Students Staff

18 February 2015

Students elect sabbatical team for 2015-16

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New Sabbatical Officers

The newly elected Sabbatical Officers celebrate their success

Students have elected the new Sabbatical Officer team at our Students’ Union for next year.

President elect is computer science student Adrian Chira. The key issues he campaigned on were reducing the cost of living, improving student safety, increasing employability, strengthening democracy and enhancing the student experience.

Visit the Students’ Union website to find out more about the election results.

Here is a rundown of the results:

President – Adrian Chira

VP Education – Osei Downes

VP International  – Christine Anastasiou

VP Services & Communications – Josh O’Connor

VP Southend & Loughton – Shola Akinyemi

VP Student Activities – Ali Awil

VP Welfare & Community – Jessica Rich

Part Time Officers

Campaigns Officer – Christopher Flossman

Equality & Diversity Officer – Sabrina Jamil

Ethics & Environment Officer – Isabel Rivas Martínez

LGBT Students’ Officer  – Simone Mendez-Sutcliffe

Mature and Part Time Students’ Officer – George Johnson

Participation & Involvement Officer –  Jake Parkins

Women Students’ Officer – Sarah Griesmer

International Students Officer – Dhanalakshmi Sridhar

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7 April 2014

Student Choice Awards

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Our Students’ Union is running the very first Student Choice Awards where students can nominate staff to win an award at a fancy ceremony.

Awards include:

  • Best Lecturer Award
  • Best Support Staff Award
  • Best Module Award
  • The Extra Mile Award
  • Course Rep of the Year Award

Nominations will be open until 4 May.

Please support our SU by encouraging students to vote – you never know, they might vote for you!

More details can be found on the Students’ Union website.

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Head for heights and charitably minded? Read on!

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Help raise money for your chosen charity by taking part  in our abseil

Help raise money for your chosen charity by taking part in the SU’s abseil

If you’ve got a head for heights why not sign up for the Students’ Union charity abseil down Rayleigh Tower on 28 April?

There’s a £20 deposit/fee and you need to raise at least £75 for the charity of your choice.

Find out more and sign up on the Students’ Union website.

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14 January 2014

New mission for Students’ Union hits home at Essex

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Image from Students' Union campaign

The Students’ Union has set out its new mission

2014 is off to an exciting start for the University of Essex Students’ Union as Monday saw the official launch of its new, ‘family orientated’ mission. Aiming to be “the world’s most student centred organisation” the Students’ Union has undertaken a total rebranding from its website through to its venues.

Some services and facilities have now taken on physical qualities of the family home. The Students’ Union bar has become ‘The Lounge’, The Bakery has evolved into ‘The Kitchen’ and the campus shop is now your local ‘Store’ with the aim to highlight that “at Essex you’re not just a member of a Students’ Union, you’re part of the family”.

The new mission of the Students’ Union focuses on four key areas:

  • Helping students get an amazing degree and job.
  • Giving students a kick ass membership.
  • Shaping everything around you.
  • Benefiting all students.

The Students’ Union is keen to reach out to our University staff and share its vision and explain why it is changing to meet changing student needs. Students’ Union President Rebecca Fisher said: “We have a stronger relationship with the University than any other Students’ Union I’ve come across and we all, as a team of 90 permanent staff and 350 student staff, are working really hard to make sure that Essex is the most incredible place for our students.”

If you would like further information on the changes to the Students’ Union, there will be a pop-up house on Square 3 all week with Students’ Union representatives more than happy to answer your queries and tell you about how the changes will affect you.

To find out more you can watch a short video on YouTube about the new brand messages and changes taking place at our campuses or visit the Students’ Union website.

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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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24 June 2013

Future students find out about life at Essex

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Square 3 during the Open Day

Square 3 during the Open Day

More than 2,000 visitors came to our Colchester Campus on Saturday for one of Essex’s biggest open days in recent years.

Prospective students and their families had the chance to attend various talks and taster sessions, go on a campus tour, view our accommodation and engage in various activities taking part in the Squares. Some changes had been made to the programme and visitors gave some very positive feedback on the day, with many saying the open day was more enjoyable than others they had attended.

Despite the unpredictable weather and the event being on the same day as various other open days, attendance was high and visitors enjoyed their day and commented on how friendly the campus seemed and how welcoming staff and students were.

Cara Dolmor, Student Recruitment Officer, said: “We had a fantastic day and it really gave prospective students and their families the chance to learn about their chosen subject area, explore our campus, see inside our student accommodation and, most importantly, meet current Essex students and learn first-hand from them what student life at Essex is all about.”

Members of University clubs and societies were in Square 3 throughout the day to give visitors a taste of what to expect from our award-winning Students’ Union and displays in Square 4 celebrated our upcoming 50th anniversary.  Live music, an exhibition in the Arts Exchange and various workshops also drew visitors into Square 5. The University will be hosting similar events in September and October.

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31 May 2013

Sell-out Summer Ball looks set to be a sizzler

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The 2013 Students’ Union Summer Ball this weekend looks set to be the biggest on record thanks to sell-out ticket sales and special 20th anniversary guests including Made in Chelsea’s Francis Boulle.Summer Ball 2012

Tickets for the event, which takes place at the Colchester Campus on 8 June, sold out four weeks in advance and students across the University are counting down the days.

As well as high profile music acts such as rappers K Koke and Mikill Pine, and up-and-coming artist Bipolar Sunshine, there will be fairground rides and a cabaret tent featuring music, dance and comedy.

Within three days of going on sale, half the Summer Ball tickets had already been sold prompting the Students’ Union to issue a ticket warning.

Find out more about what to expect at: www.essexstudent.com/summerball.

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25 April 2013

Entrepreneurial students reach national final

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Student entrepreneurs from the University have seen off competition from the universities of Cambridge, Warwick and Durham to reach the final of the 2013 National Student Apprentice (NSA) Challenge.

The Essex students, collectively known as Team Phoenix, competed at the final in London over the weekend against six other universities. They were extremely close to winning the competition and claiming the £5,000 top prize, but ended up coming a very close third in the final.

The student team that will compete in the NSA Challenge final

(left to right) Gregoris Loizou, Katerina Koliovska, Adelina Ponta and Raymond Tannor

Supported by the Students’ Union at Essex, Team Phoenix secured its place in the final at the NSA Challenge in Birmingham last week. The team consists of Gregoris Loizou, final year BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Katerina Koliovska final year BA Italian Studies and Modern Languages, Adelina Ponta, second-year BSc Management and Marketing, and Ray Tannor, third-year BA Psychology.

Ray said: “It was an extremely challenging weekend which tested our abilities in several tasks. It was an amazing opportunity and we all excelled and surpassed our expectations.”

Zain Kukaswadia, Vice-President Education at the Students’ Union said: “In an increasingly competitive employment market, the University and the Students’ Union work closely together to make sure that our students get the best quality support and resources available and are best placed to stand out from the crowd when they graduate.”

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