Students Staff

1 October 2014

Memories of coming home

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The Barhams' polaroid and memory pinned to the wall in The Hexagon

The Barhams’ polaroid and memory pinned to the wall in The Hexagon

Recreating student days was top of the agenda for graduates who returned for Homecoming Weekend but for one family it marked a more personal, family occasion also.

For David and Trish Barham, who met at Essex in 1984, it was an opportunity to visit the spot where they got married.

The Barhams were married in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre by former Catholic Chaplain Michael Butler in 1986. Today their eldest son is in his second year of a BSc Computer Science degree at Essex and their youngest son is considering our University as his first choice for a Politics degree after his A Levels.

But what was the highlight of Homecoming for this Essex family? “It was definitely being able to stay in Eddington again…and dancing for two hours in Sub Zero” said David.

David and Trish, who marked their time at Essex by adding a polaroid to the memory wall in Something Fierce, overcame the challenge of the Cold War to continue their student romance when Trish, who was studying Russian Studies, travelled to Moscow for five months.

“From September 1984 to January 1985 we could only communicate via letters, which were opened by the KGB, and the occasional telex from the University library to the cultural section of the British Embassy in Moscow” explained David.

He added: “We opted to get married on campus as most of our friends were still students who couldn’t afford to travel. Trish’s landlady from her third year made the dress and our reception was held in the East Seminar room which was booked out as a ‘Discussion group on marriage.’”

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9 September 2014

Family events for Homecoming

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The whole family can enjoy our Homecoming weekend with events and activities across our Colchester Campus.

Don’t forget you need to book in advance for some events to avoid disappointment.

Sessions you can book include:

  • Comedy Club 4 Kids at 11am and 1pm – Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old. We have the best comedians from the UK doing what they do best, but without the rude bits. Suitable for ages 6 upwards.
  • The Lost Laws of Livy Adventure Trail at 11am and 3pm – On the trail of the lost laws of Livy across Wivenhoe Park. Head off on the ultimate adventure trail. Suitable for ages 6-11.=
  • Zoe and Beans: Pirates and Pants! with Chloe Inkpen at 11.30am and 2.30pm – Acclaimed children’s author, and creator of Zoe and Beans, Chloe Inkpen offers interactive storytelling, games, an illustration workshop and book signings suitable for all the family. The session will also include a special guest appearance by Chloe’s father Mick Inkpen, creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig.
  • Sculpture in the Park at 1.30pm – Join our art tutor in the beautiful grounds of Wivenhoe Park to make giant sculptures. For ages 7 upwards.

Alongside these events there is a packed programme of interactive events and sporting activities.

See all the events and activities planned on our Homecoming website or browse the Homecoming programme on ISSUU.

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22 August 2014

Interact with our research

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Brain computer interface researchGet involved with our research and find out why we’re consistently ranked in the UK’s top ten at Homecoming’s interactive activity programme.

You’ll be able to test your mind and body, have a go at our new word-game app, and watch our robotics displays in a series of activities inspired by our world-leading research.

Budding cyclists can pit their wits against the professionals in our cycle sprint challenge at the Human Performance Unit, the east of England’s top sports science facility. There will be prizes for the best 10-second sprint and opportunities to find out how we help elite athletes up their game.

You will be able to wire yourself up to our EEG monitor at the brain computer interface stand and even find out how our researchers are using the Nintendo Wii to improve balance and help prevent falls.

Find out more on our 50th anniversary website.

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15 August 2014

Make connections at Homecoming

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Students socialising in the Students' UnionThere has never been a better time to meet new people, and reconnect with old friends, than at our Homecoming weekend which is just around the corner.

Essex alumni will be returning to our Colchester Campus between 12 and 14 September to rediscover their student days and find out how their University has changed over the decades.

Departmental lunches will give former students the chance to meet their old tutors and fellow graduates on Saturday 13 September. Alumni can book their free place (£6 for guests) on the 50th anniversary website.

And there’s no excuse to stay in your halls after dark with a packed social programme for those staying for the weekend. Sub Zero will be playing hits from the last 50 years at the SU Club Night, and budding songsters will have their chance at the mike at Bandi-oke – like karaoke but with a live band.

If you thought Sunday was all about winding down, think again because there will also be drop-in basketball, volleyball and rounders for those who have any energy left.

Find out more about social activities on our 50th anniversary website.

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8 August 2014

Raise your pulse at Homecoming

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Climbing wallDon’t forget to bring your trainers to Homecoming on Saturday 13 September because there will be plenty of sports activities to get your pulse racing.

Active fun for all the family includes a variety of glow-in-the-dark events. You can try your hand at badminton, volleyball or Zumba in the Sports Hall. Just make sure you bring a white t-shirt so you stand out in the dark.

Outside there will be Frisbee golf and Zorb football. Visitors can also take part in family sports activities and try out the University’s climbing wall.

For alumni staying on campus for the weekend, there will be rounders, volleyball and basketball matches on Sunday 14 September. And anyone is welcome to watch a staff, student, alumni University cricket team take on a Wivenhoe and west Essex team.

You don’t need to book to take part in any of the sports events but some age restrictions do apply. Just turn up and get going.

Find out more about Homecoming.

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1 August 2014

Chloe Inkpen comes to campus

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Chloe Inkpen

Chloe Inkpen

Acclaimed children’s author, and creator of Zoe and Beans, Chloe Inkpen is at the centre of an exciting cultural programme for the Homecoming Weekend in September.

The successful children’s author will be on Campus on 13 September offering interactive storytelling, games, an illustration workshop and book signings suitable for all the family.

The session will also include a special guest appearance by Chloe’s father Mick Inkpen, creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig.

Homecoming’s cultural activities will also include Then and Now, a magical celebration of the history of the University by Academic Magician Todd Landman, otherwise known as our Executive Dean (Social Sciences).

Professor Landman will stage a highly interactive, split stage performance of key moments and academic highlights from our 50-year history.

As if these weren’t enough, the Squares will also be bustling with live music, award-winning street theatre performers, combat displays by students from East 15 Acting School, and the chance to watch parkour up close.

Homecoming is free and all are welcome. Some events, including Chloe Inkpen’s family workshop, and Then and Now can be pre-booked to avoid disappointment on the 50th anniversary website.

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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: fifty@essex.ac.uk. 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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