Students Staff

24 February 2020

We hear you!

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Laura Mathias @ 10.56 am

Meet the student voice ambassador team – they’re supporting this year’s NSS, UKES and PTES student survey campaigns.

Emily Osborne, Robert Hay and Ryan Grosu are student voice ambassadors and part of the Student Experience Team led by Hannah Gott within the Academic Section. Emily has recently graduated in MA Curatorial Studies, Ryan was awarded his MSC Criminology with Social Legal Research and Robert received his BA in History and Film Studies with a Year Abroad.

Student Voice Ambassador Team

As such, they’re very well-placed to gather feedback from current Essex students on all aspects of the Essex experience, both academic and non-academic. Their primary responsibilities include promotion and administration of the National Student Survey (NSS), UK Engagement Survey (UKES) and the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) – all three of which the University is running until mid-April, reaching undergraduate students in their first, second and third years, as well as Masters students.

Their role also includes supporting our departments, schools and centres with their own campaign activities. This could be popping into lectures to talk about the surveys, decorating common room spaces, and holding pizza parties with some departments – as part of the effort to encourage as many students as possible to fill in their surveys and be heard.

Emily said: “Feedback provided by students is strictly anonymous. It’s really beneficial in helping the University and the Students’ Union find out more about what aspects of university life need to be developed or improved, based on the way current students see things – because you are the expert of your own experience! So, if something is going brilliantly or not so well, we want to hear what you’ve got to say about it.”

The team is also committed to sharing best practice across the University, such as adapting ideas about incentives that might work in one department and fit well in another.

The student voice ambassador roles are taken up by new graduates each year and offer some great experience and skills development to the graduates that are appointed. Emily added: “In terms of the job role, after graduating with BA and MA degrees at Essex, the experience that we are getting from this employment is a real benefit and looks excellent on our CVs! We are learning so many work-based processes and getting great employability skills – we definitely recommend applying for this role next year, so keep your eyes peeled over the summer vacation for the job ads with Essex Interns.”

This year the University is donating £1 for every survey completed. Emily said: “The numbers really add up – last year we managed to donate over £3000 – but that’s only possible if as many students as possible complete their survey.”

Can we beat last year’s total? If there’s a survey for you to complete, you’ll be sent an email, so just click the link and take a few minutes to have your say.

Find out more about the NSS, UKES and PTES surveys, and if you’d like to have a chat with the student voice ambassadors, pop in to room 5A.116 on Colchester Campus, or send them an email to

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24 December 2013

Bright student stands out at “Be Seen” competition

Filed under: Colchester, News — Tags: , , — Communications, CER @ 9.38 am

Congratulations to Hayung Kim, our International Academy student who has won the “Be Seen” Twilight Bicycle Ride competition.

Hayung Kim and Andrew Cheung

Hayung Kim and Andrew Cheung

Hayung scooped the top prize of a set of cat eye cycle lights after being declared the most brightly dressed for the ride.

Other riders taking part in the twilight ride, which was part of the “Be Seen” safer cycling campaign, also received free high visibility goodies including neon bracelets.

Pictured is Hayung Kim along with fellow cyclist and Economics student Andrew Cheung.

The Be Seen campaign aimed to promote cycling safety and highlight the importance of being seen when using the roads and paths at night.

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21 November 2013

Don’t just stand there…Study Abroad

Filed under: Colchester, News — Tags: , , , , , — Communications, CER @ 5.17 pm

Students packed the Ivor Crewe this week as part of the Study Abroad Expo.

Alexander Stennings spent his third year in America

Alexander Stennings spent his third year in America

The hall was filled with representatives from Universities all over the world, along with our own Essex students who had returned from abroad to tell us about their experiences.

Stuart Bolus, now a Fourth Year UoE student of International Relations, spent his third year in Prague.

He said: “It was the best time of my life. I loved everything about it, living in a big city, having real independence living abroad, it was great. I also got to study things that aren’t on offer here such as Russian Foreign Policy which was very interesting.”

Alexander Stennings is also a fourth Year UoE student of American Studies. He spent his third year in Albuqerque New Mexico.

He said: “I had such a great time. It was so different, waking up to a landscape of mountains, and although they speak the same language, culturally it was very different, things like celebrating Thanks Giving, the Fourth of July and Halloween. We had Skype and Facebook to keep in touch with everyone at home and being able to travel around and visit places like California, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas for Spring Break was fantastic.”

Our students can study at one of over 150 partner universities in 35 countries and over £250,000 in University scholarships, bursaries or Erasmus Grants are available for studying abroad.

Take a look at photos from the event on flickr.

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5 November 2013

Student Switch Off needs you!

Filed under: Colchester, News, Southend — Tags: , , , , , , — Communications, CER @ 4.11 pm

Could you spare one or two hours a week to help other students save energy and win prizes? The you could become a Student Switch Off Ambassador.

Student Switch-Off needs you!

Student Switch-Off needs you!

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

Our 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.

We track the energy-saving across the year and the hall that saves the most electricity will be rewarded with a Ben & Jerry’s giveaway to celebrate.

We are looking for enthusiastic, environmentally-minded students to become Ambassadors for the campaign over the academic year 2013-14.  This is a voluntary role which requires one to two hours a week and we would love to hear from anyone who is interested.

Desirable qualities:

  • Interested in environmental issues
  • Confident speaking to new people
  • Competent with social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter
  • Experience of photography or making/editing videos

Your primary responsibilities (working in pairs within halls) would be:

  • Getting others to pledge to save energy with the campaign
  • Helping with stalls and events
  • Creating and sharing energy-saving photos or videos from your campus
  • Spreading the campaign message through halls using face-to-face visits, regularly updating the Facebook page and Twitter activity
  • Shaping the course of the campaign throughout the year (new ideas strongly encouraged!)

Skills you will gain:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Presentation skills and public speaking
  • Time management
  • Event management
  • Problem solving

This is a fantastic chance to develop your skill base and make a difference on your campus. We will provide training and support throughout the year so that in the future you have a CV that stands out from the competition. Becoming an Ambassador will give you the opportunity to get more widely involved in various university and SU events, as well as the national Student Switch Off campaign.

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

Training takes place 1-2pm 11 November in Colchester and 1-2pm 12 November in Southend. To apply, email




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