Students Staff

14 January 2014

New Year brings new prospects for 2013 graduates

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: , , , , — Communications Office @ 11:04 am
graduate interns Borislava Borovanska and Joshua Neville at our Colchester Campus

New graduate interns Borislava Borovanska and Joshua Neville at our Colchester Campus

A new graduate internship project, launched by the University in partnership with Santander Universities, begins the New Year in full force this week as 40 graduates from 2013 start new roles at the University or with local, regional and national employers.

The internship scheme, looking to eventually provide first class opportunities to over 60 graduates, will see interns working in various positions from project officers and market researchers to social media managers.

Borislava Borovanska, who is now working as Stakeholder Manager and Project Officer in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, said: “I believe this will be really useful to me for my future career and it will allow me to develop many valuable skills.”

Joshua Neville, who started a three month internship in the Communications Office at Essex on Monday, said: “In a highly competitive market, where employers not only look for academic excellence but also broad work experience, the Essex Interns Graduate Project shows just how invested the University of Essex is in their students and graduates. An Essex student has a large variety of opportunities available during their studies, and the graduate internship scheme looks set to build on that to propel Essex graduates into the workplace and help them stand out from the crowd.”

The project has proved to be a success with strong support from employers and is providing fantastic work opportunities to compliment the high academic achievements of Essex graduates. As the scheme provides £1,500 to enable the employment of an Essex Intern (towards the wages of the interns), it is not only the graduates but the employers who reap the rewards of the scheme by having highly qualified graduates providing fresh ideas and input at an affordable cost.

Employment Engagement Manager Susan Stedman said: “There was a very tight deadline for this pilot project, but the reaction from employers and the University has been amazing. We are really pleased to have helped so many graduates into paid internship placements and we will be continuing to work to make sure other graduates are able to benefit from the internships we offer. We hope these placements will really make a difference to the lives of our graduates and also benefit the organisations they are going into.”

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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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1 August 2013

Help make the Big Essex Award a Big success

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: , , , — Communications, CER @ 2:01 pm

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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12 March 2013

Apply for Frontrunners

Filed under: Student experience — Tags: , , , — Communications Office @ 3:58 pm

University staff can apply for Frontrunner placements now, starting in either September or October 2013. The closing date for applications is Friday 19 April 2013 at 12 noon. For more information and details of how to apply please e-mail Frontrunners or follow the link below.
[Frontrunners: read more]

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5 March 2013

Skills boost for students

Filed under: Student experience — Tags: , , , — Communications Office @ 2:20 pm

Student skills boostThe University Skills Centre is offering more one-to-one academic skills support for students thanks to the appointment of four new team members on the Frontrunner Plus in-house internships scheme. All four are postgraduate and research students from different disciplines, chosen for their own high levels of academic literacy skills and experience in mentoring.

Based in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) room 4.204 at our Colchester Campus, they will work alongside the existing team to offer support to students on all stages of academic essay and assignment preparation, including interpreting assignment questions, planning and structuring an essay, good practice in citation and referencing, and achieving good academic style.

Students can now book tutorials through the LRC Librarian, all of which last for 30 minutes and are free of charge.

The LRC is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and offers a small lending library and study area, available to all University students and staff.

Email: ialrc@essex.ac.uk to find out more and visit the University Skills Centre website and our Facebook page.

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