved in opportunities on campus to complete the Award.

The Big Essex Award helps students identify and evidence skills they have developed through both paid and unpaid opportunities and successfully sell and articulate these skills to employers. The Big Essex Award is also recorded on the students’ degree transcripts.

Read more about the Employability and Careers Centre’s Big Essex Award and the fantastic achievements of last year’s students here!

Tel us about your opportunities by emailing bige@essex.ac.uk

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24 July 2013

Languages programme wins prestigious award

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: , , , — Communications Office @ 2:13 pm

The University’s Essex Language Centre is celebrating this week after picking up a prestigious award for its institution-wide Languages for All programme.

A fenal student at the University of Essex

Students can learn a new language for free in our Languages for All programme

Languages for All, which offers all Essex students the chance to study a language alongside, but separate to their main course at no extra cost, has picked up the European Language Label 2013, for being an innovative language-learning project.

The Centre, part of the Department of Language and Linguistics, offers flexible learning either in the evening or, uniquely, online.

The European Language Label rewards creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching, motivate learners and maximise available resources.  To be successful, projects must demonstrate creative thinking and lead to improved teaching provision and learner achievement.  They must be innovative, effective and replicable by others in the UK and abroad.

Alex Burdumy, Languages for All Co-ordinator said : “We are delighted to have won this award.  The academic year 2012 – 2013 was the programme’s pilot year, with 600 students completing the course.  Winning shows us that we are already succeeding in putting on a great programme that provides language skills to a wide variety of learners, that features many innovative aspects and increases employability.”

Nick Byrne, Director of the Language Centre at the London School of Economics and the judge who visited the Languages for All programme, said : “The project takes the idea of making language learning both desirable and feasible for all students.  Rather than offering a series of disparate courses which are not presented as an institution-wide relevant whole, the Essex Language Centre brings together an innovative one-stop approach backed by the University at the highest level.”

The award will be presented to the team from Essex at a ceremony at the EU Commission Office in London on Thursday 26 September 2013.

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12 July 2013

Engaging Essex scientist wins student-voted award

Filed under: Latest news, People pages, Student experience — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 1:32 pm

Essex research student Sarah-Jane Walsh, has won a Wellcome Trust-funded science competition voted for by UK school students after answering their questions on everything from what is the benefit of using toothpaste to why the moon is visible during the day.

Sarah-Jane Walsh

Sarah-Jane Walsh

Marine Biology PhD student Sarah-Jane secured the top award in the Silver zone of the I’m a Scientist, Get me Out of Here! competition after doing live online question and answer sessions with Year 8 and Year 9 classes, and responding to questions posted online.

Overall she responded to more than 600 questions which included why and how do cuttlefish change colour, how does global warming cause hurricanes and what qualifications do you need to become a marine biologist.

Sarah-Jane, who was one of five scientists competing for the top spot in the Silver Zone, said: “I think it’s important to engage students in a new way. They need to develop their own momentum in learning in order to stay enthusiastic and achieve.

I’m a Scientist allows students to see what being a scientist is really about and that there is a range of disciplines from Formula 1 race car developers to scientists who work with their favourite animals.”

She added: “Interacting with students also helps you to quash some of their preconceptions that are important to our society: all sharks aren’t out to kill you; the reality of global warming and what they can do at home to make a difference.”

Students vote scientists off during the second week of the competition until a winner is left. Winners receive £500 to put towards future outreach events.

Find out more about the competition.

 

 

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