Students Staff

12 December 2018

PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Fund Competition

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 3.19 pm

Our Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education, Professor Sanja Bahun, tells us more about a new fund to support a more interdisciplinary approach for our postgraduate research students.

Professor Sanja Bahun

Professor Sanja Bahun

Ever got excited about doing research that stretches across disciplines? Ever wondered how your research would be viewed from the perspective of someone working in a completely different research area? Ever wished you could network with researchers in other fields? Ever asked yourself how all these new research trends and funding opportunities for interdisciplinary work could be squared with your own research passions? Ever aspired to publishing your research? Ever wanted there to be a greater sense of a postgraduate research community encompassing the University as a whole?

If your answer is yes to at least one of these questions, here is some good news! We are delighted to invite you to apply for our PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Fund.

To enhance research collaboration and networking at postgraduate level we are launching an award fund of £5000 for the best proposal for an interdisciplinary research conference organised by postgraduate researchers. To enable bold thinking across disciplines, the key condition of the grant is to have PGR researchers from at least two different faculties and at least three different departments on the organising board/committee.

This is an opportunity for you to explore a research question or a research methodology that stretches across disciplines. You can think about big overarching themes and challenges faced by the contemporary world or conference topics linked to specific methodologies used across disciplines. The list of such themes could be endless and we want you to be courageous and innovative in choosing the most pressing subject and the most suitable model for your conference.

You may deploy different methods of presentation – from traditional panels and displays through visual presentations, performances, an exhibition, or any combination of these. You may decide to invest the funds into bringing exciting external speakers – academics or non-academics – to campus, or gathering similar-minded researchers with the aim of producing a conference publication such as a book or a Special Issue; or you may use it as a springboard to international research relevance and visibility through the use of research social media. Or you can do all of these.

The deadline for your grant proposal is Monday 21 January at 5pm. The PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Selection Committee will evaluate proposals and announce the winner for this year on 30 January 2019. Every proposal will receive feedback from the Selection Committee. Your conference must take place and all funds be spent by 31 July 2019.

You can find more information online, or feel free to contact the PGRE team at

To enable us to respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible, please include the heading “PGR Interdisciplinary Conference”.

Good luck with your applications!

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11 December 2018

Choosing your next home

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 12.39 pm

Looking for private accommodation after your first year at University, can be daunting. Graduate Lucy Totman shares her experience.

Lucy Totman

How did you start looking for private accommodation?

We looked up various letting agents and read their reviews so as to get the best option.

How did you choose who you would live with?

This was easy! Unlike others who choose to move in with those they have already lived with, I decided to move in with my friends from my course.

What were the must-haves?

Good WiFi for those coursework deadlines and Netflix binges, a good number of bathrooms so we weren’t fighting over them before lectures (one bathroom: two people worked well) and a decent sized kitchen are a must! A good communal area is also good for house bonding.

  • What would be your top tip for house hunting?
  • Don’t go with the first one you see, even if you are in panic mode!
  • Have a list of questions you want to ask – for both current residents and for the landlord or letting agent
  • Have a look at the government website for renters. This will give you clues to things such as House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) and gas certificates and what a landlord can and can’t do
  • Make sure there are no hidden fees to catch yourself out
  • Always look on the outside of your house – spot a crack? This might mean internal damage leading to mould or drafts!
  • You take the time to research for your coursework or exams, do the same for a place you’ll be living in for the next year or two!

How did you set up house rules?

Before we moved in, and then as you go along. It’s a cliché but house meetings are always key for a smooth ride.

Are there any rules that are essential in your eyes?

How long it’s acceptable to leave dishes on the side for.

What would you do differently if you did it again?

Be more thorough when looking round houses.  It’s easy to worry that you’re impinging on other people’s personal space when a house is lived in, but other people’s worldly possessions can hide potential flaws which only come to light after you’ve signed a contract.

What is the biggest difference between living on Campus and living off Campus?

Not being able to roll out of bed and be in your lecture in 10 minutes! That along with learning the rubbish collection rotas…

What’s the best thing about having your own place?

The space to yourself.

And the worst?

Paying your own bills. Glide is a really useful service for splitting bills fairly among housemates.





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4 December 2018

We’re getting into the Christmas spirit

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 3.02 pm

Andrea Lungay, our VP Southend, tells us more about what our SU has planned for Christmas and what’s in store for 2019.

Andrea Lungay

Andrea Lungay

Dark afternoons, hot chocolate and layers of outerwear, all mean that Christmas is near. But there’s no slowing down at your SU.  With activities, and more,  planned up to and  throughout the Christmas break, so be prepared.

Seriously I love Christmas and the lead up to this Christmas has been great.

With the end of Black History Month we have seen the rise of our first SU Student Parliament with representatives; Sam from East 15, Greta and Rahul from EBS Undergrads and Ayo for Postgrads.

In our first meeting, we discussed our Southend Big 4. The four most important things students voted for that they would like the SU to work on this year.

These are

  • Mental Health
  • My Course
  • SU Lounge
  • Environment

Together with the SU parliament I have already started working on the Big 4 and don’t worry, you’ll hear all about it in the new year!

But that’s not all we’ve been doing, we also had our Dragons’ Den where our students pitched their innovative new ideas to a panel of judges, congratulations to Mikaela Ruddel for winning with her Volcanic Sparkes business idea.

In case you’re suffering from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) we still our Ugly Christmas jumper party this Friday 7 December in the SU Lounge from 9pm, this also involves free entry to MooMoo nightclub with your student card.

Happy Christmas everyone!

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