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1 October 2021
An autumnal view of our Colchester Campus.
Protecting academic freedom and promoting inclusion
We have undertaken considerable work to implement the Council agreed actions arising from a review of issues raised by the cancellation of a Centre for Criminology seminar and arrangements for speaker invitations to a Holocaust Memorial Week event.
Find out more in the VC's blog.
A person wearing a facemask in Canteen
Continued safety on campus
As we approach the start of term, it is important that everyone in our community understands our
individual and collective responsibilities to keep our campuses open and as COVID-19 secure as possible.
A young black man at a Black Lives Matter protest, wearing a t-shirt which reads: I love my history, I love my culture, I love my people, I love me
Celebrating Black History Month 
We're preparing to celebrate Black History Month with a programme of arts and cultural events on and off campus.
Find out how you can get involved, and keep an eye on the full programme as it’s updated. 
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Three professors selected for prestigious Fellowship
Congratulations to Professor Thankom Arun, Professor John Preston, and Professor Monika Schmid who have all been appointed as
Fellows to the Academy of Social Sciences
A student using their phone on campus.
LEAP into the new academic year
Make sure you use LEAP to help support students to engage with their studies. Visit our
student engagement webpage to find out more, or book a place on our Introduction to LEAP training course if you're new to using LEAP or need a refresher.
A student using a PC.
Are you sharing information safely?
There have been an increasing number of 'near misses' involving the emailing of personal data. Please check the intended recipients of emails, especially when using group addresses, and make sure that any attachment is the correct version.
Take a look at our guidance and advice.
The sign on the Victoria Centre
Discounted parking rates at the Victoia Centre
You can get discounted parking rates by
booking in advance or by downloading the YourParkingSpace app and searching for ‘Chichester Road, Southend-on-Sea’. When parking, just take a ticket at the entry barrier and visit the Management Office on the first floor of the centre to show proof of booking/payment and collect your exit ticket.
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Tell us what you really think why don't you
Blimey! Maybe we asked for it, but you lot aren't shy in terms of coming forwards are you? Thanks for all your feedback on Essex Weekly so far. We really appreciate it. Well, most of it. Don't worry if you've not had time to tell us what you think, our very quick survey is still open.
Fill your boots.
Actress performing in Breaking the Silence theatre show
Bringing Black British History to life
unique theatre show co-written by Dr Holly Maples from East 15 Acting School, goes on tour for Black History Month.
Professor Matteo Richiardi
London Mayor calls for Universal Credit uplift to stay
New research by Professor Matteo Richiardi at the Centre for Microsimulation and Policy Analysis shows
over a million people will be plunged into poverty if the uplift to Universal Credit is reversed.
Onlooker watching protests in Chile
New publication looks at social rights in Chile
A new collection of essays, co-published by our Human Rights Centre, focuses on
the role of social rights in Chile's new constitution.
A group of teenagers in a kitchen, one in the centre is rolling out pastry on a table as the others look on. Picture courtesy of African Families.
Oral history project reveals impact of COVID-19 on charities
A new report has revealed how Colchester's charities responded and adapted to the pandemic through a series of oral testimonies. Louise Willsher of Community 360 explains the benefits of  collaboration and research student Sam Woodward explains her role in the project.
A polling station sign is wedged into the side of a hedge alongside a pavement
Global voter turnout has been in decline since the 1960s 
Writing in The Conversation, Dr Filip Kostelka explains why voter turnout has declined from 76% in the 1960s to 67% today. 
Professor Paul Whiteley is seen smiling and wearing a black jumper.
COVID-19: How democracies and authoritarian regimes fared
Professor Paul Whiteley explains whether there's any truth to China's claim that one-party states have been better equipped to handle the pandemic than their democratic counterparts. 
The silhouette of a cyclist
The AJ Bell Women's Tour is coming to Southend
The Women’s Tour will be in Southend on Thursday 7 October, starting at East Beach in Shoeburyness, travelling through south Essex and finishing on the seafront near the Arches cafes. There will be road closures and diversions throughout the day.
Find out more from Visit Southend.
Filmmaker Nic Blower, seen with a camera and wearing black baseball cap, headphones, and a black jacket
Premiere for film about teenage life during the pandemic
Filmmaker Nic Blower premieres his new film,
We're In This Too, at the Lakeside Theatre on 7 October. Find out how it helped four Essex teenagers deal with lockdown and prepare to return to school. 
A piece of art from Breathing the Light. It shows people working in a bakery. They are all wearing facemasks.
Breathing the Light launch party
Join us in celebrating the opening of Art Exchange’s latest exhibition,
Breathing the Light at 6pm on Thursday 7 October. We'll be celebrating the artists in the exhibition who've utilised creativity as an act of resistance as they look afresh at the world during these unprecedented times.
A light bulb in a thought bubble. That's a bright idea.
The art of the possible
The Innovation Centre and Tech East have joined forces to bring you an exclusive
back to business networking event on 12 October, opening your mind to new possibilities and innovative ways of doing business.
Our Colchester Campus
Cross University Research Event
The first CURE event in this year’s series is taking place at 4pm on Wednesday 13 October. Join us as we showcase some of the research and capacity building projects we've supported over the last three years with the help of the Global Challenges Research Fund.
Register Now.
Professor Sheri Markose
How did we become smart?
Professor Sheri Markose leads 
a unique roundtable on 5 November, discussing "Narrow and General Intelligence: Embodied, Self-Referential Social Cognition and Novelty Production in Humans, AI and Robots".
Two people talking.
Upcoming development opportunities
Upcoming training includes
EXCEL: further functions and Classroom engagement tools. There is also a session introducing staff to CADENZA which can support you in your pathway to permanency. If you have any questions about this training, please email
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