Students Staff

24 January 2014

What do you think about our draft Education and Research Strategies?

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Have your say on our draft Education and Research strategies

Have your say on our draft Education and Research strategies

Some major strategies are being produced that will affect how we do things here at the University, and we want to know what you think about them.

New Education and Research Strategies are both being developed, both supporting the Strategic Plan. At the same time a new Tariff of Expectations is also being developed for academic staff.

Formal consultation on these strategies began at Senate on 22 January and is now being extended to all staff and students. When everyone has been consulted the final version of the strategies will be considered for approval by our Council in May.

All staff and students are invited to comment on the draft University Education and Research Strategies and the draft Tariff of Expectations. The documents are available to view on the Strategy page of our website.To ensure your feedback can be considered, please send your comments by email to by the dates listed below.

  • Draft University Education Strategy – 5pm, Tuesday 25 February 2014
  • Draft University Research Strategy – 5pm, Tuesday 18 February 2014
  • Draft Tariff of Expectations – 5pm, Tuesday 18 February 2014

All comments received will be co-ordinated by the Strategic Planning and Change team and added to the other feedback received.

There will also be opportunities to provide feedback through committee meetings and an open meeting for staff and students, which is being held on Monday 17 February 2014, 12pm – 1pm, in LTB B at our Colchester Campus.

We would like to receive as much feedback as possible and are encouraging comments from everyone. Make sure your voice is heard and help shape the future of our University.

To view the documents visit the Strategy page of our website.


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24 May 2013

Brainwaves, time travel and renewable energy at Family Learning Festival in firstsite

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Entrance to firstsite in Colchester

firstsite in Colchester will host the Family Learning Festival

A special Family Learning Festival on Saturday 8 June is being organised by the University of Essex at firstsite in Colchester.

Visitors will be able to take part in a whole range of activities including speaking to leading lecturers, going back in history with the student-led time travelling team, joining in Dragons’ Den style sessions, having fun with the sciences and getting creative with the arts.

The free Festival is part of the Children’s University Junior Lecture Series and aimed at igniting the imaginations of seven to 14-year-olds, but younger or older brothers and sisters are also welcome to join in.

Academics and students from the University will be offering lectures, activities and workshops including a market place showcasing subjects offered at Essex.

Representatives from the Children’s University will be on hand to stamp any learning passports throughout the day.

The Festival is open from 11am to 4pm and there is no need to book.

There will be lecture sessions taking place all day alongside the market place with Dr Chris Saker from the Department of Mathematical Sciences, -Dr Nicolas Geeraert from the Department of Psychology plus the firstsite Resident Artist.

The marketplace will include:

  • Eye tracking and brainwaves with Dr Tom Foulsham, Dr Mary-Jane Budd and Dr Nick Cooper from the Department of Psychology.
  • Renewable energy with Dr John Woods from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.
  • Speech and Language Therapy with Gemma Biles from the School of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Dragons Den style activities with Carolina Bailey from Essex Business School.
  • The Fascination of Plants with Dr Nicola Slee from the School of Biological Sciences.
  • Bio-imaging with Dr Philippe Laissue.

Student Ambassadors and V-team volunteers will be running educational stalls including the Time Travellers from the Department of History plus interactive activities covering law, the philosophy of art, languages, sociology and drama plus storytelling and puppetry.

Representatives from the University will also be available to answer any questions visitors may have about going to university and higher education from courses to finance and admissions.

For further information call 01206 872720.

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22 April 2013

Podcast of Vice-Chancellor’s interview with Times Higher Education

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Professor Anthony Forster

A podcast featuring Times Higher Education (THE) reporter Chris Parr speaking to our Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster has been released online.

An article based on the interview was also published in last week’s THE and on the THE website.

Professor Forster told THE: “We need to make sure we are positioning the University to really flourish in very challenging circumstances, based on a very straightforward purpose which is excellence in research and excellence in education.”

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15 April 2013

Preliminary work on new Student Centre underway

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Student Centre

Preliminary work has started to create an ‘acoustic screen’ on the east elevation of the existing Albert Sloman Library Building at our Colchester Campus, in preparation for building work to start on the new Student Centre and Library extension at the end of April 2013.

This major two-year project is at the heart of our commitment to offer excellence in education, by providing the best possible facilities to current and future Essex students. The project has an expected completion date of late 2014.

Find out more on the Student Centre webpages.

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