Students Staff

15 November 2013

Record numbers of students Switch Off for prizes

Filed under: Colchester, News, Southend — Tags: , , , , , , , — Communications, CER @ 12.05 pm

Record numbers of Essex students are putting their green credentials into action and becoming our Student Switch-Off Ambassadors.

Record numbers of Essex students are switching off

Record numbers of Essex students are switching off

The first training session saw 28 Southend based students and 47 Colchester based students going green and learning how to encourage their peers to save energy and win prizes.

Student Switch Off is an energy-saving campaign running in the University of Essex halls of residence.  It uses social media and peer-to-peer communications to promote pro-environmental behaviour change.

Its aim is to reach all students by offering worthwhile incentives to change their behaviour. Regular prizes include Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, NUS extra cards, Lush goodies and club nights.

Energy-saving across the year is monitored and the hall that saves the most electricity is rewarded with a Ben & Jerry’s giveaway to celebrate.

To find out more and see what our Ambassadors have been up to, check out the Essex Student Swtich off Facebook page.

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11 October 2013

Welcome Week: the action in pictures

Filed under: Loughton, News, Southend — Tags: , , , , , , — Communications, CER @ 8.03 am

From Zorb balls to Spiderman via a handful of foam fingers, this year’s Welcome Week was a triumph of colourful fun across all three campuses.

A warm Welcome to all our students

A warm Welcome to all our students

In Colchester, students got their first taste of the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall at the official Welcome Talks, packing out the lecture theatre and learning some important tips to surviving their first week. The squares were full of stalls including a street market while the Arts office entertained with everything from Mexican Morris dancing, to a giant campus map.
In Southend student teams took part in the Befriend Southend Challenge which took them around the town hunting for clues including spotting a familiar-looking Spiderman. Their challenge was rounded off at the Freshers’ Fair, which offered chicken and pizza to the hungry masses while they shopped around finding out about all the myriad clubs and societies on offer.
Our Loughton students have been getting stuck into their studies from the off. Having arrived a little earlier, they have been getting involved in their induction programmes and attending departmental talks.
A big shout also goes out to all our volunteers, helpers, student mentors, ambassadors, frontrunners and everyone who gave their time and energy to help make this one of the most vibrant and well attended Welcome Weeks ever.
See the evidence for yourself in our Welcome Week photos.

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