Students Staff

22 May 2017

Meet Adeseye Ogunlewe

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Adeseye Ogunlewe studied Law and Politics at Essex and graduated in 2016. He qualified to represent Nigeria in the 100 metres at the Rio Olympics, and was recently named as our 2017 Alumni Sports Award winner.

An image of Adeseye Ogunlewe with Professor Anthony Forster.

Adeseye Ogunlewe with our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster

How does it feel to receive the Essex Alumni Sports Award?

It feels good. It feels good to be able to come back to receive this award. It shows that you guys cherish what I’ve done and what I’m still doing. It feels good. My parents are happy, I’m happy, and hopefully you guys are happy with me as well.

Wow! Could you tell us a bit about what Essex means to you?

Essex means everything to me because when I came here I was no-one. I came as an amateur athlete in 2011 and you guys grew me from where I was then, to where I am right now. I’m grateful to you guys, as without you I wouldn’t be where I am today. So, Essex means the world to me.

You knocked 0.7 seconds off your time while studying here, how instrumental were the staff and facilities at Essex in supporting you?

The staff at Essex were instrumental in my development. The Human Performance Unit put me on a path which has brought me to where I am today. I can’t thank them enough. They gave me access to a very good nutritionist in Chris McManus, and a lot was done to track what I was doing in the gym and on the track. I had a strength and conditioning coach as well. Everything was monitored. The best part of everything is that they believed in my ability, which meant so much to me.

Your next major tournament is the World Athletics Championships in London this summer. This will be Usain Bolt’s last race. What are your thoughts on his career, and has he inspired your own?

Bolt has definitely inspired me. In 2008 I watched him win and break world records in a very calm way at the Olympics. One of my friends said to me that Usain Bolt reminds them of me because we are both so chilled! He is the greatest track athlete and I am honoured to have watched him compete. He has been an inspiration, not just to me, but to a lot of other people.

How does it feel to travel the world doing what you love?

I travel a lot because of what I do. We  race in various countries around the world. Unfortunately, I never get to go sightseeing so I buy fridge magnets to remind me of the places I’ve been. I have quite a few and I hope I can collect many more!

You mentioned that the thrill of graduating was on the same level as Rio! Really?

It was for me! Going to the Olympics was a goal I set in 2008. Making it was overwhelming because I put in a lot of work for a lot of years to get there.

It was the same with getting a degree. It was one of my life goals, and I come from a very educated family so the pressure was on! My Dad was all about school before sports, so when I graduated with my degree in Law and Politics it felt like a huge relief, as I had spent a long time balancing track and school.

Both achievements mean everything to me.

Do you have any top tips for students graduating this year?

Set your goals. Set your goals before you graduate. Don’t just come out of school and set your goals. Set your goals before you come out and go for it! Don’t shy away from anything. Go for anything you set your mind to. It can be done. I set myself the goal of going to the Olympics and I did. If I can do it, anyone can do it!

What’s your everyday life like, now you’ve graduated?

I wake up at 5am every morning to go for training. I have weights in the morning, then I have track, then I have physio.  It’s exciting, being able to do what you love and do it at the highest level. It’s a bit intense, so I have to be disciplined. I’ve set my goals high and hopefully I’ll achieve them.

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4 May 2017

Powerlifting success for Tremayne

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We spoke to Tremayne Williams, a second year Criminology and American Studies student, about his recent successes at  Powerlifting.

How did you first get into Powerlifting?

An image of Tremayne Williams

Tremayne Williams

I first started watching and studying Powerlifting in January, mainly through YouTube. I knew a guy that happened to be a junior world champion,  so decided to quiz him on the sport and how to get into it. Then, in early February, I decided to give it a go and see where it took me.

Why did you decide to enter your first competition so soon?

After watching famous powerlifters on YouTube, they all suggested that the best way to get into the sport is to dive in head first and sign up for a competition. So I joined a federation based in the Midlands called the British Powerlifting Federation (BPF) and entered a competition on 12 March. I competed in the Junior Raw 90KG Class, weighing in at 87.7KG. I also had a massive helping hand from Dan Amey and Mick Amey, who are both powerlifters themselves. They taught me everything I needed to know about how the competition was run and how I should prepare.

How did you get on?

I managed to come first in my weight class which was amazing considering it was my first ever competition.

Wow. Congratulations! And that led to a place in the British Powerlifting Championships?

Yes, I qualified for the British Championships which was held on 15 April.

What was that like?

The whole experience was amazing, and I learnt a lot from other lifters and coaches. I also learnt a lot about myself from seeing the flaws in my performance, so I know where  I need to improve, to seeing where I’m excelling so I know what to look out for in future competitions.

So, what’s coming up next?

I’ll be competing in the European Championships on 1 July in Holland, which I’m very excited for. It’s a huge competition and I’m going to be competing against people from all over Europe.

Alongside that, I’m going to try to get more people into the sport of powerlifting at the university, and I’m hoping to start a society or university powerlifting team in the near future.

Do, you regularly train at our Evolve Gym?

I train at the Evolve Gym around four to five times a week, depending on my training cycle. It’s definitely one of my favourite gyms to train at. The staff there are a great help, assisting me with exercises and helping document my journey on Instagram.

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2 May 2017

Last chance!

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LAST STRAW Draft Poster WebIf you haven’t managed to catch our theatrical stars in the making at East 15 yet this academic year, you had better be quick! The final season begins on Thursday 11 May – Saturday 13 May when East 15 Acting and Stage Combat student present The Last Straw, an exciting programme that celebrates their skills and abilities.  Thursday 18 May to Saturday 20 May East 15 Physical Theatre presents 4 Solos, 2 Duets and 1 Quartet telling stories through word, song, mime, circus and more.

Three brand new one act plays, performed by East 15 World Performance students  take to the Clifftown Theatre floor  Thursday 25 May –Saturday 27 May and the grand finale is with East 15 Community Theatre presenting three community plays in Act Locally Thursday 1 June until Saturday 3 June. Tickets are available from the box office or via


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Team changes

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An image of our Chaplains

Viv Owen, Dan Crooks and Jim Kilpin

Welcome to Dan Crooks who has joined the Chaplaincy team at our Southend Campus, based on the second floor of The Gateway Building. Dan will be working across the University campus and South Essex College alongside his role as a youth worker in Southend.

Dan, a talented musician, is from Southend  and has returned to work in the town, after several years in London and Australia. He is pictured in the middle with fellow chaplains, Viv Owen and Jim Kilpin.

He said: “I’m looking forward to meeting everyone. This is a great opportunity to support young people either through creating music together or just being here to listen.”

“I love being back in Southend, I missed being near the water when I was living in London.”


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