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21 January 2015

Global essay competition now open

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Yasmin Afina

Yasmin Afina

An international essay competition which last year gave an Essex student the chance to visit the United Nations in New York is open again for submissions.

The United Nations Academic Impact One World, Many Languages Essay Contest is open to students 18 years and older enrolled in a full-time course at university.

Last year, law undergraduate Yasmin Afina, was one of 60 winners invited to present their work at the UN headquarters.

After her return from New York, Yasmin said: “I have met so many people with such interesting and unexpected backgrounds,” and added: “This experience was truly unique and priceless.”

In 2015 entrants must focus on the post-2015 global development agenda, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

Entries of up to 2,000 words in length should be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the native language of the entrant or the principal language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education.

A faculty member or other representative authorised by the institution will be required to complete a Reference Form. All essays must be submitted by 25 March 2015 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. (Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 3.59 am UK Time)

Last year Yasmin was one of 60 overall winners, ten in each language category. This year 10 more places will be available, chosen on merit from the remaining entries in all languages.

More information is available on the competition website.

 

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12 May 2014

Treble honour from Town and Gown

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Wivenhoe Bursaries

From left: Professor Jane Wright (Pro-Vice-Chancellor), Eloise McCarthy, Andrea Vaughan (Mayor of Wivenhoe), Natasha Gunnell, Nicole Osborne and Dilly Meyer (founder of Town and Gown Dinner).

Three students have received awards from the Wivenhoe Bursary scheme.

The award goes to students who live in Wivenhoe and who have achieved outstanding academic performance, contributed to the village community and been  involved in extra-curricular activities.

The Wivenhoe Bursary is made possible thanks to the annual Wivenhoe Town and Gown fundraising dinner. The annual dinner was founded in 2005 by the then Mayor and Mayoress of Wivenhoe, Tom Roberts and Dilly Meyer, Operations Manager of the University Skills Centre.  The 2013 dinner took place at the Wivenhoe House Hotel.

This year’s dinner raised £2,100 and this was split between the three successful applicants; Natasha Gunnell (second-year BA History and Politics), Eloise McCarthy (second-year BSc Biological Sciences) and Nicole Osborne (PhD Philosophy).

The next annual Town and Gown dinner will take place on Friday 21 November 2014 at the Nottage Maritime Institute.  For tickets contact Dilly Meyer, Skills Centre, dilly@essex.ac.uk.

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4 April 2014

Law students reach national final

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(left to right) Tasneem Sadiq, Thomas Amokwandoh, Shaaba Lotun and Sun Sand

(left to right) Tasneem Sadiq, Thomas Amokwandoh, Shaaba Lotun and Sun Sand

Four law undergraduates made it to the finals of a national negotiation competition picking up valuable skills and insights into legal careers along the way.

Shaaba Lotun, Sun Sand and Tasneem Sadiq, who are studying LLB Law, and Thomas Amokwandoh, who is studying LLB Law and Philosophy, represented Essex at the finals of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) negotiation competition in Newcastle.

The four students represented two of just 12 teams that successfully secured places in the finals after regional heats earlier in the month. Competing in the Guildford-based heats, Shaaba and Sun had been ranked first and Thomas and Tasneem came third.

The competition, in which students are given negotiation scenarios on anything from James Bond marketing contracts to the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup, provides students with a valuable insight into the negotiation aspect of a legal career.

Despite not being placed in the top three in the finals, Shaaba urged other students to take on challenges such as these: “I have learnt so many invaluable skills, particularly the importance of listening and the way you present yourself and your arguments. I’ve developed my ability to adapt to new scenarios, my teamwork skills and being able to think on my feet in a calm but effective manner.”

She added: “Being given the chance to represent the University has taught me so much. And being able to partake in training days, and the competition is an experience that will help develop students not just in their chosen career fields, but as well-rounded people too.”

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4 October 2013

Welcome Week: the action in pictures

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A warm Welcome to all our new students

From Zorb balls to Spiderman via a handful of foam fingers, this year’s Welcome Week was a triumph of colourful fun across all three campuses.
In Colchester, students got their first taste of the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall at the official Welcome Talks, packing out the lecture theatre and learning some important tips to surviving their first week. The squares were full of stalls including a street market while the Arts office entertained with everything from Mexican Morris dancing, to a giant campus map.
In Southend student teams took part in the Befriend Southend Challenge which took them around the town hunting for clues including spotting a familiar-looking Spiderman. Their challenge was rounded off at the Freshers’ Fair, which offered chicken and pizza to the hungry masses while they shopped around finding out about all the myriad clubs and societies on offer.
Our Loughton students have been getting stuck into their studies from the off. Having arrived a little earlier, they have been getting involved in their induction programmes and attending departmental talks.
A big shout also goes out to all our volunteers, helpers, student mentors, ambassadors, frontrunners and everyone who gave their time and energy to help make this one of the most vibrant and well attended Welcome Weeks ever.
See the evidence for yourself in our Welcome Week photos.

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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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21 June 2013

Undergraduate research fair hailed a success

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An event aimed at nurturing undergraduate research potential at Essex has been hailed a success after more than 40 people, including local employers, attended to see students present their work.

The undergraduate students who took part in the Big Picture research fair.

The undergraduate students who took part in the Big Picture research fair.

The inaugural Big Picture event saw 14 undergraduate students from across the University’s four faculties present their research to employers, academics, friends and family.

Co-organiser Maxwell Stevenson, said: “Inspired by founding Vice-Chancellor Sir Albert Sloman’s pioneering vision of students as members of our research community, the Big Picture is about celebrating excellence in undergraduate research.

“Students presented a snapshot of a project they had been working on during their degree studies, delivered either as a five minute talk or a poster. Research topics ranged from the effectiveness of quantitative easing after the 2008 global financial crisis to language attitudes to the Birmingham and Essex accents.”

One student who took part said: “This is fantastic. It is such a good platform for us to practice speaking about our work.”

A member of the audience added that the event showed that “there’s so much great energy, enthusiasm and competence in our student body.”

The Big Picture was organised by Philippa Bradstock (Health and Human Sciences), Maxwell Stevenson (Learning and Development), Matthew Stone (Law) and Netta Weinstein (Psychology) as part of their work for the Essex Future Leaders programme.

 

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10 May 2013

Young entrepreneur scoops business award

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Essex student Aaron Jones has been announced as one of the Future 50 Young Social Entrepreneurs of the Year in recognition of his success building eco fashion label Fikay.

Aaron, a second-year BSc International Enterprise and Business Development student, is founder and Managing Director of Fikay Eco Fashion. The company’s aim is to make a positive, sustainable impact on communities in poverty by employing and teaching local producers to make recycled products. The latest Fikay range is produced by villagers in Cambodia.

The Future 50 Awards are part of the Future 100 programme organised by Striding Out CIC. They reward vision, ethical business practice and social responsibility and showcase businesses that offer innovative and sustainable solutions to social problems.

Aaron’s success was announced during a reception hosted by Ernst and Young. All the Future 50 get the chance to join the Ernst and Young Accelerate network giving them access to skilled business support.

Find out more about Fikay Eco Fashion.

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