Students Staff
University of Essex

June 11, 2018

Newcomers 2nd Research Week (18-22 June)

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After January’s successful launch our second Newcomers Research Week is now right around the corner, with 32 different training sessions – where 13 are completely new sessions. The week will kick off with an opening session on Monday 18 June at 11am in the North Teaching Centre, consisting of a short talk, refreshments and plenty of opportunities to meet and network with other newcomers and our presenters!

What is Newcomers?

Newcomers (Network for Early Career Essex Researchers) is an initiative by staff from the UK Data Archive, Research and Enterprise Office and Library Services to unify research support and increase awareness of help available for researchers at Essex. By combining our expertise to host one event we can offer a full range of sessions around the research lifecycle, e.g. Writing a grant application, organising and storing data securely, finding a journal to publish in and using Twitter to increase research impact. To book on to sessions, simply go to our website and click on the Research Week Programme tab to find a short description of courses and links to booking for staff (via HR Organiser) and students (via Proficio).

Can I attend the Newcomers Research Week?

Though Newcomers is aimed at PhD students, new starters at Essex and researchers in the first years of their career, we will not turn away anyone who thinks they can benefit from one or more of our sessions. In January we had Master students, Professional Services staff and Senior Lecturers attending, who all said they gained lots of knowledge from our sessions.

If you miss our June event, or if some of the sessions you’d like to go to overlap, we also run a Newcomers Research Week in January which you are more than welcome to attend! Our website is updated regularly with information about the upcoming events.

What if I cannot attend the June or January events?

We understand that having these events outside term sometimes mean that many people are unable to attend, either being on holiday, research leave or having other commitments. As we cannot host a whole week of sessions during term time (usually due to our need to book many rooms during a busy time) we will offer some sessions in between our January and June events. These additional sessions are sometimes due to demand (e.g. Grant Writing), sessions to deal with current issues (e.g. A Building Resilience session to help address the mental health issues for early career researchers) or sessions of opportunity when we can get external experts in (e.g. Publishing with IEEE). The sessions will be advertised on our website under the ‘Upcoming Events’ tab and to the Newcomers Mailing List.

If you have any further questions or want to get in touch, drop us an email on

Refresh your Moodle pages

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We’ll help you to update your Moodle pages!

The end of term is fast approaching, marking is nearly complete and the new academic year is comfortably in the distance, the other side of a long and (hopefully) hot summer. Now is the ideal time to start thinking about your Moodle pages for 2018-19.

All 2017-2018 Moodle pages will be archived during graduation week (16-20 July). Once this has been done, your Moodle 2018-19 Moodle pages will be created, ready for you to work on.

Here at Essex, all Moodle content is ‘rolled-over’ from one year to the next which certainly saves time but perhaps leads to the same content being used year after year without change. Spending some time reflecting on your Moodle page from a student’s point of view will be a useful exercise. Do your slides have last year’s dates on them? Is your content still relevant? Is there anything new you need to add? Could you make use of some of Moodle’s many interactive features? What about multimedia content?

The Technology Enhanced Learning team (TEL) are ready and able to help you make the best use of Moodle to ensure your course is in tip-top condition and improve your students’ experience next year. We can help you evaluate your content, create new learning resources and structure and present your course material in a fresh, new way.

TEL (Technology Enhance Learning Team) hold regular Moodle drop-in sessions every other Wednesday morning and you can find the details on HR organiser – or we can arrange to meet you or your team for one-to-one or group training sessions at a time to suit you. Contact us at