Students Staff

28 November 2017

Meet Ernest Nyarko

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 4.50 pm

Ernest Nyarko is our VP Southend. We spoke to him to find out more about his time at Essex, from the most challenging part of  being a student to his victory in the SU elections.

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Ernest Nyarko

What motivated you to come to university? I’ve always had an obsession with becoming an entrepreneur.  Coming to Essex was a great way for me to get  the  skills and knowledge I needed to pursue this dream.

What did you expect university life to be like when you started? I always expected life at Essex to be all about my studies, but that was not the case. There were so many opportunities to get involved in other ways  like sports clubs, societies, start-up workshops, educational forums, and jobs.

Did university life meet your expectations? Yes. I have been able to make new friends and I’ve learnt a lot from different people and cultures, which has helped to define my character and led to me being elected as a Sabbatical officer for the Students’ Union .

What was the most challenging part of being a student at Essex? My first time at our Southend Campus was a real culture shock.  I’d never studied in the UK before and the campus was quite small compared to where I’d studied for my undergraduate degree. I really had to put myself out there to get comfortable with the environment and to get to know people on campus.

What advice would you have for new students starting this year? Make sure you make the most of the opportunities Essex offers because you are never going to get that opportunity again once you’ve left. Involve yourself in extra curricula activities and associate yourself with different kinds of people.  You will never regret it. Trust me. Above all, always remember the reason why you came to Essex and work hard towards it.

What has been your main highlight of being a student at Essex? My main highlight was running for election as VP Southend.  I won and as a result of my hard work was also re-elected!

In one word, describe your experience at Essex Eye-opening.

What are you planning to do next? My aim for the future is to be a part-time lecturer. I also want to start my own company in Ghana, possibly in the Oil Sector. It’s a big dream, but it’s what I have dreamt of ever since High school. I’m definitely going to make it happen someday.

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27 November 2017

Essex Business School selfie competition

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 10.32 am

An image of people taking a selfie.Do you love sharing selfies? Fancy winning a pack of high quality stationery?

Good news! Essex Business School has teamed up with Oxford Campus Notebooks to offer you the chance to get your hands on one of four stationery packs to help kit you out for the year ahead.

Each stationery pack includes:

  • three Oxford Campus document boxes
  • one Oxford Campus refill pad
  • three Oxford Campus notebooks
  • one Oxford Campus snap wallet
  • thirty Oxford Campus punched pockets
  • thirty Oxford Campus dividers
  • one Essex Business School notebook
  • two Essex Business School pens
  • two Essex Business School pencils
  • one ‘I love Essex’ bag
An image of some stationery

You could win all of this

How do I enter?

1. Take a selfie or photo that represents the module you’ve enjoyed the most on your course so far (think textbooks and the syllabus etc).

2. Then either:

a. share it on Instagram, tagging @essexebs in the description, and tell us why it’s your favourite

b. find the competition post on the Essex Business School Facebook page (pinned to the top) and share your photo in the comments, telling us why you love the module.

3. If you’re entering on Facebook, make sure you use your personal account with your real name so we can identify you if you win.

4. If you enter on Instagram, leave your full name in your comment if it’s not in your bio.

5. We will pick four winners at random.

Rules, terms and conditions

  1. The Essex Business School Selfie Competition is open to all current University of Essex students currently residing and studying in the UK only, excluding University of Essex staff. Unfortunately, the competition is not open to those studying at partner universities or those on work placements.
  2. The competition is open from 9am 27 November until 5pm 15 December 2017 GMT and entries must be received by this time to be valid.
  3. Four winners will be picked at random in a free prize draw after the competition’s close. Winners will be notified via Facebook, Instagram or via your University email (by entering the competition you consent to be contacted in this way for the purposes of the competition) before the end of term in December 2017. Winners can collect their prize from their campus in December or January and we will send you further information of how to do this. If you do not collect your prize by week two of the spring term 2018, your prize will be passed on to our next random pick.
  4. You can either enter the competition on the Essex Business School Facebook page or enter on Instagram. Students must meet all the requirements in the ‘how do I enter’ section to be qualified.
  5. If you enter via Facebook, you must use your personal account with your name (no fake profiles please!) so we can identify you for your prize. If you’re entering on Instagram, make sure you also leave your full name in your comment if it’s not in your bio.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person won’t be counted.
  7. Entries which are offensive, or could reflect negatively on name, reputation or goodwill of Essex Business School or the University of Essex will be deleted and not counted.
  8. Entries which promote a political agenda, or could bring a partner of the University of Essex into disrepute will be deleted and will not be counted.
  9. There are four prize packs. Each prize pack includes three document boxes, one refill pad, three campus notebooks, one snap wallet, thirty dividers, thirty punched pockets, one Essex Business School notebook, two Essex Business School pens, two Essex Business School pencils and one ‘I love Essex’ bag.
  10. Prizes are non-exchangeable, non-returnable and there is no cash alternative.
  11. No purchase necessary, although a valid Facebook or Instagram account is required.
  12. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with Facebook or Instagram. Facebook and Instagram have no liability for any part of this competition.
  13. Essex Business School reserves the right to offer alternative prizes, of equal or greater value, should the advertised prizes become unavailable for reasons beyond our control.
  14. By entering on Facebook or Instagram, you agree to the Facebook and Instagram terms of use and privacy notices. If you do not agree with these, do not enter the competition.
  15. In the event of a dispute, the decision by Essex Business School is final.
  16. Winners may be asked to participate in reasonable publicity resulting from the competition.
  17. By entering this competition, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to these terms and conditions.

 

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17 November 2017

5 things you need to know about Essex Crown

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 4.46 pm
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Chloe Atkinson

The Essex Crown is now in full swing.  Students and staff have taken pictures on thrones, answered riddles and built towers out of marshmallows, all in the name of proving their academic department is superior to all others.

But people are still asking questions about the competition. So our Project Worker Chloe Atkinson is here to clear a few things up about what’s happened so far and what’s coming up next.

1. What is the Essex Crown?

Essex Crown is an inter-departmental competition consisting of lots of events across the course of the academic year. These events earn points for the departments that are taking part, and those with the most points at the end will be entered into the ‘Final Showdown’ in attempt to become victorious. So pick an event that takes your fancy, and earn some points.

2. What’s the difference between the Essex Crown and The Quest?

They’re pretty much one and the same. The Quest was the first major Essex Crown event of the  year. It consisted of six mini-challenges across three different venues – Tony Rich Teaching Centre, Essex Business School and the Albert Sloman Library.

Students and staff performed lots of different tasks like stacking a cup tower whilst blindfolded, leading their blindfolded team through a ‘minefield’ to collect crowns, and completing Halloween-themed puzzles and brain teasers set up by the Library. The number of points earned by each department depended on the difficulty of the challenges they completed.

3. Who won the Quest

It was a tie between Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE). Second place was Literature, Film and Theatre Studies (who also won the most points on the riddle that week, aren’t they doing well!) and in third place came Language and Linguistics.

But don’t get too comfortable up there guys – you may have won the battle, but you have a long way to go to win the war…

4. What’s coming up next

The next Crown event is one that hasn’t been done before. We’re running a ‘The Nightmare before Christmas’ themed escape rooms.

Teams will be locked into the escape room and they’ll have to find clues, complete challenges and solve riddles in order to escape within one hour.

In this escape room, they won’t be alone – there will be a certain large man with a long white beard tied to a chair in the corner. Jack Skellington wants to take over Christmas, and has captured Santa as part of his plan. The team’s task is to escape the room within the hour with Santa in tow in order to save Christmas!

5. I want to do the Escape Room! How do I sign up?

Teams can book an hour slot in the escape room at either our Colchester or Southend campuses.

The escape room will be at our Colchester Campus on Monday 27 November and our Southend Campus on Friday 1 December.

You can book your tickets on EventBrite using the password ‘EscapeRoomEssex’ for Colchester and the password ‘EscapeRoomEssexSE’ for Southend.

Be sure to join the Essex Crown group on Facebook for updated info and to follow the Library on Twitter for our weekly riddles.

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7 November 2017

Be part of our Christmas message

Filed under: News, Southend — ckeitch @ 4.15 pm

This year we have a very special way of celebrating Christmas –  a spectacular poster and video featuring you.

We are looking for students from all over the world to dress up in Christmas costumes and spread some seasonal joy by appearing on our enormo boards and in an online video which we will be sharing on social media.

A lucky handful of students will be chosen to represent their own international Christmas messages and will be awarded a £10 Waterstones voucher.

Photos will be taken at our Southend Campus and the poster will be displayed throughout December.

The dates for filming and photography will be confirmed as soon as we know what they are.

To take part, please email n.blower@essex.ac.uk with your name, nationality and special Christmas message (in your own language) by Friday 17 November.

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3 November 2017

Hallowe’en’s a treat in Southend

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 12.09 pm

A bewitching event to celebrate Hallowe’en, organised by the Resident Assistants (RAs) at Southend, attracted a record number of students.

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Nearly 130 students were spellbound by the spooky goings on organised by Gabby Neves Ramos, aided by Sophie Reid. Residence Life Co-ordinator Rosie Carpenter said: “The numbers attending were almost double the previous record. The RAs did a great job organising the event, designed to bring residents together to have some fun, make candy apples and take part in a trick or treat quest. “The evening had a great vibe and lots of residents got to know each other. “A massive thank you to Gabby and Sophie for all their hard work and to the rest of the RA team and Ruth and Georgia who also helped out by making candy floss and organising on the night.  We look forward to many more great RA programmes.”

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Show your Essex Spirit and be part of our Christmas message

Filed under: Colchester, News — ckeitch @ 11.23 am

This year we have a very special way of celebrating Christmas –  a spectacular poster and video featuring you.

We are looking for students from all over the world to dress up in Christmas costumes and spread some seasonal joy by appearing on our enormo boards and in an online video which we will be sharing on social media.

A lucky handful of students will be chosen to represent their own international Christmas messages and will be awarded a £10 Waterstones voucher.

Photos will be taken at our Colchester Campus on Monday 20 November and the poster will be displayed throughout December.

The date for the filming will be confirmed as soon as we know what it is.

To take part, please email n.blower@essex.ac.uk with your name, nationality and special Christmas message (in your own language) by Friday 17 November.

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Four reasons you should get involved in the Essex Crown

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 10.13 am

The Essex Crown is an inter-departmental challenge taking place across all three of our campuses. There will be different events throughout the year where you can collect points for your department. The events will include challenges based around sports, art, riddles, videogames and attending workshops. But aside from the glory of being crowned the winner, why should you get involved with the Essex Crown?

1. Make new friends (to share your throne with)

Throughout the challenge, you will work in teams with students and staff from your department. The different challenges and events will help you get to know more people in your department in an exciting and fun way.

You will also get to know people in other departments when you compete against them in activities like the Essex Sport events. If you are looking to meet new people and develop friendships, both inside and outside of your department, the Essex Crown is the perfect way to do it.

2. Represent your department (and win a huge trophy to show off) 

While making new friends, you will also work in teams and individually to earn points for your department. Show your friends in other departments who’s boss by participating and leading your own department to victory. Throughout the Crown you will also build a stronger sense of community and a sense of pride in your department when you compete against other departments.

3. Learn new skills that will make you more employable (and how to stack cups) 

Essex_spirit_cups_webThe different events and challenges that are included in the Essex Crown will help you develop yourself in ways you might not even think possible.

You can learn music, dance and art skills which you can win points for in The Exhibition. You can develop your athletic and team-working skills through the Essex Sport challenges. Lastly, you’ll test your logic and problem-solving skills in our Escape Room and by solving the weekly riddles.

In today’s employment market, a degree alone isn’t enough to guarantee you employment after completing university. This is why competing in the Essex Crown can look great on your CV or you can use your experiences from the Essex Crown as examples in interviews. Participating in this competition can help develop a variety of skills which will give you an edge in applications and interviews.

In addition to participating in events, you can gain both points and skills by completing Lynda courses. The free courses available at Lynda.com include Time Management Fundamentals, Programming Foundations: Fundamentals, Excel 2013 and 2016 Essential Training, Improving Your Focus, and many more.

To gain points for completing these courses, simply email crown@essex.ac.uk with your department and a copy of your completion certificate.

4. Have fun

Most importantly, the Essex Crown is the ideal break from your studies. If you need a break from  books, articles, code, and equations, the Essex Crown will offer you a much needed rest.

Bring your friends along to challenges and forget about your looming deadlines while having fun. The Crown can get competitive, and we’re not saying it is going to be easy, but it will help you get your mind off your studies.

The bonus here is that you can earn points and glory too! And did we mention it is completely free to participate?

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2 November 2017

An interview with our VP International

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 4.52 pm

Yasmin Abdullah is the VP International with our amazing SU. We spoke to her to find out more about her time at Essex and her advice for new students.

Yasmin Abdullah

Yasmin Abdullah

What motivated you to come to university? I’m from Malaysia, which has a different education system. Students aren’t encouraged to think outside of the box. My father went to Liverpool University and he has given me the mind-set that learning should be for the purpose of forming an opinion. In primary and secondary school, I felt that my opinions were often ignored and I’ve always wanted to experience a different education system.

What did you expect university life to be like when you started? I thought it would be a lot more structured; but we had the freedom to learn anything we wanted as long as it met the syllabus.

Did university life meet your expectations? It went above and beyond. Universities in Malaysia are solely academia focused, for example they don’t have a Students’ Union.

What was the most challenging part of being a student at Essex? As an international student, understanding the British education system was a challenge sometimes. I wasn’t used to the freedom, being on my own and having independence was scary to start. I didn’t feel I could challenge my lecturers about the topics we were exploring. It was also sometimes challenging to understand the British ways and the transport systems! I also had my own insecurities about engaging with local students, I thought they would look at me as different.

What advice would you have for new students starting this year? Try new things that you’ve never tried before. You never know what you like unless you explore opportunities you can take advantage of here. If you’re anxious or worried, everyone is in the same position whether they are local or international. Lots of people have their own insecurities. If you can’t find yourself, create yourself. For international students, support is always available no matter what, whether it’s wellbeing or academic. You should always never feel uncomfortable to speak up and voice your opinions at Essex.

What has been your main highlight of being a student at Essex? I’ve met so many people from across the world. You can actually always find similarities.  For example, I found out a fellow student from Somalia was listening to the same lesser-known artist that I was!

In one word, describe your experience at Essex Home.

What are you planning to do next? Put myself out of my comfort zone. Even if I fail, I always win as I’ve tried something new. I’ve given presentations and they’ve sucked, but I still did it. Even if you stumble or hiccup, no one remembers it but you. So never be afraid to attempt new things, and achieve something you never thought possible. University is the time for growth.

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