Students Staff

8 November 2018

Welcome to Essex, Welcome to LEAP

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A student next to our LEAP poster

LEAPing into Essex from all over the world

During Welcome Week we met students from all over the world who came to tell us where they came from and find out more about LEAP, our new Learner Engagement Activity Portal, which focuses on what you do rather than who you are.

We believe that engagement is a crucial part of becoming more effective, independent learners and achieving your study goals. LEAP is a platform where you can check the university resources you have used recently, such as Faser, Moodle, Listen Again, your attendance and University computer logins.

A huge part of being engaged is sharing information with each other, so we also asked students to share their top study tips with us. Here are our favourite top 5 tips:

  1. Don’t be scared to make mistakes.
  2. Download a study timer app.
  3. Move around. Switch locations to keep fresh.
  4. Sit close to the front; participate and question things to dig deeper.
  5. Take 15min breaks after 2hrs of study.

Remember, to reflect on how you are getting on with your studies so far, head to My Essex or Pocket Essex, find the LEAP tile and log in using your Essex ID and usual Essex password.

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6 November 2018

Call for contributions open to all University of Essex students, staff and alumni

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Following from the publication of the previous two volumes in our University of Essex Reader inclusivity series ( “LGBT+ Perspectives” in 2017, and “Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion” in 2018), we are now seeking contributions to our next interdisciplinary edited volume entitled “Health and Wellbeing”.

The volume, edited by Ilaria Boncori (Deputy Dean Education, Faculty of Humanities) and Tracey Loughran (Deputy Dean Research, Faculty of Humanities), will include short chapters written in a conversational yet academic tone by Essex staff and/or students and alumni for a wide audience (teachers, students, the public).

We would like to invite colleagues and students in all departments/professional services teams to send contributions based on research, teaching practice or personal experiences in the form of short academic essays (approximately 5000 words including references). We welcome contributions on including, but not limited to:

  • Mental Health
  • Disability
  • Strategies to foster wellbeing
  • Health and wellbeing in Higher Education
  • Health and wellbeing in and through writing
  • Specific stages and related issues in one’s life (adolescence, menopause, dementia)
  • Parental or care leave
  • Workloads and work-related stress
  • Human resources management
  • Healthcare services
  • Community work
  • Human rights
  • Teaching and learning practices

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ilaria ( or Tracey ( ) to discuss submission details or get more information regarding the edited volume.

The deadline for contributions is Monday 4 February 2019.

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2 November 2018

Celebrating Black History Month in Southend

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Andrea Lungay, our Students’ Union VP Southend, looks back at an action-packed Black History Month


‘October is probably my favourite month!

To me, it’s like the welcome of autumn (my favourite season) and the month dedicated to celebrating Black History in the UK. Naturally, I made sure that Black History Month was recognised as something of a celebration a bit like Christmas, but more political.

We kicked off the month with a thought provoking debate night – exploring the effects of drill music on the black community and discussing white privilege. We also welcomed the educational reggae artist Scratchylus who helped us “Reset our mind-sets” and think about the current problems we face in the world today.

We then went on to acknowledging and celebrating one of the most exciting events in Black British culture, the Notting Hill Carnival by making our own headdresses in the SU Lounge whilst listening to the sounds of famous Soca and Dancehall artists booming through the Lounge speakers!Towards the end of the month we explored music further with our Evolution of Black Music Open Mic night where we quizzed the student body on their knowledge of black British music. Congratulations to a team of East 15 and HSC students who won the challenge.

Our final event was one a bit closer to home (literally) – tea, cakes, rum and jerk wings with stories from my mum and Godfather. They opened up about their journey from the Caribbean and what it is like living in England having migrated in the Sixties.

Everyone was engaged and asked loads of questions and OF COURSE enjoyed the jerk wings, dumplings, plantains and rum punch!

Although we say goodbye to Black History Month, we now warmly welcome Diwali celebrations, our infamous Entrepreneurial Week and the introduction of our new SU Student Parliament during November so keep your eyes peeled!’

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1 November 2018

Essex Data Analysis Award winners announced

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The UK Data Archive has announced the winners of this year’s Essex Secondary Data Analysis Award.

The prize recognises and rewards Essex students, alumni and staff who have recently submitted their dissertations and who have demonstrated flair and originality in using quantitative and qualitative data available through the UK Data Archive.

The judging panel of lecturers and researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences has selected winners for the Masters and Undergraduate level of study.

Masters dissertation winner 2018

Nina Heyden

Dissertation title: “The Effect of Immigration on Task Specialisation in Great Britain

Nina Heydon

Nina Heydon. Photo courtesy of Afshin Feiz.

Undergraduate dissertation winner 2018

Camille Georgiou

Dissertation title: “To what extent does anti-immigrant sentiment influence support for European integration?

Camilla Georgiou

Camilla Georgiou

Professor John Preston, Deputy Dean (Research) (Social Sciences) said: “These awards mark the excellent dissertations of students and staff who have used secondary data analysis. They also demonstrate the wider importance of the UK Data Service as the trusted archivist of secondary data for UK social science as a whole. Secondary data analysis is an area where Essex students and academics are leading the way in terms of innovative methods and techniques.”

The winners from each category have been awarded a prize of £200 Amazon vouchers.

We would like to thank students who submitted their work and the judges who gave up their time.

  • Prof Nick Allum, Department of Sociology
  • Prof John Bartle, Department of Government
  • Dr Karon Gush, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
  • Dr Dorothee Schneider, Department of Sociology
  • Dr Deborah Wiltshire, UK Data Archive
  • Cristina Magder, UK Data Archive
  • Dr James Scott, UK Data Archive
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