Students Staff


23 February 2018

Start up lifts off

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 5.02 pm

An app to help Chinese students source specialist foods during their time in the UK is being developed by two Essex Business School students.

App spirit

Guoli Li and Hung Fatt Sim

Second year students Hung Fatt Sim, who is studying International Business and Enterprise and Guo Li Li who is studying marketing, have been working on this app, called Premium Quality Services in their spare time, using Southend as a testbed.

Hung Fatt Sim said: “It began just as an idea, then we spoke to Essex Startups who were really helpful, giving us advice on how to develop a business module.”

Guoli Li said: “It is an important issue for Chinese students. There is a specialist shop in Southend and they would be happy to work with us, delivering to the students who currently struggle getting everything back to their accommodation.

“If it goes ahead we hope we could build up a good client base through this food delivery facility and then expand to offer other specialist services.”

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6 February 2018

Essex Crown presents The Battle of the Consoles

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 2.53 pm

On Thursday 8 February Essex Crown are hosting the ultimate battle of the consoles, pitting friends against friends, strangers against strangers, and departments against departments. Join us for an evening of gaming glory. Harriet Bragg, a project worker with our Student Engagement Team tells us more.

What is it?:  The Battle of the Consoles is a drop-in three hour long tournament, where students and staff will represent their departments by battling it out on four different consoles – PS2, PS4, Wii and PC. Last year  the event was ultimately won by the Department of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, with Biological Sciences as the runners up.

Why should I come?:  Whether you’re coming for the fierce competition that Mario Kart against your friends brings, as a quick break from studying, or as a way to relive your childhood favourites from the 2000s, you’re more than welcome to participate.  Even if you just want a quick game by yourself, you can still take part and earn points by setting the best individual scores of the night.

Gaming aside, we’re nearly at the end of the Essex Crown journey for this year – in just over a month, the Crown will come to a close in the Final Showdown, an event in which only the highest scoring departments of the year will be able to put forward a team. Participating in the Battle of the Consoles could well earn your department the points that secure its place.

However, in case that’s not enough, we’ll also be laying on your evening meal with free pizza and snacks up for grabs.

Who is behind the event?: Our  Student Engagement Team which is made up of a  team of five Project Workers. Taking on board feedback from the participants of last year’s event, the group behind the Battle of the Consoles have been responsible for rebranding, developing and marketing the event. With help from the Video Games society we’ve procured some of the most popular games and consoles for you to come and try out.

Where will it be held?:  We’ll be in the CSEE Robotics Arena from 4pm to 7pm.   If you can’t find where to go, enter the CSEE building from Square 1 or 2 and follow the smell of pizza. One of our team will be able to point you in the right direction from there.

How can I find out more?: Join the Essex Crown Facebook group, speak to your departmental Project Worker, or look out for the Crown team on the squares this week on Tuesday and Thursday – we’ll be donning Mario gear so you won’t be able to miss us.

So where can I sign up?: You can sign up online. Just fill in the short survey to book your placeng competition in June 2017, and I’ve written the latest Christmas pantomime for the Lakeside Theatre.

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5 February 2018

Keep calm and volunteer

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 12.02 pm

Research carried out by our Green Exercise team found that volunteering outside improves mental health after just six weeks and we’ve plenty of ideas to inspire you.

Volunteers clean up Colchester campus friends

Our Students’  Union’s Engagement co-ordinator in Southend Adrian Patsalos said: “One of the main reasons would be improving your CV. Volunteering experience is a real plus for employers.

“It’s also valuable out of the classroom experience, volunteers became part of the community, either within the University or your local area. You get to meet people with a common interest or a common goal.”

With National Student Volunteering Week 2018 around the corner, starting on Monday 19 February, there’s an opportunity to find out more about what’s involved.

Essex Business School student Codie Yau from Cambridge now helps out at a soup kitchen in Southend, having come across it as she walked to campus.

“I generally go on Saturdays, “she said. “I like doing charity work, giving some of my time to the community.

“I know that whenever I have spare time I am going to do something for my local community.”

While Codie found her own opportunity, the Students’ Union has plenty of options, either through the fantastic v-team that works with local organisations or even starting your own society.

Clea Moore, a second year French and English Law student and communications assistant vTeam, highly recommends French’s Care Haven, near Ipswich, a rescue centre and safe haven for unwanted and neglected horses.

French's Care Haven volunteers weekly

Clea said: “The vTeam contacted French’s Care Haven about 18 months ago and now volunteers go about five times a term for a couple of hours each time, travelling on the SU minibus.

“When we arrive we are assigned different tasks and it’s always varied.  When I went we had to clear out a barn and re-organise it, clean around the stables and groom a couple of horses. We had a nice lunch break with a picnic.

“I would absolutely recommend this project to other students. It’s a great opportunity to get some fresh air all the while contributing to a great cause. It’s really nice being around animals and helping out the lovely owner, Jann Turner.”

Adrian said: “You can start a society about almost anything, bringing together a group of like-minded students. You could even opt to be a course representative.”

As part of National Student Volunteering Week the vTeam will run lots of different sessions, either in schools or one-off projects around the local area.


  • painting at the Signals media centre
  • volunteering at the wellies on farm
  • junior special at Iceni academy
  • volunteering at Fordham Heath

Clea said: “We will also be holding a new event called “Volunteering for the future” as an interactive talk with our partners and ex-volunteers about the charity sector.

“We will also be hosting a new Employability workshop, to help students with their skills and putting together a great CV.”

Students can find out more about the week here.

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24 January 2018

Meet Chloe Atkinson

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 10.47 am

Chloe Atkinson came to Essex as a direct entry student in her second year and is now working as a Project Worker in Biological Sciences and Psychology. We spoke to her to find out more about her time at Essex.

Chloe Atkinson

Chloe Atkinson

What motivated you to come to university?

Ever since I started high school, I knew that I was going to go to University. I’ve always enjoyed being in education and learning new things, so it just seemed like a natural step. My love for drama only grew more and more as I studied it further, so when I found out I could do a degree in it I was straight on UCAS. I also wanted to be able to teach Literature as a backup, so a joint honours degree in both subjects suited me perfectly.

What did you expect university to be like when you started?

Very full-on. And it was! I did my first year at another institution, and I was expecting lots of partying, socialising and getting to know my flatmates and course mates. Although I became very close very quickly with my flatmates, unfortunately I didn’t quite fit in with those on my course, and the course itself wasn’t what I was expecting either. I felt like a fish out of water . I wanted an academic course that would challenge me academically as well as practically, but I was in a place where they focused far more on the practical side of theatre. Not that this is a bad thing, it just wasn’t what I wanted.

Did university life at Essex meet your expectations?

I moved to Essex as a direct entry student in my second year. Straight away I was stuck in; I felt far more at home, the course was much more academic with practical elements, and the societies system is so vast and well-supported that I quickly became a loyal member of Theatre Arts. After just ten months I was elected onto their executive committee.

What was the most challenging part of being a student at Essex?

Settling in all over again. I felt stuck between first and second year, I was trying too hard to make friends and putting a lot of pressure on myself, but after a short while I learned that relaxing and being myself was the best way to fit in. Essex is a community and everybody is very welcoming and open-minded, which is lovely.

What advice would you have for new students starting this year?

Join a society. It’s one of the best ways of making friends with like-minded people, and there is a society for everything. Also, don’t get yourself too worked up over your grades. Use first year as your chance to learn from mistakes and learn your writing/revising style, before second year begins and everything counts towards your final degree. Read feedback on assignments, it really does help.

What has been your main highlight of being a student at Essex?

I have two – is that cheating? My first would be winning Best Actress at the Theatre Arts Society awards. I had very little belief in myself when I started at Essex, and this was a huge confidence boost.

My second highlight was graduating with a First Class degree; I’m the first in my family to go to University, so Mum, Dad and I all felt a bit out of our depth at Graduation Day. Nonetheless, it was one of the best days of my life.

In one word, describe your experience at Essex. 


What are you planning to do next? 

I’m now a Project Worker for the Student Engagement Team, and I’m based in Psychology and Biological Sciences. I enjoy my job because it’s something a bit different every day, and I’m rarely bored or left with nothing to do. My long-term plan is to become an actress or playwright. I’m already working on the latter – I was runner-up in a student playwriting competition in June 2017, and I’ve written the latest Christmas pantomime for the Lakeside Theatre.

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22 January 2018

Essex Crown is back. Again!

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 4.32 pm
Cherina Darrell

Cherina Darrell

This term the Essex Crown team is gearing up for some exciting activities for staff and students from video games evenings to live game shows. We’re getting ready for an epic term, so our Project Worker, Cherina Darrell, is here to remind us of the highlights so far and let us know what’s in store for this term.

Dodgeball: Essex Sport have been awesome at hosting the fortnightly sports competitions for Essex Crown. Back in November, departments went head to head and knocked each other into next week in an epic battle of Dodgeball. The School Biological Sciences and Economics put up a good fight, but it was the Department of Government who surprised us all. They threw, dodged and ducked their way into first place, only to have the School of Sports, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences dominate the competition in the end.

The Escape Room: Our Residence Life team organised the conundrum that was the Escape Room at our Colchester and Southend campuses. Teams had one hour to figure out the puzzles to release a kidnapped Santa Claus. East 15 in Southend ultimately came out on top but Biological Sciences gained the most points and had the most staff members participate.  Great work, everyone.

The ultimate rivalry: Essex Business School dominated the league table for much of the term, but the most intense competition has been between the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Psychology, who’ve been neck and neck in terms of points.

Coming up this term

The Essex Crown sports competitions continue with Ultimate Frisbee on  Tuesday 13 February from 5pm to 7pm in the Sports Hall.

We’re currently organising the highly anticipated Battle of The Consoles, where departments will go head to head in a series of video games, while enjoying pizza and snacks.

Finally, the grand final of the whole Essex Crown competition will take place in March with the Final Showdown where our top ten teams will battle it out in the ultimate live game show.

Be sure to stay up to date with the Essex Crown by joining our Facebook group and don’t forget to  keep your eyes peeled for the weekly riddles tweeted by the Library on Monday mornings.

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12 January 2018

Groove on down with the Students’ Union

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 4.34 pm

Southend gets into the 2018 spirit with the Students’ Union  packing out the calendar.

An image of Ernest Nyarko

Ernest Nyarko

First on the decks is your very own Vice-President Ernest Nyarko, who’s putting on a house party – ‘90s style in the SU Lounge on Friday 19 January.  Retro tunes and games ensure it will be an evening not to be missed.

Don’t miss the chance to celebrate Burns’ Night on Thursday 25 January at a special event in the SU Lounge to mark the birthday of Scotland’s favourite poet Robert Burns.  Organisers Chris Lumby and Vicki Compson-Bradford advise that performers are welcome to take part in the traditional festivities and of course, kilts are optional!

Just Play also returns with a bang on 15 January with an action-packed itinerary all term Mondays to Thursdays.

And if you want to play your part in shaping the Students’ Union in Southend,  the leadership race closes for nominations on 22 January with voting 15 and 16 February.

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11 December 2017

School of Law – photography competition

Filed under: Colchester, News — ckeitch @ 2.45 pm

CameraShare your experience, show your talent and win a £50 Amazon voucher!

This year we would like students from the School of Law to submit a photo that they’ve taken during their time at Essex. The competition is open to all current School of Law students.

The winning photo will win a £50 Amazon voucher and second place photo will win a £25 Amazon voucher.

How to Enter:

  • This competition is only open to current University of Essex, School of Law students.
  • Only one entry allowed per student.
  • You must submit an original entry (not submitted to any other photography competition).
  • Submissions should be your own work or if you’ve had assistance this must be stated.
  • Submissions should be titled and described in the email in order to provide context to the photograph.
  • Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.
  • Photos submission deadline: 24 January 2018 (Week 17).
  • Entries are to be submitted by email to
  • Please make sure your photo is over 1MB in size.
  • By submitting the photos, the students will be granting permission for these images to be used by Essex School of Law for any marketing material/ social media.
  • The winner will be notified at a an event during the Spring Term.

Judging criteria:

  • The aim of the competition is for students to display photos that best captured their experiences of living and studying law at Essex.
  • The winning photo will be judged to be the most visually appealing,  original and self-explanatory.
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8 December 2017

Student Services Hub winter break opening hours.

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 12.11 pm

The Student Services Hub on the second floor of The Forum will be open as normal from 10am to 4pm on weekdays until Friday 15 December when it will shut at 1pm.

Starting on Monday 18 December until Thursday 21 December the Student Services Hub will move into vacation opening hours from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm.

On Friday 22 December the Hub will be open 10am until 12pm and it will be closed between Monday 25 December and Monday 1 January inclusive.

Tuesday 2 January until Friday 5 January the Hub will return to vacation opening hours, and we’ll be opening for the standard hours of 10am to 4pm from Monday 8 January.

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5 December 2017

Christmas Carol Service round the corner

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 10.01 am

Staff and students are invited to the Christmas Carol service on Monday 11 December in Sub-Zero off Square 3. Refreshments start at 7 pm with the service starting at 7.30 pm.

Members of different student societies will lead the singing, including the University show choir, the Jesus Alive Fellowship and the Chinese Christian Fellowship.

Edge Hotel School student Thomas Watkiss who has put the service together said: “It’s a truly multi-cultural event. Everyone I have asked is very keen to take part and it promises to be a vibrant occasion.”

President of the Students’ Union Zoe Garshong said: “I believe that the spirit of Christmas is about unity and bringing people from all walks of life together. That’s what the story of the first Christmas illustrates, the wise men and the shepherds coming together from different backgrounds to celebrate.

“That’s what this carol service is all about, we are trying something new, mixing traditional carols with a modern day twist. It will be amazing to see all the different societies coming together.”

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Making a difference to our environment

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 9.51 am

recycling_webLike any large organisation, the University has a big impact on its surrounding environment. The energy and resources we use is a major part of that. We are passionate about sustainability, and we have an ambitious goal to cut our overall carbon footprint by 43% by 2020, compared with 2005 levels. Part of achieving this is through making our buildings more efficient, but it’s also about our community being more aware of the ways we can all reduce our impact.

And that’s where you come in. With thousands of students living and studying at our Colchester and Southend campuses, your actions add up to make a significant difference. We can all play a part in this challenge and it’s simple changes to your habits which can make a difference.

If you live on campus, you’re automatically involved in the Student Switch Off campaign, where we monitor energy-saving and recycling activity, encouraging you to think about your impact. Make some simple changes and you’ll have the chance to win prizes. Here are our top tips:

  • Switch off unused lights and electrical equipment
  • Keep radiators at moderate temperatures
  • Wear a layer before turning radiators up
  • Close windows on colder days
  • Put a lid on pots when cooking
  • Only boil the water you need when using the kettle
  • Put plastic, paper, card, cans and glass in the appropriate recycling bin

When you are on campus, you can do lots of easy but important things too:

  • Refill your own bottle with some fresh, filtered water from one of the water fountains, rather than buying bottled water (tap water in the UK adheres to strict quality controls, so it is perfectly safe to drink).
  • At Colchester, avoid takeaway coffee cups by bringing your own to cafes on campus. You’ll save 10p off every hot drink you buy, too. Lots of high street cafes offer discounts for this as well.
  • Put waste and recycling in the appropriate bins. Items sent for recycling are turned into all sorts of new products, reducing the need to use new materials.

To find out more about sustainability, email Daisy Malt.

Visit the Student Switch Off website for more tips, and like our Facebook page for information on our regular competitions.

For any maintenance issues, including leaky taps, problems with heating or lighting, email the Estates helpdesk.

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