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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

Filed under: Colchester, News, What's on — Communications, CER @ 2.56 pm

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

Filed under: Colchester, News — Communications, CER @ 2.37 pm
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

Filed under: Colchester — Tags: — Communications Office @ 2.17 pm
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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1 February 2016

Calling all first years – views earn Amazon credits

Filed under: Colchester, Loughton, News, Southend — Communications, CER @ 11.20 am
How was the university application process for you? Tell us and earn Amazon credits

How was the university application process for you? Tell us and earn Amazon credits

The University of Essex is working with The OpinionPanel Community*, the UK’s largest research panel of students and young professionals on an important survey about applying to university.

If you tell us about your personal experience, you will receive £14 credit in Amazon Gift Certificates for taking part.

To take the survey you need to be a member of The Student Panel. Some of you will have joined already, but for those of you who haven’t, we would like you to consider doing so.

You’ll earn a £10 credit in Amazon Gift Certificates for joining The Student Panel and we’ve negotiated an extra £4** for all students who join from the University of Essex and complete the important survey about applying to university***. Additionally, for completing the survey, you will be entered into a prize draw for one of four iPad Mini 2S.

Click this link to join The Student Panel and be sent the survey:

As a member of The Student Panel you’ll be invited to take part in topical questionnaires – for every questionnaire you complete you’ll earn a further £1 or £2 in Amazon Gift Certificate credits. Once you accumulate £25 worth of credits, The OpinionPanel Community will email you an Amazon Gift Certificate worth £25.

Please ignore this email if you have already joined The Student Panel this year.

More info

* The OpinionPanel Community is run by the independent research company YouthSight.  If you join their panel they will, at no time, pass any personal details back to us or any other clients. Their research is anonymous and confidential

**You need to join before Friday 5 February 2016 to claim the additional joining incentive.  We’re sorry but we’ve only got a short time period for this offer.

***This offer only applies to students with a genuine .ac.uk email address.

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13 November 2015

Love democracy? Make sure you’re registered to vote in 2016

Filed under: Colchester, Loughton, News, Southend — Communications, CER @ 3.09 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 2016. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

*deadline 20 November*

2016 will be another big year for democracy. Elections will take place across the UK so if you want to vote you must visit the Gov.UK website and register yourself.

Online registration is quick and simple; it should take less than five minutes. 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!

  • 20 November: deadline for registration if you want your name to appear on the 1 December electoral register (used by the Boundary commission in their boundary review)
  • 5 February 2016: National Voter Registration Day
  • 18 April 2016: deadline for registration to be able to vote in May 2016 elections
  • May 2016: elections take place across the UK, including:

English Local Government

London Assembly

Mayor of London

Mayoral Elections

Northern Ireland Assembly

National Assembly for Wales

Scottish Parliament

Police and Crime Commissioner (England and Wales)

  • Before end of 2017 – EU Referendum

The National Union of Students (NUS) website has lots of useful information about voter registration and why if you lose your vote you lose your voice! Go straight to the NUS voting toolkit.

Find out more about the new Individual Electoral Registration system and why students must register themselves on the Gov.UK website.

There’s more information about the constituency boundary review plans and the plans to reduce the number of constituencies from 650 to 600 by the 2020 General Election on the Boundary Commission For England website.

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14 August 2015

Returning students – get access to our new buildings

Filed under: Colchester, News — Communications, CER @ 3.06 pm
Look out for our new access control readers on our new buildings

Look out for our new access control readers on our new buildings

Welcome back to all our returning students!

You may have noticed that while you were away we opened our two new buildings, the Silberrad Student Centre and the new extension to the Albert Sloman Library.

In order to ensure you can access these new facilities around the clock, we’ve introduced some access control points at the entrances.

As a returning student your University card will not yet be programmed to give you access to these buildings – but don’t worry, programming your card is easy!

  • To programme your card, simply go to one of the online readers situated outside these buildings and hold your card to the reader for approximately ten seconds.
  • The LED light will flash blue then green. You will also hear an audible bleep.
  • Once the LED has stopped flashing and the audible bleep has stopped, you can remove your card.
  • It is now programmed, and you can gain access to those areas you are authorised for.

There will be card readers at the entrances to:

  • Main Entrance of the Silberrad Student Centre (SSC)
  • Entrance to the Hub in the SSC (1st Floor)
  • Entrance to the SSC reading room (2nd Floor)
  • Entrance to the Library reading room
  • Entrance to the PHD lab in the Library extension
  • Entrance to the Tony Rich Teaching Centre
  • Main and lower entrances of the Essex Business School
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9 June 2015

Silberrad Student Centre – here we come!

Filed under: Colchester, News — Communications, CER @ 12.49 pm
Our newly formed Student Information Team are  getting ready to move to the Silberrad Student Centre.

Our newly formed Student Information Team are getting ready to move to the Silberrad Student Centre.

Our new Silberrad Student Centre is nearly complete.

For those who have left Colchester Campus for the summer, the Silberrad will be up and running and open to students by the time you get back.

For our over-summer-campus-dwellers, its worth knowing that the staff teams taking residence in the new building will be packing up their desks and moving at the end of July.

The main moves will happen over two consecutive weekends, meaning service disruption should be minimal. Teams will pack their desks by the Friday and a moving team will transport everything to the new offices ready to be unpacked and operational by the following Monday or Tuesday.

The new building will officially open to students on 4 August.

Moving dates:

  • Phase 1: Friday 24 July – Monday 27 July
  • Phase 2: Friday 31 July – Tuesday 4 August
Our IT helpdesk team will move in phase 1 adn will be up and running in the Silberrad Centre by mid-day on Tuesday 28 July.

Our IT Helpdesk team will move in phase 1 and will be up and running in the Silberrad Centre by mid-day on Tuesday 28 July.

The teams moving over these dates are:

  • Reception team. The new reception desk on the ground floor of the Silberrad will become the main reception area for Colchester Campus.
  • Accommodation
  • Student Support
  • Income (the Payments team will be moving to the Finance Office)
  • Registry
  • Talent Development Centre – formerly University Skills Centre
  • IT Helpdesk
  • Students’ Union creative studios, including Red Radio, SXTV and the Rabbit

Moving can bring its own unforeseen hiccups so your patience is appreciated while our teams set up in their new homes.

See more photos of our moving teams and the final stages of construction on flickr.

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27 May 2015

Help us bring Beach Volleyball to Essex

Filed under: Colchester, News — ckeitch @ 10.47 am

Beach Volleyball (300 x 200)Beach Volleyball is now an established Olympic Sport and is one of the most fun, exciting and recreational activities played on countless beaches around the world. That’s why we’re trying to bring Beach Volleyball to the University of Essex.

The Sports Centre is currently looking for funding to have two Beach Volleyball courts built at the Colchester campus. These will be the first Beach Volleyball courts in North Essex and will offer a range of other sports to our community including beach fitness sessions, beach football, beach tennis, beach rugby and beach Frisbee.

We need to prove that we have the support of the University and local community to get this funding from Sport England. So if you’d like to see Beach Volleyball at the University of Essex, please show your support by signing our petition before 8 June.

You can also keep up to date with our campaign to bring Beach Volleyball to Essex on Facebook.

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