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4 December 2017

Making sure our campuses are safe and welcoming for everyone

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Zoe Garshong is the President of our Students’ Union. She tells us about the work being done to make sure Essex is a safe place for everyone.

Zoe Garshong

Zoe Garshong

Essex is a place for everyone. That’s why we’ve been working with teams from across the University to make sure our campuses are safe and welcoming places where we can tackle issues like sexual violence, sexual harassment and hate crime head on.

We have zero tolerance for these types of behaviour and our Harrasment Advisory Network offers a confidential service for anyone who has experienced any kind of harassment or bullying.  Whoever you are, and whoever you’re reporting, we will listen to you. It doesn’t matter if it’s someone in a position of authority, a member of staff, another student or someone from outside of our community. Whenever an incident is reported we will take proportionate action.

However, it’s up to all of us to make sure that Essex is free from this type of behaviour. That’s why we’ve launched initiatives like our Bystander intervention workshops and our #ItEndsNow campaign and why we will always fight to make sure Essex is a place that anyone can call ‘home’.

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Seasonal spirit in Southend

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Ernest Nyarko

Ernest wishes you all a wonderful winter break

The winter break is almost here and the Students’ Union in Southend, led by VP Ernest Nyarko  has a host of activities arranged to put you in the festive spirit in the run up and during the holidays.

Tonight (Friday 8 December)  join in karaoke party night in the SU Lounge starting at 8pm.

The annual Vice-Chancellor’s Christmas party is on Thursday 28 December at the Colchester Campus with free transport provided. The pick-up is outside the Gateway Building at 11am, taking you to the Silberrad Centre for a free Christmas meal and festive celebration. Book your ticket here.

Southend town centre is all lit up for Christmas. To delve even deeper into the seasonal spirit you can enjoy some festive film classics at The Palace Theatre, about 20 minutes’ walk from Campus, where Fred Claus, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Muppets Christmas Carol are being screening in the run-up to 25 December. Visit Southend will also signpost you to lots of different fun events, from pantos to art exhibitions.

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Chasing the Crown

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Dodgeball at our Colchester Campus

Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge

Our Project Worker Anton Greenaway is here with our latest update from Essex Crown.

What’s been going on with Essex Crown?

On 21 November departments went toe-to-toe in an epic game of dodgeball. It turns out that Government students are more athletic than actual sports students, as their department came out on top in an epic contest with Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, LiFTs, Language and Linguistics and Sports, Rehabilitation and Exercise Science.

Residence Life and the Essex Crown team also partnered up to host The Nightmare Before Christmas themed Escape Room. Congratulations to Biological Sciences who had the most participants and the fastest time of completion in 8 minutes and 23 seconds. On behalf of all those who took part, those who hold a certain stop-motion musical close to their heart, and everyone who helped organise the escape rooms. They were a great success.

Don’t forget Lynda is now part of Essex Crown?

That’s right. Lynda is now part of Essex Crown, which adds an educational and professional skill-building element to the competition.

Lynda is an online learning platform and all our staff and students get free access. Just log in using your University of Essex details.

There’s loads of things to learn on Lynda and they don’t have to link specifically to your course or your job. Lynda is an opportunity to expand your skills, and with the winter break coming up, why not learn a new skill with the free time you have on your hands?

If you complete a Lynda course over Christmas, we’ll give your department points for Essex Crown. Just send a screenshot of your completed Lynda course along with your department to crown@essex.ac.uk.

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28 November 2017

Meet Ernest Nyarko

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Ernest Nyarko is our VP Southend. We spoke to him to find out more about his time at Essex, from the most challenging part of  being a student to his victory in the SU elections.

An image of Ernest Nyarko

Ernest Nyarko

What motivated you to come to university? I’ve always had an obsession with becoming an entrepreneur.  Coming to Essex was a great way for me to get  the  skills and knowledge I needed to pursue this dream.

What did you expect university life to be like when you started? I always expected life at Essex to be all about my studies, but that was not the case. There were so many opportunities to get involved in other ways  like sports clubs, societies, start-up workshops, educational forums, and jobs.

Did university life meet your expectations? Yes. I have been able to make new friends and I’ve learnt a lot from different people and cultures, which has helped to define my character and led to me being elected as a Sabbatical officer for the Students’ Union .

What was the most challenging part of being a student at Essex? My first time at our Southend Campus was a real culture shock.  I’d never studied in the UK before and the campus was quite small compared to where I’d studied for my undergraduate degree. I really had to put myself out there to get comfortable with the environment and to get to know people on campus.

What advice would you have for new students starting this year? Make sure you make the most of the opportunities Essex offers because you are never going to get that opportunity again once you’ve left. Involve yourself in extra curricula activities and associate yourself with different kinds of people.  You will never regret it. Trust me. Above all, always remember the reason why you came to Essex and work hard towards it.

What has been your main highlight of being a student at Essex? My main highlight was running for election as VP Southend.  I won and as a result of my hard work was also re-elected!

In one word, describe your experience at Essex Eye-opening.

What are you planning to do next? My aim for the future is to be a part-time lecturer. I also want to start my own company in Ghana, possibly in the Oil Sector. It’s a big dream, but it’s what I have dreamt of ever since High school. I’m definitely going to make it happen someday.

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27 November 2017

Essex Business School selfie competition

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An image of people taking a selfie.Do you love sharing selfies? Fancy winning a pack of high quality stationery?

Good news! Essex Business School has teamed up with Oxford Campus Notebooks to offer you the chance to get your hands on one of four stationery packs to help kit you out for the year ahead.

Each stationery pack includes:

  • three Oxford Campus document boxes
  • one Oxford Campus refill pad
  • three Oxford Campus notebooks
  • one Oxford Campus snap wallet
  • thirty Oxford Campus punched pockets
  • thirty Oxford Campus dividers
  • one Essex Business School notebook
  • two Essex Business School pens
  • two Essex Business School pencils
  • one ‘I love Essex’ bag
An image of some stationery

You could win all of this

How do I enter?

1. Take a selfie or photo that represents the module you’ve enjoyed the most on your course so far (think textbooks and the syllabus etc).

2. Then either:

a. share it on Instagram, tagging @essexebs in the description, and tell us why it’s your favourite

b. find the competition post on the Essex Business School Facebook page (pinned to the top) and share your photo in the comments, telling us why you love the module.

3. If you’re entering on Facebook, make sure you use your personal account with your real name so we can identify you if you win.

4. If you enter on Instagram, leave your full name in your comment if it’s not in your bio.

5. We will pick four winners at random.

Rules, terms and conditions

  1. The Essex Business School Selfie Competition is open to all current University of Essex students currently residing and studying in the UK only, excluding University of Essex staff. Unfortunately, the competition is not open to those studying at partner universities or those on work placements.
  2. The competition is open from 9am 27 November until 5pm 15 December 2017 GMT and entries must be received by this time to be valid.
  3. Four winners will be picked at random in a free prize draw after the competition’s close. Winners will be notified via Facebook, Instagram or via your University email (by entering the competition you consent to be contacted in this way for the purposes of the competition) before the end of term in December 2017. Winners can collect their prize from their campus in December or January and we will send you further information of how to do this. If you do not collect your prize by week two of the spring term 2018, your prize will be passed on to our next random pick.
  4. You can either enter the competition on the Essex Business School Facebook page or enter on Instagram. Students must meet all the requirements in the ‘how do I enter’ section to be qualified.
  5. If you enter via Facebook, you must use your personal account with your name (no fake profiles please!) so we can identify you for your prize. If you’re entering on Instagram, make sure you also leave your full name in your comment if it’s not in your bio.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person won’t be counted.
  7. Entries which are offensive, or could reflect negatively on name, reputation or goodwill of Essex Business School or the University of Essex will be deleted and not counted.
  8. Entries which promote a political agenda, or could bring a partner of the University of Essex into disrepute will be deleted and will not be counted.
  9. There are four prize packs. Each prize pack includes three document boxes, one refill pad, three campus notebooks, one snap wallet, thirty dividers, thirty punched pockets, one Essex Business School notebook, two Essex Business School pens, two Essex Business School pencils and one ‘I love Essex’ bag.
  10. Prizes are non-exchangeable, non-returnable and there is no cash alternative.
  11. No purchase necessary, although a valid Facebook or Instagram account is required.
  12. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with Facebook or Instagram. Facebook and Instagram have no liability for any part of this competition.
  13. Essex Business School reserves the right to offer alternative prizes, of equal or greater value, should the advertised prizes become unavailable for reasons beyond our control.
  14. By entering on Facebook or Instagram, you agree to the Facebook and Instagram terms of use and privacy notices. If you do not agree with these, do not enter the competition.
  15. In the event of a dispute, the decision by Essex Business School is final.
  16. Winners may be asked to participate in reasonable publicity resulting from the competition.
  17. By entering this competition, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to these terms and conditions.

 

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17 November 2017

5 things you need to know about Essex Crown

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An image of Chloe Atkinson

Chloe Atkinson

The Essex Crown is now in full swing.  Students and staff have taken pictures on thrones, answered riddles and built towers out of marshmallows, all in the name of proving their academic department is superior to all others.

But people are still asking questions about the competition. So our Project Worker Chloe Atkinson is here to clear a few things up about what’s happened so far and what’s coming up next.

1. What is the Essex Crown?

Essex Crown is an inter-departmental competition consisting of lots of events across the course of the academic year. These events earn points for the departments that are taking part, and those with the most points at the end will be entered into the ‘Final Showdown’ in attempt to become victorious. So pick an event that takes your fancy, and earn some points.

2. What’s the difference between the Essex Crown and The Quest?

They’re pretty much one and the same. The Quest was the first major Essex Crown event of the  year. It consisted of six mini-challenges across three different venues – Tony Rich Teaching Centre, Essex Business School and the Albert Sloman Library.

Students and staff performed lots of different tasks like stacking a cup tower whilst blindfolded, leading their blindfolded team through a ‘minefield’ to collect crowns, and completing Halloween-themed puzzles and brain teasers set up by the Library. The number of points earned by each department depended on the difficulty of the challenges they completed.

3. Who won the Quest

It was a tie between Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE). Second place was Literature, Film and Theatre Studies (who also won the most points on the riddle that week, aren’t they doing well!) and in third place came Language and Linguistics.

But don’t get too comfortable up there guys – you may have won the battle, but you have a long way to go to win the war…

4. What’s coming up next

The next Crown event is one that hasn’t been done before. We’re running a ‘The Nightmare before Christmas’ themed escape rooms.

Teams will be locked into the escape room and they’ll have to find clues, complete challenges and solve riddles in order to escape within one hour.

In this escape room, they won’t be alone – there will be a certain large man with a long white beard tied to a chair in the corner. Jack Skellington wants to take over Christmas, and has captured Santa as part of his plan. The team’s task is to escape the room within the hour with Santa in tow in order to save Christmas!

5. I want to do the Escape Room! How do I sign up?

Teams can book an hour slot in the escape room at either our Colchester or Southend campuses.

The escape room will be at our Colchester Campus on Monday 27 November and our Southend Campus on Friday 1 December.

You can book your tickets on EventBrite using the password ‘EscapeRoomEssex’ for Colchester and the password ‘EscapeRoomEssexSE’ for Southend.

Be sure to join the Essex Crown group on Facebook for updated info and to follow the Library on Twitter for our weekly riddles.

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7 November 2017

Be part of our Christmas message

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This year we have a very special way of celebrating Christmas –  a spectacular poster and video featuring you.

We are looking for students from all over the world to dress up in Christmas costumes and spread some seasonal joy by appearing on our enormo boards and in an online video which we will be sharing on social media.

A lucky handful of students will be chosen to represent their own international Christmas messages and will be awarded a £10 Waterstones voucher.

Photos will be taken at our Southend Campus and the poster will be displayed throughout December.

The dates for filming and photography will be confirmed as soon as we know what they are.

To take part, please email n.blower@essex.ac.uk with your name, nationality and special Christmas message (in your own language) by Friday 17 November.

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3 November 2017

Hallowe’en’s a treat in Southend

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A bewitching event to celebrate Hallowe’en, organised by the Resident Assistants (RAs) at Southend, attracted a record number of students.

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Nearly 130 students were spellbound by the spooky goings on organised by Gabby Neves Ramos, aided by Sophie Reid. Residence Life Co-ordinator Rosie Carpenter said: “The numbers attending were almost double the previous record. The RAs did a great job organising the event, designed to bring residents together to have some fun, make candy apples and take part in a trick or treat quest. “The evening had a great vibe and lots of residents got to know each other. “A massive thank you to Gabby and Sophie for all their hard work and to the rest of the RA team and Ruth and Georgia who also helped out by making candy floss and organising on the night.  We look forward to many more great RA programmes.”

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Show your Essex Spirit and be part of our Christmas message

Filed under: Colchester, News — ckeitch @ 11.23 am

This year we have a very special way of celebrating Christmas –  a spectacular poster and video featuring you.

We are looking for students from all over the world to dress up in Christmas costumes and spread some seasonal joy by appearing on our enormo boards and in an online video which we will be sharing on social media.

A lucky handful of students will be chosen to represent their own international Christmas messages and will be awarded a £10 Waterstones voucher.

Photos will be taken at our Colchester Campus on Monday 20 November and the poster will be displayed throughout December.

The date for the filming will be confirmed as soon as we know what it is.

To take part, please email n.blower@essex.ac.uk with your name, nationality and special Christmas message (in your own language) by Friday 17 November.

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Four reasons you should get involved in the Essex Crown

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The Essex Crown is an inter-departmental challenge taking place across all three of our campuses. There will be different events throughout the year where you can collect points for your department. The events will include challenges based around sports, art, riddles, videogames and attending workshops. But aside from the glory of being crowned the winner, why should you get involved with the Essex Crown?

1. Make new friends (to share your throne with)

Throughout the challenge, you will work in teams with students and staff from your department. The different challenges and events will help you get to know more people in your department in an exciting and fun way.

You will also get to know people in other departments when you compete against them in activities like the Essex Sport events. If you are looking to meet new people and develop friendships, both inside and outside of your department, the Essex Crown is the perfect way to do it.

2. Represent your department (and win a huge trophy to show off) 

While making new friends, you will also work in teams and individually to earn points for your department. Show your friends in other departments who’s boss by participating and leading your own department to victory. Throughout the Crown you will also build a stronger sense of community and a sense of pride in your department when you compete against other departments.

3. Learn new skills that will make you more employable (and how to stack cups) 

Essex_spirit_cups_webThe different events and challenges that are included in the Essex Crown will help you develop yourself in ways you might not even think possible.

You can learn music, dance and art skills which you can win points for in The Exhibition. You can develop your athletic and team-working skills through the Essex Sport challenges. Lastly, you’ll test your logic and problem-solving skills in our Escape Room and by solving the weekly riddles.

In today’s employment market, a degree alone isn’t enough to guarantee you employment after completing university. This is why competing in the Essex Crown can look great on your CV or you can use your experiences from the Essex Crown as examples in interviews. Participating in this competition can help develop a variety of skills which will give you an edge in applications and interviews.

In addition to participating in events, you can gain both points and skills by completing Lynda courses. The free courses available at Lynda.com include Time Management Fundamentals, Programming Foundations: Fundamentals, Excel 2013 and 2016 Essential Training, Improving Your Focus, and many more.

To gain points for completing these courses, simply email crown@essex.ac.uk with your department and a copy of your completion certificate.

4. Have fun

Most importantly, the Essex Crown is the ideal break from your studies. If you need a break from  books, articles, code, and equations, the Essex Crown will offer you a much needed rest.

Bring your friends along to challenges and forget about your looming deadlines while having fun. The Crown can get competitive, and we’re not saying it is going to be easy, but it will help you get your mind off your studies.

The bonus here is that you can earn points and glory too! And did we mention it is completely free to participate?

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