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15 November 2018

One student’s role in commemorating the end of the First World War

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History MA student Olivia Smith has spent four months working as a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) intern at the Thiepval Memorial to the missing of the Somme in northern France. Last week she gave Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron a tour as part of the centenary commemorations. Here she tells us what it’s been like to play a role in ensuring the First World War dead are never forgotten.

Olivia giving a reading at the memorial

Olivia giving a reading at the memorial

Every day on site we give tours to visitors of the memorial. Only last week I had a school group of around 35 ask me for a tour, all around the age of 13 and14 so quite an impressionable age. I told them the story of one of the Victoria Cross winners William Macfadzen who died on 1 July 1916.

Macfadzen won his Victoria Cross because of his instant bravery. In the early hours of 1 July he was in a trench with his men preparing for battle. He was handing out grenades to his comrades and accidentally dropped the box of grenades. Two of the safety pins came out and without hesitation Macfadzen jumped on top of the box and sacrificed his life so that the rest of the men in the trench would be spared.

I told this story and I looked over to a little boy who was crying. He was crying in his sisters arms and said “I will always remember this story”. I felt so glad that he cried, because to me that meant he understood exactly why he was here.

Why it matters to keep telling the story of those who died

For me the most important aspect of this whole job is ensuring the younger generations understand what they are visiting on the Western Front and why.

It is down to my generation now to ensure this educational message is passed on.

Four months seem like such a long time but it really isn’t.

I feel very sad that the internship is coming to an end. I have no war dead in my family, but I have built up a wonderful personal connection with the stories of the men I have learnt about and I feel strongly that as part of the younger generation, it is now our duty to ensure these men will never be forgotten.

What it means to be part of the centenary

I can’t put into words how lucky I am to have spent just over a quarter of a year working in France with the CWGC. It is an experience I truly wish didn’t have to end; I am beyond proud to have worked with the CWGC. I am proud to say I have been a part of the centenary and I am more proud that I have played a role in ensuring the men of the First World War will not be forgotten.

11 November 2018 marked a century since peace on the Western Front; it marked the end of the centenary years but what it won’t mark is the end of remembering the men who died.”

Find out more about Olivia’s experience working at Thiepval.

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6 June 2018

Enter our data analysis competition for your chance to win £200

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UKDA logoHave you used data for secondary analysis in your final year project or dissertation at Essex? We’re offering a prize for your research!

We’re looking for research that highlights social and economic issues and also showcases an interesting re-use of quantitative or qualitative data, available through the UK Data Archive.

The Essex Secondary Data Analysis Award is open to each level of study including undergraduate, Masters and PhD. A panel of lecturers and researchers across the Faculty of Social Sciences will judge the entries.

The winning candidate from each level of study will receive a prize of £200 in Amazon vouchers. Through the UK Data Archive at Essex, the winners will also get to showcase their quantitative and qualitative skills to the wider academic community, plus potential employers such as The Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK.

The winning entries and their key findings will be publicised in Essex Weekly and on the Essex website (if the winning students and their supervisors give permission).

How to enter

You’ll need to  submit an executive summary (two A4 pages maximum) outlining your research question, data used, methodology, results and example of your evidence such as table, graph or excerpt from interview transcript of your course work to the UK Data Archive.

Before you submit, please check for completeness and clarity of any graphs and illustrations, and accurate data citation

The deadline is 16 September 2018

We’ll contact shortlisted candidates by the end of September, and ask you to submit an electronic copy of your full work. Then we’ll announce the winners in October.

Terms and Conditions

The competition is open to any Essex students who have used quantitative or qualitative data available through the UK Data Archive in their research. This can include mixed methods approaches if one of the data sources is available from the UK Data Archive. Work submitted that does not use data from the UK Data Archive will be disqualified.

This competition is open to any undergraduate, Masters or PhD student enrolled at the University of Essex in any discipline for third year projects or dissertations on social and economic issues. Essex alumni or staff currently working at Essex who submitted dissertations in the last two years can enter. Entries can be submitted either by individuals or by department and schools.

By entering the competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. The UK Data Archive reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.

For further details please contact the UK Data Archive.

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11 December 2017

School of Law – photography competition

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CameraShare your experience, show your talent and win a £50 Amazon voucher!

This year we would like students from the School of Law to submit a photo that they’ve taken during their time at Essex. The competition is open to all current School of Law students.

The winning photo will win a £50 Amazon voucher and second place photo will win a £25 Amazon voucher.

How to Enter:

  • This competition is only open to current University of Essex, School of Law students.
  • Only one entry allowed per student.
  • You must submit an original entry (not submitted to any other photography competition).
  • Submissions should be your own work or if you’ve had assistance this must be stated.
  • Submissions should be titled and described in the email in order to provide context to the photograph.
  • Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.
  • Photos submission deadline: 24 January 2018 (Week 17).
  • Entries are to be submitted by email to lawhrcevents@essex.ac.uk.
  • Please make sure your photo is over 1MB in size.
  • By submitting the photos, the students will be granting permission for these images to be used by Essex School of Law for any marketing material/ social media.
  • The winner will be notified at a an event during the Spring Term.

Judging criteria:

  • The aim of the competition is for students to display photos that best captured their experiences of living and studying law at Essex.
  • The winning photo will be judged to be the most visually appealing,  original and self-explanatory.
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3 November 2017

Show your Essex Spirit and be part of our Christmas message

Filed under: Colchester, News — ckeitch @ 11.23 am

This year we have a very special way of celebrating Christmas –  a spectacular poster and video featuring you.

We are looking for students from all over the world to dress up in Christmas costumes and spread some seasonal joy by appearing on our enormo boards and in an online video which we will be sharing on social media.

A lucky handful of students will be chosen to represent their own international Christmas messages and will be awarded a £10 Waterstones voucher.

Photos will be taken at our Colchester Campus on Monday 20 November and the poster will be displayed throughout December.

The date for the filming will be confirmed as soon as we know what it is.

To take part, please email n.blower@essex.ac.uk with your name, nationality and special Christmas message (in your own language) by Friday 17 November.

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20 October 2017

The Return of the King! Essex crown is back

Filed under: Colchester, News, What's on — ckeitch @ 10.12 am

Cherina Darrel is a project worker for our Student Engagement Team. We spoke to her to find out more about the return of Essex Crown.

An image of Cherina Darrel

Cherina Darrel

Essex Crown is back!  Can you remind us what Essex Crown is?
Essex Crown is an interdepartmental competition organised by the Essex Crown team in collaboration with all of our departments. Teams from each department will take part in a series of events to earn points and compete for the title Essex Crown Champions.

Last year was the first Essex Crown. Are you keeping the same format as last year or has anything changed?
Last year the competition lasted from December to January, but had such a huge impact that we’ve decided to host the competition over the course of the first two terms this year, so we’re kicking things off in October and the competition will run through to March which will give everyone the opportunity to get involved. We’ve also included some new aspects of the competition to shake things up a bit. So, while last year the Quest was a scavenger hunt style challenge, this year it will be a series of different challenges throughout the day. We’ve got plenty of other changes and additions lined up too, including some new activities at our Southend Campus.

Can you remind us of the different elements of Essex Crown?
There are eight elements of the Essex Crown competition:

  1. The Riddles: We’ll be posting a weekly riddle from the Library’s Twitter page and in department common rooms for people to solve and earn points by emailing crown@essex.ac.uk with their department and the correct answer.
  2. The Quest: This is a series of intellectual, cognitive and team-building challenges which will be taking place across our campuses. Teams can take part in as many challenges as they’d like.
  3. The Exhibition: To earn points for their department, participants can attend and take part in any of the Essex Crown workshops hosted during the competition. This year participants will need to submit a final piece of work based on what they learn in the workshops. These will need to be digitised so they can be submit to us by email at crown@essex.ac.uk
  4. Essex Sports events: There is a series of seven different sports competitions for people to complete, either individually or in teams.  These are for people of all abilities and points will be awarded for participation and performance.
  5. Essex Crown event of the week: Each week there will be a different Essex Crown event or activity on campus where participants can earn points. This can be anything from a volunteering event with V-Team or a lecture hosted by the University.
  6. The Escape Room: A Nightmare Before Christmas themed game in which teams must solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to escape a secret room.
  7. Battle of the Consoles: A one-off event where people will compete in various one-to-one games on Wii-sports, PlayStation and other consoles.
  8. The Final Showdown: This is the final instalment of Essex Crown. The big show down. The ten departments with the most points will compete in a gameshow style event to win the title  of Essex Crown Champions.
A team from last year's competition

A team from last year’s competition

That sounds amazing! So Essex Crown is just for students, right?
No. We really want staff to get involved too. We’d like students and staff from every single one of our departments to work together throughout the different aspects of the competition. Essex Crown is for our whole community so whether you’re a student, student administrator or lecturer, you are 100% welcome to participate.

What are you most looking forward to this year?
I think we’re all looking forward to the Escape Room this year. It’s a new element of the competition which we’re running with Residence Life in Colchester and Southend . It will be really exciting and interesting to see people putting their problem solving skills to the test.

How can people follow what’s happening with Essex Crown?
To keep up with Essex Crown make sure you join our Essex Crown group on Facebook.  You should also keep an eye out for emails from your department and we’ll be sharing content on social media through departments, the library, the Sport’s Centre and Residence Life.

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19 April 2017

Love democracy?  Make sure you’re registered to vote on 8 June, 2017

Filed under: Colchester, Loughton, News, Southend — Communications, CER @ 2.58 pm
Don't lose your voice - make sure you're registered to vote in 2016. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Don’t lose your voice – make sure you’re registered to vote in  the general election on 8 June 2017. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

The Prime Minister Theresa May has called a general election – and it will take place on 8 June 2017.

In order to vote in the general election, your name must be on the electoral register. To do this, you must register yourself online at the Gov.UK website.

Online registration is quick and simple. Do it now online.

Have your National Insurance number to hand, as you will need to enter it on the form.  If you can’t find, or don’t have your National Insurance number, call 0300 3502 or Textphone: 0300 200 3519.

Visit the Gov.UK website now.

Don’t delay, register today!

Want to know more about why it’s so important that students register to vote? The BBC website has more.

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17 March 2017

Knocking down walls – building inclusivity

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PrintAs part of our One Essex campaign, our Students’ Union are holding a special launch event called:

KNOCKING DOWN THE HATE WALL

  • Come along toSquare 5 on Thursday 23 March – anytime between 11am and 5pm.

Write something you hate on the wall, hateful words you have heard or negative actions you have experienced.

At the end of the day we will knock down the wall and with it, knock down the hate.

Join us to encourage peace understanding and inclusivity in our community.

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13 December 2016

Meet the Essex Crown team

Filed under: Colchester, News, What's on — ckeitch @ 9.52 am

We speak to the team of interns behind the Essex Crown project, our exciting new inter-departmental competition.

What is the Essex Crown project?

Some of the Essex Crown Team

Some of the team behind the Essex Crown.

The Essex Crown is an exciting series of events where departments compete against each other and earn points. The winning department wins a trophy.

We hope it will encourage some friendly competition and bring staff and students together, increasing the sense of community here at Essex.

How many people make up the  Essex Crown team?

Since September there have been 11 Project Workers working across 8 departments.

  • Robin Brooker is the Essex Crown Project Lead. Robin recently graduated from Sociology, now works in the Student Engagement Team and is going to be studying at Oxford in September.
  • Laura Wright is the Events Team Leader. Laura is a Philosophy graduate and a Project Worker in SPAH. Laura is fantastic at organising events, including organising our team Christmas meal.
  • Jordan Davis and Nicola Davey are part of the Events Team and have been working with Laura to develop the events programme for Essex Crown.  Jordan is a Computer Science graduate and is working in CSEE. Jordan has been putting his computer skills to the test to plan the Battle of the Buttons event and support the marketing and promotion team.
  • Nicola worked as an intern in the Sociology department last year and now works in Sociology with Shovita Adhikari.
  • Zoe Dexter is the Resources and Budgeting Team Leader. She is a Government graduate working in the Government department.
  • Eleanor is a Lang and Ling graduate working in the International Academy. She has secured some interesting props to use as part of the promotional events.
  • Alison Anderson has also been working with Eleanor and Zoe. Alison is an HHS graduate and has been working in the department since September.The team have been working hard to recruit staff and volunteers in departments to help get department teams together. Look out for our volunteers in their special Essex Crown t-shirts.
  • Sam Cannon is the Marketing and Promotion Team Leader. Sam is a LiFTS graduate working in the LiFTS department.
  • Cass Wood and Tosin Oshodi have been working with Sam in the marketing and promotion team. Cass is a LiFTS graduate but is working in HHS with Alison. Tosin is a Law graduate and is back supporting students in the Law department. The team has been creating the promotional materials for the Essex Crown, including flyers, posters, banners, videos and widgets. Keep an eye out for that Essex Crown logo.
  • There are two new Project Workers that have just joined the team. Demi Teager; a LiFTS graduate; starting in Biological Sciences next week and Daniel Tene, a Sociology graduate, working in Language and Linguistics.

OK, that’s the official introductions. Tell us what you like to do outside of work.

  • Robin’s favourite band is The Killers and he is teaching himself how to play the piano.
  • Laura likes socialising with friends and family.
  • Jordan is in to gaming and is a big fan of the Walking Dead.
  • Nicola is the chair of a community centre and recently organised a Christmas Fayre.
  • Zoe plays squash competitively and was President of the University Squash Club as a student.
  • Eleanor loves baking and often makes cakes for friends and family.
  • Alison likes cleaning and spending time with her family.
  • Sam likes running, playing the guitar and playing the piano.
  • Cass is currently collaborating with his brother who works in illustration. They are working on content to promote on their self-built websites to gain interest from publishers.
  • Tosin is a TV presenter and has her own blog.
  • Shovita loves spending time with her child.
  • Daniel likes playing the guitar, playing video games and socialising with friends.
  • Demi was very excited that she was able to put up her Christmas tree up over the weekend.

So, what events do you have lined up for staff and students?

An image of the Essex Crown Team.

Promoting the Essex Crown.

There are four main events taking place as part of Essex Crown.

  1. The Exhibition where teams will work on a project/piece of work relating to the theme ‘Essex Community’.
  2. The Quest which is like a scavenger hunt around campus with a final riddle to solve at the end to unlock points for your department.
  3. The Contest is a department vs department team activity.
  4. The Battle of the Buttons is a video games evening.

There will also be daily puzzles and conundrums for students and staff to complete to gain points for their department. Look out for the Essex Crown logo at other events across the University to earn points for your team.

The departments in the top eight will be invited to take part in The Final Showdown, which will feature well known game show rounds, to be crowned winners.

How will people earn points toward the Essex Crown?

Two of the Essex Crown Team

Eleanor and Laura.

Just make sure you turn up! If you go to any event with an Essex Crown logo, you’ll win points for your department. For the main main events, where teams are entered, points will also be awarded to spectators. You can also get extra points if UG, PG and staff are involved in the events.

Will the winners actually win a crown and be able to walk around campus like they’ve inherited the Iron Throne?

Unfortunately, the budget doesn’t stretch as far as a crown (not this year anyway). The winning team will be awarded with a specially designed Essex Crown trophy that can take pride of place in their department. There will also be awards for the winners of the main events.

When will we find out who’s won?

The top placed team in The Final Showdown will be the winners of the Essex Crown. To ensure your department gets the chance to take part, make sure you get involved.

Sign up to the Essex Crown event page on Facebook to find out more.

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3 May 2016

Love your campus

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Love where you live...we can all do our bit to help keep campus tidy

Love where you live…we can all do our bit to help keep campus tidy

Our Estates teams work really hard to keep our campus clean and tidy. From recycling and litter to furniture and teaching spaces, they patrol campus picking up after us.

We can all do our part to help keep our Colchester Campus looking good and leaving it in a nice condition for others.

So love your campus and do your bit by:

  • Please don’t drop cigarette butts on the floor, put them in the bins
  • Please don’t spit chewing gum on the floor -its a real hassle to remove
  • Please don’t leave food or other mess in shared spaces – other people want to use those spaces too
  • Please put chairs a tables back when you’ve finished group work
  • Put your litter in the bin
  • Recycle as much as you can

We really do have a lovely place to live, study and work – let’s work together to keep it looking great.

Want to know about the teams that work on Campus?  Meet our Security Team, meet our Domestic Services Team, Meet our Grounds Team.

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8 April 2016

Karl and Duncan go for Gold

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Karl Skeels and Duncan Sweeney

From left: Duncan Sweeney and Karl Skeels, from the School of Biological Sciences.

PhD students Karl Skeels and Duncan Sweeney, from the School of Biological Sciences, have won a Gold sponsorship award from scientific equipment company Primerdesign.

The award, worth over £3,000 each in molecular biology products and training, sponsors a number of postgraduate students to help with research and actively promote good science. Sponsorships are awarded to winning projects on merit.

Karl’s research looks into naturally occurring acids found in wastewater samples, which are by-products of heavy oil extraction, and how their toxic nature can be removed by microorganisms. He wants to engineer a strain that improves the efficiency of the breakdown of the acids’ toxicity.

Duncan’s work relates to soil microbes linked to plant roots and finding ways of improving crop yield of wheat by looking at how the microbial communities can be manipulated so that crop plants such as wheat can be grown in drought and poor nutrient conditions.

“I am really thankful to Primerdesign for choosing me,” said Duncan. “Achieving gold standard helps me greatly with my research.” Karl added: “The award will greatly help in many ways. It’s a very good sponsorship and I’m really happy to receive the award.”

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