Students Staff

19 November 2015

University hosts climate change debate

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Professor Jules Pretty

Professor Jules Pretty

MP Bernard Jenkin and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Jules Pretty are chairing a public meeting at the University to debate how to limit the local impact of climate change.

The meeting takes place from 9.30am to 1pm on Friday 27 November at Wivenhoe House hotel and is open to all those who live in Mr Jenkin’s Harwich and North Essex constituency, which includes the University.

The event takes place just three days before the start of the United Nations climate conference in Paris, at which representatives of 190 nations will try to reach a new global agreement on climate change.

Organised by Chappel and Wakes Colne WI, the Essex meeting will focus on local impacts of climate change and potential solutions. Speakers include representatives from the Environment Agency and Essex Wildlife Trust.

The meeting will feature audience voting via keypads, and will also receive the results of an online survey of north Essex residents about climate issues.

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22 May 2015

New name for events team

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Venue Essex successfully launched its new name and look at the Academic Venue Show in London.

Now called Event Essex, the team is concentrating on providing an event management service for internal customers and external conference and residential summer school business. All bookings for Wivenhoe House are now made directly with the hotel, whether it is for table reservations, conferences or accommodation.

Lisa Vincent, Event Essex Manager said: “We had a fantastic response to the launch of our new service at the Academic Venue Show and we are looking forward to working in partnership with our colleagues at the Southend and Colchester campuses.

“Our first event is the Law Conference to be held in the new Essex Business School building so it is an excellent opportunity to showcase our new bespoke service and this amazing venue.”

Telephone 01206 872358 for further information.

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24 June 2013

Future students find out about life at Essex

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Square 3 during the Open Day

Square 3 during the Open Day

More than 2,000 visitors came to our Colchester Campus on Saturday for one of Essex’s biggest open days in recent years.

Prospective students and their families had the chance to attend various talks and taster sessions, go on a campus tour, view our accommodation and engage in various activities taking part in the Squares. Some changes had been made to the programme and visitors gave some very positive feedback on the day, with many saying the open day was more enjoyable than others they had attended.

Despite the unpredictable weather and the event being on the same day as various other open days, attendance was high and visitors enjoyed their day and commented on how friendly the campus seemed and how welcoming staff and students were.

Cara Dolmor, Student Recruitment Officer, said: “We had a fantastic day and it really gave prospective students and their families the chance to learn about their chosen subject area, explore our campus, see inside our student accommodation and, most importantly, meet current Essex students and learn first-hand from them what student life at Essex is all about.”

Members of University clubs and societies were in Square 3 throughout the day to give visitors a taste of what to expect from our award-winning Students’ Union and displays in Square 4 celebrated our upcoming 50th anniversary.  Live music, an exhibition in the Arts Exchange and various workshops also drew visitors into Square 5. The University will be hosting similar events in September and October.

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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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12 March 2013

Robots, zombies and welly walks

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Robots, zombies and well walksTo mark National Science and Engineering Week (15-24 March), the University of Essex is opening up its laboratories to showcase inventions and discoveries that tackle some of the key global challenges of today.

Staff, students, local school pupils and members of the community are all welcome. Highlights include a 30-minute tour of the Coral Reef Research Unit and Bioimaging Lab, two one-hour tours exploring the natural treasures of Wivenhoe Park and the Colne Estuary, and a chance to take part in real research into crowd behaviour by impersonating a zombie.

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5 March 2013

Essex Book Festival

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Sandi Toksvig, appearing at the Essex Book FestivalEssex academics, leading writers, performers and a celebrity baker are preparing for their inspiring University events as the 2013 Essex Book Festival draws nearer.

Starting on 3 March, the University programme features the story of a multi-million dollar whistleblower, to how to retrain our brains to be more optimistic with a leading neuroscientist and exploring the concept of ‘edgeland’ and how it has influenced one of Britain’s greatest nature writers.

Held throughout March, tickets remain available for University events for literature lovers across the county. The public are also invited to the official festival launch on 1 March at Chelmsford Library.

The University’s events begin on 3 March with a workshop for writers of all levels of experience at the Lakeside Theatre at the Colchester Campus, led by Lakeside Theatre Associate Artist Andrew Burton, and Nicola Werenoskwa, a Colchester-based playwright. On 4 March at Southend Campus, Michael Woodford MBE tells his extraordinary story of how he became the first CEO in history to turn whistleblower and expose a $2 billion dollar accounting fraud within Olympus.

On 5 March at firstsite in Colchester, Dr James Canton will be tracking the paths of literary figures who ventured into wilder parts of Essex, including Shakespeare, John Clare and HG Wells. Writer and performer, Sandi Toksvig will then be talking about her striking new novel about liberty, empire and war at Colchester Campus on 7 March.

One of Britain’s greatest nature writers and Essex Honorary Graduate, Richard Mabey, will discuss the concept of ‘edgeland’, on 13 March, and how it has influenced his writing, for the University’s Annual Burrows Lecture at the Lakeside Theatre. On 16 March, academics from the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies will host a day of talks, readings and presentations on the theme of water with contributions from artist Maggi Hambling at Colchester Campus.

On 18 March, the 2011 winner of the nation’s most watched baking competition, Jo Wheatley, will be showcasing her first book, A Passion for Baking, with over 100 delicious baking recipes and will demonstrate a number of them and give her top tips on baking at home, at Wivenhoe House. Leading psychologist and neuroscientist, Professor Elaine Fox will then discuss her highly popular book, Rainy Brain Sunny Brain, on 19 March at the Lakeside Theatre, and tell us how we can become more optimistic by retraining our brains.

Finally, on 23 March award-winning director Adam Spreadbury-Maher will talk about his adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities and its relevance for contemporary audiences, followed by an evening performance of the play, at Loughton Campus.

University academics are also playing a key role in other Essex Book Festival events including researcher James Scott, who will be joining a panel of other speakers on 15 March to debate opinions of Essex and Professor Ted Benton who will talk about his passion for nature and inspiration behind his work, alongside a panel of other Essex-based natural history writers on 8 March.

Information about all the events taking place during the Festival can be found on the Essex Book Festival website at:, or you can pick up a brochure at your local library.

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