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8 November 2018

Welcome to Essex, Welcome to LEAP

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A student next to our LEAP poster

LEAPing into Essex from all over the world

During Welcome Week we met students from all over the world who came to tell us where they came from and find out more about LEAP, our new Learner Engagement Activity Portal, which focuses on what you do rather than who you are.

We believe that engagement is a crucial part of becoming more effective, independent learners and achieving your study goals. LEAP is a platform where you can check the university resources you have used recently, such as Faser, Moodle, Listen Again, your attendance and University computer logins.

A huge part of being engaged is sharing information with each other, so we also asked students to share their top study tips with us. Here are our favourite top 5 tips:

  1. Don’t be scared to make mistakes.
  2. Download a study timer app.
  3. Move around. Switch locations to keep fresh.
  4. Sit close to the front; participate and question things to dig deeper.
  5. Take 15min breaks after 2hrs of study.

Remember, to reflect on how you are getting on with your studies so far, head to My Essex or Pocket Essex, find the LEAP tile and log in using your Essex ID and usual Essex password.

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6 November 2018

Call for contributions open to all University of Essex students, staff and alumni

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Following from the publication of the previous two volumes in our University of Essex Reader inclusivity series ( “LGBT+ Perspectives” in 2017, and “Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion” in 2018), we are now seeking contributions to our next interdisciplinary edited volume entitled “Health and Wellbeing”.

The volume, edited by Ilaria Boncori (Deputy Dean Education, Faculty of Humanities) and Tracey Loughran (Deputy Dean Research, Faculty of Humanities), will include short chapters written in a conversational yet academic tone by Essex staff and/or students and alumni for a wide audience (teachers, students, the public).

We would like to invite colleagues and students in all departments/professional services teams to send contributions based on research, teaching practice or personal experiences in the form of short academic essays (approximately 5000 words including references). We welcome contributions on including, but not limited to:

  • Mental Health
  • Disability
  • Strategies to foster wellbeing
  • Health and wellbeing in Higher Education
  • Health and wellbeing in and through writing
  • Specific stages and related issues in one’s life (adolescence, menopause, dementia)
  • Parental or care leave
  • Workloads and work-related stress
  • Human resources management
  • Healthcare services
  • Community work
  • Human rights
  • Teaching and learning practices

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ilaria (iboncori@essex.ac.uk) or Tracey (t.loughran@essex.ac.uk ) to discuss submission details or get more information regarding the edited volume.

The deadline for contributions is Monday 4 February 2019.

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2 November 2018

Celebrating Black History Month in Southend

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Andrea Lungay, our Students’ Union VP Southend, looks back at an action-packed Black History Month

Andrea

‘October is probably my favourite month!

To me, it’s like the welcome of autumn (my favourite season) and the month dedicated to celebrating Black History in the UK. Naturally, I made sure that Black History Month was recognised as something of a celebration a bit like Christmas, but more political.

We kicked off the month with a thought provoking debate night – exploring the effects of drill music on the black community and discussing white privilege. We also welcomed the educational reggae artist Scratchylus who helped us “Reset our mind-sets” and think about the current problems we face in the world today.

We then went on to acknowledging and celebrating one of the most exciting events in Black British culture, the Notting Hill Carnival by making our own headdresses in the SU Lounge whilst listening to the sounds of famous Soca and Dancehall artists booming through the Lounge speakers!Towards the end of the month we explored music further with our Evolution of Black Music Open Mic night where we quizzed the student body on their knowledge of black British music. Congratulations to a team of East 15 and HSC students who won the challenge.

Our final event was one a bit closer to home (literally) – tea, cakes, rum and jerk wings with stories from my mum and Godfather. They opened up about their journey from the Caribbean and what it is like living in England having migrated in the Sixties.

Everyone was engaged and asked loads of questions and OF COURSE enjoyed the jerk wings, dumplings, plantains and rum punch!

Although we say goodbye to Black History Month, we now warmly welcome Diwali celebrations, our infamous Entrepreneurial Week and the introduction of our new SU Student Parliament during November so keep your eyes peeled!’

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1 November 2018

Essex Data Analysis Award winners announced

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The UK Data Archive has announced the winners of this year’s Essex Secondary Data Analysis Award.

The prize recognises and rewards Essex students, alumni and staff who have recently submitted their dissertations and who have demonstrated flair and originality in using quantitative and qualitative data available through the UK Data Archive.

The judging panel of lecturers and researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences has selected winners for the Masters and Undergraduate level of study.

Masters dissertation winner 2018

Nina Heyden

Dissertation title: “The Effect of Immigration on Task Specialisation in Great Britain

Nina Heydon

Nina Heydon. Photo courtesy of Afshin Feiz.

Undergraduate dissertation winner 2018

Camille Georgiou

Dissertation title: “To what extent does anti-immigrant sentiment influence support for European integration?

Camilla Georgiou

Camilla Georgiou

Professor John Preston, Deputy Dean (Research) (Social Sciences) said: “These awards mark the excellent dissertations of students and staff who have used secondary data analysis. They also demonstrate the wider importance of the UK Data Service as the trusted archivist of secondary data for UK social science as a whole. Secondary data analysis is an area where Essex students and academics are leading the way in terms of innovative methods and techniques.”

The winners from each category have been awarded a prize of £200 Amazon vouchers.

We would like to thank students who submitted their work and the judges who gave up their time.

  • Prof Nick Allum, Department of Sociology
  • Prof John Bartle, Department of Government
  • Dr Karon Gush, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
  • Dr Dorothee Schneider, Department of Sociology
  • Dr Deborah Wiltshire, UK Data Archive
  • Cristina Magder, UK Data Archive
  • Dr James Scott, UK Data Archive
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23 October 2018

Six ways to make sure it’s as easy as possible to park your car at our Colchester Campus

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Make sure that any car you’re planning to drive onto campus is registered

Cars on Clingoe Hill

Cars on Clingoe Hill

Remember, only some people can register for a parking space, but if you live off-campus you can register online and park at a reduced rate straightaway. If you’d prefer to pay daily, remember you need to pay when you arrive, not when you leave.

Know where to park…

Car Park A is our student-only car park and there are 170 extra student parking spaces in our Valley Car Park. Sometimes we might need to use parts of Car Park A for coach and minibus parking, but we’ll make sure we tell you about this in advance when we can, and we’ll always have alternative spaces available when we do.

…and what to do if the car parks are busy

You can find our temporary overflow car park on the north side of campus. You can reach it from Boundary Road. We’re also creating some new parking at Capon Road – 149 extra spaces will be available in April and 210 in June.

Keep your eyes peeled for our helpful staff

If you’re struggling to find a spot then our friendly Traffic Officers, Mark, Gary and Joe will help you find somewhere to park. They’re the ones in bright orange jackets, so they’re pretty easy to spot. Please follow their instructions, and remember to be nice. You might be stressed looking for a spot, but they’ve been doing it all day!

Make sure you know the rules about parking on campus

Remember to take a look at our parking signs and make sure you only park in one of our car parks. Not on the road, not in a bus stop, not on the pavement, but in one of our car parks. OK? For more info, take a look at our full terms and conditions.

Park on campus? Are you mad! How else can I get here?

Our sustainable transport initiatives promote lots of different ways for you to get to campus like walking, cycling and using public transport. You can find out more about our sustainability initiatives by signing up to our monthly newsletter. Just email sustainability@essex.ac.uk.

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12 October 2018

Meet Andrea Lungay, the new VP Southend

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What degree course did you complete at Southend?

I studied World Performance at the East 15 Acting School.  I fell in love with the course when I discovered about all the dance and music that was involved. Then, when  I came to Southend, and saw the accommodation, campus and met all the other new students, I just thought it was for me.

Why do you like Southend?

The town is quirky. It’s really colourful and vibrant. There are so many different types of people here, you can see two very different people sitting together and having a conversation.

Essex alumni who stay in Southend are often international students and you get to see people from all sorts of places coming together in this seaside town.

What was the best part of your degree course?

My third year, for sure. It was a difficult year but rewarding. I worked as assistant director on two East 15 productions and I realised directing was my passion and that is what I want to do.

Why did you decide to stand for VP?

I was inspired by Ernest Nyarko,  who was VP for the last two years, and everything that he achieved.

What are you hoping to achieve?

Students do like to party at university, but we come here for a degree. Students do not always realise how difficult the jump to degree study is going to be and, on top of that, they can be miles away from their family.  I want to ensure Essex is their home away from home.

The Students’ Union is a lovely family. No matter how hard it gets there is always someone here who can back you up.

Do you have any advice for first year students?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Sometimes it can be nervewracking, there is a lot going on. The Southend Campus is like a crazy unconventional family, you will find your place.

How do you relax?

I love to cook, I used to cook at home with my mum on Sundays and my sly passion is maths! I really love maths.  World Performance is very physical and to relax I would download some algebra to do!

 

 

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9 October 2018

Creating a conversation around health and wellbeing

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Taran Baragwanath is our VP Welfare and Community. Here, he talks about his time at Essex, including his own battles with mental health issues, how this inspired him to become a Sabb, and the priority our SU is giving to mental health.

Taran Baragwanath

Taran Baragwanath

I’ve been Essex as a student and as a sabbatical officer for a number of years now. I’ve loved the majority of my time here, but like plenty of students at university, I’ve had my own battle with mental health issues since starting my studies.

During my second year, my mental health became bad enough that I had to intermit – although this felt really daunting, I’m glad I did, as it meant that I was able to deal with my issues and rediscover my love for my degree and have the opportunity to put myself back on track.

After going through experiences like this, it ignited a passion for people’s welfare that I channelled through my work as LGBTQ+ Officer and subsequently by becoming a Students’ Union Sabbatical Officer.

This year, the SU has made one of our biggest priorities mental health. We’re working on a number of projects to break down the stigma of mental health issues and create a conversation around mental health and wellbeing – you may have seen one of our first steps into this if you got a free plant from Freshers’ Fair!

We’re also working on a training programme for mental health first aid so that students can be trained on how to deal with mental health problems – it’s important that we give as many people as possible the tools to work on mental health and wellbeing so that we can break down stigma.

On top of that we’re looking at  how we can increase support and awareness of services that you can access whilst you’re at university – we’re working very closely with the Student Wellbeing Service to ensure that all services are as student accessible as possible and work for students too.

I’m so excited for the year ahead and can’t wait to help students as much as I possibly can – we’re always looking for student involvement, so if you’re passionate about mental health, wellbeing and student welfare please get involved on this journey with me.

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4 October 2018

Join the Student Conduct Panel

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The Student Conduct Panel exists to deal with cases of serious student non-academic misconduct. The Panel comprises of a small number of academic staff and students. When a student is reported for an alleged breach of the Student Conduct Regulations the case is investigated by the Proctor or the Associate Proctor who may impose a penalty themselves in less serious cases. However, serious cases or repeated minor breaches are referred for a hearing by a Student Conduct Committee made up of three members of the Student Conduct Panel: two members of academic staff and one student. The Student Conduct Committee meets and follows set procedures to hear all the evidence in the case to determine whether or not the accused student is guilty of the alleged breach and, if so, what the penalty should be. Penalties can range from a formal written warning to expulsion from the University.

What are the benefits of joining?

As a member of the panel you would be making a significant contribution to University life. Aside from finding involvement in the process very interesting and rewarding, you would gain some valuable transferrable skills that could be used during and beyond your studies. We encourage students who have participated in the process to make reference to their panel membership on their CV.

Additionally, students who join the panel in 2017/18 and who complete their initial training session plus two observations and then sit on a minimum of four committee meetings over a three year period can achieve 25 units towards a Big Essex Award.

How will membership affect my studies?

Membership of the panel will not take up much of your time. A Student Conduct Committee usually lasts less than two hours and we have in the region of five to ten per academic year. In a busy year it is unlikely that you would be expected to sit on more than three or four committees over the course of the year. Students who join the panel are expected to attend an initial training session and then observe some committees before being ready to sit on a committee themselves. There is also an annual training event which all existing panel members must attend which lasts about three to four hours

How long would my membership last?

If you are happy to do so, we would hope that you would remain a panel member for the duration of your studies. Experience as a panel member contributes greatly towards the panel functioning well.

What should I do if I’m interested in joining and want to know more?

If you are interested in joining, please email studentconduct@essex.ac.uk to register your interest as soon as possible and no later than 4pm on Monday 8 October 2018. You will then be sent an application form to complete and return by 5pm on Monday 15 October 2018. We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you have been shortlisted for a short interview which will take place on Wednesday 31 October 2018. Successful applicants will be required to attend training on Wednesday 21 November 2018 (full day). Please make a note of these dates in your diary / calendar.

Further information

In the meantime, find out more about the student conduct process.

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26 September 2018

LEAP is here

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LEAPLEAP is our new Learner Engagement Activity Portal which will give you an overview of your academic progress, specifically how engaged you are with your course.

From the start of term, you’ll be able to see what you have been up to at university based upon your engagement with university resources including:

  • Faser
  • Moodle
  • Listen Again
  • Your attendance
  • University computer logins

LEAP will provide you with an engagement indicator for the last 7 days. There are 5 engagement indicators (high, good, partial, low and very low) which will help map your engagement with your academic studies.

These engagement indicators are designed to help you think about your engagement with your course, help you make informed choices about your studies and empower you to become a more effective independent learner.

From the start of term, you will be able to can login to LEAP  through My Essex and Pocket Essex, our mobile app for Android and iOS using your Essex ID (@essex.ac.uk) and normal Essex password.

Some of our students helped pilot this system last year, and because it was such a success, we’re now launching LEAP across the university wide. ‘Thank you’ to everyone who took part in the pilot.

You can email us at leapquery@essex.ac.uk  if you have any problems logging in.

 

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17 August 2018

East 15 alumni reunite for new production

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Sally Beck Whippman

Current Masters of Fine Arts student Sally Beck Whippman has brought together several East 15 Acting School alumni for Haymarket, a new folk musical she is directing in London.

She has been joined behind the scenes by Masters’ alumni Rosie Jane who is producing Haymarket, which can be seen at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden on Tuesday 18 September and Wednesday 19 September.

 

Sally said: ” I’m excited to bring a talented group of people together to tell this story about the rise of the working class.”

Olivia Baker, Hannah Siden and Reetta Hyreen, who were also Masters students at East 15 in Loughton are part of the 12-strong cast of actor-musicians in this production by Alex Higgin-Houser and David Kornfield.

Rosie Jane said: “It’s a brilliant production and we are bringing out the best in each other as we head towards the performance dates.

Haymarket starts in 1886 Chicago, a city plagued by money-making and corruption.  Exhausted by the working conditions, labour leaders began a journey that would lead to one of the most influential movements in the history of the working class.

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