Students Staff

18 June 2014

Watch us growing

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Our library extension and new Student Centre works are progressing well

Our library extension and new Student Centre works are progressing well

Our Colchester Campus is alive with building works and you can see the progress on our Flickr albums:

On this page you’ll also find a quick update on each project. Student Centre and Library Extension Our new Student Centre and Library Extension project is making good progress with the shape of the emerging building now clearly visible. Most recently our scaffolding team have put up a scaffold staircase which will give them access to the existing library roof, ready for roof works to begin. As you can see from the photographs on flickr, our stonemasons have also made progress in creating pilasters for the outside of the building. Pilasters are made to look like columns but are aesthetic rather than load bearing. The concreters have been busy too and have now poured the last of the student centre roof slab and are also working to ensure all the concrete surfaces are completed and well finished. The library extension work is also coming along well with the construction of columns and walls. The library will be undergoing some refurbishment works over the summer period which will mean a slight rearrangement in service. The main rotating door entrance to the library will be cordoned off temporarily while the ground floor of the library is refurbished. While the usual entrance is out of use, visitors will be directed, by signage, to an alternative entrance which will allow access to the upper floors via the back staircase. A temporary reception will be created and students will still be free to use the whole of the library during this time. The work will begin in the last weeks of June. For regular monthly updates on the project, don’t forget to check the Library Extension and Student Centre news page on our website. Essex Business School Staff and visitors to our Colchester Campus will have notice some dramatic progress on the new Essex Business School building which from the end of this year will be a hive of activity. Since the glaziers have started work the striking curves and unique forms are visible. The exterior wooden cladding is nearing completion and shows the level of craftsmanship being employed on the project. The building also boasts stunning views across the nearby landscape and its offices are positioned to make the most of natural daylight, reducing energy use. Inside, flowing through the middle of the ground floor is the winter garden. The space will remain empty while the workmen still need access through the middle of the site, but once complete the space will be covered with plants, ready for opening. The new café is also taking shape. It will open onto a communal ground floor area and will have seating outside so visitors can enjoy the sunshine or take their refreshments into the indoor winter garden space. Not just bricks and mortar, the exceptional space presents an opportunity for us to look at new ways of delivering support to students and new ways of working for staff. The modern and innovative space will allow our students, staff and business to network and enjoy the benefits of collaborative working. Located at the heart of the Knowledge Gateway it’s anticipated that the Business School will welcome new collaborations with local and national businesses keen to benefit from the unique position of Essex Business School. You can see more photos of the progress on both projects in our “Watch us growing” flickr album. Parkside Office Village Work has now been completed on Parkside Office Village on our Knowledge Gateway. You can see the latest images on our Parkside Flickr album. Parkside Office Village at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus is the first project backed by the Growing Places Fund to come on stream as part of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP) strategy to foster economic growth and job creation in Essex, Kent and East Sussex. The project was the first in Essex to begin on site supported by the Growing Places Fund overseen by SE LEP − a Government fund designed to boost the UK economy. SE LEP is the business-led body responsible for co-ordinating economic growth across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock. The new Parkside offices are a key part of its efforts to stimulate growth and create jobs in the area. Parkside offers the potential to create more than 120 new jobs through the establishment of a new home for dynamic, knowledge based businesses as part of the first phase of the University’s planned 42-acre business research and development park known as the Knowledge Gateway. When complete the Knowledge Gateway could provide up to 2,000 new high value jobs.

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12 February 2014

CFA deal will give our graduates a head-start

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(left to right): Sayali Panse, Education Manager, CFA, Nick Bartlett, Director of Education, CFA, Dr Gwyn Jones, Director, Essex Business School, Professor Neil Kellard, Head of Finance Group, EBS, and Professor Claudia Giradone, Professor of Finance, EBS

(left to right): Sayali Panse, Education Manager, CFA, Nick Bartlett, Director of Education, CFA, Dr Gwyn Jones, Director, Essex Business School, Professor Neil Kellard, Head of Finance Group, EBS, and Professor Claudia Giradone, Professor of Finance, EBS

Essex Business School has signed an agreement with the CFA (Chartered Financial Analysts) which will help our graduates pursue careers in investment.

The agreement means that relevant courses offered by Essex Business School will be aligned to CFA UK’s Investment Management Certificate (IMC) syllabus meaning our graduates will find transition to the widely-recognised IMC qualification easier.

The IMC is taken by staff in leading investment firms in the UK and overseas and is the industry’s benchmark entry-level qualification.

Professor Neil Kellard, Head of the Finance Group in EBS said: “Obtaining this certificate is often a requirement when starting a career in investment and this represents added value for our students hoping to enter the profession.”

Essex degrees that have IMC Advantage Partner status are: BSc Accounting and Finance, BSc Banking and Finance, BSc Finance, and BSc Financial Management.

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14 November 2013

Publishing award for EBS researcher

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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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12 July 2013

New Mandarin courses to set Essex students apart

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As the Chinese economy booms and Mandarin fast becomes one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world, two new courses delivered by Essex Business School, which include a year in the country, are bound to give Essex graduates the edge in the jobs market.A globe, focusing on China

The BSc Management with Mandarin and BSc Finance with Mandarin, both of which admit students for the first time in October, include a year in China studying management, finance and organisation, and internships in Chinese companies.

The degrees, which are offered in collaboration with the Department of Language and Linguistics, aim to enhance employability. Professor Michael Sherer, Director of the School said: “This is all about student mobility and making our graduates more employable. Getting the experience of working in the Chinese business community will be a unique opportunity and we are one of only a handful of universities doing this.”

The students will study Mandarin as well as receive a broad foundation in the financial decision-making of companies, banks, institutional investors, and individuals (BSc Finance with Mandarin) and different business environments, legal frameworks and customs (BSc Management with Mandarin).

The schemes offer other benefits too. Essex County Council already has strong links with Jiangsu Province and it is hoped sending students to the country will help strengthen those links. The University too already has partnerships with a number of Chinese universities giving Chinese students the opportunity to study at Essex.

Find out more.

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8 May 2013

Lecture explores philanthropy and entrepreneurship

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Find out why philanthropy matters at the fourth Annual Entrepreneurship Lecture this month.Stock image of a charity collection box

Hosted by the International Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, part of Essex Business School, the lecture will be given by international expert Professor Zoltan J Acs on 30 May.

Professor Acs, of the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, will talk about the long association between giving and entrepreneurship and how philanthropy can help realise opportunities which could otherwise be lost.

His lecture will be followed by a panel discussion, chaired by John Edmondson, Managing Director of IP Publishing Ltd, which will also explore how well known models such as those of American philanthropy sit alongside others to generate and share wealth through productive investment and involved support.

Professor Acs’s lecture, ‘Why Philanthropy Matters: How Giving Contributes to Entrepreneurship and Economic Well-Being,’ will be held at the Royal Society of Arts in London on 30 May, 5-8pm. The event is free and open to the public but please book your place.

For further information see the Essex Business School website.

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20 March 2013

EBS team in challenge final

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Business-savvy students from Essex Business School have won their way to the Grand Final of this year’s IBM Universities Business Challenge. The team is hopeful of success as they are currently ranked first out of the 310 teams taking part in the competition.

[EBS team in challenge final:read more]

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