Students Staff

15 May 2019

Make sure your bike is tagged before our annual cycle removal

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A cyclist at our Colchester Campus.

A cyclist at our Colchester Campus.

Our security team are preparing to remove all abandoned bicycles and bicycle locks on campus. To prevent yours from being removed you need to display a blue tag.

These tags are available from the Information Centre on Square 3 or the Estate Management Helpdesk (room 6.003). Please secure the blue tag around your bicycle frame or lock to indicate to the Security Team that it should not be removed.  All bicycles and locks being left over the summer must have a blue tag and should be located in a cycle rack. The Security Team will be inspecting all bicycles and locks on campus during the first week of September.

Any bicycles or locks not displaying a blue tag will be deemed abandoned and removed. Removed bicycles will be donated to Re-Cycle.

Locks will be cut to remove any untagged bikes and the cost will not be reimbursed.

Staff and students wanting to continue using their bicycle on campus over the summer are advised to continue to display a blue tag to ensure their bike is not removed.

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9 May 2019

A week of celebrating the cultures and traditions of European Countries

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Monica Illsley, our Chief of Staff, and Chair of the joint staff and student One Essex Inclusivity Group tells us more about Europe Week and why we’re so proud of our diversity and our inclusive spirit.

Europe Week

Europe Week

Last week students and staff came together for a week-long programme of events to celebrate what it means to us to be a European community. The idea came from our Students’ Union and it felt like the right thing to do as part of our ongoing joint University and Students’ Union One World, One Spirit, One Essex campaign.

As a University we’re proud of our diversity, our people and our inclusive spirit. We value being in an environment where students and staff from across Europe live and work and we aim to respect and support each other, no matter who we are or where we come from. It’s one of the reasons that we, as staff, work here, and why many of our students choose to study here.

Students at our flag parade

Students at our flag parade

I myself was born and grew up in London, but my parents and my family are Spanish. I first came to Essex (more years ago than I care to remember) to study for a European Law degree which included a year abroad, having chosen Essex because it felt international and welcoming and like the right fit for me. I’m now fortunate to work here and that my work brings me into contact with people from all over the world on a daily basis. I am proud to feel British, Spanish, and European.

In these times of political turmoil, we will each have our own identities and strongly held views and beliefs. Whilst these have the potential to divide us, they are also part of what makes us a diverse and, I think, really interesting, open and tolerant learning community.

A stall at our street party

A stall at our street party

Europe Week, led by Asha Ali our wonderful VP International and Students’ Union President (Elect), saw students and staff come together through events and activities, to share cultures and traditions, the things that make us who we are as individuals and that together make us the rich and vibrant University community that we’re so proud of. And from the Opening Flag Parade on Monday to the Street Party event that closed the week in style on Friday (despite the less than ideal weather), I think we did just that.

Useful links
Impact of European Union referendum vote for staff
Brexit support and advice for our students
Reaffirming our position as an international University community

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8 May 2019

Helping shape the university of tomorrow

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We hear from Tanki, our SU President, as he tells us more about how the Student’s Union helped shape our new University Strategy and why it’s so important that students understand what the plan is all about. 

Tancrede Chartier

Tancrede Chartier

What role did you play in the development of this University Strategy?

The Students’ Union has been very involved in the making of the new Strategic Plan. Throughout the process we were involved in coming up with ideas, taking some pieces out and really engaging with the University to help shape the plan and make sure the final version was delivering the University of tomorrow.

Is it something you’d like other students to read? Is it important?

I think it is important for students to read it. Every member of our community had a chance to contribute to this plan, so the final document includes a bit of everyone. It spells out what the University will look like in the future, so it’s an important document for you to understand.

Were there any points in it that you were particularly pleased or disappointed in? Anything you really dug your heels in on?

Overall I think it’s a very good document, especially taking into consideration that it’s really everyone’s Strategic Plan. I was very pleased with all the work around community and people. It is so important for any community to focus on their people first. Without people you have nothing, so it’s really important to ensure that people are at the very centre of your plans for the future. We’ve also done lots of work to make sure the plan focuses on our whole community and that Essex remains a place where we can truly live our values around inclusion.

The strategy says we are going to ensure every student gets a transformational education. Did you? If so what about you has been transformed?

Sometimes transformational education can feel like a buzzword. It feels like one of those words that means everything but nothing at the same time. But actually, when you think about it, it’s so instrumental to the work we do here at Essex.

I really do feel like I have had a transformational education, not just from the academic side of life at Essex, but also from all the other great experiences I’ve been able to access like societies, sport teams, and volunteering opportunities.

Like we say at Graduation, an Essex education isn’t just about shaping students, but about shaping graduates who will go out into the world and make a difference.

What does this new University Strategy mean for our students, both now and for the future?

This is a very challenging plan, especially as we’ve put it together at a time when Universities are facing so many challenges and uncertainties. This plan really puts Essex on the map and is an incredible statement. At this time of uncertainty, our values remain stronger than ever, and our vision is to provide the best experience we possibly can for our students at the same time as challenging the norm.

What does the Essex Spirit mean to you? Have you discovered your unique Essex Spirit? Tell us about it? Is it something that will remain with you even after you leave Essex?

Essex Spirit is everything. It’s anything that you want it to be. It’s embracing what we stand for and delivering it. I have discovered the will to give a voice to those who don’t have one, and this was very much shaped by my time at Essex. This will stay with me forever.

What are your plans for after your time as SU president is over? How will you use your Essex Spirit to make your mark on the world?

I’m currently applying to go to acting school, so fingers crossed. (To East 15 as well, so I might become an Essex student again). I want to use theatre as a medium to empower people and to give them the voice that has been taken away from them.

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2 May 2019

Nominate your research supervisor for a national award

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If you have an inspirational research supervisor you can nominate them for this year’s Times Higher Education Awards.

You have until Wednesday 5 June to nominate Essex academics for the title of Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year and entries can be submitted by Essex students or colleagues of the nominee.

The Times Higher Education Awards website says: “This award will be given to the individual who has created the most supportive, stimulating and inspirational research environment for doctoral students. Entries will be accepted from institutions, supervisors themselves or their students or colleagues, but in all cases the institution must support the submission and student testimonies must be included in the supplementary documentation.”

Qualities judges might be looking for in nominees might include

  • Evidence of outstanding results of their supervision over a number of years (Have students from a range of backgrounds been encouraged to pursue a doctorate? What have they gone on to achieve?)
  • A pioneering approach to supervision: what has the nominee done above and beyond that which is expected of any good supervisor?
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for the role and going the extra mile to help students navigate through difficulties, academic or otherwise.
  • Challenging students intellectually and helping them to make substantial contributions to their academic field.
  • Providing additional support and facilities to give greater scope to their research.
  • Providing supervision to an exceptional number of candidates over time.
  • Offering constructive employment and career advice post-graduation

If you are planning to nominate a research supervisor please let our Communications Office know at: comms@essex.ac.uk as the Communications team can help you with the application and can check the University will back the nomination.

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