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7 October 2015

VC’s staff briefing – save the dates

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster will hold all-staff briefings at our Colchester and Southend campuses, with video conferencing links to our Loughton Campus, next month. The briefings will update you on successes and progress against the milestones set in our Strategic Plan and highlight priorities for the year ahead.

More information will be circulated nearer the time, but please save the dates:

Wednesday 11 November: 12noon to 1pm in Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall A, Colchester, with video link to Southend (TF.2.10) and Loughton Campus (venue to be confirmed).

Monday 16 November: 12noon to 1pm in TF.2.10, Southend, with video link to Colchester (Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall Seminar Room) and Loughton Campus (venue to be confirmed).

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28 July 2015

Emma – a bodybuilder by heart and a financial analyst by profession

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Emma Paveley

Emma Paveley

Bodybuilding and a job in the University’s Finance section don’t often go hand in hand, except when it comes to Emma Paveley who has been balancing both for years.

Emma first became interested in bodybuilding when she was 21 years old. After a successful photoshoot she wanted to find out more about bodybuilding and discovered the women’s fitness category. It was a perfect fit for her as it included a fitness routine combined with gymnastic elements.

One of the first competitions she took part in was the Junior World Championship 2013 where she came fourth. Just a year later she was the winner in the British Championship 2014.

Emma said: “Winning the British title was the most important result for me. It was my one goal that I had set myself all year and when I won I felt a massive sense of personal achievement.”

The Baku European Games 2015, where she came fourth, has motivated her to push herself even harder. “Baku 2015 was such an amazing experience as I knew I was making history in the first ever European games. I felt very honoured to be representing team GB at such an important event,”  she added.

One of her most memorable experiences was taking part in the ITV show Ninja Warrior and she is now hoping to have another chance to compete  on the show, where contestants have to test their agility, strength and speed.

  • Hear Emma talk about her bodybuilding on our Vimeo channel.
  • Do you have an interesting story to share with your colleagues? Contact Bobbi in the Communications Office on Ext: 3530 or email her at
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27 July 2015

Professor Naci Balkan

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Professor Naci Balkan

Professor Naci Balkan

It is with great sadness that the University announces the death of Professor Naci Balkan, who had worked at Essex for more than 30 years.

Professor Balkan died on Friday 26 June, following a heart attack while on study leave in Turkey.

He joined the Department of Physics at Essex as a Senior Research Officer in 1984, and upon its closure in 1999, transferred to the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, where he was appointed Professor in 2002. The Department subsequently became part of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.

Professor Balkan was an internationally renowned researcher in the field of optoelectronics with an extensive publication record to his name.

He was a highly valued colleague, teacher and friend and will be missed greatly by those who knew him and worked with him.

A full obituary has been published on our news pages.

You can share your memories and tributes to Professor Balkan in the comment box on this page.

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9 February 2015

Staff needed for photo shoot

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Researcher in Biological Sciences greehhouse

Researcher at work in Biological Sciences

Tired of seeing the same stock photos? Our Communications team will be organising photo shoots at all three campuses to provide a lively and representative set of new images featuring our staff.

The aim is to freshen up the look of our electronic and printed communications and have a bank of up-to-date photos of both academic and professional services staff in their workplaces and our social spaces to draw on.

We will be making contact with various teams and staff members, and would really appreciate your co-operation to help us operate a tight schedule with our external photographer. Any member of staff or team who’d be happy to be photographed is invited to contact Jo Davies, email: jodavies, by 16 February.


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11 March 2014

New PVC will lead Education Strategy

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Professor Aletta Norval

Professor Aletta Norval

Professor Aletta Norval has been appointed to replace Professor Jane Wright as Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education, when Professor Wright steps down later this year.

Currently Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Government and Dean of the Graduate School, Professor Norval was appointed following an external and internal advertisement, meetings with staff and students and a formal interview.

Professor Norval, who also co-directs the Centre for Theoretical Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences and has been a member of the University for 23 years, said: “I am delighted to be able to take forward the University’s Education Strategy, with its focus on research-led education for all our students.

“Underpinned by the values of critical engagement in local and global problems, as well as an international outlook and a strong emphasis on membership, this strategy is well suited to current challenges and will equip our students to face them with confidence.”

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10 February 2014

Susie returns to Essex

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Susie Morgan

Our new Director of HR, Susie Morgan

Our new Director of Human Resources, Susie Morgan, will join the University on 1 May and is looking forward to working in Essex again.

Susie, who lives in west Essex, is currently Director of HR for the Church of England’s national offices based in London, and has managed all aspects of the Church’s human resources since 1997.

Previously she was Director of HR and Commercial Services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow. Susie is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She said: “I am very much looking forward to joining you in your exciting task to provide high quality education and research. It is a great privilege to be returning to work in Essex, one of the UK’s greatest counties, and I hope that my experience, together with that of my HR colleagues, can help us stay one of the greatest universities too.”

Alan Charnock has taken over as Acting HR Director through to the end of April.

Nearly 100 colleagues took the opportunity to wish departing Director of  HR Sue Endean well at a leaving reception on Friday, which also marked the retirement of long-serving former head of the section Ellen Sample.

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3 January 2014

Chris takes new role at HPU

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Chris McManus

Chris McManus

Sport scientist Chris McManus has become the new Manager of the University’s Human Performance Unit at our Colchester Campus.

Chris has taken on a number of roles since graduating from Essex in 2006, including completing a Masters in Sports Management, working as a fitness consultant in Canada and a sport scientist and consultant for Lucozade Sport, providing sport science and nutrition support to a variety of elite athletes and teams.

Since September 2011 Chris has worked part-time at the HPU as a sport scientist, alongside his PhD investigating the influence of caffeine on physiological performance.

Chris is looking forward to a number of projects being undertaken at the HPU for 2014, particularly the development of its outreach activities.

“By bringing college students into the HPU we hope to enthuse them about studying sport science and pursuing a career in such a dynamic and vibrant environment,” explained Chris.

His predecessor, Dr Dave Parry, is now the HPU Director and a lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, where he will be teaching sports psychology and training and coaching science.

Dave is also conducting research in to how athletic pacing is controlled and exhibited, and the role of perception in influencing fatigue during exercise. As part of the University’s new sport strategy, Dave has also taken on the role of Performance Sport Director, with the primary aim of developing high performance focus sports and attracting sports scholarship students to Essex.

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2 December 2013

Have your say on Wivenhoe to University cycle route

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Bikes at Colchester Campus

Bikes at Colchester Campus

Cyclists among the University community are urged to have your say about the proposed routes for the new cycle path between the Colchester Campus and Wivenhoe.

Essex County Council has launched a public consultation on five potential options for the new route. The University has provided £250,000 towards the cost of the cycle path, and we want to ensure staff and students have their say about the route they would use.

Highways representatives from the County Council will present the options and answer your questions on Colchester Campus on Wednesday 4 December at a special presentation in LTB6 from 1.15pm to 1.45pm. Slides of the different routes will be displayed, and staff and students are encouraged to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

The routes will also be displayed in the LTB Foyer from 10am to 4.30pm on 4 December, with County Council staff available to talk to you. The displays will remain in the LTB foyer, unmanned, on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 December. They will then move to Wivenhoe Library for a week from Monday 9 December.

The consultation runs until 6 January 2014. – so please give your feedback using the online questionnaire before you leave for the Christmas break. Hard copies of the form, which can be posted back, will be available on Wednesday from the County Council representatives. The University will continue to push for swift delivery of the path once the preferred route has been agreed.

The Wivenhoe Cycle Route consultation can be found at

If you have any questions or queries relating to the scheme or consultation exercise, you can also contact the County Council’s Strategy and Engagement team by telephoning Contact Essex on 0845 603 7631 or by email to

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11 November 2013

Fellowship first for Phillip

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Dr Phillip Cannell, Senior Lecturer for Oral Health Science at the University, has become the first person to receive a Fellowship from the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). 

Dr Phillip Cannell

Dr Phillip Cannell

The Fellowship is in recognition for his work in the fields of teaching, education and assessment in Dentistry and Oral Health Science. The Fellowship is the highest award offered by the Faculty and has been designed to act as a quality mark for the profession.

At Essex, Dr Cannell is involved in the design, development and delivery of the Foundation Degree Oral Health Science, the BSc(Hons) Oral Health Science, and the dental therapist reskill module. He is also currently developing postgraduate Masters programmes in a range of dental subjects aimed primarily at the primary care dental practitioner and also supervises PhD students. Dr Cannell is particularly interested in the integration of the primary care work place environment in the development of clinically competent practitioners; an innovative feature of many of the programmes in Oral Health Science at Essex.

“It is a really great honour to be awarded the Fellowship and to be the first recipient in the UK makes it particularly special,” said Dr Cannell. “However, what is most pleasing about the award is the national recognition that it provides in respect of the quality and innovation of the Oral Health Science programmes that we have developed in the School of Health and Human Sciences.”


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28 October 2013

Essex Offers – sign up today to win

Essex Offers, our very own discount and savings website has been revamped and to celebrate we are opening a salary sacrifice window and holding a special offers fair.

Tom Dicker receiving his ipad from Alan Charnock, Deputy Director of Human Resources

Tom Dicker receiving his ipad from Alan Charnock, Deputy Director of Human Resources

Essex Offers brings you more than 6,000 discounts online, in-store and over the phone all year round. Whether you want to make great savings on your everyday

shopping or want to get a great discount on that much needed holiday, get all this plus much more by logging on today.

On Monday 4 November we’ll be opening a salary sacrifice window, which could help you sign up to offers such as dental plans, healthcare cash back policies, mobile phones and many more. To find out more about this valuable scheme which is only open to University of Essex staff and subsidiary companies, visit the Essex Offers page on our HR website.

And to help you get better acquainted with a number of the businesses signed up to Essex Offers, a number of them will be visiting Square 4 on Thursday 14 November for a special Essex Offers Fair. You will get the chance to talk directly to our providers and find out more about all the fantastic discounts and offers open to University of Essex staff.  This will include information on USS; our onsite nursery and sports facilities.

As if that was not enough, if you sign up to Essex Offers today you’ll be able to enter one of the many competitions that are run all year round.

Tom Dicker was our last lucky winner and he claimed his prize of an ipad from Alan Charnock, Deputy Director of Human Resources.

How Essex Offers works

The scheme offers easy, online access to all the benefits available to you – because you work at the University of Essex. Benefits range from medical insurance to dental care plans, alongside money-saving salary sacrifice schemes such as childcare vouchers and mobile phones, good local deals, shopping cards and exclusive privileges – available only to University of Essex staff.

Sign up today

When you link through to the secure Reward Compass portal, you need to first register as a new user, then sign-up with your University e-mail address, your payroll number (this is the Employee Number on your payslip) and your name, and follow the authentication and registration process – which includes responding to an e-mail that will be sent to you. You can then enter the portal and explore your options.* Reward Compass will add you to their database and send you e-mail updates about special offers.

Whether you’re based at our Colchester, Loughton or Southend Campus we hope you find the scheme useful in your area. Full information is at Essex Offers or if you have any queries, please contact the Reward Compass customer care team on: 0800 037 0125 from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday (excluding Bank and Public Holidays) – who will be happy to help.


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