Students Staff


2 May 2019

Nominate your research supervisor for a national award

Filed under: Colchester, Loughton, News, Southend — Communications Office @ 3.47 pm

If you have an inspirational research supervisor you can nominate them for this year’s Times Higher Education Awards.

You have until Wednesday 5 June to nominate Essex academics for the title of Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year and entries can be submitted by Essex students or colleagues of the nominee.

The Times Higher Education Awards website says: “This award will be given to the individual who has created the most supportive, stimulating and inspirational research environment for doctoral students. Entries will be accepted from institutions, supervisors themselves or their students or colleagues, but in all cases the institution must support the submission and student testimonies must be included in the supplementary documentation.”

Qualities judges might be looking for in nominees might include

  • Evidence of outstanding results of their supervision over a number of years (Have students from a range of backgrounds been encouraged to pursue a doctorate? What have they gone on to achieve?)
  • A pioneering approach to supervision: what has the nominee done above and beyond that which is expected of any good supervisor?
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for the role and going the extra mile to help students navigate through difficulties, academic or otherwise.
  • Challenging students intellectually and helping them to make substantial contributions to their academic field.
  • Providing additional support and facilities to give greater scope to their research.
  • Providing supervision to an exceptional number of candidates over time.
  • Offering constructive employment and career advice post-graduation

If you are planning to nominate a research supervisor please let our Communications Office know at: as the Communications team can help you with the application and can check the University will back the nomination.

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6 June 2018

Enter our data analysis competition for your chance to win £200

Filed under: Colchester, News, Southend — Communications Office @ 11.36 am

UKDA logoHave you used data for secondary analysis in your final year project or dissertation at Essex? We’re offering a prize for your research!

We’re looking for research that highlights social and economic issues and also showcases an interesting re-use of quantitative or qualitative data, available through the UK Data Archive.

The Essex Secondary Data Analysis Award is open to each level of study including undergraduate, Masters and PhD. A panel of lecturers and researchers across the Faculty of Social Sciences will judge the entries.

The winning candidate from each level of study will receive a prize of £200 in Amazon vouchers. Through the UK Data Archive at Essex, the winners will also get to showcase their quantitative and qualitative skills to the wider academic community, plus potential employers such as The Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK.

The winning entries and their key findings will be publicised in Essex Weekly and on the Essex website (if the winning students and their supervisors give permission).

How to enter

You’ll need to  submit an executive summary (two A4 pages maximum) outlining your research question, data used, methodology, results and example of your evidence such as table, graph or excerpt from interview transcript of your course work to the UK Data Archive.

Before you submit, please check for completeness and clarity of any graphs and illustrations, and accurate data citation

The deadline is 16 September 2018

We’ll contact shortlisted candidates by the end of September, and ask you to submit an electronic copy of your full work. Then we’ll announce the winners in October.

Terms and Conditions

The competition is open to any Essex students who have used quantitative or qualitative data available through the UK Data Archive in their research. This can include mixed methods approaches if one of the data sources is available from the UK Data Archive. Work submitted that does not use data from the UK Data Archive will be disqualified.

This competition is open to any undergraduate, Masters or PhD student enrolled at the University of Essex in any discipline for third year projects or dissertations on social and economic issues. Essex alumni or staff currently working at Essex who submitted dissertations in the last two years can enter. Entries can be submitted either by individuals or by department and schools.

By entering the competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. The UK Data Archive reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.

For further details please contact the UK Data Archive.

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23 February 2018

Make sure you complete your student survey

Filed under: Southend — ckeitch @ 12.41 pm
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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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