Students Staff

12 October 2018

Meet Andrea Lungay, the new VP Southend

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 12.37 pm

What degree course did you complete at Southend?

I studied World Performance at the East 15 Acting School.  I fell in love with the course when I discovered about all the dance and music that was involved. Then, when  I came to Southend, and saw the accommodation, campus and met all the other new students, I just thought it was for me.

Why do you like Southend?

The town is quirky. It’s really colourful and vibrant. There are so many different types of people here, you can see two very different people sitting together and having a conversation.

Essex alumni who stay in Southend are often international students and you get to see people from all sorts of places coming together in this seaside town.

What was the best part of your degree course?

My third year, for sure. It was a difficult year but rewarding. I worked as assistant director on two East 15 productions and I realised directing was my passion and that is what I want to do.

Why did you decide to stand for VP?

I was inspired by Ernest Nyarko,  who was VP for the last two years, and everything that he achieved.

What are you hoping to achieve?

Students do like to party at university, but we come here for a degree. Students do not always realise how difficult the jump to degree study is going to be and, on top of that, they can be miles away from their family.  I want to ensure Essex is their home away from home.

The Students’ Union is a lovely family. No matter how hard it gets there is always someone here who can back you up.

Do you have any advice for first year students?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Sometimes it can be nervewracking, there is a lot going on. The Southend Campus is like a crazy unconventional family, you will find your place.

How do you relax?

I love to cook, I used to cook at home with my mum on Sundays and my sly passion is maths! I really love maths.  World Performance is very physical and to relax I would download some algebra to do!

 

 

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9 October 2018

Creating a conversation around health and wellbeing

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 9.29 am

Taran Baragwanath is our VP Welfare and Community. Here, he talks about his time at Essex, including his own battles with mental health issues, how this inspired him to become a Sabb, and the priority our SU is giving to mental health.

Taran Baragwanath

Taran Baragwanath

I’ve been Essex as a student and as a sabbatical officer for a number of years now. I’ve loved the majority of my time here, but like plenty of students at university, I’ve had my own battle with mental health issues since starting my studies.

During my second year, my mental health became bad enough that I had to intermit – although this felt really daunting, I’m glad I did, as it meant that I was able to deal with my issues and rediscover my love for my degree and have the opportunity to put myself back on track.

After going through experiences like this, it ignited a passion for people’s welfare that I channelled through my work as LGBTQ+ Officer and subsequently by becoming a Students’ Union Sabbatical Officer.

This year, the SU has made one of our biggest priorities mental health. We’re working on a number of projects to break down the stigma of mental health issues and create a conversation around mental health and wellbeing – you may have seen one of our first steps into this if you got a free plant from Freshers’ Fair!

We’re also working on a training programme for mental health first aid so that students can be trained on how to deal with mental health problems – it’s important that we give as many people as possible the tools to work on mental health and wellbeing so that we can break down stigma.

On top of that we’re looking at  how we can increase support and awareness of services that you can access whilst you’re at university – we’re working very closely with the Student Wellbeing Service to ensure that all services are as student accessible as possible and work for students too.

I’m so excited for the year ahead and can’t wait to help students as much as I possibly can – we’re always looking for student involvement, so if you’re passionate about mental health, wellbeing and student welfare please get involved on this journey with me.

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4 October 2018

Join the Student Conduct Panel

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 2.09 pm

The Student Conduct Panel exists to deal with cases of serious student non-academic misconduct. The Panel comprises of a small number of academic staff and students. When a student is reported for an alleged breach of the Student Conduct Regulations the case is investigated by the Proctor or the Associate Proctor who may impose a penalty themselves in less serious cases. However, serious cases or repeated minor breaches are referred for a hearing by a Student Conduct Committee made up of three members of the Student Conduct Panel: two members of academic staff and one student. The Student Conduct Committee meets and follows set procedures to hear all the evidence in the case to determine whether or not the accused student is guilty of the alleged breach and, if so, what the penalty should be. Penalties can range from a formal written warning to expulsion from the University.

What are the benefits of joining?

As a member of the panel you would be making a significant contribution to University life. Aside from finding involvement in the process very interesting and rewarding, you would gain some valuable transferrable skills that could be used during and beyond your studies. We encourage students who have participated in the process to make reference to their panel membership on their CV.

Additionally, students who join the panel in 2017/18 and who complete their initial training session plus two observations and then sit on a minimum of four committee meetings over a three year period can achieve 25 units towards a Big Essex Award.

How will membership affect my studies?

Membership of the panel will not take up much of your time. A Student Conduct Committee usually lasts less than two hours and we have in the region of five to ten per academic year. In a busy year it is unlikely that you would be expected to sit on more than three or four committees over the course of the year. Students who join the panel are expected to attend an initial training session and then observe some committees before being ready to sit on a committee themselves. There is also an annual training event which all existing panel members must attend which lasts about three to four hours

How long would my membership last?

If you are happy to do so, we would hope that you would remain a panel member for the duration of your studies. Experience as a panel member contributes greatly towards the panel functioning well.

What should I do if I’m interested in joining and want to know more?

If you are interested in joining, please email studentconduct@essex.ac.uk to register your interest as soon as possible and no later than 4pm on Monday 8 October 2018. You will then be sent an application form to complete and return by 5pm on Monday 15 October 2018. We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you have been shortlisted for a short interview which will take place on Wednesday 31 October 2018. Successful applicants will be required to attend training on Wednesday 21 November 2018 (full day). Please make a note of these dates in your diary / calendar.

Further information

In the meantime, find out more about the student conduct process.

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