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7 August 2020

Welcome 2020

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Welcome 2020 is going to be managed differently this year, due to the pandemic, so here is a short summary of the new arrangements.

Welcoming our students

We will be launching two Welcome campaigns, one aimed at new students, and a Welcome Back campaign for returning students. This will start with five html newsletters, sent out weekly from 28 August, to the beginning of term, which will include practical information about arrangements for return to campus; information about health and wellbeing; an introduction to some of our support arrangements next term, including for blended learning, and wider information about campus life and engagement opportunities.

The main themes for both the returners and new starters campaigns will be; your health and safety, dual delivery learning, meeting your department and how to get the most from your student experience. We want students to feel confident about their return and positive and engaged with the opportunities available.

Departments are also contacting returning students to help answer their questions and  reassure them about safety measures on campus, and our dual delivery approach.

Welcome activities and a full induction for all new and returning students will be provided via our new online Welcome programme – more on that below.

New online registration system

The new online registration system will allow all students to register and start their studies remotely.  Students studying on campus will attend an in-person Right to Study check where they will receive their registration card. This will start during welcome week and carry on throughout autumn term as students arrive.

Online Welcome programme

This year we are launching a new online Welcome and induction programme for all new and returning students. It will be available following online registration and also via our email newsletters. Students will be expected to complete various learning modules before arrival – including health and safety on campus, and the values and consent modules.

This programme will be available all year, meaning we can offer a great welcome whenever our students are able to start with us.

Departmental Induction and events

Each of our departments will have a section within the online Welcome and induction programme. This will provide a bespoke welcome and induction for their students. Information will include a welcome from the Head of Department, key information on who’s who in the department, Student Voice, learning resources and facilities, a link to the student handbook, as well as any learning the department might require pre-arrival.  All department induction events will take place online where possible.  In-person departmental welcome events will take place where an online version isn’t possible – for instance where there is a need for uniform fittings or other face to face requirements like lab inductions.

Wider welcome activities and events

Our new Student Experience Plan sets out our ambition to create a compelling activities programme for the 2020/21 AY, to ensure students get involved in University and local life. We want a programme tuned to our ‘dual delivery’ approach, with something for everyone, from arts and culture to sports, community and volunteering, clubs and societies and connecting with like-minded people through networks and forums.

We would like as many events to be organised as possible – throughout the year, to ensure we provide sustained opportunities for students to settle in and make friends and connections, whatever time of year they start their studies.

If relevant, we would ask that you start thinking and organising events, both in person and online or virtually. It is useful for these to be planned as early as possible, so that you can work with your local web author to ensure your event is well promoted via our What’s On calendar and other channels. Welcome leads in all areas will have received an email from our Student Experience Team setting out the details of event deadlines and refresher training for web authors.

If you have any problems uploading your event to the calendar, or would like to request training or to be put in touch with your local web author, please contact the web editing team on wedm@essex.ac.uk and they will be happy to help.

Safe campuses

We have been working hard to get our campuses ready for the start of the new term. To prepare for social distancing measures there are now markings and signs on walls and floors, and one-way systems/ single direction staircases in place. Screens have been installed in our shops and food outlets; along with click and collect apps; and more outdoor seating – all aimed at helping to reduce the need for spending too much time indoors.

Teaching spaces will have maximum capacity clearly displayed outside the room, along with a safe seating and furniture plan – which must be adhered to. Hand sanitisers will be placed all over campus, alongside antibacterial wipes, so all surfaces can be cleaned before and after use.

Our students will be required to complete health and safety training as part of the new online welcome programme and will be required to sign an agreement to upholding our standards and keeping our campuses safe.

Arrangements for the safe return of staff to our campuses are available on our staff directory.

Look out for instruction across campus and make sure you do your bit to ensure our spaces are safe places.

Face coverings

All staff and students will be supplied with two washable face coverings and everyone will be required to wear a face covering while inside our University buildings, as well as in all areas where social distancing is not possible. This includes:

  • In corridors
  • Entry to cafes and restaurants
  • In shops
  • In lifts
  • In kitchenettes
  • in toilets

Further detail of all our covid-19 precautions and expected behaviours when returning to our campuses can be found on our student web pages and staff web pages.

Arrivals

This year, arrivals will be spread over a longer period than normal to allow for any required quarantine periods and allow for social distancing during traditional arrivals weekends.

Students will begin to arrive from 17 September in Colchester with main arrivals taking place between 1-4 October.

At Southend students will begin arriving from 20 September with main arrivals taking place on 4 October.

At Loughton students will begin arriving from 19 September with main arrivals on 3 October.

Arriving students will be asked to only bring one friend or family member with them, again so we can maintain social distancing on our campuses.  We are expecting in the region of 500 students to arrive at Colchester Campus each day during the main arrivals period. By the official start of term on 8 October everyone should be settled in and ready to begin their studies.

Accommodation

Our Accommodation teams have been working hard to ensure that our accommodation adheres to all current guidance and that our students can be confident that their new home is comfortable and safe.

Students will form a household, or social bubble, with their flatmates, meaning they can socialise with them without needing to socially distance. However for the time being, students will not be allowed to have visitors from outside their household visit their accommodation. We are recommending that students use outdoor spaces to meet up with friends, at a safe distance.

Lifts inside our residences will be restricted to one person at a time to ensure social distancing and clear guidelines and instructions will be displayed in all communal areas. Our housekeeping teams will be providing essential cleaning in the communal areas of all accommodation, including all shared facilities. Enhanced cleaning will be undertaken in some communal areas, including more regular cleaning and disinfection of high touch points.

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24 January 2020

New safeguarding training

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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: safeguard@essex.ac.uk

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6 December 2019

Professional Services Sections Christmas Closures

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

REO

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.

CER

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 (helpdesk@essex.ac.uk and IT.Southend@essex.ac.uk).

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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23 August 2019

Can you help us welcome our new students?

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Welcome and Registration volunteers – we need your help!

Could you spare some time to volunteer during Arrivals Day or Welcome this year?

The Registration and Student Experience teams are busy preparing for the start of the new academic year and are keen to hear from anyone who can donate some of their time to support Welcome and Registration events for our new students in October.

Help is needed on Arrivals Day, Sunday 29 September, as well as during Welcome Week. This is a great way to have positive contact with students who will be grateful for all the help and support they can get to make their transition into University life a smooth one.  It’s also a chance to work with staff and student volunteers from across the institution so it really is a win/win opportunity.

If you’d like to get involved in activities that aren’t part of your usual job please speak to your line manager and complete the online form and the team will be in touch.

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28 June 2019

Reaching out to young people this summer

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Two summer schools will invite young people to our campus this summer to learn about and experience university life.

Over the next two weeks, the Outreach team will be welcoming around 150 students onto our Colchester Campus for a university residential experience that they will never forget.

Our summer schools are designed for students who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education and are the perfect opportunity for them to discover more about university. They raise aspirations, knowledge and attainment through an innovative set of activities.

Two summer schools will give students the opportunity to immerse themselves into university life, both academically through taster sessions and socially as they will be staying in our University accommodation.

Our year 10 summer school, funded through Make Happen – the Essex partnership for the National Collaborative Outreach Program-  will see students taking part in a one-night residential, working with University of Essex academics to produce an academic poster arguing passionately for or against one of the following topics:

Year 12 visitors will experience the five-day programme filled with lectures, seminars, and independent research time to prepare them for university applications and degree-level academic writing. As part of the application process, students were invited to write a  500-word application on one of the following strands:

  • Mental Health Uncut: Critically consider the role of social media in the development of mental health problems.
  • Detention in the USA: Trump has detained many asylum seeking families, do you think this affects people’s Human Rights?
  • Global Meltdown: Young people in the UK are not affected by worldwide environmental concerns. Discuss.
  • Biological Sciences: A life for a life: Is the use of embryonic stem cells in medical research justified? Argue passionately for and against.
  • Business Studies: Write about somebody in business you admire: Tell us why you think they make a good business person. Think about their professional image, behaviour and reputation.
  • Literature, Film and Theatre Studies: Delve into the fascinating world of relationships by immersing yourself in one of our key texts. Critically analyse how relationships are depicted in your text by writing an essay. Or, you may feel inspired to write a poem, song, rap, short story, piece of drama, epilogue or prologue.

Both year groups will be living in our on campus accommodation, using the academic and social facilities and experiencing life as a University of Essex student. Current students act as role models throughout the summer school to share their experiences and inspire them to follow their footsteps into university.

Summer schools are part of the University’s outreach program of activity which is designed to work with underrepresented groups in higher education and give them to tools and confidence needed to progress to Higher Education. More information about the University’s outreach activities can be found on our outreach website.

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22 May 2019

Celebrating Professor Jules Pretty’s time as Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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Please join us on Wednesday 12 June to celebrate Professor Jules Pretty’s contribution to the University, as he steps down from his role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Jules Pretty is standing down as our Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Jules Pretty has played a vital role in our University for many years. He is Professor of Environment and Society, was Head of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2004-2008, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Science & Engineering) from 2010-2012, then Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2012-2019.

Jules joined Essex’s Department of Biological Sciences in 1997, having worked for ten years at the International Institute for Environment and Development, where he was director of their sustainable agriculture programme from 1989. Before that, he worked at Imperial College.

At Essex, he set up the Centre for Environment and Society, which links across a variety of departments and disciplines. His sole-authored books include The East Country (Cornell Univ Press, 2017), The Edge of Extinction (Cornell University Press, 2014), This Luminous Coast (2011, 2014), The Earth Only Endures (2007), Agri-Culture (2002), The Living Land (1998), and Regenerating Agriculture (1995).

Professor Pretty is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, former Deputy-Chair of the governments Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, and has served on advisory committees for BBSRC and the Royal Society.

He was presenter of the 1999 BBC Radio 4 series Ploughing Eden, a contributor and writer for the 2001 BBC TV Correspondent programme The Magic Bean, and a panellist in 2007 for Radio 4’s The Moral Maze.

He was appointed A D White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University from 2001, and is Chief & Founding Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability.

He received an OBE in 2006 for services to sustainable agriculture, and an honorary degree from Ohio State University in 2009.

A drinks reception will be held on Wednesday 12 June in The Hexagon from 4.45pm-6.00pm.  If you would like to attend Jules’ event, please RSVP to events@essex.ac.uk or if you would like further details please telephone Holly Ward on ext 3270 or email hollyb@esssex.ac.uk.

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1 February 2019

Time to Talk Day – Thursday 7 February

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How are you?

Many of us will answer ‘fine’, even when we’re not.

Time to Talk Day is Thursday 7 February.

Too often, mental health problems are treated as a taboo subject- something not to be talked about.

However, mental health affects us all and we should feel able to talk about it. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. And you don’t have to be an expert to talk.

In November 2018 the University signed the Time to Change Pledge, a commitment to you all to change how we think and act about mental health at every level of this organisation.

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem and nine in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation around mental health and ensuring that no one is made to feel isolated or alone for having a mental health problem.

As part of our ongoing commitment to this, we are supporting Time to Talk Day, taking place on Thursday 7 February.

This is a day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health and we shall be promoting this in our restaurants and public areas.

We want everyone who works or studies here to feel they can be open about their mental health, and ask for support if they need it. We have a range of support services available to staff and for our students.

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13 July 2018

Making it happen – whatever the score

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Our Make Happen students have been on campus for their residential summer school.

Year 12 students from Essex and beyond cheered for England from their residential summer school on Colchester Campus this week.

Their schedule was changed to allow them the chance to catch the game during their busy week –  living the student life,  staying in halls of residence and checking out what university offers them.

The summer schools are being run by the University of Essex and Make Happen – the collaborative outreach programme aimed at inspiring the young people of Essex to look at higher education as a route to achieving their ambitions.

The focus for some of the students at this week’s Make Happen residential  summer school is sport science – and the young people have been learning about working in elite sports, using movement and exercise to rehabilitate injuries and how to use cutting edge performance analysis techniques in coaching.

The students enjoyed watching the England match as part of their experience of living on campus

Make Happen’s Luke French said  “ It’s the dream of many of our guests to work in elite sport, you never know  we may have the England Football Team coach  or physio for the 2022 World Cup in our midst!”

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15 June 2018

Exhibition on the women’s refuge movement

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June Freeman

June Freeman

A fascinating new exhibition in Colchester tells the story of the women’s refuge movement in East Anglia and the tenacious grass-roots campaigners who pioneered these vital oases in the struggle for gender equality.

Interviewers recorded the memories of 35 women who fought against the dismissive attitudes of the 1970s and 1980s to lift the lid on domestic violence, helping to establish nine refuges, including those in Ipswich, Chelmsford,  Norwich, and Colchester, between 1974 and 1981.

The free exhibition, “You Can’t Beat a Woman”, runs from 18 to 30 June at The Minories in Colchester. It is accompanied by an illustrated booklet, a workshop and a free talk.

Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, Dr June Freeman, an Essex alumna and founder member of Colchester Refuge, spent two years overseeing the oral history project which tells the history of the refuges in the founding women’s own words. June worked with Ravi Thiara, focusing on the campaign to change attitudes to domestic violence in white British and British Asian communities.

Author, researcher and lecturer June explained: “Many of the pioneers of the refuge movement are now in their 60s and 70s, with some in their 80s. If we were to capture the story of the early days of the refuge campaign from the point of view of the women who instigated and were involved in it, we needed to act immediately.”

June adds: “Refuges are now an accepted feature of the social landscape. The dismissive condescension of the 1970s belongs to a bygone age. But, with many refuges heavily dependent on central and local government funding, government policies threaten both the stability and culture of refuges, which were established as organisations run by women for women.”

The challenge for campaigners seeking to establish a refuge was to provide hard evidence of the need for it. Initially Essex’s Social Services department, the police and the local media were unconvinced. A turning point came when the Colchester refuge group liaised with local solicitors to establish how often violence was discussed in their dealings with matrimonial cases.

The group took their story to the press. A 1976 report was headlined “400 wives need refuge from violent husbands”. The article revealed that – in the past year – social workers had dealt with “At least 20 cases of severely beaten women. Two women had broken jaws, two had broken noses, one suffered brain damage, two suffered attempted strangulation and one had 38 stitches in her face.”

The Colchester group also gathered information about women murdered by a husband or partner, uncovering staggering evidence that the criminal justice system was failing to protect them.

In one case, a man tried for strangling his wife was cleared of murder after claiming she was always complaining and had shouted at him with a “vicious look on her face.” Sentencing him for manslaughter, the judge said he had never come across a case where anyone had endured so much provocation and gave him just three years’ probation.

As the campaigning women uncovered more horror stories, a groundswell of public opinion pressurised local councils to find properties they could rent. In the early days these were frequently run-down buildings where the women and their children endured squalid conditions. Campaigners helped to decorate them, appealing for furniture and utensils to try to establish safe, supportive and welcoming accommodation.

Black, Asian and ethnic minority women were a critical part of the struggle for women’s rights and they developed specialist women’s refuges to serve the different needs of their communities. Interviews focusing on British Asian experiences form part of the exhibition, which moves to a gallery in Bethnal Green Road, East London, in January.

‘You Can’t Beat a Woman’ is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday 18 June to Saturday 30 June at The Minories, High Street, Colchester. Admission is free.

A workshop led by Mell Robinson entitled ‘A Woman’s Voice: 100 years of women’s empowerment’ takes place at Firstsite, Colchester from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 23 June. Places are limited and tickets cost £10.50 including lunch.

A free talk by Roxanne Ellis, entitled ‘The Making of the Femicide Census Quilt’ takes place at Firstsite on Monday 25 June from 2-3pm.

For more information, see: www.youcantbeatawoman.co.uk

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2 March 2018

Make a runner smile

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Charlie likes sweets

A runner grabs some jelly babies

It’s the Colchester Half Marathon on Sunday 25 March and we’re looking for volunteers to join our team of marshalls.

We’re going to be turning Langham pink with our hi-vis vests and woolly hats, and helping to cheer all the runners up as they start to make their way back towards the finish line at Weston Homes Community Stadium.

We need marshalls to help man our water station, dish out some much needed jelly babies and give all of the runners a huge cheer.  Take a look at our photos from last year to see what a great day it is.

The race is organised by a group of volunteers from Colchester Colne Round Table, alongside some dedicated individuals from the Colchester community.  Over nine years it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities. These have included MSUK, Headway, The Robin Cancer Trust Robin and the Tom Bowdridge Foundation.  In 2018, the race is raising money to support Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and MSUK.

Take a look at what ‘s involved with being a volunteer and contact us if you’d like to help out.

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