Students Staff

Loughton

17 January 2020

Our zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and sexual violence

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We are committed to ensuring our University is a welcoming and inclusive place, where everyone is safe and treated with respect. Here is an update on our ongoing work in this area. 

If you experience any behaviour that does not uphold our values, report it online. Search Essex, Report and Support.

The University of Essex has a zero tolerance approach to all sexual harassment and sexual violence. We do not and will not tolerate such behaviour and, together with our Students’ Union, we are committed to making our University an inclusive and welcoming environment, where everyone is safe and treated with respect.

As a result of concern about how we have handled some of the complaints made by our students in the past, particularly the length of time these had taken to be completed, last academic year we undertook a full review of our policy and processes. This has resulted in a number of changes to our disciplinary and support processes.

The most important change has been the substantial revision of the Code of Student Conduct, which we strengthened to ensure we have the tools and policies in place to improve our handling of such cases. You will now be aware of the revised Code of Student Conduct and our expectations of behaviour, and this remains at the heart of us all making our University a welcoming and safe environment.

We have also enhanced our reporting platform Report and Support, which allows you to report any event or concern you have, and you can report anonymously if you feel you need to.

Alongside improving reporting and disciplinary processes, we have also introduced consent training; bystander training; additional security patrols at night and CCTV coverage across all our campuses; and have provided additional resources for our conduct team to ensure we manage complaints as quickly as possible.

Importantly, University Senate now receives a termly assurance report on the implementation of the Code of Student Conduct 2019-20. This report will be considered by Senate next week, with the information then shared with students through the SU.

We have taken independent external advice to ensure we are creating a fair and transparent process that supports students who make complaints and ensures their wellbeing is monitored, and will continue to do so, on an ongoing basis.

If you are the victim of, or witness to, an incident that you feel is a breach of the Code of Student Conduct; you should report the incident through Report and Support. The University’s conduct procedures are not intended to replace criminal proceedings and if the allegation you have made might be an offence under criminal law, you are expected to report the matter to the Police. More information about reporting a crime is on our student directory and support is available through the Student Services Hubs at each of our campuses.

This area remains a priority for our whole community, and we all need to play our part in ensuring we are a safe and inclusive environment. We are a community of supportive and courageous people who, working together can and will instigate change.

If you have any suggestions or feedback or if you need support with any of the issues raised above please contact our Student Services Hub.

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8 October 2019

Yom Tov to all our Jewish students

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Yom Kippur, is the holiest day of the year for our Jewish students and starts at dusk on Tuesday 8 October, until after nightfall on Wednesday 9 October. If you’re unable to attend any teaching event because of religious observances, like Yom Kippur, we understand.

Information for students on the Colchester campus

The postcode of the nearest synagogue to the campus is CO1 2QG.  The easiest route for most students is to take the 62 bus to the top of East Hill (ask for the Castle or Hollytrees Museum) then walk down the hill and take a right-hand turn into Priory Street. Fennings Chase is a short distance on your left.

The Kol Nidre service starts at 6.30pm on Tuesday 8 October and there are services on Wednesday 9 October at 9.30am to 1.00pm and 4.30 to 8pm.

Information for students on the Southend campus

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation: https://swhc.org.uk/   There is a kosher grocery next door.

Southend and District Reform Synagogue: http://www.southendreform.org.uk/

If you are unable to attend a teaching event due to Yom Kippur

If you have or will miss one or more teaching events due to religious observances, you should report your absence in your MyEssex portal. https://www.essex.ac.uk/myessex/AbsenceFromTeaching.aspx

Support on-campus, search: 

Support off-campus, search:

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2 May 2019

Nominate your research supervisor for a national award

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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

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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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21 March 2019

Lots of love from the Library

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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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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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