Students Staff

11 December 2017

School of Law – photography competition

Filed under: Colchester, News — ckeitch @ 2.45 pm

CameraShare your experience, show your talent and win a £50 Amazon voucher!

This year we would like students from the School of Law to submit a photo that they’ve taken during their time at Essex. The competition is open to all current School of Law students.

The winning photo will win a £50 Amazon voucher and second place photo will win a £25 Amazon voucher.

How to Enter:

  • This competition is only open to current University of Essex, School of Law students.
  • Only one entry allowed per student.
  • You must submit an original entry (not submitted to any other photography competition).
  • Submissions should be your own work or if you’ve had assistance this must be stated.
  • Submissions should be titled and described in the email in order to provide context to the photograph.
  • Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.
  • Photos submission deadline: 24 January 2018 (Week 17).
  • Entries are to be submitted by email to
  • Please make sure your photo is over 1MB in size.
  • By submitting the photos, the students will be granting permission for these images to be used by Essex School of Law for any marketing material/ social media.
  • The winner will be notified at a an event during the Spring Term.

Judging criteria:

  • The aim of the competition is for students to display photos that best captured their experiences of living and studying law at Essex.
  • The winning photo will be judged to be the most visually appealing,  original and self-explanatory.
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8 December 2017

Student Services Hub winter break opening hours.

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 12.11 pm

The Student Services Hub on the second floor of The Forum will be open as normal from 10am to 4pm on weekdays until Friday 15 December when it will shut at 1pm.

Starting on Monday 18 December until Thursday 21 December the Student Services Hub will move into vacation opening hours from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm.

On Friday 22 December the Hub will be open 10am until 12pm and it will be closed between Monday 25 December and Monday 1 January inclusive.

Tuesday 2 January until Friday 5 January the Hub will return to vacation opening hours, and we’ll be opening for the standard hours of 10am to 4pm from Monday 8 January.

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5 December 2017

Christmas Carol Service round the corner

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 10.01 am

Staff and students are invited to the Christmas Carol service on Monday 11 December in Sub-Zero off Square 3. Refreshments start at 7 pm with the service starting at 7.30 pm.

Members of different student societies will lead the singing, including the University show choir, the Jesus Alive Fellowship and the Chinese Christian Fellowship.

Edge Hotel School student Thomas Watkiss who has put the service together said: “It’s a truly multi-cultural event. Everyone I have asked is very keen to take part and it promises to be a vibrant occasion.”

President of the Students’ Union Zoe Garshong said: “I believe that the spirit of Christmas is about unity and bringing people from all walks of life together. That’s what the story of the first Christmas illustrates, the wise men and the shepherds coming together from different backgrounds to celebrate.

“That’s what this carol service is all about, we are trying something new, mixing traditional carols with a modern day twist. It will be amazing to see all the different societies coming together.”

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Making a difference to our environment

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 9.51 am

recycling_webLike any large organisation, the University has a big impact on its surrounding environment. The energy and resources we use is a major part of that. We are passionate about sustainability, and we have an ambitious goal to cut our overall carbon footprint by 43% by 2020, compared with 2005 levels. Part of achieving this is through making our buildings more efficient, but it’s also about our community being more aware of the ways we can all reduce our impact.

And that’s where you come in. With thousands of students living and studying at our Colchester and Southend campuses, your actions add up to make a significant difference. We can all play a part in this challenge and it’s simple changes to your habits which can make a difference.

If you live on campus, you’re automatically involved in the Student Switch Off campaign, where we monitor energy-saving and recycling activity, encouraging you to think about your impact. Make some simple changes and you’ll have the chance to win prizes. Here are our top tips:

  • Switch off unused lights and electrical equipment
  • Keep radiators at moderate temperatures
  • Wear a layer before turning radiators up
  • Close windows on colder days
  • Put a lid on pots when cooking
  • Only boil the water you need when using the kettle
  • Put plastic, paper, card, cans and glass in the appropriate recycling bin

When you are on campus, you can do lots of easy but important things too:

  • Refill your own bottle with some fresh, filtered water from one of the water fountains, rather than buying bottled water (tap water in the UK adheres to strict quality controls, so it is perfectly safe to drink).
  • At Colchester, avoid takeaway coffee cups by bringing your own to cafes on campus. You’ll save 10p off every hot drink you buy, too. Lots of high street cafes offer discounts for this as well.
  • Put waste and recycling in the appropriate bins. Items sent for recycling are turned into all sorts of new products, reducing the need to use new materials.

To find out more about sustainability, email Daisy Malt.

Visit the Student Switch Off website for more tips, and like our Facebook page for information on our regular competitions.

For any maintenance issues, including leaky taps, problems with heating or lighting, email the Estates helpdesk.

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4 December 2017

Making sure our campuses are safe and welcoming for everyone

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 2.12 pm

Zoe Garshong is the President of our Students’ Union. She tells us about the work being done to make sure Essex is a safe place for everyone.

Zoe Garshong

Zoe Garshong

Essex is a place for everyone. That’s why we’ve been working with teams from across the University to make sure our campuses are safe and welcoming places where we can tackle issues like sexual violence, sexual harassment and hate crime head on.

We have zero tolerance for these types of behaviour and our Harrasment Advisory Network offers a confidential service for anyone who has experienced any kind of harassment or bullying.  Whoever you are, and whoever you’re reporting, we will listen to you. It doesn’t matter if it’s someone in a position of authority, a member of staff, another student or someone from outside of our community. Whenever an incident is reported we will take proportionate action.

However, it’s up to all of us to make sure that Essex is free from this type of behaviour. That’s why we’ve launched initiatives like our Bystander intervention workshops and our #ItEndsNow campaign and why we will always fight to make sure Essex is a place that anyone can call ‘home’.

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Seasonal spirit in Southend

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 1.34 pm
Ernest Nyarko

Ernest wishes you all a wonderful winter break

The winter break is almost here and the Students’ Union in Southend, led by VP Ernest Nyarko  has a host of activities arranged to put you in the festive spirit in the run up and during the holidays.

Tonight (Friday 8 December)  join in karaoke party night in the SU Lounge starting at 8pm.

The annual Vice-Chancellor’s Christmas party is on Thursday 28 December at the Colchester Campus with free transport provided. The pick-up is outside the Gateway Building at 11am, taking you to the Silberrad Centre for a free Christmas meal and festive celebration. Book your ticket here.

Southend town centre is all lit up for Christmas. To delve even deeper into the seasonal spirit you can enjoy some festive film classics at The Palace Theatre, about 20 minutes’ walk from Campus, where Fred Claus, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Muppets Christmas Carol are being screening in the run-up to 25 December. Visit Southend will also signpost you to lots of different fun events, from pantos to art exhibitions.

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Chasing the Crown

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 10.52 am
Dodgeball at our Colchester Campus

Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge

Our Project Worker Anton Greenaway is here with our latest update from Essex Crown.

What’s been going on with Essex Crown?

On 21 November departments went toe-to-toe in an epic game of dodgeball. It turns out that Government students are more athletic than actual sports students, as their department came out on top in an epic contest with Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, LiFTs, Language and Linguistics and Sports, Rehabilitation and Exercise Science.

Residence Life and the Essex Crown team also partnered up to host The Nightmare Before Christmas themed Escape Room. Congratulations to Biological Sciences who had the most participants and the fastest time of completion in 8 minutes and 23 seconds. On behalf of all those who took part, those who hold a certain stop-motion musical close to their heart, and everyone who helped organise the escape rooms. They were a great success.

Don’t forget Lynda is now part of Essex Crown?

That’s right. Lynda is now part of Essex Crown, which adds an educational and professional skill-building element to the competition.

Lynda is an online learning platform and all our staff and students get free access. Just log in using your University of Essex details.

There’s loads of things to learn on Lynda and they don’t have to link specifically to your course or your job. Lynda is an opportunity to expand your skills, and with the winter break coming up, why not learn a new skill with the free time you have on your hands?

If you complete a Lynda course over Christmas, we’ll give your department points for Essex Crown. Just send a screenshot of your completed Lynda course along with your department to

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