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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8 January 2014

Top writers offer support to all students

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The Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Writing Fellows are back at the University this year, offering help, advice and support to students across all subject areas.  Gillian Richmond, a dramatist for theatre, radio and TV, will be available at the Colchester Campus  on Mondays and Tuesdays and crime novelist Jim Kelly is available on Thursdays and Fridays.  They offer 45-minute, one-to-one sessions and their door is open to undergraduates and postgraduates from any discipline.  Students are welcome to ask them about any aspect of writing.  Essays, theses, application letters, personal statements, whatever it is, they’ll do their best to help.  Students can talk to Gillian and Jim at any stage of the writing process – from brainstorming through planning and drafting and re-drafting to final polishing. To book a session students can go to the administration office for the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Students in room 5A.201, and book a slot in the green RLF folder or email Emily Banks or Geoff Rowe or visit the RLF office in Room 5A.334 during one of their lunchtime drop-in sessions between 1pm and 2pm to talk to them.

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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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25 November 2013

Town and Gown success

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Town and Gown 2013

Town and Gown dinner at Wivenhoe House

The ninth Town and Gown Dinner at Wivenhoe House broke all previous records with more than 90 people attending and over £2,000 raised to fund bursaries for Wivenhoe students who study at Essex.

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster introduced the main speaker, Giovanni Colacicchi, one of last year’s bursary recipients, who entertained the assembly with descriptions of his work at the University and his links with Wivenhoe.

His intelligent grasp of psychoanalytic studies and the contribution of the University to developing links between town and gown were amusing and insightful.  The Mayor of Wivenhoe Andrea Vaughan gave the vote of thanks.

Next year the dinner will celebrate its 10th anniversary and will be held on 21 November at the Nottage Institute.

The Town and Gown Dinner was an idea of two Essex graduates, Tom Roberts and Dilly Meyer, when they were Mayor and Mayoress of Wivenhoe. The idea of the bursary was suggested by Sir John Ashworth, a founding member of the Department of Biology (now the School of Biological Sciences), an honorary graduate and Wivenhoe resident.

Dilly, who is University Skills Centre manager, said: “The aim was to create a light hearted link between Wivenhoe and University and perhaps raise money for some charitable purpose.  Nobody is more surprised than us that the Dinner has become an annual event!”

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12 November 2013

Lakeside Theatre team confirmed

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Barbara and Genine at the Lakeside Theatre

Barbara and Genine at the Lakeside Theatre

Barbara Peirson has been confirmed as the Lakeside Theatre’s Artistic Director with Genine Sumner also confirmed as Theatre Manager.

Barbara, who also teaches in the Centre for Theatre Studies, originally took on the role temporarily in January, but has now been chosen to take the Lakeside forward on a permanent basis.

She said: “This is the most wonderful opportunity. I have inherited a very exciting theatre with a really rich programme. I want to open the doors to everyone so they can participate in the exciting opportunities we offer.

“One of the things I am really looking forward to is developing the Research Laboratory within the Lakeside. We want to extend the capacity for research and development by bringing together academics, playwrights, theatre practitioners, actors and students so new work can be created. We hope we can help our academics to realise their research impact through collaborative practical projects.”

Genine, an Essex drama graduate, has also seen her role made permanent. She said: “The reputation and quality of work here has grown and grown over the years. I would like to build on what we have here and get even more students into the space. With my appointment there is now someone in the Arts Office who can work with students to help them develop and be a sounding board for their ideas.

  • “The best thing about the Lakeside is that our programme is so diverse and eclectic. It offers something to everyone – whether you want to come to watch comedy once a fortnight, are desperate to get on the stage or want to just come and hang out.”


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Outstanding students celebrated at Dean’s List reception

Executive Dean Professor Graham Underwood with students

Executive Dean Professor Graham Underwood with students at the Dean’s List reception

Our talented students were invited to the first Dean’s List reception organised by the Faculty of Science and Health this week.

Many were even served drinks by their heads of department at the informal celebration which is part of our strategy to celebrate excellence at the University. Similar events are also being organised by other faculties to highlight the achievement s of their Dean’s List students.

The Dean’s List recognises current students who achieved high marks including Firsts and Distinctions in the previous academic year.

Executive Dean for the Faculty of Science and Health Professor Graham Underwood said: “It is great that we were able to celebrate the hard work and achievements of these excellent students.

“The evening was very enjoyable, with a combination of short talks, conversation and refreshments.  I enjoyed personally speaking to as many students as possible, and hearing their positive views of their courses and University life.”

During the evening staff gave presentations about their research work with Dr Edd Codling talking about the mathematics of cows, Professor Debi Roberson discussing her travels with a lightbox and Dr Matt Jones explaining what causes jetlag.

Staff supporting the event included Professor Christine Raines, Professor Maria Fasli, Professor Jo Jackson, Professor Sheina Orbell and Deputy Dean (Education) Dr David Penman.

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