Students Staff


22 March 2018

Celebrating Excellence

Filed under: Latest news, Sport — Heather Leathley @ 4:24 pm
Services Awards 64 weekly

The winners

Congratulations to all the winners at the first Estates and Campus Services Staff Excellence awards held in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall this week attended by about 200 members of staff who celebrated in style. Chris Oldham, Director of Estates and Campus Services said: “It was a great opportunity to say thank you to everyone who puts their heart and soul into making sure Essex runs smoothly throughout each and every year.”

The Essex Professional Award – recognises an individual who displays outstanding positivity and professionalism at all times.

Winner: Elisa Aylott, Event Essex


Hannah Langwith, Print Essex

Jan Long, EMS Helpdesk

Mark Smith, Event Essex

The Going the Extra Mile Award – recognises an individual who consistently goes beyond the call of duty.

Winner: Imelda Wyatt, Domestic Services


Ceri Gibbins, Essex Food

Louise Ratnage, Event Essex

John Wakeman, Accommodation Essex

The Team Award – recognises a team that provides the highest level of performance

Winner: Event Essex


Accommodation Essex

Domestic Services

Patrol Officers

The Newcomer Award – recognises an individual employed in their first year and already adding considerable value

Winner: Adam Endean, EMS Helpdesk


Nikaela Charman, Essex Food

Roisin O’Hara, UECS Marketing and Communications

Jack Watkins, Estates Electrical

The Projects Award – recognises a team who have delivered a project that has significantly enhanced their service

Winner: Sustainability and Grounds


Essex Sport

UECS Marketing and Communications

Wivenhoe Park Day Nursery

The Customer Service Award – recognises an individual that delivers outstanding customer service

Winner: Ann Little, Essex Food


Hannah Langwith, Print Essex

Jan Long, EMS Helpdesk

Imelda Wyatt, Domestic Services

The Unsung Hero Award – recognises an individual that is always generous in what they give for the greater good of the team.

Winner: Allan Godfrey, Domestic Services


Graham Kerridge, Sustainability and Grounds

Judy Murray, Essex Food

John Wakeman, Accommodation Essex

The Longstanding Service Award presented to an individual who has made a longstanding and exceptional contribution to the University.


Donna Forsyth, Wivenhoe Park Day Nursery


Wendy Connelly, Essex Sport

Angie Flynn, Accommodation Essex

Pauline Gawler, Accommodation Essex

The Registrar’s Award

Karl Ravenhill, Sustainability and Grounds

The Tony Rich Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance

Tracy Hyam, Essex Sport

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6 October 2017

Score a discount on your next car

Filed under: Sport, What's on — Communications, CER @ 2:27 pm
Pictured are Jon Neill from Sportsafe, Mark Farress from D Salmon Cars and Dr Dave Parry our Director of Sport along with our basketball scholars Ellie Shazon, Catherine Lutz, Stanley Kadzunge and Findlay Wood.

Pictured are Jon Neill from Sportsafe, Mark Farress from D Salmon Cars and Dr Dave Parry our Director of Sport along with our basketball scholars Ellie Shazon, Catherine Lutz, Stanley Kadzunge and Findlay Wood.

D Salmon Cars, sponsors of our basketball teams, are offering our staff and students a discount on new Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Jeep cars.

The discount is worth between  £1,250 and £10,000 on the purchase price of new vehicles.

Take a look at the D Salmon website offers page for more details.

If you would like to catch our basketball players in action, take a look at  this season’s National league home fixtures. Everyone is invited – so come along and cheer on our Essex Blades.

Date Women 5pm Tip Men 7pm Tip
Saturday 7 October Lancashire Spinners Greenwich Titans
Saturday 21 October University of Nottingham
Saturday 28 October Cardiff Met Archers
Saturday 4November Team Solent Kestrels
Saturday 18November Loughborough Student Riders Oxford Brookes University
Saturday 2 December Southwark Pride East London Allstars
Saturday 9 December Oxford Brooks University Southwick Pride
Saturday 16 December BA London Lions 2
Saturday 13 January Reading Rockets Swindon Shock
Saturday 3 February Team Birmingham Elite Northants Tauras
Saturday 17 February Anglia Ruskin University
Saturday 3 March Bristol Academy Flyers Team Solent Kestrels 2


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3 October 2017

Give your wellbeing a work out

Filed under: Campus news, People pages, Sport, What's on — Communications, CER @ 10:53 am
To join the Wellbeing Workout programme: contact Jayde on

To join the Wellbeing Workout programme: contact Jayde on

If your wellbeing could do with a work out – why not join the Wellbeing Workout Programme?

This special wellbeing initiative is looking for new recruits to take part in three different activities over the course of the year. They are:

  • Circuit based gym sessions
  • Green Exercise
  • Mindfulness sessions

You can also get involved in green exercise sessions:

Next Session: Tuesday 10  October (the sessions are weekly – each Tuesday until 14 November)

Time: 11am (the duration of the activity will be 1 hour and 15 minutes for each session)

As part of the research you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire.

For more information and to sign up – please email our post-grad researcher Jayde on

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15 August 2017

Dave pedals for underprivileged young people in nine-day challenge

Filed under: Latest news, People pages, Sport — Tags: , — Nerissa Blower @ 4:33 pm
Dr Dave Parry

Dr Dave Parry

Our Director of Sport Dr Dave Parry will be cycling 969 miles in nine days and hopes to raise £2,000 for IntoUniversity, a charity which helps children and young people from a poor background achieve their potential.

Explaining why he chose this charity Dave said: “Having come from a working class family, and being the only person in my family to go to University, I am particularly passionate about giving young people life chances and opportunities. I visited an IntoUniversity centre in Hackney and the staff there were really dedicated and enthusiastic and the work that they are doing is really making a difference to the lives of those young people.”

Dave, who lives in Brightlingsea, will be joining over 800 cyclists for the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, starting at Land’s End on 9 September and finishing at John O’Groats on 17 September.

Although he has taken part in a few triathlons and multi-day cycles in the past, this sponsored cycle will be his biggest accomplishment to date.

“Time is a challenge, as I have a busy work schedule and a young family. I am definitely ‘under-cooked’, but hopefully will ride myself into fitness as the event progresses (fingers crossed anyway!)”

To make a donation to the sponsored ride, please visit Dave’s fundraising page.

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28 July 2017

Discount ticket offer to see GB’s top basketball stars

Filed under: Latest news, Sport, What's on — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 10:09 am
GB Basketball in action

Photo credit: Mansoor Ahmed/Ahmedphotos

The University is partnering up with British Basketball for the GB vs Greece Senior Men’s International game next month at the Copper Box Arena in London.

And as an official partner for the game on Saturday 19 August, staff and students at the University can enjoy a third off the price of the tickets.

The University is also extending its relationship with British Basketball as a training venue for its Under 20 Men’s team.

British Basketball Chief Executive, Lisa Wainwright, said: “The University of Essex has always provided us with outstanding facilities and services whenever we host camps or events there. We’re looking forward to working with them on the game.”

The University’s Director of Sport Dave Parry added: “The University of Essex is proud to be a commercial partner of British Basketball for the match against Greece. We are committed to supporting the game of basketball from grass roots to elite performance, through our community projects and junior teams, up to our basketball scholarship programme.

“We are delighted that we are again hosting Great Britain teams for training camps at our facilities, and hope to continue to do so in future, particularly when our new £11m three-court facility opens later this year.”

• Check the British Basketball website for further details of tickets with the discount code.

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14 March 2017

In the pink at Colchester Half Marathon

Filed under: Latest news, Sport — ckeitch @ 12:43 pm
An image of Glenn Doel

Glenn Doel sets the pace.

More than 2,760 runners took to the streets for the Colchester Half Marathon on Sunday, including over 30 runners from the University of Essex.

Thomas Kaye, running for the Army, won the race in just 1hr 14mins and 25 seconds, whilst Helen Davies, from Ipswich Jaffa, won the women’s race in a time of 1hr 17 mins and 02 seconds, beating her time from last year’s race by over a minute.

The first runner home for Team Essex was Glenn Doel, who crossed the finish line in 29th place, with a time of 1:22:00. Close (ish) behind Glenn were Graeme Chatten (1:31:45) and Charlie Keitch, who finished the race in 1:33:20, as he continues his recovery following a knee injury.

Beverley Goodman was the first of our women to finish the race, with a personal best (PB) time of 1:51:13. Just behind Beverley was Jo Pearson, who was running her first half marathon. Jo finished the race in 1:52:53 and has plenty of potential to improve on that time in the future.

Speaking after the race Jo said “Running with so many other people really helps you push yourself to keep going when you’re flagging. There was a great atmosphere throughout the event. I really enjoyed the day and plan to do it again next year”

Jo was swiftly followed by Helen Ivory who crossed the finish line in 1:56:45.

An image of a volunteer handing out jelly babies.

Clare Ruffle keeping the runners supplied with jelly babies.

The University was, once again, sponsoring the race this year and our students and staff also helped out by volunteering to make sure everything went smoothly on race day. Our volunteers lined the route as it passed through Langham, handing out jelly babies and water to all of the runners, as they approached the second half of the race.

“Langham is a beautiful part of the course, but it’s where runners really do need a bit of a boost as they approach the final section of the race. We know people really appreciated the jelly babies we gave out last year, so we decided to do the same thing again. All of our student and staff volunteers had a lot of fun”, said Holly Ward, who co-ordinated all our volunteers on the day.

Take a look at all of the results from the day, just filter by Team to see the results for our ‘Essex University Runners’.

You can also see all our photos from the day on Flickr.

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6 February 2017

We are the champions

Filed under: People pages, Sport, Student experience — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 6:19 pm
Our men's and women's volleyballl squad

Our men’s and women’s volleyball squad at the Volleyball England National Student Cup finals

Our men’s volleyball team have been crowned Volleyball England National Student Cup Champions.

The competition started with teams being whittled down to the top 32 university and college men’s and women’s teams during several qualifying matches held across the country. The 32 student teams then battled it out over the weekend at the finals tournament at the University of East Anglia.

Both our men’s and women’s teams progressed through the group stage on Saturday without dropping a set, and then progressed further through the knock-out stages on Sunday with both teams reaching the final.

The women won silver after losing 2-0 in the final to last year’s runners-up Newcastle University, but the men won a thrilling final 2-1 against Bournemouth University, who have won the cup for the last three years.

Delighted Essex volleyball performance coach Alex Porter said: “I’m very proud of the athletes at the University of Essex and pleased to see all their hard work pay off.

“We set out in September with the goal of winning the double and they have pushed themselves to the limits to make this happen. We strive to improve each day and take every opportunity to develop as athletes, teams and as a programme. Final year student Toby French had an excellent performance in the final which is a testament to his three years of hard work. And fellow final year student Amelia Stamp dominated the passing unit in the women’s squad throughout the weekend, bringing a calming figure to the team.”


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14 December 2016

New Sports Centre development gets underway

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Sport — Communications, CER @ 5:50 pm
Our new sports centre will have space for new courts as well as offices and the sports clinic.

Our new sports centre will have space for new courts as well as offices and the sports clinic.

If you’ve ventured up to the Sports Centre at Colchester Campus this week, you’ll no doubt have noticed that work is now underway to build our brand new sports facilities.

Housed in a whole new building, it will offer a range of new space including 12 badminton courts, 3 full size basket ball courts, 3 netball courts and 5 volley ball courts.

In order to get construction underway the large site will be cordoned off by a mixture of Heras fencing and hoardings. This will mean that a number of usual pathways around the campus will be cordoned off.

In some instances you may be required to take a detour, which will be signposted. Take a look at the site plans to see if your route is affected. Updates will be also be posted on our works on campus webpage.

We will be updating you with more information about this exciting project. For now, take a look at the images of how the new sports centre will look once its completed in winter 2017.  There are also some photos from the site on flickr.

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12 October 2016

Introducing the 2016/17 Volleyball Women’s team

Filed under: Latest news, Sport — ckeitch @ 10:12 am
Our Women's Volleyball team.

Our Women’s Volleyball team.

Having won the BUCS National Trophy and promotion to the BUCS premier league last season, our Women’s Volleyball team begin their campaign to win the premier league (south) in earnest this week against the University of Sussex.

Returning players include Amelia Stamp who earned her first senior cap for England, at the end of last term, Molly Van Essen and Amelia Smith who are part of Sport England TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme).

Molly said: “What I hope to achieve at Essex is to become the best I can be.”

New members of the team include Holly Merrifield, Sarah Edwards and Lois Chitticks, who have represented England in their respective age groups, as well as Chaniel Nelson, Karis Watson who have played in the NCAA Div 1 in the USA, the highest level of competition at collegiate level.


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29 September 2016

Elizabeth wins gold double at the British Masters National Championships

Filed under: Latest news, People pages, Sport — Communications Office @ 3:11 pm


Dr Elizabeth WEelbourn with Jay Collison

Dr Elizabeth Welbourn with Jay Collison

Lab technician, Dr Elizabeth Welbourn, has won gold medals in the 200m and 400m races at the British Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships for women over 55.

Elizabeth, who works with Professor Chris Cooper’s team on a ground-breaking research which aims to create a long-lasting artificial blood substitute, will now compete in the 400m at the World Masters Games in New Zealand in spring 2017.

Leading up to the event, Elizabeth was given specialist training from former Masters student Jay Collison, who is now head of the strength and conditioning academy at Southend United Football Club.

“I was hoping to win gold so was really glad to have achieved my goal,” explained Elizabeth. “Thanks to Jay’s support I have improved my strength and am running faster than I was five years ago.”

Jay added: “Elizabeth has worked really hard to improve her strength and truly deserves her success. I wish her well for New Zealand next year.”

Elizabeth, who is a member of Ipswich Harriers, started running in her early 40s thanks to her daughters who were also involved in sport. After a few years of middle-distance running she started training for sprinting.

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