Students Staff

22 July 2019

Showcase your campus photos

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Laura Mathias @ 3.29 pm

We are running a photo competition to showcase the biodiversity of our campuses.

Students at Colchester campus

Students at Colchester Campus

We want you to submit a photo taken on our Colchester, Southend or Loughton Campus that captures the nature and environment.

The winning photos will be included in the team’s welcome week wildlife photo gallery.

What you need to know:

  • This competition is open to all staff and students.
  • Photos must be over 1MB in size.
  • Submissions should be titled and include a short description in the email to provide context to the photograph.
  • If your photo is chosen you will be notified.

How to enter:

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14 June 2019

Studio X sees first entrepreneurial bootcamp for students

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 2.31 pm

Essex Startups annual bootcamp focusing on business ideas, the business model canvas and branding strategies, took place in Studio X, our brand new creative and collaborative working space for student entrepreneurs on 8 and 9 June.

Students in their early morning wake up session at the bootcamp.

Students in their early morning wake up session at the bootcamp.

The bootcamp is a chance for student entrepreneurs to gain valuable guidance and advice on developing their ideas and starting their own business. It also gives them a great opportunity to work on building relationships and networks with other aspiring entrepreneurs.

Students who attended the bootcamp will have the chance to enter the Big Pitch this October, where they will pitch their business idea to a panel of judges for the chance to win up to £3,000 worth of funding. The students will work with the Essex Startups team over the summer on their business plan and they will automatically be entered in for a chance to pitch.

For any advice on starting your own business please contact the Essex Startups team: startups@essex.ac.uk.

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15 May 2019

Make sure your bike is tagged before our annual cycle removal

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 2.47 pm
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

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 8.44 am

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

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 1.46 pm

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

Filed under: Colchester, Loughton, News, Southend — Communications Office @ 3.47 pm

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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17 April 2019

A message from East 15’s Director, Leon Rubin

Filed under: Loughton — Tags: , , , , , — Laura Mathias @ 8.17 am

I rarely write more than a few words for our blog as I am too busy chasing around, collaborating with many friends and colleagues. However, as many of you know, I will be stepping down as Director of East 15 Acting School on Tuesday 23 April 2019. I planned this over a year ago and have been gradually organising everything for my successor. April 23 is, of course, a special day as it is Shakespeare’s birthday, although according to the records of the time, it could actually be April 22- also my birthday!

Professor Leon Rubin

So, it seems like the right time, after 12 years, to make a change. It has been the happiest role in my life so far and it is an amazing school full of extraordinary students and staff. It was named the number one school for drama in the UK this year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and so it is the right time to hand over.

No, I am not retiring and never will; I am fortunate enough to be among the few in this world who love my work.

I now have a two-year sabbatical to focus on directing and writing and will travel around the globe to do this. I also have a commissioned book to write and other projects to pursue. I will remain part of the team at East 15 and will return here to teach and research after the sabbatical.

So, thank you to all of you across the world who have made the last 12 years so rewarding, stimulating and life-enhancing and I will see many of you on my travels in the UK and overseas. I cannot express the pride and joy I have reading and hearing about all the alumni careers and, as always, I will follow the stories as they continue to light up the sometimes dark skies around us.

Leon

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5 April 2019

Meet the winners of our PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Fund Competition

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 9.14 am

We meet the winners of our first PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Fund Competition to find out more about their winning proposal and the upcoming Essex Cross-disciplinary Experimental Methods conference.

How do you feel after winning the competition? Can you tell us more about your winning conference proposal.

The team behind the conference

The team behind the conference

It’s really exciting to win the competition and have the means to put together this interdisciplinary conference on Experimental Methods. We are a team that spans two faculties (Social Science, and Science and Health) and five departments (Economics, Psychology, Computer Science, ISER, and Government), which highlights the interdisciplinary nature of our collaboration.

The first edition of the Essex Cross-disciplinary Experimental Methods conference will take place in June, with three keynote speakers and two interactive workshops on using eye-tracking and game theory in research. There will also be presentation and networking opportunities for participants.

How did you come together?

Our project manager, Elisabetta, gathered the group through EssexLab’s researcher network. Most of us have used the lab at some point in our research, and we were all inspired by the idea of sharing our different approaches to experimental methods. Hence it made a great pitch for the interdisciplinary conference. Plus, we all shared the enthusiasm to get more students on board to produce interdisciplinary research. There’s no better starting point than an event like this one.

Has it been difficult to work across disciplines and collaborate across faculties?

Collaborating across the five disciplines has certainly been an eye-opener, and we have already benefited from understanding differences in how each discipline organises events. We had to accept different perspectives on how things should be run, but everyone on the team is open to new ideas. Having a common purpose and a deadline also helps immensely in moving things forward.

When and where will your conference take place?

The conference will be here at Essex, over June 20-21 and registration is open now.

What do you think would be the benefits of your event for the larger University of Essex communities?

We think the conference will greatly benefit the PGR community in three key areas:

  1. As research students, learning about cross-disciplinary experimental methodology can help provide a novel perspective on our own research;
  2. Understanding different methods improves our competitiveness in the academic funding and job market;
  3. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to network with researchers from other disciplines.

We also welcome participation from undergraduate and Masters students, who might be considering joining our research community. They could benefit from learning about the type of work they might be doing as a research student. Staff are also welcome, and we hope that the conference can foster greater inter-departmental and interfaculty collaborations in Essex.

In addition, thanks to funding from the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC), we will be able to offer travel support to postgraduate researchers from the University of East Anglia and University of Kent to attend. We’re excited to have this chance to support collaborations among the local research community.!

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21 March 2019

Lots of love from the Library

Filed under: Loughton, News — ckeitch @ 10.33 am

We ran a ‘Love or Break-up Letter’ activity last month to get some feedback on our library services and were thrilled to receive 22 love letters.

That’s right, none of you wanted to ‘break up’ with us, which is fantastic news.

Thanks for all your kind words and suggestions, which we have already started to implement.

Book swap corner

Book swap corner

Book Swap Corner

First up, you told us that you want more fiction in the Library.

We have now created a Book Swap Corner, which you can find near the newspaper rack to the left of our library entrance.

Just bring along any books that you have read and want to pass on, and pick up a couple of others to read.

If you don’t fancy picking up a book, you can still drop off any you’re finished and want to pass on.

It’s really easy to use and completely free – two very good reasons why you should get involved.

Some of our new books

Some of our new books

More, more, more

In your love letters you also told us that you want more modern plays as well as more international texts. Well, good news…you will now find more than 200 new titles.

For the next few weeks, we will display a selection of new texts for you to browse through.

So what are you waiting for, get yourself to the library to see what’s new.

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15 March 2019

The Essex Cross-disciplinary Experimental Methods Conference is coming your way

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 2.36 pm

Are you starting your research and wondering about your study methodology? Are you in completion and want to increase your employability by expanding your repertoire of experimental methods?  Whatever your stage of study, The Essex Cross-disciplinary Experimental Methods Conference (ECEM) is for you.

Grant funders increasingly prize early career researchers with skills and networks beyond their primary discipline. A wider knowledge of experimental methods opens doors to forging competitive interdisciplinary collaborations.

The first ever ECEM Conference will take place on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June, bringing together researchers from multiple disciplines to share the varied and complementary aspects of their experimental methods. Get ready for two days packed with exciting workshops, multidisciplinary keynotes speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities.

This conference is organised by postgraduates, for postgraduates and supported by the Essex PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Fund Competition and Eastern Academic Research Consortium.

Registration is free, and will open in April.

If you would like further information, email dliuxi@essex.ac.uk with ECEM Conference in the heading.

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