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29 April 2015

National success for Enactus Essex students

Filed under: Colchester, News — ckeitch @ 8.38 am
Our Enactus Essex students.

Our Enactus Essex students.

Our Enactus Essex students were one of the top 10 teams at this year’s National Enactus Competition.

The competition saw our students come away with four awards, including the EY Youth Empowerment Award and the Tesco Project Fair Champions.

Enactus is an international non-profit organisation that inspires university students to improve the world through community development projects that enable people to improve their own lives for the better.

Each year, Enactus UK students come together to present the projects they have pioneered over the last 12 months. The competition is an exciting opportunity for the students to demonstrate how they have harnessed business principles alongside social action to help change the world!

Our students presented two of their projects at the competition.  The first focuses on one of our local communities, with students working with young people to make a Big Difference to the lives of people in Jaywick through sports.  The second project helps provide former street girls in Ghana with vocational skills so they can take control of their future.  Our students are working with four women to help them set up their own business making clothes out of recycled water sachets.

Osei Downes, the President of Enactus Essex, said “Enactus has allowed me to combine my passion for business with my passion for helping people.  Joining Enactus was probably the best thing I’ve done at University, not only did it develop me as a person, I met great friends and have helped make an impact in communities around the world”.

Enactus Essex is open to all University of Essex students.  To find out more, contact

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27 April 2015

New study spaces for summer exams

Filed under: Colchester, News — ckeitch @ 2.46 pm

We know that more students than ever are looking for calm and comfortable study spaces in preparation for this summer’s exams.  That’s why we’ve set up rooms 3.407 to 3.413 at the Colchester Campus as additional study spaces.

Students studying at the University of Essex.

The rooms are available from 9am to 11pm and are easily accessible from Square 2.  They make a great alternative to the Albert Sloman Library, whilst building extension work is underway.

The rooms feature tables, whiteboards, projectors and pleasant views and are great for those studying in groups or using their own laptop/tablet.

There is no need to book, and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The rooms are available right through the summer examination period until Friday 5 June.

For any enquiries or feedback, please contact the Central Timetabling Office.

As with all study spaces, please be courteous to those studying around you and don’t forget to check out our exam guides to make sure you do your best this summer.

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26 March 2015

Winners of the Tempest Photo Prize 2015

Filed under: Colchester, Loughton, News, Southend — Communications, CER @ 10.30 am

Daniel Chapman – ‘Never in my life did I think I’d see it’

Each year we ask our students to submit up to three photos that they’ve taken during their period abroad for the Tempest Photography competition. This year’s winners have been announced on our Twitter page and you can see the winning photos by following us @EssexAbroad.

The judging panel has met and the winners are as follow:


  • Daniel Chapman – ‘Never in my life did I think I’d see it’
    Picture of Obama

High Commended:

  • Chisara Agor – ‘ O amor em perigo’
    Black and white of woman with ‘+ amor’ above
  • Tristan Adlington – ‘Where the gold at?’
    Climbing a mountain in the US
  • Ruth Crilly – ‘Water Village’
    A Cambodian village and boats
  • Jennifer Harrison – ‘Cathedral Cove’
    A beach and free standing rock in NZ.

The photographs have been uploaded to the University of Essex’s Facebook page as well and are still available for you to look at. Have a look and see what your friends have been up to during their time abroad!

Your favourite photos from the University of Essex Facebook page public vote got an automatic pass to the final round, where they were judged by our panel of experts including:

  • Amanda Murphy, Tempest Photography
  • Calum MacMillan, Art Exchange
  • Ivan Hutchins, Head of International Mobility, University of Essex.

The winning photographer will receive a framed copy of their work and a cash prize of up to £500! The Highly Commended artists will all receive a framed copy of their work.

Congrats to all the winners!


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19 March 2015

Looking for paid work this summer?

Filed under: Colchester, News, What's on — Communications, CER @ 2.54 pm
Come along to the Jobs and Opportunities Marketplace on Tuesday 21 April, from 11am – 3pm in Squares 2 and 3.

Come along to the Jobs and Opportunities Marketplace on Tuesday 21 April, from 11am – 3pm in Squares 2 and 3.

Interested in meeting local employers with jobs and opportunities for students and graduates?

Come along to the Jobs and Opportunities Marketplace on Tuesday 21 April, from 11am – 3pm in Squares 2 and 3.  

From full-time permanent graduate jobs, to regular part-time opportunities and summer jobs, we have invited a great and diverse range of employers onto campus who are hiring students now.

It’s the first week back after Easter so it’s a great chance to think about gaining some experience and boosting your income over summer by finding a job.

Fancy working at the V Festival? Look out for the SES Group who are hiring staff for various festivals and events this summer. Or perhaps office work is more your thing? Colchester Institute and Call Assist will be on campus searching for students to fill their vacancies now. We also have some local charities attending who want to find students just like you to volunteer!

Make sure you search for #JOMP2015 in events on CareerHub for an up to date list of employers who will be attending and for more information.

#JOMP2015 is a fantastic chance for students to find real, paid work for this summer and beyond, so put the date in your diaries and seize the opportunity to work and earn!

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Something Fierce exhibition open again

Filed under: Colchester, News, What's on — Communications, CER @ 2.40 pm

Something FierceOur ground breaking Something Fierce exhibition is open again – giving you another chance to explore the foundation of the University of Essex as a new University determined to look to the future and break with tradition.

The exhibition – hosted at the Hexagon – celebrates the bold, ‘brutalist’ sixties architecture of the Colchester Campus; the unique academic vision and the vibrant community of scholars and students they created.

Opening dates and times

  • Tuesday 28 April – Monday 4 May 2015
  • Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 July 2015

On these dates the exhibition is open 11am – 5pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 12pm – 4pm on Saturday.

See the exhibition website for more details.

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10 March 2015

Join course to achieve your potential

Filed under: Colchester, News — Communications Office @ 9.49 am

Women on Sprint courseWe’re offering our female undergraduates and postgraduates a unique chance to take part in a groundbreaking development programme aimed at helping our students achieve their full potential.

Sprint is designed for female university students of all ages, from all backgrounds, ages and stages in their lives and study. Regardless of subject, department or career aspirations, Sprint is designed to develop and support female student.

The programme has already been successful at other leading universities and we’re offering 25 free places to undergraduate and postgraduate students who apply by Friday 13 March.

What is Sprint at Essex? 

  • Sprint is a women’s personal development programme for undergraduates and postgraduates
  • The programme will run for four days over the Easter break
  • It aims to enable women to take more control over their lives
  • All female undergraduates and postgraduate students can apply for a a free place – although we ask for £20 deposit which is fully refundable after completing the course.
  • You’ll be helped to identify the clear, practical and realistic steps you want to take to achieve your personal goals. You’ll also be supported to develop the skills and confidence to take those steps.

When it’s happening

  • Monday 23 March 9.30-4.30
  • Wednesday 25 March 9.30-4.30
  • Tuesday 14 April 9.30-4.30
  • Thursday 16 April 1.30-5pm

What your course will cover

  • Understanding your values, skills interests and relationships
  • Getting support for you
  • Dealing with change, feelings and stress
  • Assertiveness
  • Goal-setting
  • Listening and making an impact
  • Putting yourself across positively
  • Planning your future with confidence and flexibility

To apply please email: by Friday 13 March stating in no more than 300 words why you want to take part and to confirm you’ll be available for four days. A total of 25 places are available and the first 50 applications will be considered. We will ask for a £20 deposit from successful applicants which is fully refundable upon completion.

To find out go to the Sprint website at:

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9 March 2015

Sprint personal development programme

Filed under: Colchester, News — Communications Office @ 11.49 am

The Sprint personal development course is taking place this Easter. If you’re a female undergraduate student, here’s a fantastic opportunity for you to take a personal development course specifically to address study and career issues that affect you. A four-day course, Sprint focuses on skills, assertiveness, goal-setting, and planning. Dates for the course are:

  • Mon 23 March 9.30-4.30
  • Wed 25 March 9.30-4.30
  • Tue 14 April 9.30-4.30
  • Thu 16 April 1.30-5pm

To apply please email: by Friday 13 March 2015 stating in no more than 300 words why you want to take part and to confirm you’ll be available for 4 days 25 places are available, the first 50 applications will be considered. A £20 deposit is required (fully refundable upon completion).

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Human Rights conference at Essex

Filed under: Colchester — Communications Office @ 11.42 am

A student-led human rights conference is taking place on Sunday 15 March 2015 at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus, and students  interested in Asia and its human rights practices are encouraged to attend. Running from 10am to 5pm in LTB 4, the conference, which is supported by the University’s Human Rights Centre, will feature an interactive session with expert panelists from the University, International Bar Association, Amnesty International as well as a news magazine and the University of Westminster. Lunch will be provided. To register, please email Miss Nalini at or Miss Raabia at



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27 February 2015

Look after your Health and Wellbeing

Filed under: Colchester, Loughton, Southend — Communications Office @ 4.47 pm

Be Meningitis Aware

Do you know the signs and symptoms of Meningitis?

Did you know that teenagers and young people are the second most at risk group for contracting meningitis and septicaemia with first year university students being at particular risk?

Students can be more vulnerable to meningitis because of living in cramped housing, or halls of residence. In many cases, young people come together from all over the world to live in one place and can be exposed to bacteria and viruses their bodies have not met before.

As the early symptoms of meningitis can disguise themselves as other things, such as common illnesses like flu, or maybe a hangover, it’s easy to mistake meningitis for something else.

Early recognition and treatment is vital – make sure you know the facts – check our online information for the signs and symptoms and look out for your friends and flatmates.

If you suspect someone has meningitis – get medical help IMMEDIATELY.

Vaccination does not protect against all types of meningitis, make sure you know the signs and symptoms to look out for. You can find out more here:


Registering with a Doctor – Don’t wait until you are ill!

If you’re a student studying on a course for more than six months, you’re required to register with a local doctor. You need to register for your whole period of study if you live on Campus or in the local surrounding area.

If you haven’t registered yet our Colchester Campus has its own health centre, situated behind Rayleigh Tower on the north side of campus, offering NHS services. You can find out more here:

If you are on our Loughton or Southend campuses, you can use the NHS Choices postcode finder to find your nearest doctor and register with them.


Do you have a health condition that is impacting on your studies?

If you have a health problem that is affecting your studies, please contact Student Support for support and advice,

We can talk to you about:

  • Communication with your department
  • Exam arrangements
  • Late submission and extenuating circumstances
  • Intermission/time away from your studies
  • ‘Listen Again’ recorded lecture service
  • Paying for NHS prescriptions and treatment
  • Wellbeing support


Worried about Exams?

Are you feeling stressed or anxious about your exams?  Advice and support are available from Student Support.  Please see our webpages for more information, including details about our ‘Mindfulness for Exams’ sessions:


Quick guide on using health services

  • Pharmacists can offer expert help and advice on medicines as well as ailments such as sore throats, colds and flu, hayfever, mouth problems, minor grazes and headaches.  The morning after pill can be purchased at the pharmacy.
  • NHS 111 provides a 24 hour health advice and information line. Just dial 111.elephone NHS 111
  • Your GP Surgery can offer you an appointment with a doctor or nurse to talk about a problem, if you need a repeat prescription or have an on-going medical condition.
  • Colchester Health Care Centre in Turner Road is open 7am – 10pm every day – no appointment is needed. You can call 01206 314015 to make an appointment.
  • To see a doctor in an emergency the Out of Hours service contact number is 111 or telephone your surgery for the automated response which will include an emergency number
  • Accident  & Emergency (A&E) is specifically for more serious medical issues.  In a critical or life threatening situation – go direct to your nearest A&E department. If you think immediate treatment by paramedics is needed call 999 for an ambulance.


Sent on behalf of Student Support by the Communications Office

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18 February 2015

Legal success in national student contest

Filed under: Colchester, News — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 4.14 pm

Two Essex law students have demonstrated key practical legal skills and qualified for the national final of the Client Interviewing Competition.

Madeleine Cowper and Tasneem Sadiq took part in one of three regional finals and will represent Essex at the national final on 7 March at the University of Sussex.

The annual competition, which this year received a record number of entries, helps students demonstrate interviewing and counselling skills in a simulated law office interview. Working in teams of two, the students advise a client played by an actor.

Madeleine and Tasneem said: “Penny Brearey-Horne and the Law Clinic Frontrunner Natalie Taylor helped us out immeasurably. Natalie posed as our ‘client’ and they both judged and improved out technique…The competition is less about the advice you give to the client and more about how you make them feel. It is important to communicate in an accessible way and crucial that you impart a client with confidence in your abilities.”

They added: “This is a rewarding experience that has helped hone our communication skills.”

The competition is sponsored by legal firm Irwin Mitchell.

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