Students Staff


23 February 2018

Make sure you complete your student survey

Filed under: Southend — ckeitch @ 12.41 pm
An image of Ernest Nyarko

Ernest Nyarko

Spare a few minutes to complete your student survey  urges Ernest Nyarko, VP for the Students’ Union at Southend.

You can complete the National Student Survey and UK Engagement Survey now and voice your experience of your time at Essex.

The feedback is used to help shape the future for your fellow students and help those considering higher education decide where and what to study.

All responses are anonymous and you can complete the surveys by visiting our website.

“The main reason is to give feedback on your course so it can be improved for future students,” said Ernest.

“It’s your chance to put it all down for your department to make it better. Don’t keep your good ideas to yourself!

“Equally important is to share what you really liked about your course so people can share your excitement.”

This year the University is planning to donate £1 to charity for each completed NSS survey and Southend students overwhelmingly voted to support the mental health charity, Southend MIND.

Ernest paid a lot of attention to the rankings and reports from students when he was looking at universities in the UK. “It all helps people make a choice,” he said.

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7 November 2017

Be part of our Christmas message

Filed under: News, Southend — ckeitch @ 4.15 pm

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 with your name, nationality and special Christmas message (in your own language) by Friday 17 November.

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22 September 2017

Celebrating our nurses

Filed under: News, Southend — gemmachilds @ 8.45 am

Nearly 100 nurses from the BSc (Adult) and BSc (Mental Health) courses returned to the Southend Campus for a ceremony to present those who obtained their degree with a special University of Essex badges.

This year’s ceremony, held in The  Lecture Theatre in The Forum,  celebrated the success of the 2014 cohort. About two-thirds of students gain jobs on the local health economy while others return to their home towns.

Sarah Lee, Head of Group- Nursing & Health Studies said: “This local event is an inclusive opportunity that allows the group to mark the end of a very demanding three years.”

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Get fit and Just Play

Filed under: News, Southend — gemmachilds @ 8.33 am

It’s play time!

Just Play is a social sport programme that gives you the chance to try out a new sport, get active and meet new people. There are loads of sports sessions each week and everyone is  is invited to sign up for this term’s Just Play programme at the Southend campus.

All abilities are welcome and no previous experience is required to take part in the varied programme, which includes Dance Fit and Football. Just register at to confirm your place.

All sessions start the week of 9 October and will cost £2 except for the gymnastics at Basildon, which will be £3 including transport.



Dance Fit  7.00 - 8.00 pm, LRU
Swimming 9.00-10.00 pm, Garon Park


Gymnastics 8.30 pm -10.00 pm, Basildon Sporting Village


Badminton 8.00 pm – 9.00 pm, Garon Park


Tennis 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm, Garon Park
Yoga 7.00 -7.45 pm, LRU


Football 7.00 -9.00 pm, Chase School

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13 June 2017

Meet Magdalena

Filed under: News, Southend — ckeitch @ 11.24 am

If you’re thinking of starting up your own business, now’s the time to book an appointment with our new Essex Startups consultant, Magdalena Mahdy.  We met her to find out more. 

You run your own business, was it hard to get it going?

An image of Magdalena Mahdy

Magdalena Mahdy

I started my own business, Love That Smile Photography, four years ago with a website and some images.  As a photographer it took a little bit of time to build up a portfolio and get my name out there. However, it picked up quite quickly and I have been running my business successfully ever since.

Why run your own business?

I absolutely love being my own boss and love the entrepreneurial spirit.  There is a lot of hard work involved but the rewards go far beyond any money that can be earned.

Why did you get involved with Essex Startups?

Sharing my own knowledge with students and helping them with starting and running their own businesses, and essentially with realising their own dreams, is very rewarding and a lot of fun.

As part of Essex Startups we are offering advice to any students who are thinking about setting up their own businesses. This can be anything from marketing help, to very specific questions on how to register a business, or help with idea finding.

Students can book 1:1 appointments on CareerHub, which are customised to their own needs.

From your own experience, what advice would you give?

The entire process, and what is involved in starting and running your own business, can be very overwhelming at first – so my best piece of advice to students is to take one step at a time.  Look at the big picture but don’t let it get you down.  Break down each step into bite-sized mini ones and take it one day at a time.

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2 June 2017

Get off to a fine start with jobs plus

Filed under: News, Southend — Heather Leathley @ 9.43 am

Residence Life and the Students’ Union teamed up for the first ever Jobs and More fair at the Southend Campus.

The successful event saw students flocking to the SU Lounge to hear more about jobs on campus, such as the Residence Assistants posts, roles within the Students’ Union and other local opportunities, and enjoy a free slice of pizza.

Essex Startups and Aideen Sadler from Employability & Careers were also on hand to help students starting on their job search.

Residence Life co-ordinator Rosie Carpenter said: “The day went really well for everyone involved and we will be looking to host a similar event next academic year.”

Find out more about the help and support available from The Essex Startups Team.

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19 April 2017

Love democracy?  Make sure you’re registered to vote on 8 June, 2017

Filed under: Colchester, Loughton, News, Southend — Communications, CER @ 2.58 pm
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Don’t lose your voice – make sure you’re registered to vote in  the general election on 8 June 2017. Go to

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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28 March 2017

It’s easy being green

Filed under: News, Southend — Heather Leathley @ 9.33 am
An image of a sustainable water bottle.

A sustainable water bottle.

Make an impact on Tuesday 25 April when you can learn all about being green from the University’s sustainability team.

From cycling to recycling, there will be plenty of valuable information and helpful hints available at both The Gateway Building reception and The Forum reception.  Learn about energy-saving initiatives, cutting down on food waste and sustainable living.

To celebrate the campaign, environmentally friendly Lemon Witch Crêperie, just along from University Square in Queens Road, has launched a special student offer. Get a free hot drink with every Breakfast Club pancake ordered. Just show your student ID to take advantage of this foodie feast which is available every morning Monday to Saturday from 10.30 am.

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28 February 2017

Election success

Filed under: News, Southend — Heather Leathley @ 12.49 pm
An image of Ernest Nyrko

Ernest Nyarko, SU VP for Southend Campus

A concerted cross-Campus effort led to a ten per cent increase in the number of votes cast at the Southend Campus in the recent Students’ Union elections.

Adrian Patsalos, the Engagement Co-ordinator (Southend) for the Students’ Union said: “ A total of 327 votes were placed, compared to 296 last year. It’s particularly positive news as we only had one candidate for VP, Ernest Nyarko, who was standing for his second year.

“We were also successful in electing for two voluntary positions, Women’s Officer Ifra Qureshi and Open Portfolio officer Kalina Katsarka, who are both Essex Business School marketing students.”

Ernest is looking forward to his second year as VP following on from his achievements in the post so far: “The past year has taught me a lot, “he said. “Course rep engagement has increased from about 40 people last year to more than 100 this year. There have been more events and we have engaged in more entrepreneurship activities. Students and staff are also now benefitting from discounted parking at the Victoria Shopping Centre.”

“I’ll now be looking to improve student engagement by getting students from each department on to a committee to plan events to bring everyone together. I will endeavour to listen to your opinions and the things you might like to see change. I want to make a positive difference to your University experience.”

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Upgrade to IT on Campus

Filed under: News, Southend — Heather Leathley @ 9.44 am

PC lab sign pixThe IT Services team at Southend is busy working on a range of enhancements around the Campus.

You will have spotted already four PC availability screens in the Forum and the Gateway buildings that show if a PC Lab is open, how many PCs are free or if the room is being used for teaching.

In our recent survey of first year students,  almost 15 per cent said there were occasions when they could not access a computer on Campus, so these screens will help you grab a space.

As a guide, the PCs in the Forum’s Learning Hub are very popular, but in busy periods it’s worth checking out IT Lab on the third floor of the Gateway building, where there are 40 PCs, in what is usually a quieter space.

The iDesks running alongside the atrium window in the Forum’s Learning Hub and three iDesks on both the second and third floor lift lobbies of the Gateway Building are popular points to quickly read your emails.  For a trial period we have introduced two height adjustable bar stools at the iDesks nearest the out-of-hours doors in the Learning Hub. These stools mean you can spend a little longer working at the PCs. The height of the iDesks can be changed using the two buttons on the top of the iDesk tables.

The amazing Print-Copy-Scan photocopier is being relocated to the second floor lift lobby in the Gateway Building from the Student Common Room.

Our recent survey of first year students showed that more than 75 per cent of students prefer to contact the Southend IT Helpdesk in person and more than 85 percent found their help to be Excellent or Very Good.

If you have any IT-related queries, need assistance with using or installing software, need help or advice with your laptop/tablet, or just want to say hello, our helpful IT team is based on the second floor of The Forum at the Info Point, where you can can also access Library and Employability and Careers assistance.

The desk is staffed between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. The team can also be contacted by email or by phone on 01702 328341.

We’d like to remind you that as students of the University of Essex you are entitled to download the latest version of Microsoft Office for your home computer or mobile device free of charge. It’s available for Windows, Mac and mobile devices, and can be installed on up to five computers, and on up to five mobile devices. Our recent survey of first year students showed than a third of you knew about this fantastic offer so  hopefully this is useful. Other free software for students can be found on our website.

You can also enjoy free access to an online video learning platform where you can learn business, creative, education and tech skills taught by expert instructors. Just sign in using your University ID and password.


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