Students Staff

28 February 2017

Election success

Filed under: News, Southend — Heather Leathley @ 12.49 pm
An image of Ernest Nyrko

Ernest Nyarko, SU VP for Southend Campus

A concerted cross-Campus effort led to a ten per cent increase in the number of votes cast at the Southend Campus in the recent Students’ Union elections.

Adrian Patsalos, the Engagement Co-ordinator (Southend) for the Students’ Union said: “ A total of 327 votes were placed, compared to 296 last year. It’s particularly positive news as we only had one candidate for VP, Ernest Nyarko, who was standing for his second year.

“We were also successful in electing for two voluntary positions, Women’s Officer Ifra Qureshi and Open Portfolio officer Kalina Katsarka, who are both Essex Business School marketing students.”

Ernest is looking forward to his second year as VP following on from his achievements in the post so far: “The past year has taught me a lot, “he said. “Course rep engagement has increased from about 40 people last year to more than 100 this year. There have been more events and we have engaged in more entrepreneurship activities. Students and staff are also now benefitting from discounted parking at the Victoria Shopping Centre.”

“I’ll now be looking to improve student engagement by getting students from each department on to a committee to plan events to bring everyone together. I will endeavour to listen to your opinions and the things you might like to see change. I want to make a positive difference to your University experience.”

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Upgrade to IT on Campus

Filed under: News, Southend — Heather Leathley @ 9.44 am

PC lab sign pixThe IT Services team at Southend is busy working on a range of enhancements around the Campus.

You will have spotted already four PC availability screens in the Forum and the Gateway buildings that show if a PC Lab is open, how many PCs are free or if the room is being used for teaching.

In our recent survey of first year students,  almost 15 per cent said there were occasions when they could not access a computer on Campus, so these screens will help you grab a space.

As a guide, the PCs in the Forum’s Learning Hub are very popular, but in busy periods it’s worth checking out IT Lab on the third floor of the Gateway building, where there are 40 PCs, in what is usually a quieter space.

The iDesks running alongside the atrium window in the Forum’s Learning Hub and three iDesks on both the second and third floor lift lobbies of the Gateway Building are popular points to quickly read your emails.  For a trial period we have introduced two height adjustable bar stools at the iDesks nearest the out-of-hours doors in the Learning Hub. These stools mean you can spend a little longer working at the PCs. The height of the iDesks can be changed using the two buttons on the top of the iDesk tables.

The amazing Print-Copy-Scan photocopier is being relocated to the second floor lift lobby in the Gateway Building from the Student Common Room.

Our recent survey of first year students showed that more than 75 per cent of students prefer to contact the Southend IT Helpdesk in person and more than 85 percent found their help to be Excellent or Very Good.

If you have any IT-related queries, need assistance with using or installing software, need help or advice with your laptop/tablet, or just want to say hello, our helpful IT team is based on the second floor of The Forum at the Info Point, where you can can also access Library and Employability and Careers assistance.

The desk is staffed between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. The team can also be contacted by email or by phone on 01702 328341.

We’d like to remind you that as students of the University of Essex you are entitled to download the latest version of Microsoft Office for your home computer or mobile device free of charge. It’s available for Windows, Mac and mobile devices, and can be installed on up to five computers, and on up to five mobile devices. Our recent survey of first year students showed than a third of you knew about this fantastic offer so  hopefully this is useful. Other free software for students can be found on our website.

You can also enjoy free access to an online video learning platform where you can learn business, creative, education and tech skills taught by expert instructors. Just sign in using your University ID and password.


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Historical fun

Filed under: News, Southend — Heather Leathley @ 9.34 am

Boost your CV and enjoy some historical fun at the same time by volunteering for the new Rochford Heritage Trail project.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted £10,000 to develop a Rochford Heritage trail just outside Southend. The aim is to encourage people of all ages to discover and learn more about Rochford, a medieval market town, recorded in the Domesday Book.

The town team is urgently looking for volunteers to help out in all sorts of different ways, from writing scripts for short plays, narrators for the trail audio guides, in-costume support for Heritage Mornings and marketing the project to encourage local community involvement. If you are interested please email Rochford Town Team or find them on Facebook and Twitter.



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24 February 2017

Capital success for the Edge Hotel School students

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 4.50 pm

Edge Hotel School Level Six students joined lecturers, alumni and hospitality industry recruiters at The Shangri-La Hotel on the 34th floor of The Shard in London for an industry get-together.

The School is planning a series of events this year to mark five years since it opened at the University of Essex and this occasion was a welcome opportunity for alumni now working in the hospitality industry to share their experiences with the undergraduates who complete their degrees this year.

Nearly 90 per cent of graduates from the Edge Hotel School are already launched on their careers including Vivien Schaper who is one of several alumni working for Exclusive Hotels and Venues.

She said: “It’s great to see everyone here. It’s been non-stop since I finished in August and I am very happy to share my experiences of job-hunting and life in the hospitality industry with my friends from the Level Six cohort.

“I’m looking forward to returning to the University for our graduation ceremony in July.”

More pictures from the glamorous event can be seen here.

EHS stairs alumni event Spirit

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