Students Staff
University of Essex

June 23, 2016

Did you know that today is the third National Women In Engineering Day?

Filed under: Athena SWAN — Tags: , , , — Therese Pagel @ 9:00 am

Did you know that only 15.8% of engineering and technology undergraduates in the UK are female? This is much less compared to India where over 30% of engineering students are women on engineering courses. Furthermore, only 9% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female and only 6% of registered engineers and technicians (i.e. CEng, IEng, EngTech) are women.

The University of Essex’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering is taking positive steps to promote gender equality in this field and is applying for the Athena SWAN Bronze Department Award this November. To promote this the School has created a website which informs about woman in the CSEE department and showcases female role models of the faculty.

For further information please see:
Women in Science website of Essex’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
National Women In Engineering Day’s homepage

November 12, 2015

Essex Women’s Network launch event

Be a founding member, shape the group’s aims, change your working life…

Come to our first gathering of our new Essex Women’s Network. Don’t sit at your desk that day! Follow signs to soup, bread and bunting.


When: Wednesday 25 November 2015, drop in anytime between 12pm and 2pm.

Where: Silberrad Student Centre Foyer

What is the Essex Women’s Network?


Anti-bullying month

Filed under: Advice & Support,Developing Knowledge — Tags: , , , , — Karen Bush @ 9:01 am
November is Anti-Bullying Month and National Anti-Bullying week takes place during the week of 16-20 November 2015.


Verbal bullying can be just as damaging, if not more damaging than physical bullying.



November 7, 2015

Not just in October

Filed under: Advice & Support,Networking & Collaboration — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 1:16 pm
Article by Esther Oluga, Frontrunner Plus

Article by Esther Oluga, Frontrunner Plus

Top three shocking statistics

  1. In 2014 the proportion of UK black staff who were professors was 4%- lower than for any other ethnic group.
  2. 5.8% of UK professors were BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) men and 1.3% women (a gap of 4.5%).[1]
  3. In the University of Essex, only 1% of Professors are Black/Black British.

[1] Source: Statistics from Equality Challenge Unit

Why is this a problem?


November 4, 2015

University Parents’ Support Network

Filed under: Networking & Collaboration,Welcome — Tags: , , , , , — Julia Greenwood @ 4:32 pm

As it’s the start of the new academic year we are looking to kick start the University Parents’ Support Network for the year ahead.

“When you return to work after a period of leave it can be hard to manage both your own and others’ expectations about how you will juggle your family and career. I would have found it very helpful to talk through some of the difficult decisions and transitions you have to make in confidence and with someone who had already been through it.” Mother of a 19-month-old

Please join us for our opening event in room 4SB.5.3 (Colchester campus), 1pm-2pm on 26th November and be part of our growing network.Join in on one of the following four discussions:toddler-cry

Is your child prone to temper tantrums?

Learn from others how to avoid them and best deal with them.

Thinking of schools?

How to prepare for your child starting school (primary/secondary or moving schools). What will your child need to know/what do you need to know?

October 29, 2015

Unconscious bias

We all have biases but how can we stop them affecting our decision-making?

Think of a surgeon, or a nurse, and do you picture a man or a woman?

What do you think when you see someone who is overweight or particularly short, someone who has facial piercings or tattoos, someone who wears a headscarf?

Unconscious, or implicit, bias affects every area of our lives. Unconsciously we tend to like people who look like us, think like us and come from backgrounds similar to ours. We all like to think we are open-minded and objective but research has shown that beliefs and values gained from family, culture and a lifetime of experiences influence how we view and evaluate both others and ourselves.


October 8, 2015

National Coming Out Day

Essex-LGBT-AllianceEvery year on 11th October, National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly. It recognises that Coming Out is one of the most important moments in the lives of an LGBT person. Each individual who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.

It takes courage to trust the world with your true self.

Getting support

Below are a number of useful links creating by Stonewall offering help, advice and further support.


October 1, 2015

Another Athena SWAN success

We are pleased to announce that the School of Health and Human Sciences has today received a prestigious Bronze Athena SWAN award that recognises commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education. In an ever changing higher education landscape, participating in gaining an award is a significant undertaking, and we congratulate HHS for their demonstrable commitment to tackling gender inequality. HHS joins the School of Biological Sciences leading the way in departments who are creating diverse and inclusive learning and working environments. AS_RGB_Bronze-Award

Professor Aletta Norval, The University’s Gender Equality Champion said:

“We are extremely proud that HHS has received a Bronze Athena Swan award. The Athena Swan award exists to recognise work undertaken to address gender inequality, particularly in relation to representation, the progression of students into academia, the journey through career milestones and staff working environments. The award is testament to HHS’s commitment to the promotion of gender equality and the ongoing work in the Department and in the University to ensure an open and fair working environment.”


August 6, 2015

‘Straight Allies’

Filed under: Networking & Collaboration — Tags: , , , , , , — Karen Bush @ 9:30 am

‘Straight Allies’ programme at the University of Essex


Championing workplace equality doesn’t require special skills or attributes. Straight allies agree that the skills they use to advocate gay equality are the same skills they use every day in their jobs.

Will you join us?

The mission

According to Stonewall :  ‘Straight people have a critical role to play in creating gay-friendly workplaces.  Stonewall’s Top 100 employers routinely say that ‘straight allies’ have been key to advancing fair treatment of their lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.


July 28, 2015

Are you an active member of the staff community?

Filed under: Networking & Collaboration,Welcome — Tags: , , , , , — Amy Lowe @ 9:30 am

Do you want to be part of a community? Do you share your thoughts? Are you actively involved with others from across the University?  Or do you go it alone?

Below are just a few ways you could get more involved as an Essex employee. Comment below if you have other suggestions for connecting to fellow colleagues.choir-small

Get involved in the arts