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November 2010

Visionary architect appointed

World-renowned architect and Essex alumnus Daniel Libeskind has been appointed to design the University's landmark Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR).

The IDCR is set to become an international beacon for democracy, undertaking independent research and policy analysis and building on the University's 40 years of experience in the field of human rights, justice and governance. Daniel Libeskind, who won the competition to design the new World Trade Center in New York, studied for a Master's degree at the University in the 1970s. He and his wife Nina have pledged their support to the University's fundraising campaign for the Institute. Mr Libeskind said: "I consider it an honour to be involved in a project with such visionary humanitarian objectives. I have always believed that democratic openness and conflict resolution is critical not only in the political sphere but in the making of architectural space." The building will provide accommodation for researchers, training, seminars and consultancy activities and at its heart will be a moot court, to house simulated court proceedings. It will anchor the University's new Knowledge Gateway research park.

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Launch of 50th campaign

East 15 shines at Shanghai

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Youth award recognises Raina's determination

News in brief Gold for Maximilien

Student Maximilien Von Berg won Gold at the 2010 Immenstadt ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in the age 20-24 category. After a year of hard preparation, Maximilien reached the top of his game becoming the World Champion eight minutes ahead of second place with a total time of 7 hours and 25 minutes. Maximilien, who is President of the Essex Blades Triathlon Club, devotes up to 20 hours a week to his intensive training regime as well as completing his studies in International Relations and Politics.

From left: The Chancellor, Lord Phillips, Mr Speaker and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan

Essex Business and Human Rights Project in Kosovo

A team of Essex researchers linked to the Essex Business and Human Rights Project is evaluating the impact of large scale investments on social tensions in Kosovo.

Professor Sheldon Leader, David Ong, Sylvia Meichsner and Tara Van Ho are working with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission in Kosovo to conduct field research. Professor Todd Landmann, Director of the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution, is providing support from the UK. The research will lead to recommendations on the effective design and implementation of investment projects in the light of international human rights requirements.

Freshers' Week roundup

Head of Community Engagement and Widening Participation Rachel Earle, Students' Union Vice-President (Welfare and Community) Ashley Rudge, Raina Flynn-Naidoo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Nigel South and Students' Union President Kishor Krishnamoorthi

A number of University-led events took place during Freshers' Week as new students arrived at Colchester Campus for the 2010-11 academic year. A new format for the welcome talks this year included a lively Q&A panel session which went down well with students. Also popular was a two-day outdoor event called Freshers' Village which promoted University information and services to new students ­ such as careers, student enterprise, social media and the and arts. Similar events are planned for next year. This year's Freshers' Welcome Talk is available online, visit: www.essex.ac.uk/students/ guide/welcomes.

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The science of happiness

Colchester Sixth Form College student Raina Flynn-Naidoo received the University-sponsored Personal Journey award at the Colchester Youth Awards.

The annual awards aim to celebrate the achievements of young people aged from 11 to 25. Raina was selected as a winner in the Personal Journey category after suffering cancer twice before her 18th birthday, but still managing to complete her A-Levels. She is now hoping to go on to university.

The ceremony was attended by members of staff and representatives from the Students' Union with the award presented by Pro-Vice­Chancellor Professor Nigel South and Head of Community Engagement and Widening Participation Rachel Earle. The awards night also saw Essex student Emma Flaherty highly commended in the Entrepreneur category. Professor South said: "The University is delighted the Personal Journey award recognises the brave way Raina has responded to personal difficulties and her determination to complete her academic studies. She is an inspiration to us all."

Celebrating five decades of Essex

The University kicked off the countdown to its 50th anniversary with a reception hosted by John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons and an Essex graduate.

Around 100 guests attended the event held in the State Rooms at the Speaker's House, including two former Vice-Chancellors Professor Ron Johnston and Professor Ivor Crewe and the University's founding student Professor John Dowden. The evening also saw the premiere of a film celebrating five decades of the University. The short documentary-style film captures the founding principles on which Essex was built, under the guidance of founding Vice-Chancellor Sir Albert Sloman, and celebrates the achievements of the University staff and students. To view the film and find out more about the anniversary visit: www.essex.ac.uk/fifty.

Scientists at the University have launched an autumn series of Café Scientifique, which takes place at the Minories Café in Colchester.

The events aim to raise awareness of scientific research and give members of the public the chance to discuss topical issues with scientists. The next session, which takes place on Wednesday 15 December at 7pm, will address the question of whether happiness can be scientific. Dr Ewen Speed, of the School of Health and Human Sciences, will discuss the science of happiness and how happiness is measured. The autumn series got underway with a successful talk by Dr Andrew Harrison which explored how the shape of DNA in the body is regulated and how this could shed light on a number of diseases. Café Scientifique, which has been adopted in university towns throughout the world, was launched in Colchester in March. Talks take place on the third Wednesday of each month in term-time. All events are free and advance booking is not necessary. For further information contact Dr Rick O'Gorman, telephone: 01206 872128, e-mail: [email protected]

Did you know?

Social science researchers found out how to communicate their policy-relevant research and expertise to Parliament at a workshop on the Colchester Campus. Presented by a Parliamentary Outreach Officer and an officer from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, the session covered submitting evidence to select committees and influencing Parliament through Early Day Motions, Parliamentary Questions, All Party Parliamentary Groups and the House of Lords.

Human Rights Chair to give lecture

Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, Chair of the Essex Human Rights Centre, will be giving the University of Nottingham's Annual Human Rights Spring Lecture in February 2011.

The lecture, hosted annually by the Human Rights Law Centre, provides human rights leaders with an opportunity to address issues of contemporary concern in front of an audience of academics, students, human rights professionals and members of the public. Speaking about his lecture, Professor Rodley said: "As Chair of the Essex Human Rights Centre, I consider the invitation to deliver this annual lecture a symbol of the traditional relationship of mutual respect, cooperation and friendship between the two longest-established human rights centres in the UK."

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Lecturer Wendy Archer in the Elmer Suite where the new course will be based

International Academy launches new Bridging Year courses

The International Academy's popular Bridging Year programme is being expanded in January 2011 with a new set of Southend-based courses.

This is the first time students have been able to join the programme in January instead of the start of the academic year. Bridging Year courses have been run by the International Academy since 1989 for students needing to improve their English language skills ahead of going on to study for a degree. These new courses will link in with the Essex Business School, meaning students completing the new course can progress on to start degrees in Business Management; Accounting and Finance; Economics and Entrepreneurship in the following academic year at the Colchester and Southend campuses For more information visit: www.essex.ac.uk/ internationalacademy/courses/ugf/default.aspx.

Holocaust Memorial Week focuses on Pink Triangle

The University's Holocaust Memorial Week 2011 will focus on the Pink Triangle, or `badge of shame' worn to mark homosexual inmates of the Nazi concentration camps.

Since 2007, the University has marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a week-long series of events in the week leading up to or including 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. Commemorative events planned in Colchester from 24-28 January include a discussion café at the Minories Café; a performance by the highly-acclaimed Life and Death Orchestra; and the Badac Theatre Company make a welcome return to perform selected scenes from Bent, the story of homosexuality in the concentration camps. Holocaust of Roma and Siniti and the continuing discrimination of this group since 1945. For more information on Holocaust Memorial Week or the Journal, visit: www.essex.ac.uk/ history/holocaust_memorial_week.

Head of the Department of History Professor Rainer Schulze organises the Holocaust Memorial Week.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan having dinner earlier this month in Flat 13 in Bertrand Russell Tower. The dinner was arranged by Students' Union President Kishor Krishnamoorthi

Essex reacts to plans for change

With proposed changes to higher education funding at top of the news agenda, Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan outlines how the plans might affect the University and how Essex is preparing for the challenges ahead. Over the past month, there have been several high-profile announcements on the future of university funding and student finance. Much of the detail that we will need to assess the impact on the University, and to make some key strategic decisions, is yet to emerge. We do know that the definitive financial changes are expected by mid-December, to take effect for students entering in 2012. HEFCE will then receive its funding letter from the Government, from which we in turn can draw some conclusions about funding for Essex. The Government will publish its Higher Education White Paper after Christmas and we will receive our formal funding letter from HEFCE in March 2011. Next summer we will learn more about changes to research funding. In the meantime, I recognise that members of staff are keen to know what is happening and how the University is responding. That's why I have set up a dedicated Budget Prospects web page at www.essex.ac.uk/budget_prospects and will continue to provide regular updates. It's also important to keep students up to date as greater clarity emerges and we begin to make strategic decisions in this area. I have already met students informally to hear directly from them, and of course I have regular contact with Students' Union representatives. The priority in the coming weeks will be to respond quickly and effectively as soon as the detailed information is available. We have the mechanisms to do that.

Students' Union View

Students' Union President Kishor Krishnamoorthi said: "Student debt has been steadily growing since the introduction of top up fees back in 2006 and if this passes, students could graduate with a ridiculous debt of up to £45,000. "Per student government contribution to the higher education sector has been dwindling since the introduction of fees in 1997 and continued with the increase in fees in 2006. With the proposed move, government contribution will drop to nearly zero, effectively transferring the entire cost of a university degree to students. "While this may initially sound like a sensible thing, bear in mind that all the people who are involved in this decision have enjoyed the benefits of free education. Is it fair that future generations of students are denied the same opportunity?" prepared for the major changes indicated so far by the Coalition Government's response to the Browne Review and the Comprehensive Spending Review. I believe that we will be in a good position to adjust to a changed funding landscape which will present us with both challenges and opportunities, while the Save and Earn project will help us to get through the tight financial settlement we can expect for 2011-12. We are experiencing a time of unprecedented change in the higher education landscape. The reaction at Essex has been measured and constructive. I know we will rise to this challenge and that the University of Essex will emerge strongly and confidently from the most difficult period any of us has so far encountered.

Business insight

The Essex Business School Society is offering students the opportunity to experience the business centres of Frankfurt and Warsaw. The five-day trip will include a visit to Deutche Bank headquarters, a Business Centre Club Poland meeting and meeting students from the Warsaw School of Economics. For more information contact Essex Business School Society President Paula Mazepa.

Prisoner

Both the Colchester and Southend campuses will host an exhibition depicting photographs of Holocaust survivors living in the UK today ­ including some Essex-based survivors. Portraits of Posterity will be in the Lakeside exhibition space from 24-27 January and will move to the Elmer Suite in Southend from 29-30 January. The Southend Campus will also be hosting a panel discussion on why we remember the Holocaust. The Memorial Week will see the launch of the third volume of the Journal The Holocaust in History and Memory, edited by Professor Rainer Schulze. This volume focuses on the

Choice

We also need to continue to focus on the things that are really important to the continued success of the University. With future students likely to be able to exercise a much greater degree of choice when choosing their university, we must remain committed to investing in improving the student experience and delivering the best possible learning environment. These are both areas where, I am pleased to say, we have already enjoyed significant success over the past year. This must be done whilst developing and strengthening our position as a top-quality research-intensive university. Despite the continuing uncertainty at national level I am confident that at Essex we are well

Did you know?

The closing date for applications to the Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TALIF) is Friday 26 November. The fund supports initiatives aimed at improving learning and teaching. Learning and Development is particularly interested in collaborative bids with University-wide impact. Awards are usually for up to £5,000, but bids for up to £10,000 will be considered. For more information visit: www.essex.ac.uk/ldev.

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Professor Kimmy Eldridge OBE

Professor Kimmy Eldridge, who died suddenly on 6 October, worked for more than 40 years in healthcare delivery and education and was a nationally recognised innovator in the field. She joined the University of Essex in 1994 to establish the Nursing and Health Studies Unit and, through it, a new partnership between the University and the NHS. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1947, Kimmy trained in England as a critical care nurse, working in several hospitals before coming to Colchester in 1978 as Clinical Teacher and, subsequently Tutor and Senior Tutor. Kimmy was committed to public service values, and was involved in the education of generations of nurses and health practitioners. After she established the University's Nursing and Health Studies Unit, it grew quickly to become, in 1997, the Health and Social Services Institute, and by 2002, the Department of Health and Human Sciences. In January 2007 Kimmy was awarded the OBE for services to healthcare. Although she moved into semi-retirement in December 2008, she continued to teach part-time at the University's Southend Campus. Kimmy gave her time generously and selflessly, always encouraging development and progress, and was an inspiration to her students and colleagues. At Essex, the busy, thriving School of Health and Human Sciences stands as testimony to her vision, enthusiasm and tireless hard work. She is survived by her husband John, their two sons, James and Peter, and three grandchildren. Professor Nigel South, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Partnerships) and founding head of the Department of Health and Human Sciences

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I would like to say thank you to everyone who donated to my retirement presents, including a printer, scanner and photocopier which will be useful for future projects and is a fitting reminder of my 43 years in the Printing Centre. It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to spend a relaxing retirement lunch with so many colleagues, spending some special time together was really nice and knowing how busy everyone is I really appreciated the effort they made to be there. I consider myself extremely lucky to have enjoyed good relations with such a mixed group of people throughout the University over the years and I can honestly say this has been one of the factors why I lasted the course. Kind regards Irene Robinson Formerly of the Printing Centre

60-second interview

Rob Davey

Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, responsible for leading a team who look after the 200 acres of grounds at Colchester Campus.

How long have you worked for the University? Since January 2010 Give us an idea of what projects you've been involved in recently We've recently completed landscaping at the new accommodation offices at North Towers, Colchester Campus. This was an interesting project as the area is quite challenging due to the conditions created by the towers. We've also started further restoration work on lake two, which will reinstate a large area of the bank that has been lost over recent years. Also, we've been working closely with the capital projects team in completing landscaping outside the new Sports Centre extension. Tell us three things you like about working at the University Working in a historic park, the varied University events that we're involved in throughout the year and the lakeside BBQ. ...and one you don't The length of time it takes anything to happen. What advice would you give to a new member of staff? Don't be afraid to ask your colleagues for help ­ they've been a great help to me. Finally, tell us a fascinating fact about yourself I worked for the BBC on their Small Town Gardens series and appeared on TV.

Did you know?

The start of the academic term saw the retirement of several long-standing members of staff. They included Colin Paris, Campus Security Supervisor, who had worked at the University for 28 years, Irene Robinson, the Printing Services Unit's Costing and Estimating Assistant, who retired after 43 years and Mary Toussaint, Purchasing and Help Desk Manager in Computing Service, who had worked at the University for more than 40 years.

Pioneering

A leader in the advancement of nursing, Kimmy established a pioneering MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice and subsequently a Professional Doctorate scheme, anticipating the government's creation of Nurse Consultant posts. Seeking new ways to meet the national shortage of nurses, Kimmy went on to develop the UK's first graduate entry accelerated pre-registration masters degree in nursing at Essex.

The job: Course Leader for the MA and MFA in Theatre Directing

East 15 Acting School was seeking an experienced theatre director to lead an internationally-renowned MA/MFA in Theatre Directing. The post holder would lead the training of students on this practice-based degree.

Who got that job?

at the Birmingham Rep and Artistic Director Contact Theatre. Tony has freelanced extensively, including for the RSC and National Theatres, writes for the theatre and has had plays produced. He studied Drama at Manchester University and has run workshops at the UK's leading drama schools. Tony said: "We're surrounded by dramatic communication. We ought to be able to understand and analyse its impact as well as enjoy the immense creative opportunities it affords us, if we can appreciate and acquire the skills needed to make great drama. I'm looking forward to exploring with students what it actually means, or could mean to have responsibility for the overall interpretation of a dramatic script or musical score, given the budgetary and physical constraints of the production and potential audience."

The successful candidate: Tony Clark

Tony started on 1 September 2010. Formerly Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre, his previous roles include Associate Artistic Director

New starters

The University's new starters since 1 September 2010, include:

International Academy: Kate Gott, Lecturer; Dr Wendy Archer, Lecturer (Southend); Adebola Mogaji, Lecturer (Southend); Catherine Smith, Administrative Assistant (Southend). LiFTS: Dr Susan Oliver, Lecturer; Pauline Thompson, Administrative Assistant. Philosophy: Camillia Kong, Lecturer.

Law: Aoife Daly, Lecturer; Yseult Marique, Lecturer; Lorna McGregor, Senior Lecturer.

Mathematical Sciences: Shauna McNally, Graduate Administrator. Psychology: Dr Netta Weinstein, Lecturer.

Professional Services

Academic Section: Louise Davies, Administrative Assistant; Emma Stock, Project Officer. Accommodation Essex: Alan Guyver, Caretaker; Brian Angel, Caretaker (Southend); Sharon Caplan, Housekeeper (Southend); Joyce Harden, Housekeeper (Southend); Katherine Irwin, Housekeeper (Southend); Lucy May, Accommodation Adviser (Southend); Vicky Turner, Housekeeper (Southend); Andrew Wyatt, Caretaker (Southend). CER: Sian Norris, Undergraduate Admissions Adviser; Michael Harris, Theatre Technician. Estate Management: Ian Beatwell, Assistant Building Surveyor; Thomas Fryer, Business Administration Apprentice; Ian Hack, Building Surveyor; Michael Pattie, Maintenance

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Ernest Simpson, Faculty Administrative and Finance Officer. Biological Sciences: Dr Maria Baou, Senior Research Officer; Dr Zubair Cheema, Research Fellow; Richard Johnson, Research Officer; Gary Silkstone, Senior Research Officer; Carly Wood, Research Officer; Dr Miao Yu, Research Technician. CSEE: Hossein Farid Ghassem Nia, Electronic/Software Development Engineer (KTP); Bowen Lu, Research Assistant; Ali Rais Shaghaghi, Research Assistant. HHS: Patrice Rabathaly, Lecturer; Craig Reed, Lab Technician; Doreen Tembo, Research Officer.

Faculty of Social Sciences

Rachael Glendinning, Faculty Publicity and Promotions Officer; Katherine Hollands, Faculty Administrative Assistant. CPS: Narendrakumar Keval, Senior Lecturer. Economics: Nicole Kuschy, Lecturer; Dr Jibonayan Raychaudhuri, Lecturer. Government: Dr Theodora-Ismene Gizelis, Lecturer; Dr Robert, Johns, Senior Lecturer; Dr Avia Pasternak, Lecturer. Sociology: Dr Peter Fussey, Senior Lecturer; Dr Linsey McGoey, Lecturer. UK Data Archive: Thomas Ensom, Data and Support Services Officer.

Craftsperson (Electrical) Apprentice; Hamzah Ahmad, Cleaner; Theodora Akuffo, Cleaner; Helios Becerril Miranda, Cleaner; Carol Gregg, Cleaner; Benjamin Lawson, Cleaner; Jonathan Palmer, Cleaner; Robert Pulford, Cleaner. Finance: Stephen Couch, Insurance Administrator. Hospitality Essex: Kathryn Williams, Chef; Husam Yaseen, Catering Assistant. ISS: Tessa Rogowski, Customer Services Manager. Library: Margaret Colyer, Library Attendant; Charlotte Francis, Library Student Assistant; Jonathan Hunter, Library Student Assistant; Stephanie Taylor, Library Student Assistant. REO: Katie Chapman, PA to Director of Research and Enterprise Office.

Faculty of Law and Management

EBS: Dr Maria Cassinger, Lecturer; Dr Maria Karepova, Senior Research Officer; Dr Muhummud Iqbal Khadaroo, Senior Lecturer; Ricardo Malagueno De Santana, Lecturer; Anna Sarkisyan, Lecturer; Professor Giorgio Valente, Professor; Dr Christina Volkmann, Lecturer; Professor Samantha Warren, Professor; Dr Peter Yallup, Lecturer; Dr Georgios Panos, Lecturer (Southend); Gillian Sanderson, Administration Assistant (Southend); Dr Yong Yang, Lecturer (Southend).

Faculty of Humanities and Comparative Studies

East 15: Anthony Clark, Lecturer; Georgina Scott, Lecturer. History: Dr Elena Hore, Lecturer; Dr Nadine Rossol, Lecturer.

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`Best results yet' from student surveys

Star backs scheme to inspire students

Founder and Chairman of TalkTalk Technology Neil McArthur and Apprentice finalist Helene Speight are among those backing a campaign to inspire Essex students to get ahead in business.

Mr McArthur, who is also an Honorary Graduate and Essex alumnus, helped launch the Big e campaign by taking part in the first of a series of business-orientated workshops aimed at students. Ms Speight came to the Colchester Campus to offer tips on the Prince's Trust Million Makers competition, which the University is competing in again after coming second nationally last year. The Big e campaign is a University-wide initiative involving Careers, the Research and Enterprise Office, Learning and Development and the Students' Union. Mr McArthur said: "My three years at Essex were amongst the most influential on my life and I am

Helene Speight offers advice to students taking part in the Million Makers competition

thrilled to have had this opportunity to help inspire and support the next generation of entrepreneurs." For more information see: www.essex.ac.uk/bige

15 Degrees East stars at Shanghai Expo 2010

Picture courtesy of Ms Yang Tiantian from Tencent

UK culture and creativity was showcased at Shanghai Expo 2010 by 15 Degrees East Theatre Company, the professional theatre company launched this year by East 15 Acting School.

The company's production of Romeo and Juliet was a key part of the programme of events created for the UK Pavilion to demonstrate the UK's international impact within the Arts. The adaptation was a fast and innovative promenade production, featuring agile physical performances, spectacular fight sequences and a 400-year visual journey from Elizabethan costume style to the street fashions of London today.

The surveys

Three major surveys of students undertaken during Spring 2010 indicate that the University is achieving better student satisfaction than ever before.

The recently published National Student Survey, Student Satisfaction Survey and Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey each highlight excellence in ensuring overall satisfaction across the different years of study, and some outstanding results in key areas. The National Student Survey (NSS) of undergraduate final year students is conducted on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Results feed in to University league tables. The Student Satisfaction Survey (SSS) is conducted each spring term by the University. This survey is aimed at students in all years not covered by the NSS. The combined results of the NSS and SSS mean Essex can gather results from students in all years of study. The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is by the Higher Education Academy. All three surveys follow a similar format and cover most elements of University life. Many of the subjects of Essex's academic departments feature in the top ten nationally for overall satisfaction, according to the NSS. While the nature of the PTES does not enable comparison of results between universities, it does indicate how well Essex performs within

the higher education sector and among other 1994 Group universities. In 2010, the level of student satisfaction from PGT students exceeded that of the overall higher education sector and 1994 Group for overall experience. Results also show that nearly 90 per cent of postgraduate taught students expressed that their experience at the University of Essex met or exceeded expectation.

15 Degrees East was developed to help ensure career progression for East 15's alumni and will produce shows and tour both nationally and internationally. It will also establish a permanent summer season in Southend from next year.

Need to improve?

There are areas for improvement across most departments highlighted by the three surveys. Of these, assessment and feedback, teaching, content of degree and learning and resources are highlighted. In the PTES learning resources is the only aspect where Essex students' satisfaction is considerably below the 1994 Group and sector. Students surveyed are least satisfied with learning resources (81.7 per cent satisfied), organisation and management (81.2 per cent) and assessment and feedback (79.8 per cent). For more information visit: www.essex.ac.uk/student_satisfaction

James Leigh as Romeo and Leanne Govier as Juliet

Ranked

The University is now ranked in the top 20 out of all UK universities for student satisfaction from a total of 146 Universities in the UK ­ and in the top 16 of all English universities. Another success is the ranking among the 1994 Group of universities. This year Essex is ranked eighth out of the 14 members of the 1994 Group ­ rising from 14 last year.

Human rights surrounding the death penalty

The University's Human Rights Centre held a unique, live panel discussion coinciding with the World Day Against the Death Penalty at White Box in New York. The event was

streamed to 26 universities across the United States, Canada and Europe. Entitled `No Human Way to Kill', the event brought together speakers for and against the death penalty to discuss forgiveness, justice and human rights. Firstsite and Arts on 5 hosted an exhibition of Wivenhoe-based artist Robert Priseman's etchings of instruments used to implement the death penalty and a joint candle light vigil was also held for the 41 executions in the United States this year.

Did you know?

Angela Kimberley, a tenant of the Business Incubation Centre on the Southend Campus, has scooped the Businesswoman of the Year Award at the Southend Business Awards 2010. Angela is Managing Director of Angela Kimberley Ltd, which specialises in helping businesses to access funded training, government initiatives and cost saving services.

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Bookshelf

National Security Cultures: Patterns of Global Governance Emil J. Kirchner and James Sperling (Eds) Routledge This edited collection looks at the changes in national security culture following events that have threatened regional or global order and analyses the effects of these responses on international security. With individual chapters on Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, UK and USA, this collection provides a systemic account of perceived security threats and the preferred methods of response. It provides a framework evaluating whether cooperation in security governance is likely to increase among major states and the extent to which this will follow global or regional arrangements. Biological Signal Analysis Dr Ramaswamy Palaniappan Bookboon This free textbook will provide the reader with an understanding of biological signals and digital signal analysis techniques such as conditioning, filtering, feature extraction, classification and statistical validation for solving practical biological signal analysis problems using MATLAB. The text will be useful to students in any field with interest in biological signal analysis, digital signal processing and machine learning courses. The book can be downloaded for free at: http://bookboon.com/uk/student/electro/ introduction-to-biological-signal-analysis.

Research will investigate the link between enjoying the outdoors and combating stress.

Facing challenge of feeding world

One of the biggest challenges facing the world today is how to feed the expected population of nine billion by 2050.

Professor Jules Pretty, from the Department of Biological Sciences, was the lead author of major new research into addressing this issue. The paper is part of the Government's Foresight Global Food and Farming Futures project. Despite significant growth in food production over the past 50 years, it has been estimated the world needs to produce 70-100 per cent more food to meet expected demand without significant increases in prices. But the solution to this complex issue is not simply about maximising productivity. With additional challenges from climate change, water stresses, energy insecurity and dietary shifts, global agricultural and food systems will have to change substantially to meet the challenge of feeding the world. A multi-disciplinary team of 55 agricultural and food experts from around the world was appointed to identify the top 100 questions for global agriculture and food. These were published earlier this month in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. Professor Pretty said: "What is unique here is that experts from many countries, institutions and disciplines have agreed on the top 100 questions that need answering if agriculture is to succeed this century. These questions now form the potential for driving research systems, private sector investments, NGO priorities, and UN projects and programmes."

New research on IT systems

New research by Professor Rob Stones and colleagues could help healthcare bosses make better informed judgments about IT systems.

Professor Stones, whose work has recently been published in Social Science and Medicine, believes some of the new theories he and colleagues have developed have the potential to support informed judgments on the planning, design and implementation of systems in the future. "It is claimed that big IT will make healthcare more seamless, efficient and patient-centred, whereas the results are often impersonal, technology-centred, and ethically questionable," explained Professor Stones, from the Department of Sociology.

Scientists at the University are embarking on a new project to build on their existing research into the benefits of enjoying the great outdoors.

Research at Essex has already uncovered how just a small `dose of nature' can affect people's mental well-being. Now, thanks to a £90,000 grant from the British Heart Foundation, a team will investigate the link between taking a break in natural green spaces and combating work stress. Whilst it is widely accepted that taking a break at work is important, there is little scientific evidence to back up this claim. What the three-year project at Essex will do is to look at whether taking time out from the office in a natural green space can help reduce stress.

With there already being a strong link between stress and cardio-vascular disease ­ which in extreme cases can cause a heart attack ­ this research's findings will be of interest to workers and health professionals alike.

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"We want the scientific evidence to back-up the link to nature and reduction in stress levels," explained the leader of the project Dr Valerie Gladwell, from the Department of Biological Sciences. "The study will help to explore and try to understand what happens in our body in terms of both physiological and biochemical changes in response to stress and whether this can be altered by something as simple as viewing nature."

Vision of Commons of the future?

The Liberal Democrats would have won 32 more seats if the voting system had been changed before the General Election, according to a study by political experts at Essex.

Research conducted by the Essex-based British Election Study suggests that if the Alternative Vote (AV) had been introduced at this year's General Election, it would have given the Conservatives 283 Commons seats (down 22 from 305), Labour 248 (down 10) and the Liberal Democrats 89 (up 32). This outcome would have radically changed the arithmetic of post-election coalition formation. The Liberal Democrats would in effect have been able to form a majority coalition with either Labour or the Conservatives. The Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition government is to hold a referendum on the possible introduction of the AV for future elections to the House of Commons.

The world needs to produce 70-100 per cent more food to meet demand by 2050

Did you know?

A special welcome doctoral conference was organised for the first-time this year to help introduce research students to the University. More than 120 new doctoral students took part in the event which was designed to contribute to the sense of community among research students.

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The £700,000 Elmer Suite has opened at the Southend Campus offering state-ofthe-art teaching and professional training facilities.

Two large teaching areas have been created through the installation of a mezzanine floor and the facilities are already being used by students from the International Academy, Health and Human Sciences and Essex Business School (EBS).

Future is suite for Southend

popular because the access is excellent." Deputy Director of Estate Management (Southend) Lee Winters said: "This is responding to an identified need for additional space to meet the growth in courses and services being offered at the Southend Campus." The Elmer Suite is one of a number of major capital projects completed at the Southend Campus which also include the opening of the 561-room University Square complex in October. Christine said: "The feedback from students has been very positive and occupancy is above target. Students really like the accommodation and especially the common room. "Both these projects were delivered on time ­ in fact University Square was three weeks early ­ which is a tribute to the way they have been managed."

Southend Borough Council is also amongst one of the first external organisations to hire the facility. Future plans include the provision of further professional development courses, MBA courses at EBS and extending its use for external conferences and functions. Southend Campus Manager Christine Bartram said: "It is already being well used and proving

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Elmer Square moves forward

Architects ADP have won the contract to design the new £26.9 million library and academic development planned for Elmer Square in Southend.

The project is a joint venture by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, the University and South Essex College. It will incorporate an integrated academic and community library and digital gallery, a learning and teaching environment for the University, and modern teaching space for the College. The new development could be in operation by late 2013. Oxford-based ADP, which has offices across Britain and in India, was behind the £23 million library at Canterbury Christ Church University, and the multi-award-winning Oxford Castle project. Registrar Dr Tony Rich, said: "With nearly 1,000 students now based at the Southend Campus, the development of Elmer Square is vital to provide us with additional high quality teaching and learning space, as well as providing our students and researchers with a purpose-built library with access to a wide range of resources. We're delighted with the appointment of ADP as architects as they have a strong track record in designing libraries and other university buildings."

Grand design for old boiler house

The £5 million Teaching Centre has opened providing 19 state-of-the-art teaching rooms, a new networked PC lab, theatre rehearsal space and a spacious communal area.

The new facilities at the Teaching Centre have been created in the University's former disused central boiler house. The Centre was designed by architects Purcell Miller Tritton and the contractors were Hutton Construction. Teaching rooms are equipped with interactive projectors, widescreen monitors, digital document cameras and audio lecture recording capabilities. At the official opening Registrar Dr Tony Rich said: "It's incredible to think that just over a year ago this fantastic, bright, modern space was the University's disused central boiler house. This was achieved thanks to an excellent team effort." He added: "The University's capital investment programme is central to improving the student experience as we face the years ahead."

Above and left: Elmer Suite at Southend Campus Below: Zest and The Orangery

Stylish new addition to Colchester Campus

A stylish new café and learning space have been created between Squares 2 and 3 of the Colchester Campus, offering students, staff and visitors the perfect place to meet-up and share ideas.

Zest is a 70-seater café with internet access designed by Alan Brown, one of the country's leading commercial interior designers. The Orangery, which links directly in to Zest, is a learning space which uses the latest IT to encourage collaborative and creative teamworking. Registrar Dr Tony Rich, praised the way Estate Management, Information Systems Services and Commercial Services had worked together to deliver the project successfully. He said: "As a University we must respond to students' needs by providing space and resources to create such spaces; as we have done here, and as we intend to do more of over the coming years. "The Orangery exemplifies the kind of learning space that students today expect from their University."

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Research into Parkinson's

Dr Jody Mason

Scientists at Essex have secured £84,000 of funding from the charity Parkinson's UK for a three-year research project.

Led by Dr Jody Mason and Dr Neil Kad, from the Department of Biological Sciences, the project will investigate a particular brain protein which is defective in people who suffer from Parkinson's disease. The protein ­ alpha-synuclein ­ does not fold into its correct shape, causing toxicity, with the knockon effect of healthy cells in the brain dying. The research will involve trying to stop the toxicity which causes the healthy cells to die. The researchers will investigate either stopping the defective protein misfolding using inhibitors or stopping the toxicity process after the protein has misfolded. The protein is one of several proteins being investigated as part of research into Parkinson's disease.

Growing Greener

A number of initiatives have been introduced or are in the pipeline to help meet the University's commitment to carbon reduction and environmental sustainability.

The University has adopted a target of 35 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 and several groups, including the Sustainability Strategy Group and the Green Task Force, will oversee the plan and put it into action. Recycling facilities on Colchester Campus have expanded due to demand, and there are now battery recycling bins. A pilot `bin-less office' project is about to start, recycling collection is available from student accommodation, there are bigger recycling bins and more sophisticated waste sorting schemes. Plans are also in the pipeline to create a new campus farm near Wivenhoe House. A volunteer group of students and staff is now deciding how to make the best use of this space, with planting due to start in the Spring. Other key wildlife-friendly projects at Colchester Campus include reconstruction work to the banks by the two lakes, providing woodpiles for stag beetles, nesting areas for ducks and boxes for other birds and clearing the Wivenhoe Trail cycle path.

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This research project will go alongside work already being carried out by Dr Mason and Dr Kad into creating inhibitors for other age-related diseases. Speaking about the project Dr Mason said: "This research will provide a synergistic approach by using a novel technique to develop inhibitors in my group while analysing their mechanism of action using cutting-edge imaging technology being developed in Dr Kad's laboratory."

Building bridges between MPs and scientists

Professor Chris Cooper, from the Department of Biological Sciences, visited the Houses of Parliament this month as a guest of Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock.

The visit was organised by the Royal Society as part of its MP-scientist pairing scheme, which aims to build bridges between parliamentarians and some of the best scientists in the UK. The scheme enables MPs to become better informed about science issues and scientists to understand how they can influence science policy. Highlights of the trip included a Science and Technology Select Committee hearing on how the government obtained scientific advice in response to the recent volcanic ash incident and the statement by the government on the increases in university tuition fees. The scheme will continue with Professor Cooper visiting Mr Metcalfe in his constituency and conclude with the MP visiting Colchester Campus to see some real science in action. For more information visit Chris's blog at: www.profchriscooper.com.

Professor Chris Cooper, left, and Stephen Metcalfe MP on the Parliamentary Terrace

Seeing good intentions through

We may all have good intentions, but how we imagine those goals could have a real impact on whether we actually reach them or not.

This is the basis for new research being led by Dr Ayse Uskul, from the Department of Psychology. "We often have good intentions about changing certain behaviour, but there are a variety of factors which determine whether we carry them out or not," explained Dr Uskul. Previous studies have shown that if people imagine themselves in the third person (seeing themselves through someone else's eyes) carrying out the new behaviour, they are more likely to reach their goal than if they imagine themselves in the first person (through their own perspective), as they are viewing themselves doing something positive. Dr Uskul wants to see the impact of the differences in visual perspective on health behaviour change ­ specifically relating to oral hygiene. The 15-month project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, will explore how cultural differences in visual imagery can also make a difference to attempts to change future behaviour. People from cultures which have tighter social norms are more likely to see themselves from an observer's perspective compared to people from cultures which have looser social norms. With oral hygiene being such an important health issue, the study's findings will hopefully be of use to dentists trying to improve patient dental behaviour.

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Professor Peter Patrick, from the Department of Language and Linguistics, has been awarded at ESRC grant to stage four seminars in 2011-12. They will assemble linguists, LADO (Language Analysis for Determination of Origins) professionals and people from legal and government backgrounds engaged in refugee status determination, to examine the issues involved in interpreting language data from asylum seekers. The first seminar, with a focus on methodology (eliciting data to sample speakers' linguistic repertoires), will be held in the Spring at the University.

Looking to Europe

Essex students are being urged to consider careers within the European Union. Head of Languages and Linguistics Dr Doug Arnold and Professor Emil Kirchner (pictured), from the Department of Government, attended a high-profile reception organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to raise awareness of graduate opportunities in Europe.

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The impact of the Olympics

Director of Centre for Sports and Exercise Science Dr Martin Sellens explains the importance of the London 2012 Olympics.

Who can hear M People singing the immortal words 'What have you done today to make you feel proud?' without recalling the ecstasy on the faces of Dame Kelly Holmes and the rest of Sebastian Coe's team as London was finally, scarily, committed to putting on the greatest show on earth; the 2012 Olympics? No sooner had the announcement been made, than the University set up the Olympic Task Group (OTG) to explore how we could benefit from having the Olympics on our doorstep. Initial dreams of a 50m swimming pool (or even just a running track) to turn Wivenhoe Park into a premiere training camp venue soon dissipated as it became clear that developments at Stratford would suck in all the available funding.

Flashback to young people taking part in mountain bike training at the Essex Future Stars Camp held at the Colchester Campus in July

Nobel Prize for Professor

The joint award was presented to Professor Pissarides, now a professor at the London School of Economics (LSE), for his work on the analysis of labour markets and unemployment. He shares the prize with Professor Peter Diamond from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Professor Dale Mortensen from Northwestern University ­ who also has close links with Essex. The Diamond-Mortensen-Pissarides (DMP) model is used extensively to analyse the complex interaction between unemployment, wage formation and job vacancies.

Picture courtesy of Nigel Stead/LSE

Bringing history to life at Marks Hall

A team from the Department of History is developing a partnership to uncover the rich history of the Marks Hall estate near Coggeshall.

Professor James Raven, Dr Jane Pearson and MA student Lisa Gardner are undertaking a scoping project looking at how historical research can improve the experience for estate visitors. This work will hopefully lead on to a threeyear Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the Thomas Phillips Price Trust, which manages the estate. The Essex team will look at different ways of interpreting the site's past.

The Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences has been awarded to Essex graduate Professor Christopher Pissarides.

Professor Christopher Pissarides

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Head of the Department of Economics Professor Eric Smith said: "The Department knows both Chris and Dale extremely well. They have visited here and collaborated with us on numerous occasions. "We are thrilled both personally and professionally to see their work gain this recognition." Professor Pissarides received a First Class Honours degree in Economics in 1970 and then stayed at Essex to gain a Distinction for his Masters. Professor Mortensen has been a visiting professor at Essex on two occasions. Professor Pissarides is due to visit the department on 26 November to take part in the Search and Matching Workshop.

The University's Human Performance Unit has helped elite athletes with their training

Lifetime achievement award for teaching

Professor Eric Smith presents Roy Bailey with his award

Legacy

The University, therefore, threw in its lot with Colchester Borough Council and the Garrison to form the Colchester Olympic Partnership which is now an official training camp provider. Negotiations are currently taking place with an African nation that is considering basing its pre-games training activities at Wivenhoe Park and the Garrison in 2011 and 2012. Meanwhile Olympic legacy funding through Essex County Council contributed to the building of the University's new gym Evolve, probably one of the best weights and fitness centres in the eastern region. Research projects on innovative ways of measuring training responses in athletes (Professor Chris Cooper and Dr Anna Wittekind) and on encouraging a healthy lifestyle in disadvantaged young people (Dr Murray Griffin and Dr Caroline Angus) have also been supported by Olympics funding. The London bid focussed on legacy and we hosted a one-day conference, supported by the EPSRC, on delivering a health legacy, at the University in 2007. More recently the University has been doing its bit to support the legacy's aspiration to give as many people as possible the opportunity to engage in physical activity. The OTG organised a family fun day on the London 2012 Open Weekend in July, part of the Cultural Olympiad programme, offering free activities as diverse as Cultural Orienteering

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(a run/walk around the art installations on Colchester Campus), rounders, Frisbee golf and a Constable walk. Over 300 took part and we intend an even bigger and better open day in 2011. watchful eye of top coaches. Next year this will be rolled out across the whole of Essex and it is hoped to hold an international event in the run up to the Olympics in 2012. The London Olympics will continue to provide wonderful opportunities for the University community to get involved, in Cultural Olympiad events, as a volunteer or as a spectator. Why not book your ticket for the mountain biking event at Hadleigh Castle near Southend Campus? Get involved - watch or do something to make you feel proud! Experts from a wide variety of disciplines across the University are presenting a series of weekly seminars as part of the Resilience in Ecocultures Global Challenges project. Those attending the seminars will gain an insight into what factors underpin resilience, vulnerability and adaptation in our sometimes stormy and unpredictable world. Seminars take place every Wednesday in room 5N.4.8, 4pm ­ 6pm. For more information visit: www.essex.ac.uk/ces/ seminars/infoa.shtm

Inspiring

Also in July, staff from the Department of Biological Sciences' Human Performance Unit and the Sports Centre organised a residential weekend of coaching and competition for able bodied and disabled students from local sports colleges, inspiring them to become future Olympians by giving them the opportunity to try mountain biking, badminton and boccia (a Paralympic sport similar to bowls) under the

Roy Bailey from the Department of Economics has received a lifetime achievement award from the national Economics Network.

The award is for Roy's outstanding contribution to the study of Economics and in particular recognises the commitment, enthusiasm and innovation he has brought to teaching the subject. The Economics Network is part of the Higher Education Academy and is supported by the

Royal Economic Society. Mr Bailey said: "Inasmuch as an award is merited for merely trying to do one's job, it should be seen as a commendation for all my colleagues, whose stimulus, support and encouragement have been crucial for my own work and for the continuing success of the department as a whole." Head of Department Professor Eric Smith said: "This is an exceptional honour for Roy who set the standard for excellence here at Essex and in the profession over his entire career."

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Postgraduate students from both Colchester and Southend campuses presented their work to locally-based members of the British Computer Society, students from the faculty of Science and Engineering, Essex Business School and students from Anglia Ruskin University. For most presenter, this was a first experience of public engagement. Mathematical Science student Nudrat Aamir said: "It was a great experience to make a poster designed for a nonacademic audience and to explain my work to people who, to begin with, knew nothing about it." The Learning and Development Unit hope this event will become an annual feature in the postgraduate development programme.

Essex SU makes case against education cuts

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Phillip Reed, from the Department of Biological Sciences, had his own personal mad hair day in aid of a good cause.

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Philip Reed in the pink with colleagues Giles Ward and Sally Sharp

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Spin-out company secures £2 million

The Research and Enterprise Office has helped pioneering spin-out company UltraSoC Technologies Ltd secure £2 million worth of investment from Octopus Investments.

UltraSoC Technologies is developing UltraBug , an advanced debugging technology for the embedded electronic systems increasingly used in everyday products from cars to mobile phones. The company was spun-out from the universities of Essex and Kent in 2008 after being founded by Dr Karl Heeks and Professor Klaus McDonaldMaier, Research Director at the University's School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. Professor McDonald-Maier, who is also Chief Technical Officer at UltraSoC. said: "This funding will help us to develop the technology into a licensable product. We have received huge

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to raise money for a biopsy analyser for the breast cancer unit at Essex County Hospital in Colchester. Pledges in support of his mad hair day can still be made by telephoning: ext: 3315 or by e-mail: [email protected] So far he has raised £320.

The Essex Transitional Justice Network and REDRESS, the world-leading nongovernmental organisation seeking reparations for torture survivors, recently held a workshop at the University entitled `Rehabilitation as a form of reparation: Opportunities and challenges'.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Rob Massara and Dr Anthony Vickers, from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, have been appointed as Associates of the Engineering Council. Associates support the council's work on setting and maintaining internationallyrecognised standards of professional competence and ethics.

Hundreds of Essex students joined more than 20,000 students from across the UK in London earlier this month to demonstrate against the proposed cuts in education funding.

Student officers from the Students' Union led the Essex contingent in a march on the Houses Parliament, accompanied by Union and University staff as well as Colchester MP, Bob Russell. The demonstration was held in reaction to the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review that outlined unprecedented cuts to higher education funding as well as the removal of EMA support for lower income families and a reduction in funding from £180 million to £5 million to the widening participation agenda within universities. This follows the publication of the Browne Review, which proposed a rise in student fees of between £7,000 and £10,000, leading to an estimated graduating debt of £45,000 for future generations of students. The Students' Union provided five coaches to accommodate the large numbers of Essex students wanting to attend from the Colchester

Students turn trash University's best into charity cash business brains More than £6,000 has been raised through compete for two innovative sustainability-themed events run by the Students' Union. Apprentice crown For the Union's No Waste Graduation event,

unwanted items collected from graduating students were sold on to new students at bargain prices with all of the profits going to local charities St Helena's Hospice and the Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse (CARA). Unwanted books collected from current students were sold at a three-day Book Fair on the Colchester Campus. The event raised more than £5,000 with the majority going directly back to the students selling the books and the remainder being donated to charity. Further book fairs are already being planned by the Students' Union in response to the enthusiastic response from students. and Southend campuses, with East 15 students voicing their opposition to the cuts in a special demonstration organised by the Union on the Loughton Campus. Essex Students' Union President Kishor Krishnamoorthi said: "We're proud that Essex

support and interest from system-integrators and end-users in a broad range of application areas." Luke Hakes, from Octopus, said UltraSoC was "capable of delivering a world-class, marketchanging product". Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan said: "It is a tremendous achievement for UltraSoC to obtain this level of funding in the current economic climate. "We are extremely pleased that world-class research at this University is being used to develop cutting-edge products with huge potential to open up valuable new markets for Britishbased businesses." The development of the technology used by UltraSoC has been supported by funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) plus seed funding from the South East Seed Fund and Iceni Seedcorn Fund.

Sixteen enterprising students have been selected from a bumper batch of applicants to compete in the Students' Union's Essex Apprentice 2010 competition. The competition has been designed by the Students' Union with support from the University to help celebrate enterprise at Essex and develop employability skills amongst students. The competition will also seek to benefit local charities, with the contestants raising valuable funds as part of their tasks. Profiles of all the competing students and videos of each task are available to view online at www.essexstudent.com/apprentice. students were amongst the best represented at the biggest educational demonstration in a decade. For the vast majority this was a peaceful, democratic protest that sent a clear message to the government that cuts to higher education and rises in student fees will have a devastating effect on students and Universities."

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At the Chartered Institute of Public Relations regional PRide Awards, which took place in Norwich on 3 November, the University's Communications Office won the silver award in the best publication category. Their submission was the Introducing Essex booklet which gives a user-friendly, informative at-a-glance guide to the University. The Communications Office was also a finalist in the best event category for the Transforming the Lakeside Theatre event which took place in November 2009.

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November 2010

Tuesday 23 Learning and Development: Supporting Students - Making effective referrals. 2pm-3.30pm. Psychology Seminar: Professor Ante Meyer (Birmingham): `The role of visual and executive attention in speech production'. Room 4.722. 4pm-6pm. Graduate Seminar in Empirical Sociology: Aaron Reeves - PhD presentation. Room TC1.6. 5pm. Economics Seminar: Ludovic Renou (Leicester): `Mechanism design and communication networks'. Economics Common Room. 5pm. Government Seminar: Professor David McKay (Essex): `America's midterm elections and the future of the Obama presidency'. Room 5.300B. 5.15pm. Modern Languages Film Club: Il divo by Paolo Sorrentino, 2008. 7.15pm. LTB 2. Wednesday 24 Learning and Development: Mastering the Media Interview - Radio. 8.45am-1.00pm. Careers Event ­ Law. Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall. 1.00pm-8.30pm. Sociology Brown Bag Seminar: Dr Carlos Gigoux (Essex): `Mapuche's hunger strike: The politics of indigenous resistance in Chile'. Room 6.348. 1pm. Global Challenges Resilience Seminar: Professor Katrina Brown (East Anglia): `Resilience: The new `sustainability'?' Room 6.22. 4pm-6pm. Thursday 25 Learning and Development: Improving your e-mails, letters and memos. 9.30am-1.00pm. Careers Event - International Series: Top tips for getting an internship. 1.00pm-2.30pm. For international students. Biological Sciences Seminar: Dr Selwa Alsam (Essex): `The mechanisms associated with Acanthamoeba pathogenesis'. LTB 8. 1pm. Language and Linguistics Seminar: Roger van Gompel (Dundee): Title tba. LTB 3. 4pm. Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies Seminar: Dr Marion Walls (Essex): `Documenting a life: The John Atkins archive'. Room 5A.118. 4.30pm-6.00pm. Sociology Seminar: Feona Attwood (Sheffield Hallam): `The Spectre of Sex: Sexualisation, the Media, and the Academy'. Room 6.345. 4pm. Arts on 5: The Unbearable Sh*tenses of Being. Lakeside Theatre. 7.30pm. Friday 26 Careers Event - CV Basics. 1pm - 2pm. Learning and Development: Introduction to Turnitin, Plagiarism and Referencing. 12pm-2pm. (Academic staff)

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Alice and The White Rabbit by Indigo Moon Theatre Company, Lakeside Theatre, Saturday 5 December, 2pm. Join Alice on a magical adventure back in time in this beautiful shadow theatre piece for young and old alike.

Arts on 5: Comedy Central Live! Lakeside Theatre. 8.30pm. Saturday 27 Arts on 5: Family Day: Flower Power. Lakeside Theatre café. 2pm. Tuesday 30 Learning and Development: Safeguarding under 18s and vulnerable adults. 2pm-3pm. Psychology Seminar: Professor Neil Watson (Simon Fraser): `Fetal sex, cognition, and a forgotten sex hormone'. Room 4.722. 4pm. Government Seminar: Donald Searing (North Carolina): `Virtues, vices and democratic leadership'. Room 5.300B. 5.15pm. Modern Languages Film Club: Welcome by Philippe Lioret, 2009. LTB 2. Free admission. Arts on 5: Melanie Jackson in conversation Art Exchange. 6pm. Careers Event - Law Taster for non-law students. 2.00pm-3.30pm. Data Archive: Who Owns `Your' Research Data? Legal and Ethical Issues in Using and Sharing Data. 9.30am-12.30pm (Academic and Research staff) Global Challenges Resilience Seminar: Dr Howard Lee (Hadlow College): `Will we starve? The importance of low carbon communities'. Room 6.22. 4pm-6pm. Arts on 5: Last Requests and Brace. Lakeside Theatre. 7.30pm (until 3 December). Thursday 2 Equality and Diversity Unit: Disability Awareness. 9.00am-12.30pm. Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Service: Learn or Burn - Basic Fire Safety.12pm-12.45pm. Biological Sciences Seminar: Professor Andy Jones (Exeter): `Why Olive Oyl loved Popeye: Dietary nitrate and exercise performance'. LTB 8. 1pm. Art History and Theory Essex Research Seminar: Chris Adams (Essex): `The fate of Italian futurism in the post-war period'. Room 6.106. 4pm. Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies Seminar co-organised with the Centre for Theoretical Studies: Angie Voela (East London): `A return to oneself: Feminine subjectivity and space in contemporary culture'. Room 5A.118. 4.30pm6.00pm. Friday 3 Careers Event - International Series: CV Clinic. For international students. 1pm - 3pm. Learning and Development: Awareness of psychological type in teaching and supporting learning. 9.30am-4.00pm. (Academic staff) Sunday 5 Arts on 5: Alice and the White Rabbit. Lakeside Theatre. 2pm. Monday 6 Arts on 5: Man Bites Dog. Lakeside Theatre, 7.30pm. Tuesday 7 Learning and Development: Working with people with mental health difficulties (part 1). 9.30am12.30pm. (Academic staff) Learning and Development: Working with people with mental health difficulties (part 2). 1.30pm4.30pm. (Academic staff) Psychology Seminar: Professor Sonja Kotz (Max Planck Institute): `Predictive cues in auditory perception: from tones to speech'. Room 4.722. 4pm. Government Seminar: Professor Sir Ivor Crewe (University College, Oxford): `Politics, money and the future of higher education'. Room 5.300B. 5.15pm. Modern Languages Film Club: Celda 211 (Cell 211) by Daniel Monzón, 2009. 7.15pm. LTB 2. Wednesday 8 Learning and Development: Communicating effectively with Students. 9.30am-4.00pm. Learning and Development: Making an Impact: Using the media to communicate your research. 10am-1pm. (Research staff) Global Challenges Resilience Seminar: Dr Leanne Cullen (CSIRO): `Kuku Nyungkal Rainforest aboriginal people'. Room 6.22. 4pm6pm. Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies Seminar: Wendy Holloway (Open University): `Reverie in psycho-social research method'. Room 4N.6.1. 5pm-6.30pm.

Wednesday 15 Learning and Development: Pre-retirement. 9.30am-4.30pm. Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship (CISC) Seminar: Dr Shohini Chaudhuri, Dr Michael Bailey and Dr Colin Samson (Essex): Visual methodologies panel session. Room 6.348. 1pm. Global Challenges Resilience Seminar: Alexia Coke (Surrey): `In search of resilience: The politics and practice of the transition movement's `physical manifestations'.' Room 6.22. 4pm-6pm. Cafe Scientifique: Dr Ewen Speed (Essex): `A science of happiness: The very idea'. Doors open at 6.30pm, talk starts at 7pm. Love Bistro, The Minories Art Gallery, High Street, Colchester. Arts on 5: Theatre Arts Society presents Aladdin: A Whole New World! Lakeside Theatre. 7.30pm (until 17 December). Thursday 16 Learning and Development: Managing Health and Safety - The University of Essex Way. 9am-1pm. (Managers, HSLOs, DHSOs) Biological Sciences Seminar: Dr Derek Gay (Cambridge Biostability Ltd): `Multiple Sclerosis and bacterial toxins. The resolution of an immunological mystery'. LTB 8. 1pm. Centre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation Seminar: Professor Mark Harvey and Dr Ben Anderson (Essex): `Sustainable consumption - a research programme'. Room 6.345. 4pm.

November/December 2010

Thursday 9 Learning and Development: E-readers at Essex and what you can do with them. 12pm-2pm. (Academic staff) Careers Event - CV Basics. 1pm-2pm. Biological Sciences Seminar: Professor Tony Clarke (Bristol): `A molecular view of Prion disease'. LTB 8. 1pm. Art History and Theory Essex Research Seminar: Matthew Poole (Essex): ` Between the social and the commercial: A dilemma for a critical art school'. Room 6.106. 4pm. Language and Linguistics Seminar: Matt Davis (Cambridge): `Rising to the challenge: Brain imaging studies of successful sentence comprehension'. LTB 3. 4pm. Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies Seminar: Dr Karin Littau (Essex): `First steps towards a media history of translation'. Room 5A.118. 4.30pm-6.00pm. Sociology Annual Public Undergraduate Lecture: Damien Short (London): `The sociology of genocide'. Room tba. 4pm. Friday 10 Learning and Development: Tackling Change. 9.30am-2.15pm. Arts on 5: Comedy Central Live! Lakeside Theatre. 8.30pm. Tuesday 14 Graduate Seminar in Empirical Sociology: Paco Perales and Dan Holman: Presentation of the article `Walking the talk? What employers say versus what they do'. Room TC1.6. 4.30pm. Government Seminar: Professor Hugh Ward (Essex): `Democracy, authoritarianism and environmental pollution'. Room 5.300B. 5.15pm.

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Wednesday 19 Sociology Brown Bag Seminar: Silvia Meisner (Essex): `Fieldwork findings - blessing or curse?' Room 6.333. 1pm.

December 2010

Wednesday 1 Careers Event - CV Basics. 1pm - 2pm. Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship (CISC) Seminar: Ken Plummer (Essex): `Forty years of critical sexualities studies'. Room 6.348. 1pm. Equality and Diversity Unit: Developing Inclusive Learning and Teaching. 1.00pm-4.30pm. (Academic staff) Centre for Theoretical Studies Workshop: Human Rights, Haiti and Universal History David Scott (Columbia): `The theory of Haiti' and Siba Grovogui (Johns Hopkins): `To the orphan, the dispossessed, and illegitimate children: Human Rights beyond the republican and liberal traditions'. Room 4.722. 1pm-5pm.

For further information on Lakeside Theatre and Art Exchange events visit: www.essex.ac.uk/artson5. For events marked visit: www.essex.ac.uk/ldev for further information and to book a place. For further information on seminars, please visit the appropriate departmental or centre website.

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Stop bike thieves with microchip

A new high-tech cycle tagging scheme using microchips has been launched by the University to deter potential bike thieves. Transport Policy Coordinator Charlotte Humphreys said: "The microchips are placed inside the bicycle frame and are almost impossible to remove. "They emit unique numbers which can be read by police or second hand shop staff using special electronic equipment, meaning they can quickly find out whether a bike has been stolen. This technology has had a big impact in other areas where it has been used." The microchip's unique number and bicycle details are recorded on a national database which only authorised scheme operators such as the Police have access to. Participants are encouraged to put a sticker on their bike to show they are part of the scheme. For more information visit: www.essex.ac.uk/transport/update/

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Professor elected to academy

Professor Agasha Mugasha of the School of Law has been elected as a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law (IACCL) at the 15th Biennial meeting of the Academy. The IACCL recognises those who have achieved in their fields through research, teaching and law reform. Formed in the early 1980s, the IACCL is composed of 115 leading international scholars, to which Professor Mugasha is now part.

Adults and children alike flocked to the Art Exchange on Colchester Campus to take part in a national event to encourage drawing for all abilities and ages.

As part of The Big Draw initiative, Wivenhoebased artist Emma Cameron held a morning session for adults in the gallery, followed by an

event for children in the afternoon, which attracted 100 youngsters. The impressive collection of colourful drawings were then photographed and displayed at Wivenhoe Station. The pictures were the first exhibit to be shown as part of the Off The Rails project, which aims to celebrate and share Wivenhoe's creative talents by hosting a rolling exhibition of visual art and writing.

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Ian is just the job

The first person to take part in the University's new work experience scheme for disabled people impressed his colleagues so much he was offered a job.

Ian Humberstone initially joined the School of Health and Human Sciences for a six-week work placement, but he will now continue in his administrative role covering reception duties and data entry. Ian, who has learning difficulties including dyslexia, said: "I am very grateful for this opportunity to prove myself." Colleague Hannah Bodsworth said: "It has been a very positive experience. Ian is a hardworking, team player who has fitted in very well with the whole team."

From left: School Administrator Annette Lufti, Administrator Hannah Bodsworth, Ian Humberstone and Human Resources Policy and Projects officer Karen Bush

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The University is a finalist in this month's Colchester and District Business Awards 2010 in the Active Travel and Staff Wellbeing category. This award is open to businesses and organisations who can demonstrate their commitment to improving their employees' health and promoting sustainable and active travel within their organisation.

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Art Exchange puts down roots

Stagefright ­ the first exhibition at the newly launched Art Exchange ­ proved a resounding success in catching its visitors' imagination.

The subtly enchanting insights into human behaviour, caught on camera during impromptu singing sessions around the Colchester Campus by artist Yvonne Buchheim, established a new platform for the exchange of ideas through the gallery's new exhibition programme. This concept now continues with the current exhibition, Melanie Jackson's The Urpflanze (Part 1.1) and its rich and widely-engaging programme of events. Inspired by Goethe's fictional primeval plant which stored within it the potential for all plant life on the planet, The Urpflanze (Part 1.1) includes an array of sculptures, drawings, video works and writings which examine how the infinite morphology of plant life has entered and affected the human imagination. The events programme surrounding The Urpflanze 1.1 offers audiences many ways to engage with the exhibition. School visits to the space will convey the exhibition to children from primary and secondary school, and The Urpflanze's own tabloid newspaper will be circulating the Colchester Campus for the duration of the exhibition's run.

Melanie Jackson: The Urpflanze (Part 1.1) runs at Art Exchange until Saturday 18 December.

Theatre showcases home grown talent on campus

The final quarter of the Autumn season brings with it some unique highlights as a double bill of new plays from Universitybased playwrights takes to the stage from 1-3 December and a world-renowned pianist visits for a special one night only concert. Last Request by Professor Peter Higgins is the first of the home grown plays of the double bill. A two-handed mystery, the play features two actors who are alumni of the University and is directed by Gari Jones. Brace by Essex alumni theatre company Mossycoat is the second of the double bill plays. It premiered at the Lakeside's Studio space last December where it was praised for its originality. Joanna Macgregor, the outstanding world famous pianist and curator of the BBC Proms plays a special one night concert with Adriano Adewale on 4 December, in what promises to be a major season highlight. More information is online at: www.essex.ac.uk/artson5. For full information about Art Exchange and the Lakeside Theatre's Autumn season, visit: www.essex.ac.uk/artson5. Sign up to the weekly arts mailing list for up-to-date arts news and offers. E-mail: [email protected]

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