Students Staff

30 May 2014

Key new role for Graham

Filed under: Latest news, People pages — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 4:14 pm
Professor Graham Underwood

Professor Graham Underwood

Professor Graham Underwood has taken up a key new role at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

As part of NERC’s new Strategic Programme Advisory Group, Professor Underwood will be involved in prioritising strategic research opportunities at NERC – the leading funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK.

Like his fellow members on the new advisory group, Professor Underwood was appointed due to his expertise in environmental science and is, therefore, well-placed to recognise emerging ideas and opportunities and make judgements across a range of scientific and policy issues.

Professor Underwood, who will continue as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health at Essex, said: “This is an exciting opportunity as it means we will be able to have the flexibility to identify the key strategic research areas, be able to respond to emerging events, and deliver funding more swiftly than ever before.”

NERC is currently funding a number of strategic projects involving scientists at the University’s School of Biological Sciences, including projects relating to biodiversity and ecosystems, rivers, and nutrient cycling in coastal seas

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1 April 2014

Youth of today paint pain of past to safeguard our future

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Tags: , , , — Joshua Neville @ 10:52 am

Come discover the inspirational young talent of our local community as the Art Exchange presents the Young People’s Exhibition at our Colchester Campus. Tasked with creating artwork on the challenging subject of the Holocaust, a collection of 12-21 year old students picked up their brushes, their clay and their pencils to produce inspirational work and challenge inequality.

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Paris Howells, 12, Southend High School for Girls

From sculpture to audio-visual art, these students have bravely embraced a bold challenge in order to generate interest and conversation around an important subject in our not-so-distant past.

Kate Beckwith, Curator of the exhibition, beams: “The students have done so amazingly well and I have had so many positive comments about their work already. We should all congratulate them on approaching such a difficult theme with such sensitivity and creative skill. The Holocaust really wasn’t that long ago, and remembering can only be a positive thing and go some way to help prevent something like it from happening again the future.”

The exhibition will run until 12 April 2014 at the Art Exchange at the University of Essex Colchester Campus. Visit the Art Exchange website for further details and opening hours.

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23 August 2013

Students win prestigious Wellcome Trust scholarship

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Gemma Newton, Emily Colley, Dr Mike Hough and Dr Jonathan Worrall.

From left: Gemma Newton, Emily Colley, Dr Mike Hough and Dr Jonathan Worrall.

Biomedical science students Gemma Newton and Emily Colley gained some valuable hands-on research experience after each winning a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship.

Competition was fierce for the scholarships and the pair were among a group of promising undergraduates from across the UK to secure the scholarship, which allowed them to design and then undertake a full-time, eight-week research project in research labs.

Gemma, who was supported by Dr Mike Hough, focused her project on gaining a better understanding of a particular protein and how it binds to gas molecules – a process which is linked to cardiovascular disease. Emily, who was supported by Dr Jonathan Worrall, researched how a particular protein acts as a signal to trigger cell death, which has implications for cancer.

The scholarship meant they gained valuable research lab experience ahead of their year-long NHS biomedical lab placements; Gemma is going to Colchester General Hospital and Emily is going to Ipswich Hospital.

Both students put in a lot of hard work to secure the scholarship and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, despite having some long days working in the lab.

Emily explained: “We are both considering doing PhDs after graduating and this scholarship offered a great chance of being in a research lab as opposed to a class lab.”

Gemma added: “It is a totally different experience from the class lab environment as you get to do research yourself and get a real insight into what a PhD would be like. We have had some long days, it was lots of work but it has been relaxed and really enjoyable.”

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8 July 2013

Best Professional Development Programme award won by Enactus Essex

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Essex Enactus at RBS Essa awards

The Essex Enactus winning team with their award

Enactus Essex won the Best Professional Development Programme award at the RBS Enterprising Student Society Accreditation (ESSA) awards.

The society received £2,500 for winning the category and was also a Gold Award finalist at the awards, which are sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and organised in partnership with Find Invest Grow (FIG), a venture capital firm focusing on the student and recent graduate market.

The annual awards which aim to reward and recognise the innovative skills involved in running a successful student society, attracted more than 140 entries from universities across the UK.

The winners were announced by Ian Livingstone CBE, the founder of Games Workshop, at an awards ceremony on at FIG village in West London attended by more than 300 guests.

Sarah Smith, VP Student Activities at the Students’ Union, said: “It is fantastic to start my new role as VP Student Activities and immediately see one of our amazing societies recognised for their successes. Congratulations to Enactus Essex for this achievement.”

Director of Find Invest Grow James King said: “The awards celebrate the incredible and diverse activities carried out by student societies across the country and we were blown away with the quality of the entrants this year. It’s also fantastic to see how societies have evolved over the past year.

“With the employment landscape becoming increasingly competitive, it is more important than ever to recognise and reward the achievements of the UK’s most enterprising students.”

Mike Maddick, Head of Early Careers at The Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “It was fantastic to see such a wide variety of applicants, and the standard was immensely high. The RBS ESSA recognises the entrepreneurial talent of university students, who may not even realise how enterprising they are before they take part in this competition. We are delighted to support and recognise such an array of talent across the country.”

To enter the awards, student societies have to apply for accreditation first, demonstrating the events and activities carried out, membership numbers and turnover. In 2012 -2013 more than 440 societies were accredited under the unique scheme.

Gold award finalists have to go further by hosting events involving local professionals and entrepreneurial alumni, taking part in the RBS EnterprisingU business plan competition, organising workshops and supporting their entry with photos and videos.

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19 June 2013

Cadenza candidates awarded HEA fellowships

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Twelve members of staff across the University have become the latest to achieve Higher Education Academy (HEA) recognition through the University’s Cadenza professional development scheme.

Dr Chris Saker, HEA Senior Fellow, of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, with a student.

Dr Chris Saker, HEA Senior Fellow, of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, with a student.

Since its launch at the end of 2012, 22 people have completed the process which recognises achievements amongst teaching and learning support staff. Cadenza, which is mapped against the UK Professional Standards Framework, gives successful candidates HEA fellowship status.

Dr Jo Andrews, Head of Learning and Development: “Cadenza is an important tool in rewarding excellence among those members of the University community involved in teaching and supporting learning. It gives people a chance to showcase their skills, expertise and achievements in a structured and reflective way.

“Candidates can apply for four HEA fellowship levels, from Associate up to Principal Fellow, and achieve national and portable recognition for their work in the sector.”

Cadenza is designed to be flexible with a rolling process of application and assessment panels taking place each term.

Those awarded HEA fellowships at the latest assessment panel are: Lydia Crow, Christopher Harden, Laura Ruddick, Vicky Samways and Matthew Wells, all Associate Fellow; Sam Lane and Dr Mike Hough, Fellow; and Dr Murray Griffin, Dr Richard Harrison, Vikki-Jo Scott, Dr Lisa Wade and Dr Gerald Williams, Senior Fellow.

Find out more about Cadenza.

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23 April 2013

A year of success at Essex: watch the new video

Filed under: Latest news, Research impact, Student experience — Tags: , , , — Communications Office @ 3:37 pm

Edge Hotel School students at Wivenhoe House The University’s achievements over the past year are highlighted in a new seven-minute video, first shown at the University’s Annual Meeting of Court on Thursday 18 April. Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster introduced the video, ‘A year of success at Essex’ – watch it on our Vimeo channel, which showcases the full range of student and academic successes from celebrations, events and remembrance, through to Holocaust Memorial Week, and capturing the essence of Essex in a memorable year. Please note: this video contains flashing images.

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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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