Students Staff

1 December 2015

Designs submitted for 634 new student bedrooms

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 2:51 pm
Artist's impression of new student accommodation

Artist’s impression of the new student accommodation

This is the proposed design for the University’s newest development of 634 en-suite student bedrooms at the heart of our Colchester Campus.

Plans for the new student accommodation, on the Knowledge Gateway site, have been submitted to Colchester Borough Council.

With record numbers of students studying at Essex, the development – due to be completed for autumn 2017 – supports our 50 per cent growth plans. It will enable priority students, including first years and overseas students, to be housed on campus.

The University is working with development partner, Uliving, which currently manages our University Quays and Meadows accommodation, on the new multi-million pound project.

Two striking linear curved buildings are proposed, sitting in line with the existing trees on the site which is between Essex Business School and the Meadows accommodation.

Staff, students and members of the local community have been consulted on the proposed design.

Registrar Bryn Morris explained: “We have invested £200 million in developing new living and learning spaces on our campuses. The development of further student residences on our Colchester Campus is the next step in securing the future success of the University.”

It is hoped work will start on the site in spring 2016.

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2 September 2015

Your chance to comment on Meadows plans

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 5:13 pm
Image of proposed Meadows Phase  2 development

Artist’s impression of proposed Meadows Phase 2 development

Staff at our Colchester Campus are invited to comment on proposals to build 600 new student bedrooms on the Knowledge Gateway development.

The Meadows Phase 2 will support the University’s ambitious growth plans outlined in our Strategic Plan. The aim is for the new en-suite bedrooms to be ready for autumn 2017.

The University is working with development partner Uliving, which currently manages our University Quays and Meadows Phase 1 accommodation, to prepare plans to be submitted to Colchester Borough Council.

Before the plans are submitted members of staff, the Students’ Union and local residents are being consulted on the proposed designs. Two long curved buildings, running parallel to the trees, are proposed for the site, located between the current Meadows residences and the new Essex Business School building.

The staff consultation takes place in The Hexagon on Tuesday 15 September from 12 noon to 2pm, with the public consultation in the evening of 15 September from 6pm to 8pm.

Plans for the development will be on display, alongside our 50th anniversary Something Fierce exhibition which highlights how the architecture and people of the University have shaped the local area. Members of the development team will be on hand to answer questions and explain the plans. Further consultation with students is being planned after the start of the autumn term.

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9 July 2015

Work to start on Wivenhoe cycle path

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Bikes on Colchester Campus

Cyclists will have an off-road route to Wivenhoe

Work on the cycle path between Wivenhoe and Colchester Campus will start later this month.

Essex County Council has confirmed that initial clearing of vegetation and trees will take place during the school summer holidays, with the main works starting in September.

The path is due to be completed before Christmas. The scheme, to which the University contributed £250,000, had been delayed by planning and environmental objections.

The route will start at Wivenhoe Fire Station and run parallel to Colchester Road to the Colchester Campus. A toucan crossing will be built across Colchester Road at The Flag public house.

University Transport Policy Co-ordinator Charlotte Humphries said: “Many people have told me the only reason they don’t cycle to the University is because the road is dangerous, so I’m delighted that many staff and students from Wivenhoe now won’t need to drive.

“They will be able to get on their bike and take advantage of a safe off-road cycle path from north Wivenhoe. Those who don’t have a bike might like to get one for Christmas, and start cycling to get fit in the New Year.”

The University offers safe cycling training courses for those who need to boost their confidence and skills, these will be running in October. There will also be opportunities to buy a bicycle at Freshers’ Fair, and for staff by Cyclescheme. Look out for updated details on our transport pages in the autumn.

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9 June 2014

Celebrate homecoming with us

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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: 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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6 June 2014

Essex set to host GB Basketball training camp

Filed under: Latest news, Sport — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 9:47 am
Harriet-Ottewill-Soulsby who is part of the Under 20 squad

Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby who is part of the senior women’s squad as well as the Under 20 squad

GB Basketball is bringing its Under 20 training camps to the University’s Colchester Campus this summer.

The elite young men and women will be making full use of the University’s sports facilities and expertise as they prepare for the European Championships in July. The University has invested heavily in its basketball programme and is attracting talented young players from around the world through its attractive sport scholarship programme.

Mark Lloyd, the University’s Basketball Performance Coach, who also manages the GB senior men’s team, said: “It’s fantastic that the Great Britain U20 teams are coming to undertake their preparation camps here at the University. We have excellent facilities and resources that will help shape the best possible preparation for their European Championship campaign.

“With our own ‘Performance Basketball Programme’ being launched this summer it really is an exciting time for the sport at the University and in the East of England.”

National Teams Director Warwick Cann said: “British Basketball is pleased to be offered the opportunity to base the U20s programmes at the University of Essex. We think it’s a great venue because it has all the facilities to run a high-performance programme.

“The expertise of the university staff offers another compelling reason to base the camps there and we are looking forward to our stay.”

The Under 20s men’s team head to Crete in July where they face Latvia, Hungary, Greece and Lithuania in Group with the top three going to the next phase.

The women’s team will be playing their Division B games in Sofia, Bulgaria in July. Their round robin format sees them facing Bosnia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Israel, Lithuania and Norway over a ten-day period. The top two teams will be promoted to Division A.

Sports scholarships at the University of Essex are available to talented basketball players.


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19 May 2014

Campus buildings closing early as students celebrate ‘The End’

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All buildings on our Colchester Campus will be closing early on Friday 6 June as the unofficial student celebrations in the Squares that mark the end of exam time take place.

Staff are asked to leave their offices and other rooms on campus by 3.30pm, so all University buildings can be locked and secured by 5pm.

Similar arrangements have been put in place in previous years to minimise health and safety risks and reduce any risk of damage.

The University recognises that students want to celebrate the end of exams, but the nature of this event, known as ‘The End’, which is not organised by the University or the Students’ Union, raises health and safety concerns.
To minimise risks, and to safeguard our students, the University’s Security Team puts a series of control measures in place which include limiting numbers on the Squares to 3,000 people, and managing numbers with barriers and controlled entrance gates.

Please vacate offices, teaching rooms, catering outlets and other spaces by 3.30pm. If you require urgent access after this time, or need to remain in the buildings beyond 3.30pm, please contact the Information Centre on Square 3, telephone: ext 2125.

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24 March 2014

Free car parking for registered vehicles during vacation

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Student experience — Tags: , , — Communications, CER @ 10:07 am

Parking at Colchester Campus is free for staff and students between Monday 24 March and 18 April.

Your vehicle must be registered and you will still be required to display a valid permit from 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, during vacations.

Car parking charges must be paid again from the beginning of the Summer Term, Monday 21 April 2014.

Unregistered vehicles (i.e. visitors) must pay visitors’ pay and display charges between 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

If you have any queries or require further information regarding car parking, please visit the car parking pages of our website or call the Estate Management Helpdesk on ext 2959 or 2300.

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19 February 2014

Electrical testing – ensure equipment is switched off

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As part of the University’s electrical testing programme, the following areas are due for overnight testing on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 February 2014:

2.001 – 2.008

3.001 – 3.019

5.003 – 5.027

6.003 – 6.025

Please ensure that all electrical equipment in these rooms is switched off between the hours of 6pm and 6am on these dates.

If you have any queries regarding the programme, please contact the Project Officer, Janice Gammage ext 2821, or Tom Chapman ext 2947.

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10 February 2014

All set for Essex Book Festival

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience, What's on — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 4:12 pm
Students Moshood Adesanya and Sitara-Hajizada look at the Essex Book Festival programme

Students Moshood Adesanya and Sitara Hajizada look at the Essex Book Festival programme

Tickets are selling fast for the Essex Book Festival which looks set for another successful year.

We are pleased to be supporting the month-long event, which kicks-off  on Sunday 2 March when our Colchester Campus and Colchester town centre will come alive for a week as they host a variety of events that will highlight the rich literary landscape of our county.

One of the highlights at the University will be when author Joanna Trollope will officially launch her new book Balancing Act in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall from 8pm on Monday 3 March. Further highlights include, an interactive book art family workshop, an inspiring talk with Professor Philip Terry on his new novel Tapestry and Bones a thought-provoking day of talks, readings and discussions around the theme of death, extinction and the underworld hosted by the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies.

On Tuesday 4 March Professor Paul Thompson, one of the University’s founding academics and a pioneer of the use of oral history in the social sciences, will be hosting the Annual Burrows Lecture. Professor Thompson will be taking a glance back into the history of the University, guiding you through the foundation of the University and its impact on both higher education and the neighbouring town of Wivenhoe.

Professor Anthony King will be presenting an eye-opening discussion on his new book The Blunders of our Governments on Thursday 8 March at firstsite, Colchester. Here, Professor Anthony King will be addressing some of the worst horror stories of our governments and explaining why the British system of government is prone to appalling and costly mistakes.

On Saturday 22 March at our Loughton Campus, East 15 Acting School will be presenting Chekov’s Wild Honey, based on an adaptation by British Playwright Michael Frayn. After the performance, Director Lucy Skilbeck will then discuss the play alongside a presentation on staging Russian writers’ work.

To see a full line-up of the events taking place across the county as well as with further event details and ticket pricing, please visit the Essex Book Festival website.









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8 January 2014

Top writers offer support to all students

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: , , , , — Communications Office @ 3:32 pm

The Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Writing Fellows are back at the University this year, offering help, advice and support to students across all subject areas.  Gillian Richmond, a dramatist for theatre, radio and TV, will be available at the Colchester Campus  on Mondays and Tuesdays and crime novelist Jim Kelly is available on Thursdays and Fridays.  They offer 45-minute, one-to-one sessions and their door is open to undergraduates and postgraduates from any discipline.  Students are welcome to ask them about any aspect of writing.  Essays, theses, application letters, personal statements, whatever it is, they’ll do their best to help.  Students can talk to Gillian and Jim at any stage of the writing process – from brainstorming through planning and drafting and re-drafting to final polishing. To book a session students can go to the administration office for the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Students in room 5A.201, and book a slot in the green RLF folder or email Emily Banks or Geoff Rowe or visit the RLF office in Room 5A.334 during one of their lunchtime drop-in sessions between 1pm and 2pm to talk to them.

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