Students Staff


21 March 2019

Lots of love from the Library

Filed under: Loughton, News — ckeitch @ 10.33 am

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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15 March 2019

The Essex Cross-disciplinary Experimental Methods Conference is coming your way

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 2.36 pm

Are you starting your research and wondering about your study methodology? Are you in completion and want to increase your employability by expanding your repertoire of experimental methods?  Whatever your stage of study, The Essex Cross-disciplinary Experimental Methods Conference (ECEM) is for you.

Grant funders increasingly prize early career researchers with skills and networks beyond their primary discipline. A wider knowledge of experimental methods opens doors to forging competitive interdisciplinary collaborations.

The first ever ECEM Conference will take place on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June, bringing together researchers from multiple disciplines to share the varied and complementary aspects of their experimental methods. Get ready for two days packed with exciting workshops, multidisciplinary keynotes speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities.

This conference is organised by postgraduates, for postgraduates and supported by the Essex PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Fund Competition and Eastern Academic Research Consortium.

Registration is free, and will open in April.

If you would like further information, email with ECEM Conference in the heading.

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13 March 2019

Imagine more in our Green Thumbs garden

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 4.44 pm

Find out more about our Green Thumbs garden, and the positive impact it can have on your mental health, from Héloïse Kroband, the secretary of our allotment society.

Héloïse Kroband

Héloïse Kroband

Imagine a beautiful, secluded garden, sun-kissed and surrounded by a wooden picket fence. Imagine people laughing while trying to work a manual lawn mower, imagine people eating delicious late raspberries under the cold sun of November. Imagine people sitting down and chatting around a picnic table, imagine people harvesting peas and carrots. Imagine planting pear trees and imagine making delicious pear pies in a few years, when the fruits have grown. Imagine building a wooden shelf from start to finish, imagine the reward of knowing you grew all those fruits and vegetables and imagine contributing to the earth.

I know what I am describing sounds like the Garden of Eden, but it does exist, and on campus too! It is the Green Thumbs’ garden. The Green Thumbs is the allotment society on campus. If you are intrigued or curious, do not hesitate to come check us out, or drop us an e-mail, we would love for you to join us.

You might be thinking: “I don’t know the first thing about gardening!” But let me reassure you: most of the time, we don’t either, we just come to have a good time. We are all learning, and there is not one gardening expert in the society. So what if you are the kind of person who kills every plant they get? In 19 years of existence, I have killed many a plant, I even managed to kill a cactus (overwatering is apparently a thing). Whether you are an expert in gardening or a relative beginner, we would love for you to join, and you may even learn a thing or two about how to keep plants alive.

No matter who you are, there are several reasons why you will love the garden. To start with, it is incredibly soothing to garden. I love going there. It is the most peaceful and positive time of my week: being outside, connecting with nature and with people, building things and growing things. It just makes me feel so uplifted. And it’s not just me – all the members of the society can confirm the good side effects of gardening. Better still, it’s not just the members! Several studies show the benefits of gardening for depression, mental health, stress and self-esteem.

Let’s delve into mental health issues for a minute here: sometimes, life at uni can be overwhelming and stressful. And sometimes, life in itself is hard. I can perfectly relate to this. In those moments I stop taking care of myself. I isolate myself and I stew in my own unproductivity and self-hatred. And yes, sometimes, when I feel bad, all I want to do is binge watch How I Met Your Mother for six hours to forget about my crippling anxiety.

In those moments though, I have noticed that forcing myself to get out of the house to go to the garden is a self-care act. It makes me feel better, it makes me feel productive, and it makes me feel like I am in control of my life. Of course, going to the garden is not a magical fix to a problem or a mental health condition, and gardening is not a substitute for counselling . But it does help.

Moreover, socialising with the beautiful people from the society is always enjoyable. The case I want to make here is simple: the members of a gardening society are necessarily chilled and nice. Don’t get me wrong, we are not all the same. We are a very diverse group, but from what I have noticed, everyone is really friendly, really genuine, natural and humble.

In summary, gardening is fun, good for your mental health, instructive, social, and you will even score some free organic vegetables and fruits as a result of doing it. Want to try? We meet every Saturday in the garden at 1pm. If you don’t know where the garden is, drop me an e-mail or message us on Facebook, and we’ll arrange to meet you to show you around. Looking forward to meeting you!

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27 February 2019

International Women’s Day 2019

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 10.36 am

We’re hosting a range of activities and events during the week of International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March.

Tuesday 5 March

Wednesday 6 March

Thursday 7 March

  • Back Class 1.15pm to 2.00pm NTC.1.05, Colchester Campus
  • Fitness Yoga: Unwind 5.15pm to 5.55pm, Essex Sport Arena, Colchester Campus. Contact Sports Centre Reception to book 01206 873250.

Friday 8 March

  • Beyond Barriers 12pm to 2pm, Essex Business School, Colchester Campus
  • Refusing Ideologies of Conversion in Carceral Publics: Gender, Genre and Justice in Spain 2pm to 3pm 6.300, Colchester Campus
  • Intersectionality 101 6pm to 8pm LTB8, Colchester Campus
  • Women in Action 7pm to 8pm, The Forum Lecture Theatre, Southend Campus
  • Girls Night In – Sports Centre, Colchester Campus

Saturday 9 March

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18 January 2019

Happy New Year from VP Andrea

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 10.22 am

Happy New Year to you all. I hope your holidays were merry and that the gym memberships you started on 1 January are still being used.

Your VP, Andrea Lungay

At the SU we are excited to say that it is New Year Same Us – only with some extra cool stuff planned.

First and foremost, the Leadership Race is here! Now is the time to put yourself forward to be the voice of our Southend student body. There are many part-time roles such as BAME Officer, LGBTQ+ Officer, Disabled Students’ Officer, Student Parents’ Officer, Women’s Officer and of course the big full-time role of VP Southend, *cough cough*, that’s me. Nominations close at 4pm on Friday 25 January so make sure you get involved and start planning your campaign!

Last term also saw a few wins in our Big 4. In case you missed it, the SU asked what are the four most important things to students and you chose

  • Mental Health
  • My Course
  • SU Lounge
  • Environment

We are pleased to say that not only did we secure many wins last term, we have ultimately completed one of our Big 4 objectives. We have introduced new paper takeaway packaging in the Lounge, new SU travel mugs and of course the SU Bike Hire Service to become much more sustainable. We hope to take more steps towards becoming even more environmentally friendly.

So Welcome back and Welcome home!

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17 January 2019

Three Minute Thesis competition 2019

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 9.49 am

The Three Minute Thesis competition is back. We spoke to Dr Tuesday Watts-Overall, who’s just got a job as a lecturer at the University of East London, to find out more about her experience of winning the competition in 2017.

Dr Tuesday Watts-Overall

Dr Tuesday Watts-Overall

How did you first get involved with the Three Minute Thesis competition?: I entered the 3MT competition when I was in the final year of my PhD.

What was the best thing about taking part?: Being able to confidently and concisely explain 3 years worth of work to a layperson, which I’ve done quite a lot since then.

Do you think the Three Minute Thesis competition helped you once you’d finished your PhD?: Yes, definitely. I became quite good at summarising my research speciality in job interviews, interviews with the media and at conferences.

Can you tell us a bit more about your current research? : My current research builds on that of my PhD, investigating the factors that contribute to the development of sexual orientation and gender related expression.

Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to people thinking about entering the competition, what would it be?: Go for it! It’s a great, confidence-boosting experience, which will come in handy in a range of situations throughout your PGR study and long afterwards.

If you’d like to enter this year’s competition just email a 300 word summary of your research to

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16 January 2019


Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 3.19 pm

We know lots of you have been using LEAP to see how you’re engaging with your course. We wanted to let you know about two of the most frequent questions we have been asked about the portal.

Average overall attendance:To view your overall average attendance in LEAP, go to the attendance tab and change the data range to the beginning of term. Your average attendance will display above the summary table. Please note that this is different from your attendance percentage in the circle at the top of the page which shows your attendance average percentage for the last 28 days.

Attendance for specific teaching events: You may notice that LEAP is showing you as absent for a teaching event that has been cancelled. Please don’t worry about this as it can take seven days for LEAP to reflect changes to your timetable.

You can log in to LEAP with your Essex ID and usual Essex password or head to My Essex or Pocket Essex.

If you have any questions about LEAP, just email

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12 December 2018

PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Fund Competition

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 3.19 pm

Our Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education, Professor Sanja Bahun, tells us more about a new fund to support a more interdisciplinary approach for our postgraduate research students.

Professor Sanja Bahun

Professor Sanja Bahun

Ever got excited about doing research that stretches across disciplines? Ever wondered how your research would be viewed from the perspective of someone working in a completely different research area? Ever wished you could network with researchers in other fields? Ever asked yourself how all these new research trends and funding opportunities for interdisciplinary work could be squared with your own research passions? Ever aspired to publishing your research? Ever wanted there to be a greater sense of a postgraduate research community encompassing the University as a whole?

If your answer is yes to at least one of these questions, here is some good news! We are delighted to invite you to apply for our PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Fund.

To enhance research collaboration and networking at postgraduate level we are launching an award fund of £5000 for the best proposal for an interdisciplinary research conference organised by postgraduate researchers. To enable bold thinking across disciplines, the key condition of the grant is to have PGR researchers from at least two different faculties and at least three different departments on the organising board/committee.

This is an opportunity for you to explore a research question or a research methodology that stretches across disciplines. You can think about big overarching themes and challenges faced by the contemporary world or conference topics linked to specific methodologies used across disciplines. The list of such themes could be endless and we want you to be courageous and innovative in choosing the most pressing subject and the most suitable model for your conference.

You may deploy different methods of presentation – from traditional panels and displays through visual presentations, performances, an exhibition, or any combination of these. You may decide to invest the funds into bringing exciting external speakers – academics or non-academics – to campus, or gathering similar-minded researchers with the aim of producing a conference publication such as a book or a Special Issue; or you may use it as a springboard to international research relevance and visibility through the use of research social media. Or you can do all of these.

The deadline for your grant proposal is Monday 21 January at 5pm. The PGR Interdisciplinary Conference Selection Committee will evaluate proposals and announce the winner for this year on 30 January 2019. Every proposal will receive feedback from the Selection Committee. Your conference must take place and all funds be spent by 31 July 2019.

You can find more information online, or feel free to contact the PGRE team at

To enable us to respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible, please include the heading “PGR Interdisciplinary Conference”.

Good luck with your applications!

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11 December 2018

Choosing your next home

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 12.39 pm

Looking for private accommodation after your first year at University, can be daunting. Graduate Lucy Totman shares her experience.

Lucy Totman

How did you start looking for private accommodation?

We looked up various letting agents and read their reviews so as to get the best option.

How did you choose who you would live with?

This was easy! Unlike others who choose to move in with those they have already lived with, I decided to move in with my friends from my course.

What were the must-haves?

Good WiFi for those coursework deadlines and Netflix binges, a good number of bathrooms so we weren’t fighting over them before lectures (one bathroom: two people worked well) and a decent sized kitchen are a must! A good communal area is also good for house bonding.

  • What would be your top tip for house hunting?
  • Don’t go with the first one you see, even if you are in panic mode!
  • Have a list of questions you want to ask – for both current residents and for the landlord or letting agent
  • Have a look at the government website for renters. This will give you clues to things such as House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) and gas certificates and what a landlord can and can’t do
  • Make sure there are no hidden fees to catch yourself out
  • Always look on the outside of your house – spot a crack? This might mean internal damage leading to mould or drafts!
  • You take the time to research for your coursework or exams, do the same for a place you’ll be living in for the next year or two!

How did you set up house rules?

Before we moved in, and then as you go along. It’s a cliché but house meetings are always key for a smooth ride.

Are there any rules that are essential in your eyes?

How long it’s acceptable to leave dishes on the side for.

What would you do differently if you did it again?

Be more thorough when looking round houses.  It’s easy to worry that you’re impinging on other people’s personal space when a house is lived in, but other people’s worldly possessions can hide potential flaws which only come to light after you’ve signed a contract.

What is the biggest difference between living on Campus and living off Campus?

Not being able to roll out of bed and be in your lecture in 10 minutes! That along with learning the rubbish collection rotas…

What’s the best thing about having your own place?

The space to yourself.

And the worst?

Paying your own bills. Glide is a really useful service for splitting bills fairly among housemates.





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4 December 2018

We’re getting into the Christmas spirit

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 3.02 pm

Andrea Lungay, our VP Southend, tells us more about what our SU has planned for Christmas and what’s in store for 2019.

Andrea Lungay

Andrea Lungay

Dark afternoons, hot chocolate and layers of outerwear, all mean that Christmas is near. But there’s no slowing down at your SU.  With activities, and more,  planned up to and  throughout the Christmas break, so be prepared.

Seriously I love Christmas and the lead up to this Christmas has been great.

With the end of Black History Month we have seen the rise of our first SU Student Parliament with representatives; Sam from East 15, Greta and Rahul from EBS Undergrads and Ayo for Postgrads.

In our first meeting, we discussed our Southend Big 4. The four most important things students voted for that they would like the SU to work on this year.

These are

  • Mental Health
  • My Course
  • SU Lounge
  • Environment

Together with the SU parliament I have already started working on the Big 4 and don’t worry, you’ll hear all about it in the new year!

But that’s not all we’ve been doing, we also had our Dragons’ Den where our students pitched their innovative new ideas to a panel of judges, congratulations to Mikaela Ruddel for winning with her Volcanic Sparkes business idea.

In case you’re suffering from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) we still our Ugly Christmas jumper party this Friday 7 December in the SU Lounge from 9pm, this also involves free entry to MooMoo nightclub with your student card.

Happy Christmas everyone!

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