Students Staff

31 January 2017

Meet our new Residence Life co-ordinator

Filed under: News, Southend — ckeitch @ 1.41 pm
An image of Rosie Carpenter.

Rosie Carpenter.

Say ‘hello’ to Rosie Carpenter, our new Residence Life co-ordinator in Southend.

In her previous role Rosie was project manager with the TurnAround proramme, working with at risk young people aged between 15 and 21 to help them discover a new way of living through a programme of wilderness-based activities.

Rosie said: “I’m looking forward to getting to know as many students as possible. I was attracted to this role at Southend because I was interested in working with students and supporting you through your studies.

“I’m doing an Open University degree in Childhood and Youth Studies myself at the moment so I understand what you’re going through!”

Rosie is part of the Student Support team and you can make appointments to see her through the Student Services desk on the second floor of The Forum or by emailing

“I’m working closely with the Residence Assistants and the Students’ Union to put together activities and events.   If you have any ideas of your own, please do let me know,” she added.

Rosie is already on the hunt for new Residents’ Assistants for 2017/18.  With the closing date looming on Friday 10 February, undergraduate and postgraduate students can apply for this opportunity, which gives you valuable work experience and a chance to develop a range of transferable skills, improving your employability. Successful candidates will be given full training and benefits include subsidised university managed accommodation.

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Got an idea?

Filed under: News, Southend — ckeitch @ 12.47 pm

Want to see more events in Southend? Have you always wanted to see a certain type of event or activity? Or do you want to leave a legacy for students to enjoy after you graduate?

Following student feedback, we’re launching a brand new fund to help you turn your ideas into reality. The University and Students’ Union have worked in partnership to create this project so you can suggest ideas for events, activities or projects. If they’re approved, you’ll then be part of the team that makes them happen, and if the event is a success we’ll try and include it in the SU events calendar every year. Forever. Well, maybe not forever, but we’ll see.

Getting involved couldn’t be easier, all you have to do is email with your idea, and we’ll send you a short form to complete explaining your plan. Once we receive that, we’ll arrange a meeting so we can discuss your idea in more detail.  If everything goes well we’ll help you create an event plan, budget and marketing plan to help you bring your event to life.

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On your bike

Filed under: News, Southend — ckeitch @ 10.56 am
An image of a recycled bicycle

A recycled bicycle

As the nights start to get longer and it is getting a little warmer (honestly!), a bike might be just the thing for sightseeing along the seafront. It’s a great way to get some exercise and build up your environmental credentials all at the same time.

Southend is home to the ReCycle Centre, a not for profit social enterprise which encourages people to travel more sustainably. They turn donated bikes into fully refurbished bicycles ready for sale at great prices – children’s bikes start at £15 and adults bikes from £65.

You can also volunteer to learn more about renovating bikes. To date more than 150 volunteers have been trained, working on more than 5,000 bikes which are then inspected by a team of experienced mechanics. Contact them on or visit The Comfy Saddle at Southend Central train station, where you can also find out more about volunteering and cycle maintenance.

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27 January 2017

Ask the entrepreneurs in two exclusive Facebook Live broadcasts

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 10.50 am

Eager to be an entrepreneur or fancy freelancing? Interested in digital marketing? Or do you want to work for an SME?

Essex Business School student Aleksandra Milosheva will put your career questions to graduate employer, SME Footprint Digital, and fashion blogger Sophie Hannah Richardson in two exclusive Facebook Live broadcasts.

Join her on the EBS Facebook page at 4.30pm on:

  • Monday 6 February –  chat to Colchester’s Footprint Digital about what it’s like to work for an SME and make the transition between university and working life
  • Wednesday 8 February – pick the brains of entrepreneur and fashion blogger Sophie Hannah Richardson on turning your hobby into a business

With more than 250k Instagram followers, Sophie’s worked with the likes of ASOS, Rimmel London and Boohoo and been featured in The Independent, The Tab and Unilad. This is your chance to ask her the secrets of her success and get tips on turning your passions into profits. Graduate employer, fast-growing digital marketing agency Footprint Digital has a client list including Sony, Motorola, Oxfam and Cartoon Network. Get advice on applying for graduate jobs and find out more about working in digital marketing.

Ask your questions live in the comments section during the broadcasts, or email them to by Thursday 2 February.

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24 January 2017

Students make huge impact on the local community

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An imange of two of our volunteers at a local primary school.

Two volunteers at a local primary school

Every week more than 100 Essex students volunteer their time to help make a difference to our local area through our vTeam.

Our student volunteers have made a significant impact on our local community and have logged more than 7000 hours of volunteer time, in local refugee centres, care homes and nearby schools, where they run regular sessions for people of all ages.

As well as regular projects, the vTeam also organise a number of one-off projects, where students can turn up and help out by donating their time. Last year our students collected and delivered over 300 kilograms of food for Colchester Foodbank, all of which helped families in need over the festive period.

These experiences are also a fantastic way for students to develop their own skills and enhance their CVs.

“Most students get involved in volunteering because they want to give something back and also have the opportunity of interacting with the local community”, explained SU Community Volunteering Manager Keith Rowland. “Improving their CV is not the main reason for getting involved, but they acknowledge it is still important”.

Every year, the dynamics of the vTeam change as students leave, and new ones join from all over the world, keeping it fresh and open to new ideas.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering with our vTeam, or how they might be able to help out with your own event, please contact

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11 January 2017

Essex Food welcomes you back to campus

Filed under: News — Borislava Borovanska @ 3.25 pm

essex-food-rewards-logoWe want to help you kick-start your New Year, so we’ve created multiple healthy deals only available via the Essex Food Rewards app, from 25% off the healthy dish of the day in Canteen to 50% off all superfood salad boxes in Bonds, we have a different deal in every outlet! Check out the ‘Promotions’ section in the app to see what each outlet is offering or find out more on the website.

We also want to reward our loyal customers so we have introduced multi-buy hot drinks deals for many of our outlets. When you purchase 9 hot drinks in any participating outlet, you’ll get your 10th one absolutely free.

Click & Collect starts the year by introducing two new outlets where you can order your food to be ready when you are and avoid the queues. Head to the ‘Shop’ section of the Essex Food Rewards app now to order from Refresh, Canteen, Happy Days and Zest!


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