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19 April 2017

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

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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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1 February 2016

Calling all first years – views earn Amazon credits

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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

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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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26 March 2015

Winners of the Tempest Photo Prize 2015

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Obama

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:

Winner:

  • 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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27 February 2015

Look after your Health and Wellbeing

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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: www.meningitis.org/symptoms

 

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: www.rowhedgesurgery.co.uk/

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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2 February 2015

Thinking of postgrad study? Read on….

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Thinking of continuing your studies? Find out more at Postgraduate Month 18 February until 20 March

Thinking of continuing your studies? Find out more at Postgraduate Month 18 February until 20 March

We know you’re busy thinking about your post-study life. You might be looking around for a shiny new job or you might be considering taking your studies further. To help you with your decision making we are running a Postgraduate Month (18 February until 20 March) across our University with an excellent selection of events (and lots of free food!)

London Postgraduate Event

Did you know that Essex is in the top 5 in the UK for social science research? With this event we’ll be taking our University on tour and setting up in the Bishopgate Institute. Our keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr Jeffrey Howard who will talk about ‘The Politics of Evil’. We will also have several academics from economics, sociology, politics and business available for you to talk to. Places are limited to make sure you book as soon as you can:

Thursday 26 February 6.30pm – 9pm: BOOK NOW on eventbrite. 

Events on our Colchester Campus

Why not attend ‘Last chance to make your final year count’ with our friends in the Employability and Careers Centre? This event promises to give you a solid understanding of all of your options after university. Read more information and book a place please on our website.  

We understand that there are fewer things better in life than free Coffee and Cake. Take this opportunity to talk to members of our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment Teams in the SU Bar. We figure that this is going to be a popular choice so we’e running it twice. To make sure we have enough cake please book your place below:

Wednesday 25 February (2-5pm): BOOK NOW on eventbrite.

Wednesday 11 March (2-5pm): BOOK NOW on eventbrite.

There’s so much more to postgraduate life than just studying. The SU will be holding Postgraduate Night to give you the chance to meet current postgraduate students and find out more about what it is actually like to be a postgraduate student.  Society and SU representatives will be available to answer all of your questions while you relax with a mocktail in Top Bar. To get sipping, visit the SU sabbs page on tumblr.

Finance and funding is often one of the central factors when deciding on whether to continue your studies. The good news is we have lots of funding opportunities available for you. After the presentation, we will have a panel of the key people who can answer all your questions about university funding. It might not be your idea of an exciting afternoon out, but it is important –  so important that we’re repeating it all twice. To book a place and find out more please see:

Wednesday 4 March (2-4pm): BOOK NOW on eventbrite. 

Wednesday 18 March (2-4pm): BOOK NOW on eventbrite.

Postgraduate study is all about looking at a subject in a new and in depth way so why not test your skills at one of our THINK! seminars? The March seminars will look at the issues around animal rights. To stretch yourself and look a little deeper, head to:

Events on our Southend Campus

Continuing with the food theme, we’re inviting all final year students studying at our Southend Campus to a Wine and Cheese Evening. Pop along to the SU on Tuesday 10 March to find out about the range of postgraduate courses available at our University and the funding that can help you take the next step in your studies. Book a place (so that we don’t run out of cheese) and find out more on eventbrite:

Alongside these events many departments are organising their own events and tasters so keep your eyes and ears peeled for new events coming up.

You may feel like you already know what Essex has to offer, but we hope to take this chance to surprise you and make you think. You have Essex spirit and you’re exactly what we are looking for, so why not take the next step in your studies with us?

If you have any questions about postgraduate month or about any of the events, just get in touch (slambe@essex.ac.uk).

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17 November 2014

E15 performance sets Southend alight

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E15 students give a smouldering performance in Southend

E15 students give a smouldering performance in Southend

Students from East 15’s Acting and Community Theatre course at Southend  staged a dramatic fire show on Pier Hill on Saturday as part of the town’s Christmas lights celebrations.

The breathtaking act has become a popular event on the Christmas calendar in Southend and at least two graduates have gone on to start their own fire show companies.

More photos from their blazing hot performance are available on flickr.

Don’t miss a single E15 production, check out the website for details of current and upcoming productions.

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18 August 2014

Bid for cash for your sport, soc or project

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Did you know..? If you run a club or society you can bid for up to £2,000 to help any project that enhances the student experience – perhaps a sport, a society, in the arts or for a student-led academic initiative or student academic events? The Essex Fund is the University’s annual giving programme that raises funds from alumni to use on worthwhile student projects. The closing date this year is 1 September 2014, so the deadline is near! To find out more about applying, please contact James Martin from our Alumni team by email: jrmartin@essex.ac.uk.

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30 May 2014

Message from our Vice-Chancellor

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Our Vice Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster

Dear Student Member of the University,

This year has been another exceptional one for our University: we were ranked 22nd in the latest ranking of the world’s best young universities, the Times Higher Education’s ‘Top 100 under 50’, and I am delighted that 10 of our subjects were placed in the top 25 in the UK Complete University Guide.

As the summer break approaches, it is an opportunity for all members of the University to take stock, to reflect on our experiences over the last academic year and to anticipate the future – with many of you graduating with a University of Essex degree and moving on to a new phase of your life.

To those graduating in July I want to offer my warmest congratulations. Graduation Week is the highlight of the year and I know our staff relish the chance to see each and every one of you don your robes and enjoy a University-wide celebration of your achievements. This is a wonderful time and I hope that you and your friends and families really enjoy the occasion.

To those returning in the autumn, we look forward to having you back with us feeling refreshed and reinvigorated after a well-earned break. We will be running our annual ‘Employability Week’ in October, where our dedicated team will be showcasing a range of fantastic opportunities for both work and work experience. I am keen to encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to think about the future and to draw on the expertise, advice and support that we provide.

Our 50th Anniversary Celebrations will begin with a Homecoming weekend on 12 -14 September and you are very warmly invited. Our Colchester Campus will be alive with memories from 1964 onwards and it would be wonderful to have you involved in the Homecoming, whether as graduating or returning students – I’m sure it will be a memorable and historic weekend.

Finally, I wanted to take the opportunity to say that the work of the ‘Class of 2014’ has been exceptional. You are all valued and recognised as the embodiment of the Essex Spirit – and we are proud to have played a part in your lives.

 

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Professor Anthony Forster

Vice-Chancellor

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10 March 2014

Peer Mentors applications for 2014/2015

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Be one of our peer mentors next year

Be one of our peer mentors next year

Remember all the things you wanted to know when you first started university? Remember the lost feeling? If you would like to share your experience and help first year students settle in, then being a peer mentor is the job for you!

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