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Campus news

13 October 2020

Food, help and support – whenever you need it

Filed under: Campus news, Student experience — Communications, CER @ 11:25 am

We’re doing everything we can to make sure you can get help, support and access to affordable, nutritious food if you need to self-isolate.

If you are quarantining, self-isolating or need urgent support

We have a dedicated webpage with all the help and support you need if you are self-isolating or quarantining with us.

We’ll ask you to fill in our self-isolation form to help us ensure you have what you need and that you are well supported during your isolation period.  Once we have all your details, a member of our wellbeing team will make contact with you to discuss the support you need and arrange for your ongoing support – all at the pace that’s right for you.

We’ll also make sure your department knows you’re isolating and will support you in your study needs both during and after your isolation period.

Any questions can be sent directly to our wellbeing team on and we are running daily wellbeing self-isolation drop-in sessions, too.

Take a look at our self-isolation support webpage for everything from how to self-isolate safely, to ordering food and groceries and seeking medical advice.


If you are arriving from overseas and need to go straight into a quarantine period, we’re providing free quarantine arrivals packs including a bedding pack, a kitchen pack and a food box.

You can also order an essential food box online before you arrive. The boxes contain a range of basic food supplies, from tea, coffee and sugar to pasta and a range of tinned goods all designed to provide you with the basics while you settle in over your first few days.

If you urgently need support our food services will also issue complimentary emergency food packs.

Full details are available on the Essex Essentials website.

Meal Service Plans

We are also offering seven and ten-day meal service plans, delivering either breakfast and lunch, or breakfast, lunch and dinner directly to rooms on campus. The meal plan includes a continental breakfast, cold sandwich lunch and ready meal for dinner. They start at £70 for a seven-day breakfast and lunch plan.

Just Eat at Essex

Our partnership with Just Eat means you can order food from Fusion between 5pm and 10pm Wednesday-Saturday, delivered to your door. Beef burgers start at £3.50 and pizzas at £5.

More about our Just Eat/Fusion delivery service on our website.

Our restaurants and cafes

Some of our campus food outlets are offering take away services and some eat-in spaces are also available. We are operating with social distancing and with enhanced cleaning regimes, signage and hand sanitising stations. Find out more about our Colchester Campus eateries, our Southend Campus food offer, and food on campus at Loughton.

Our Essex Food Rewards offers multi-buy deals on a selected range of products bought in store as well as our multi buy deal on hot drinks. Buy nine get one free.

Linking with supermarkets

We have worked closely with our local supermarkets to ensure a smooth ordering and delivery service is available. We’ve simplified the ordering process and have arranged for a wide range of delivery slots to be made available along with multiple drop-off points and delivery to the door for any self-isolating students.

Contact details for all our local supermarkets are listed on our self-isolation support webpage.

Online information

Check out our food and drink webpage for up-to-date information on all catering outlets and food delivery options. Our Students’ Union also have a range of shops and food and drink on offer, find out more on their eat, drink, shop webpage.

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1 October 2020

Coming back to campus – securely

Filed under: Campus news — Communications, CER @ 4:44 pm

As some of us return to campus working, Darren Baker, Campus Services Head of Customer Services, tells us more about the changes we can expect to see and the new behaviours we need to observe to help keep campus COVID secure.

Look out for floor signage reminding you to socially distance and indicating one way systems.

As the University moves into the Sustained Protection Phase of operation some of you will be returning to campus working, where this is deemed essential for the delivery of services. Where possible colleagues should continue to work from home.

For those returning, a number of COVID-19 related safety measures have been put in place which will change the way we work and travel around our campuses.

Here is what you can expect to see and what you’ll need to do when you return. Full details are available on the how to come onto our campuses page of our website.

New signage

When returning to campus you will see exterior signage providing information on how to use our campuses.

There is also directional floor signage to promote social distancing and indicate how to travel around exterior spaces.

Upon entering buildings, you will also notice directional signage asking you to walk on the left, to maintain social distance and wear face coverings inside buildings.

Movement and behaviour inside buildings

Signage will be displayed on doors and floors reminding you to wear a face covering.

Travel within buildings should be limited to going straight to your final location. Please do not congregate in corridors or enter the working spaces and offices of other staff.

When you are in your specific working environment the number of staff in the space at any one time will be limited as per your departmental risk assessment to allow for social distancing and the removal of face coverings for working.

Meetings via zoom to continue

It has been agreed that all meetings should be conducted remotely during Academic Year 2020-21. This decision applies to all non-teaching events, e.g. induction and networking events; team meetings; catch-ups and 1:1s, formal committee meetings; Away Days; staff, section and departmental conferences and training that would otherwise be delivered in person.

It is recommended that all meetings take place via Zoom, the University’s chosen video and audio-conferencing solution. Technical guidance on the use of Zoom is available on the ITS webpages.

Managers of teams – Before bringing your teams on to our campuses you must

  • Have completed a departmental risk assessment which indicates the controls in place in relation to reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. This must be shared and explained to all staff returning to on-site working and must indicate how social distancing is being managed, especially within shared working environments.
  • Have completed a work activity grid with the staff member who is returning for their work activities
  • a poster with covid-19 information

    Look out for notices outside rooms with key info like maximum room occupancy.

    Ensure all returning staff have completed the Moodle course “Keeping safe on campus (COVID-19)” and have completed an individual health risk assessment (and, where necessary, received occupational health advice.

  • Ensure that returning staff have been authorised to do so by the Head of Department or Head of Section.
  • Ensure that all staff have a full understanding of the control measures in place across the University and specifically in their workplace including the days and times they are able to attend campus.

Managers – keeping teams and offices COVID-secure   

If you are managing a team back onto campus, as part of your departmental/ workplace risk assessment(s), please ensure that office spaces are used in a manner that ensures returning staff can comply with the required social distancing.

Should you need to have multiple cohorts (or bubbles) in order to ensure business continuity, please ensure that desks are not shared. Moving furniture or PCs is not possible at this time so please ensure that within your plans you are utilising the current office layouts.

Colleagues – before returning to campus you must

  • Be authorised by your Head of Department or Head of Section to return to campus.
  • Have completed the Moodle course Keeping safe on campus (COVID-19).
  • Be aware of the policies and procedures in place to protect you from COVID-19 and have understood the requirements of the departmental risk assessment provided by your line manager.
  • Have completed your individual health risk assessment and, with your manager, a work activity grid and signed the staff agreement.
  • Have a full understanding of the control measures in place in your workplace including the days and times you are able to attend campus and your specific workstation/area.

The day nursery have markings on their entrance route to help you keep distanced from others.

On your return to campus you must

  • Follow social distancing rules on University premises.
  • Wear face masks/coverings in all indoor University premises (with the exception of staff in individual offices or office bubbles).
  • Attend Occupational Health if you have been referred, to receive advice and guidance to ensure your own, and others, safety and contact if you are medically exempt from wearing a face covering to obtain an exemption lanyard from them which you are required to wear whilst on Campus.
  • Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser where available
  • Only use your own crockery, cutlery, cups (except when provided in catering outlets) whiteboard markers and pens etc.
  • Clean your uniform each day if you wear a uniform for work.

If you or someone you live with develops symptoms you must

  • Leave campus immediately and inform your line manager and occupational health.
  • Self-isolate at home for ten days or until you receive a negative test results.
  • Call NHS 111 to arrange to get tested (testing must take place between day 1 and day 7 of becoming symptomatic).
  • Only return to work in accordance with the self-isolation guidelines  if experiencing symptoms or testing positive for coronavirus.

Engage, explain, encourage, enforce

All students will be expected to wear face coverings in all lectures and face to face teaching events. Take a look our new covid behaviours booklet on moodle which includes guidance on what to do if someone is not complying.

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12 June 2020

Changes to the way we buy and pay – coming soon

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Communications, CER @ 3:40 pm
Carol Saward

Carol Saward, Head of Income and Payments

Our University currently does not use a single, consistent route for purchasing and invoicing. Over the years different localised systems have been employed; reliant upon paper copies, local files, local knowledge and some good will.

In the coming weeks we will see changes to the way we buy and pay for things. 

Here, Carol Saward, our Head of Income and Payments, and Phil Sweeting, our Head of Procurement, tell us more about the changes and the benefits.

Tell us about the current situation with invoicing

Supplier invoices are distributed by different methods all over the University, often directly to departments with no central registration of these.

In a large number of cases, receipt of a supplier invoice generates the raising of a retrospective purchase order onto Unit4.

There is so much paper present in our current process too. Even if the supplier invoice received is in a pdf format, we print it off to complete our current manual paper based processing and sign-off business process before the invoice is sent to Payments for processing the payment to the supplier.

Why is the current system causing a problem for the University?

Currently, it is impossible to track any invoice, especially when dealing with supplier queries surrounding receipt of an invoice, or where an invoice is in the authorisation process for payment.

The raising of an official purchase order after the supplier invoice has been received means that the University is not able to meet its responsibility to provide a clear audit trail for authorisation of expenditure, whilst understanding its financial commitments for budget and forecasting purposes.

If the official purchase order is late in being raised, aside from not complying with our Financial Regulations, it slows down the payment to the supplier by making it difficult to take advantage of early payment discounts, can lead to late payment charges, and can even damage our relationship with the supplier.

Tell us about the benefits of the new system

We are introducing an ‘Amazon like’ ordering process known as a Marketplace.  This will enhance the current ordering process where we have compliant procurement frameworks with live stock levels and pricing through punch outs and catalogues to improve the end user experience. After the appropriate Unit4 authorisation workflow process, suppliers will receive an order electronically, will be able to process your order quicker and can send their invoices to us electronically via XML as opposed to current paper or pdf formats.

All supplier invoices will be received centrally whether in paper, pdf or XML format, which will include scanning and uploading onto Unit4 to enable paperless workflow processes to be completed.  This will improve our visibility over the entire purchase to pay process to track outstanding liabilities and have full visibility capabilities of the accounts payable process in real-time to improve supplier relationships.

The new system will increase transparency and usability of expenditure data for budgetary control and forecasting by using Unit4 as a centrally managed and controlled system that is accessible to multiple users.

Will it work with our existing systems e.g. Unit 4?

Yes, the new system will work and fully integrates with Unit4.

Tell us about the new marketplace. Do I go to it for all purchasing or just certain things?

The Marketplace enables access to supplier “punch outs” and catalogues which will enable an easier customer experience when placing orders.  Colleagues will be able to click a “go shopping” button in Unit4 which will enable them to access suppliers websites direct, showing live stock levels and improved pricing.  This will give colleagues an Amazon type shopping experience. The Marketplace will also compare prices across suppliers to help colleagues achieve best value.

Which suppliers are on it?

We will be going live with Office Depot, Fisher Scientific and Bunzl Cleaning initially but more suppliers will be added covering commonly purchased items.  We will give full guidance on the suppliers who will be available through the marketplace and release regular updates.

When will this all be launched? All at the same time?

The solution will go live in September for invoicing with a few marketplace suppliers but further suppliers will be added regularly.

Will training be available?

We will be running training sessions covering the new system along with any changes in existing processes.  It is likely these will be through Zoom sessions.  We will also have champions across the University who will be able to help with queries.

Any new considerations?

  • Paper invoices will be a thing of the past and there will be no need to handle paper invoices or keep local copies of them.
  • We will implement a no purchase order no payment policy with our suppliers, therefore, it is essential that purchase orders are raised before buying goods or services

How do I get involved with the project?

  • Regular updates will be provide to all staff via Essex Weekly
  • If you are interested in becoming a champion for your area, please contact Carol Saward or Phil Sweeting.
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24 April 2020

Social distancing on campus

Filed under: Campus news, People pages — Communications, CER @ 12:46 pm

With 1,500 of our students currently living together on our campuses during the lockdown, we understand that the rules around social distancing may seem difficult to apply, but it is still really important to stay two metres apart to stay safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Those who do not live on campus are encouraged to stay at home and to only travel for essential reasons such as your daily exercise and to collect supplies. While the campus is quiet it is not a time to visit if you do not need to.

Here are some of the dos and don’ts and ways to ensure you stay as safe from COVID-19 as possible.

I live in a flat with a number of other people. We share a kitchen and a bathroom. Surely it’s okay for us to have a party together?

No. Even those living in communal flats must still practice social distancing. Please do what you can to use the kitchen one or two at a time and please don’t share plates, cups or cutlery. Your flatmates may feel well but even those who look well could be symptomatic. Anyone could have an underlying health condition that you aren’t aware of.

If you do share a flat, remember you must still stay at least two meters away from other people. Viruses can spread when someone sneezes or coughs out tiny droplets. They may even spread when people talk.

Please be a good flat mate too. If you’re sharing communal spaces, especially kitchens, you must clean up after yourself. Do not leave food or washing up for someone else. Leave communal spaces as you would wish to find them.

The on-campus eateries have seating outside – surely I can sit there with my friends and have lunch?

No. We know sitting outside in the sunshine is really tempting, especially if you’ve been isolating and studying all day – but you must still practice social distancing when at our on-campus eateries. Please queue at least two meters from the person in front – and the same applies when sitting down to eat. You must maintain a good distance from other people to avoid any droplets being transmitted to someone else. If you’re sitting too close, droplets may land on the table, the chairs or the surrounding surfaces and can go straight from there to someone’s hand or face. It isn’t worth thinking about it! Stay apart to stay safe.

Colchester campus is situated in 200 acres of beautiful parkland. Surely my flat mates and I can gather on the grass for a picnic?

No. We are really lucky to be surrounded by such lovely parkland but remember, when you’re with anyone else, wherever it is, you must stay two meters apart. Droplets can be transmitted wherever you are. Those living with others may unwittingly contract the virus and pass it on. You may be exposed to someone who is asymptomatic (has no symptoms but has the virus). We know it’s hard – but keeping your distance is the best way to keep yourself and others safe.

I am a member of staff and I want to visit campus to water the plants in my office and use the computer labs while they’re quiet. This is alright isn’t it?

No. We understand that staying at home for such a prolonged period is hard, but those staff who are not being specifically instructed to visit campus must stay at home.

Just your physical presence on campus could spread droplets on door handles or stair banisters. You may unwittingly come into contact with virus droplets which you then take home to your family. As a member of staff you must set a good example and stay at home to protect the NHS and to save lives.

Can I invite friends and family from outside the University to visit campus or stay overnight? They are not sick and do not have symptoms.

No. We know it’s tempting to invite friends or family over especially when the weather is so good, but you must not invite anyone from outside the university onto campus at this time.

You never know who might have a vulnerable family member at home who might inadvertently be exposed to the virus this way. You also don’t know who that person may have been in contact with or where else they have been, they may even have the virus but not be displaying symptoms. At this current time the safest thing is to stay indoors, do not mix with others outside of your immediate household and if you do go out, to stay at least two meters away from other people.

The computer labs on campus are open so surely it’s safe for me and my friends to use them?

Yes, you can use the computer labs on campus but it is crucial that you practice social distancing while you work. Please stay at least two meters away from the person using the next computer. Droplets spread the virus and droplets can travel by coughing, sneezing and even just talking. If there is a sign on the computer or on the pod – read it and take notice.

I am a member of staff and want to use the on-campus computer labs while it is quiet. Is that okay?

No. We ask all those members of staff who are not directly required to attend campus to work from home. It is vital that you stay at home to protect the NHS and to save lives.

If you are unable to work from home for any reason, please contact your Head of Department or Line Manager.

What is the latest government guidance on social distancing?

Stay at home

Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

  • If you go out, stay two metres away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

When am I allowed to leave home?

You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

Can I see my friends?

We must all stay away from each other to stop spreading the virus, and that means you should not be meeting friends unless you live in the same household.

But you needn’t be alone. There are lots of ways to stay in touch with friends and loved ones remotely such as the telephone, video calls or social media.

Can I visit family members or friends?

You should not have contact with anyone you do not live with, especially the elderly or those who have underlying health issues since these people are more vulnerable to the virus.

It is crucial to keep the virus from spreading and protect everyone and particularly those who are more vulnerable. You can keep contact using remote technology like phones, internet, or social media.

Keep in mind the safety measures

  • Wash your hands regularly, at least 20-30 seconds with soap.
  • Cough or sneeze while covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow.
  • Throw the tissue away afterwards.
  • Avoid large crowds of people or closed spaces with a lot of people.
  • Avoid gestures like shaking hands or hugging.
  • Avoid using public transport, if you can.
  • Avoid visiting public institutions, if you can.
  • Avoid shopping when there are a lot of people. Choose a less-busy time of the day.
  • Stay away from people who show flu-like symptoms (or coronavirus symptoms).
  • Keep a distance of at least two meters away from other people.
  • In case you show symptoms, call your doctor before going to the hospital or pharmacy.
  • Do not underestimate the importance of hand hygiene.

Your mental health matters!

It is completely understandable to find social distancing boring or see that your mood and feelings are low during this time. You should keep in mind that taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of your physical health. Make sure you are spending time doing things you enjoy indoors.

Some of the things you can do to take care of your mental wellbeing include:

  • Indulge in your indoor hobbies like reading, watching movies, tv-series, and cooking or baking.
  • Make sure you stay hydrated, avoid smoking, and try to eat as healthy as possible.
  • Spend time in the garden under the sunshine, open the windows for fresh air, and exercise at home.

Of course, there are plenty of other things you can do while social distancing. It is important to be something you enjoy.

More information

Latest government advice on what you can and cannot do during the coronavirus outbreak is available on their website.

Looking after your mental health is vital at this unsettling time. There are some good suggestions for looking after your health and wellbeing on the Young Minds website.

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16 March 2020

Changes to Essex Food outlets

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Laura Mathias @ 5:06 pm

Following the start of a period of ‘Enhanced Protection’ at the University from Monday 16 March, Essex Food have introduced several new service developments to ensure the wellbeing of our campus community. Tim Morris, Deputy Director of Operations Estates and Campus Services, explains the changes.

Currently, and for the remainder of the term, we will be operating all restaurants and cafes as normal, with the exception of the street food huts – which will be closed until after the Easter break.

Please see the Essex Food website for updated opening hours.

Tim Morris

Tim Morris

Within the restaurants, you will notice tables have been spaced to ensure safe social distancing, we would also request customers queue using a safe distance apart (one metre).

All our cutlery and crockery will be single use to minimise risk, all food displays will be covered and some of our usual services such as fresh water jugs and glasses will be removed. These services however will be available on request, so please just ask a member of the team.

With concerns around group congregation, we are planning to operate more restaurants on a takeaway basis only, providing continued service whilst minimising risk wherever possible.

Clearly things are changing at a fast pace, and we will continue to react to these changes in line with University and Government guidelines. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but remain committed to serving the University community.

For more information on COVID-19, please see our guidance for staff and students.

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4 March 2020

Behind the scenes with the mechanical team

Filed under: Campus news — Laura Mathias @ 10:50 am

The sustainability team chat with Andy Beales, Technical Manager Mechanical and Sam Merritt, Mechanical Supervisor, at the University. Andy’s team carry out plumbing and heating works across our campus making sure all systems run safely.

Tell us a bit about your team?
The team do a fantastic job of keeping all services running throughout the year. There are 74 Boiler rooms across Colchester Campus which the team maintain – we make sure the heating and water keeps flowing.

Mechanical Team at University of Essex

The University of Essex mechanical team

What have you been working on recently?
We’ve been in South Courts Accommodation swapping out old cold water booster pumps for new ones which are more energy-efficient and a lot quieter! We also got creative with some old shelving to create stands for these new pumps.

So you’re good at repurposing materials across campus?
We always try to find ways to reuse and recycle materials. When renovating the Bertrand Russell Tower we salvaged parts from sinks, toilets and radiators so if there are any faults with the remaining towers, we have what we need to fix it. This not only saves the University money but is a sustainable approach to maintenance works.

What can we all do to make our offices environmentally-friendly?
If you have a thermostatic radiator valve turn it down if you get too hot rather than having your ra

Boiler room at Colchester Campus

Boiler room

diator on full and then opening the window.

If you have a dripping tap or broken window, make sure to report it to Estates on 2959. This helps us save energy by making sure everything is running smoothly.

Want to discuss how your work is related to sustainability and the environment? Email the Sustainability team to share your story.

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24 January 2020

Copyright Licensing Agency collection exercise Jan-Feb 2020

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Communications, CER @ 4:39 pm

What’s happening?

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) is doing a periodic collection of data relating to the type and quantity of paper copies we make for educational purposes.

What is the CLA?

The CLA is one of the UK’s intellectual property licencing agencies. They undertake periodic data collection to inform the payment of royalties for authors. The University holds a licence for copying and digital scanning and so is included, among other organisations for the data collection.

When is the data collection taking place?

For six weeks between 13 January to 21 February 2020.
If you are printing packs using a local printer, please print an extra copy and deliver it to the Copy Centre, where all paper copies will be collated. If you are printing a pack from an electronic original, please upload the electronic version to the CLA Cloud –  Login Name: UniversityofEssex  Password:Monday14!
Packs ordered from the Copy Centre will be automatically collected.

What is the purpose?

Once every five years the CLA requires us to tell them approximately how many paper copies we are making for educational purposes. Their motive for collecting this data is to ensure that the authors of the publications we copy and use are paid the correct amount of royalties. It is not an audit to check our use against our licence. As many of our academics are published authors, you will understand the importance of accuracy in this exercise.

Who does it apply to?

It applies to anyone making copies for teaching; including academic and professional services staff and Graduate Teaching Assistants.

What do I have to do?

This exercise relates to publications copied onto paper for educational purposes only – you are not required to declare copies made for personal or private research purposes. Yellow boxes have been installed next to some our printers. When you copy something for teaching, simply make a copy of the back page including the bar code, fill in a CLA label and pop it into the yellow box. Anyone making copies for teaching will be required to take part. If you are making paper copies on a local printer, please create an extra copy and deliver it to our Copy Centre who will collate them all. Alternatively, if you are creating a paper copy from an electronic original, please upload the electronic version to the CLA cloud. Copies ordered from the Copy Centre will be automatically collected.

What about digital scanning and born-digital copies?

Scanning of paper items for digital use is not included. Copies of copies are included. Paper copies of digital born materials are to be included. Course packs that are printed are to be included.
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New safeguarding training

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, What's on — Communications, CER @ 4:09 pm

The Safeguarding Team have launched a bespoke training session for staff that builds upon the Moodle Safeguarding Essentials training.

Safeguarding at the University provides information on distinguishing between the legal and frequently adopted definitions of safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk and looks at relevant internal policies and guidance.  In the training, we will consider what may cause someone to be vulnerable to the different types of abuse and neglect and identify the procedures and routes for escalating concerns about members of our community.  Case studies will also be used to embed learning and help those attending the course see how safeguarding works in practice at our University and what their role might be.

Safeguarding at the University supersedes and replaces the Workshop to Raise Awareness about Prevent training that over 1,500 members of staff attended since its launch in January 2016.  This new training session looks at relevant scenarios where members of our community may be at risk and vulnerable to a wide spectrum of abuse and neglect, such as the vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism, County Lines drug trafficking, emotional, physical and financial abuse and modern slavery. 

There are currently four sessions scheduled that can be booked via HR Organiser, with further sessions to be organised across all three campuses.

  • Thursday 30 January, 2.00pm-3.30 pm (Colchester)
  • Monday 23 March, 10.00am-11.30 am (Colchester)
  • Monday 11 May, 10.30am-12.00 pm (Colchester)
  • Monday 29 June, 2.00pm-3.30 pm (Colchester)

If you have any questions, please contact the Safeguarding Team:

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20 December 2019

Improving access to higher education for refugees.

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, People pages — Communications, CER @ 3:22 pm

Professor Geoff Gilbert was in Geneva this week at the first Global Refugee Forum, where the pledge to improve access to higher education for refugees was officially announced.

Our University signed the pledge back in November, committing us to improving access to higher education for refugees. A full list of pledge signatories is online.

Speaking from Geneva, Professor Gilbert said: “Our pledge regarding support for our continued work in research, teaching and training on the international protection of refugees and other displaced persons, commitment to providing scholarships, and for support to the new Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network have all been gratefully received.”

This work forms part of our bid to gain University of Sanctuary accreditation, which builds on our commitment to promoting a culture and practice of welcome, safety and inclusion within our campus communities and in the wider world.

More information on our bid to be named a University of Sanctuary is on the Student Action for Refugees (STAR) website.

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6 December 2019

Professional Services Sections Christmas Closures

Filed under: Campus news, What's on — Communications, CER @ 10:46 am

Our Professional Services teams will be closing for their Christmas lunches or annual conferences in the run up to the festive break. 


Wednesday 11 December 2019 from 12pm

Academic Section

Thursday 12 December 2019 from 12pm

Wednesday 18 December 2019 from 12pm, including the Student Information Team

Vice-Chancellor and Registrar’s Office

Thursday 12 December 2019 from 1pm

Human Resources

Friday 13 December 2019 from 12:00pm

Finance, Planning & Data Insight

Friday 13 December 2019 from 12:00pm

Southend Campus

Friday 13 December 2019 from 1pm

Estates and Campus Services

Estates Helpdesk

Friday 13 December from 12.00pm.  An answerphone and out of office email will be available.  Emergencies should be directed through the Information Centre which will be staffed.

Accommodation Essex

Friday 14 December from 12.30pm.  The SIT front line service will be available for accommodation queries, as will the Information Centre

Print Essex and the Copy Centre

Friday 20 December from 12.30pm.  An answerphone will be available, and staff will respond to calls and emails on their return.

The Post Room will remain open.

The Day Nursery, Essex Sport and Essex Food will be open as normal.

Students’ Union

Tuesday 17 December 2019, all day

Please note offices will also be closed on Monday 16 for the Mission Checkpoint Day.

Albert Sloman Library

Tuesday 17 December 2019 from 9.30am – 3.30pm.  The Library will still be open but staffed by the Reassurance team.


Wednesday 18 December 2019, half day (until 1pm)

Innovation and Technology Solutions

Thursday 19 December 2019 from 12.30pm

The section across our Colchester and Southend campuses will be closed for the afternoon and the Helpdesk email addresses will continue to be monitored ( and

The AVS service desk in the Colchester LTB will remain open.

First line IT support will be available from Library staff for the afternoon at the Southend Campus (from the Info Point) and at Loughton Campus (from the Library and IT Centre).

ITS staff will respond to all queries as soon as possible and thank you in advance for your patience.

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