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3 December 2021
 
LIFE AT ESSEX
Students at our Scholars' reception.
Celebrating the achievements of our Academic Scholars
We celebrated the achievements of our Undergraduate and Postgraduate Academic Scholars at our Essex Scholars' reception.
Take a look at the latest blog from Professor Madeline Eacott to find out more. You can also see all the photos from the event on Facebook.
Alix Langley.
Industrial action update
Alix Langley, our Director of People and Culture,
updates us on this week's strike action by UCU members, which has led to many good discussions about pensions and the issues raised in the pay dispute.
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Catch up on our USS pension webinars
The USS 2020 valuation is at the member consultation phase, which is open until 17 January 2022. 
Take a look at our website for all the latest information about the valuation, including a recording of our all staff meeting from 17 November
This year's December pay day will be Wednesday 22 December.
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National Student Survey 2021 results and action plan
Find out more about Senate's review of our recent NSS performance at the institution and subject level, including an analysis of free-text comments, and our institutional NSS action plan in
the latest issue of Top Lines, a regular briefing from the Vice-Chancellor.
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Upcoming development opportunities
Our upcoming workshops for staff include our 
Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity session for Personal Tutors, Impact Academy: Knowledge Exchange as a route to impact and LEAP Engagement Referral training. You can book onto all of these and more on HR Organiser.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Protecting ourselves from the new Omicron variant
As a university, we must remain vigilant to ensure that our infection and transmission rates remain low, particularly when faced with the new Omicron variant.
Find out what you can do to protect our community
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Look after your wellbeing with validium
The
latest validium newsletter includes features on gratitude, curiosity and engagement, and making sure we don't get stressed by the small stuff.
NEWS AND RESEARCH
Staff from our Essex Law Clinic having a discussion around a table.
The rather unknown alternative to high street banks
Credit unions in the UK are succeeding to a lesser extent than traditional high-street banks, but why?
Read the latest blog from the Essex Law Clinic, as they explore the barriers that hinder success for credit unions and also look at the factors that make them succeed.
Professor Anthony Rorster
Vice-Chancellor chats to HEDx podcast
The Vice-Chancellor chatted to Professor Martin Betts on
the HEDx podcast about Essex and the challenges universities face at the moment and wrote a joint opinion piece for Campus Review.
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Interested in being part of our TEDx event in May 2022?
The fourth Essex TEDx event is planned for May 2022 and organisers are looking for people interested in taking part in the event which has the theme 'Are you paying attention?'
Apply by the middle of this month if you are interested.
Danny Shipsides
Essex PhD student helps Government policymaking
Philosophy student Danny Shipsides got to experience first hand what it was like to be involved in projects for Government departments while
working in the Open Innovation Team (OIT), a Government unit which helps develop Government policies.
Dr Joshua Fullard
Study on the impact of school teachers’ pay
The majority of school teachers would not be better paid if they moved to a different profession, but paying them 10% more could improve student grades and wellbeing, according to
a new study by Dr Joshua Fullard.
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Essex is a Young Careers Champion
We are delighted to have been selected as an official partner of Young Careers – a Mayor of London backed service designed to
help young people in the capital fulfil their potential.
Professor Gina Reinhardt.
Essex commissioned to evaluate South London partnership 
Professor Gina Reinhardt from the Department of Government
will provide formative evaluation services for the InnOvaTe Programme, an Internet of Things project spanning five South London boroughs.
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Study offers new hope for lung and bladder cancer patients
An international research project involving Dr Filippo Prischi from our School of Life Sciences is offering
new hope for the treatment of lung and bladder cancer - by using an antibiotic alongside chemotherapy.
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EIRA training guides for researchers 
Researchers looking to develop their skills can find out more about
research communications and talking to the media as well as what resources are available in the last two EIRA training guides. 
THE CLIMATE CRISIS
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Increasing research that protects the environment
As part of
our priorities for tackling the climate and ecological emergency we will increase the proportion of our research that supports the enhancement and protection of the environment, and ensure our research is conducted in a way that minimises our environmental impact.
Dr Tom Cameron on a boat
Tom's work on restoring native oysters showcased by Nature
We're so pleased to see the great work by Dr Tom Cameron working with local oyster growers to restore native oysters in their natural habitat has been
showcased on the Nature website.
Plastic bottles.
Where does all the plastic go?
This was the question on everyone’s lips at the ESRC Festival of Social Science event on Tuesday 2 November. If you couldn't make it,
take a look at this blog from Dr Danielle Tucker detailing the audience's reactions and the questions that were asked and answered on the night.
HAVE YOUR SAY
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Have your say on our relationship with Stonewall
Take part in our consultation and have your say on the University’s relationship with Stonewall, the charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality. The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 17 December. 
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Have your say on Report and Support
We want to hear about your experiences and awareness of
Report and Support, and what we can do to improve the process of reporting incidents of discrimination, bullying, harassment, sexual violence, and hate incidents. Complete our staff survey to tell us your thoughts.
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