Students Staff

4 October 2013

Celebrating women in science

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Following the University winning a Bronze award in the Athena SWAN Charter awards last month, we are establishing a Women in Science Network to provide support, informal mentoring and networking opportunities to women of all career

The University has won a Bronze award in the Athena SWAN Charter awards,

The University has won a Bronze award in the Athena SWAN Charter awards,

levels working in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises good employment practice for women working in STEMM in higher education and research http://www.athenaswan.org.uk/.

One of the actions from this award is to establish a Women in Science Network at the University to provide support, informal mentoring and networking opportunities to women of all career levels working in STEMM.

A special session has been organised on 22 October, from 12 noon to 1pm at the Tony Rich Teaching Centre to give an overview of the Athena SWAN Charter, introduce the Women in Science Network and provide an opportunity to give feedback and ideas. A light sandwich lunch will be provided.

To book at place at this session please visit: https://www2.essex.ac.uk/ldev/booking_public/615.asp

 

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31 May 2013

Essex book celebrating the “everlasting wonder” of maths scoops Italian prize

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A University of Essex mathematician with a commitment to popularising maths has won a top Italian award in recognition of his efforts.

Professor Peter Higgins is the latest in a long list of prestigious winners of the Premio Peano, an annual award celebrating readable books that make maths accessible to all. He will accept the award at a ceremony in Turin this autumn.Professor Peter Higgins

Awarded by the Assoiciazione Subalpina Mathesis, the Premio Peano 2012 will go to Professor Higgins’ book Nets, Puzzles, and Postmen: An Exploration of Mathematical Connections, published in Italy in 2012 as La matematica dei social network: Una introduzione alla teoria dei grafi.

Previous British winners of the prize include Professor Marcus du Sautoy holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford, and Professor Ian Stewart of Warwick University, both of whom have previously given the BBC’s Royal Society Christmas Lectures.

Nets, Puzzles, and Postmen: An Exploration of Mathematical Connections, was published in the UK in 2007 by Oxford University Press. It explores the maths behind networks, from social networks and the internet, to ancient mazes, secret codes, and even the genetic structure of life itself. Rarely using technical language, the book even revealed the instability of banking networks before the 2008 crash.

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20 May 2013

Share success stories for Graduation

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In the lead up to Graduation 2013 and during the week of ceremonies from Tuesday 16 July to Friday 19 July we are looking to celebrate the successes of our students on our website, our publications, on social media and in the media.

The University’s Communications Office is now looking to speak to students who are graduating this year who might have interesting stories to tell about their special day and their experiences at Essex.

This might include students who have overcome adversity, made the most out of the opportunities offered at Essex, made a difference to the University or the surrounding community or achieved notable successes such as national awards while studying here. Alternatively we would love to hear about students who have secured interesting jobs after graduation, won scholarships for further study or are going on to pursue interesting projects.

The Communications Office would love to hear from individual students and also departments or members of staff who would like to highlight the achievements of their students.

Please contact the Communications Office by e-mail at: comms@essex.ac.uk or call: ext. 4377.

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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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12 March 2013

Prestigious win for book

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Stranger Magic by Professor Marina WarnerProfessor Marina Warner from the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies has won the criticism category of the prestigious National Book Critics Circle award for her book Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights.

Judges said Professor Warner’s exploration of The Arabian Nights and their cultural legacy “exhibited impeccable scholarship as it gave extraordinary background to Shahrazad’s beloved tales, creating its own magic.”

NBCC president Eric Banks wrote in an article on Professor Warner’s book: “With Stranger Magic, Warner has written a nimble but daring work of criticism that draws on her work as a novelist and scholar, combining aspects of literary history, formal analysis, personal essay, and cultural forensics.”

Professor Warner, who teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Essex,  is a prolific writer of fiction as well as literary criticism and cultural history. Her studies of fiction, fantasy, fairy tale, narrative, and visual art include Phantasmagoria (2008), Six Myths of Our Time (1996) and Into the Dangerous World (1988); among her novels is The Leto Bundle (2002). Stranger Magic examines the stories commonly called (in English) the Arabian Nights, from their tangle of Near Eastern origins through their tremendous influence in the West, in popular culture, and on such authors as Voltaire, Goethe, and Freud. These wondrous stories, Warner argues, allowed Western readers to imagine mystery – and to enjoy miraculous narrative – as something that could happen, but only elsewhere.

The National Book Critics Circle honours outstanding writing and fosters a conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. It was founded in 1974 to encourage and raise the quality of book criticism in all media and to create a way for critics to communicate with one another about their professional concerns.

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European success for law students

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European success for law students A team of Essex law students has beaten off stiff competition from across Europe to make it to the final of a prestigious mooting competition.

The students, all studying the LLM International Human Rights Law, narrowly lost out to a team from Trinity College Dublin at the final which saw them make their cases in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The Essex team – consisting of Alvaro Amaya Villareal (the coach), Nadine Daroische, Doriane Hardy, Le Phan and Anne-Katrin Speck – was one of more than 100 teams that applied to the European Law Students Association (ELSA) European Human Rights Moot Court Competition, organised in cooperation with the Council of Europe.

Speaking after the event about why he took part, Alvaro Amaya Villarreal said: “Mooting is the best way to put into practise the knowledge acquired in the classroom, as well as a priceless opportunity to develop analytical thought and oral skills.”

His teammate, Le Phan explained how her Essex education helped her: “Essex offers a unique, holistic degree which is completely tailored around international human rights law. We are taught by experts who are not only leading academics in their field but also recognised practitioners. Our professors encouraged us in taking part and provided us with incredible support.”

The team was supported by Professors Lorna McGregor and Francoise Hampson from the School of Law, and also received funding from the University’s Essex Fund.

Professor Lorna McGregor said: “‘I am so proud and delighted for our students. They only started studying for the LLM in October and so had to prepare their written pleadings before they had even finished studying my module on the European Convention on Human Rights which must have been particularly challenging.

“However, they rose to the occasion and worked incredibly hard. The result speaks for itself: to come second out of over 100 teams is just fantastic and yet another mark of what Essex human rights students consistently achieve.”
The Essex team, all interested in pursuing careers in litigation were commended by the judges for their teamwork.

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5 March 2013

People: dental award win

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Honour for oral health lecturerOral health lecturer Sarah Murray has been honoured at the inaugural Dental Hygiene and Therapy Awards.

Sarah was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Dental Hygiene and Therapy Award. The evening proved a double success for the University as former student Kirsty Thwaites, who is currently a Clinical Educator who works with Oral Health students at Southend, also received the Best Young Hygienist/Therapist Award.

Presenting Sarah with her award, Margaret Ross, senior lecturer and programme director at the Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute, said: “This award goes to a truly unsung hero, whose commitment has been instrumental in driving standards of education, increasing the profile of the profession and providing the framework for direct access.”

Pictured are Sarah Murray and Kirstie Thwaites receiving their awards with Chief Dental Officer of England Barry Cockcroft and placement provider Bob Davey.

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