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29 October 2021
 
LIFE AT ESSEX
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Essex is number one in the UK for business
We’re the leading university for active Knowledge Transfer Partnerships according to the latest data from innovate UK. Discover more about how we’ve become
number one in the UK for working with business.
Christmas leave arrangements
From this year onwards, you can enjoy a discretionary day of leave on 24 December when it falls on a weekday. Find out what this means for you.
Vice-Chancellor's General Meeting for all staff
Join us for a webinar from 2.30pm-3.30pm, as our Vice Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster delivers the latest updates and answers your questions, alongside our senior team. Book your place now and remember to email your questions in advance by noon on Wednesday 10 November.
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Nominate your Winter Graduates
As we prepare to host our first Winter Graduation, for postgraduates who recently completed their degrees, we are looking for student stories to celebrate. Please email us to nominate a graduating student.
A young Black man at a protest wearing a t-shirt that says: I love my history, I love my culture, I love my people, I love me
Black History Month at Essex
We continue to celebrate Black History Month with a wide range of SU and University events,
see what’s coming up
Personal reflections from our Race Inclusion Champion
Professor Madeline Eacott, our Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), 
reflects on her role as USG Race Inclusion Champion at the university. 
Updates on USS consultation and disputes
Read the latest blog from Alix Langley, our Director of People and Culture, on the USS disputes ahead of the launch of the member consultation on Monday 1 November. Full details of the consultation can be found on our website or the USS consultation portal, this includes how you can comment on the proposals.
NEWS AND RESEARCH
Professor Haris Mouratidis
Cyber security and privacy expert joins Essex
We're delighted to welcome cyber security and privacy expert Professor Haris Mouratidis who joins Essex as the
new Director of the Institute for Analytics and Data Science.
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Why Squid Game is actually a critique of meritocracy 
Writing for The Conversation, Dr Matt Bennett explains why Netflix's latest hit, Squid Game is a "caricatured version of the inequalities that have emerged in competitive society."
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Rishi Sunak, taxes and Boris Johnson's spending plans
Professor Paul Whiteley explains why Chancellor Rishi Sunak's plans to cut taxes might prove difficult as Prime Minister Boris Johnson aims high on levelling up with big spending plans. 
A journey of discovery through the world of game theory
In a new blog, Professor Sheri Markose describes how she arrived at her Genomic Nash Equilibrium with Novelty Production.
THE CLIMATE CRISIS
Supporting COP26 
To coincide with this year's climate change conference, we have a variety of talks and events planned to raise awareness and offer solutions to the environmental challenges we all face. Keep an eye on the What’s On pages, and social media updates.
Our goal to cut carbon emissions
Cutting carbon emissions is a vital aspect of reducing our impact on the environment. Our focus is to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2035. Read our sustainability priorities now.
TRAINING AND EVENTS
Challenges faced by female scientists under spotlight
The next YUFE Diversity and Inclusivity Lecture Series event on 4 November will be focusing on the film Picture a Scientist and the challenges faced by female scientists. 
Reserve your place now.
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Being Human festival
Join Dr Ella Jeffries on Thursday 18 November at the Being Human festival online café. We will be focusing on accent biases, where they come from and how they can be acknowledged and avoided.
Safety courses on campus
We are offering free personal safety courses to all staff and students. The two-hour sessions will be delivered by professionally trained officers from the Security and Campus Safety team. Register your interest now.
English language skills
We offer dependants and close family members of students and staff the chance to
improve their English language through our ECDIS programme.
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Media training for researchers
Do you want to reach new audiences, join wider debates about your areas of expertise and raise your profile? Sign up for our Media Engagement for Researchers training on Thursday 11 November. 
Supervisor training
Our PGR Supervisor Training will be led this year by Dr Kate Exley for all staff new to supervision, new to Essex, or experienced supervisors who want to update their training.
Book now on HR Organiser.
Upcoming development opportunities
Organisational Development have scheduled workshops providing training on: 
being a Fire MarshalIntroduction to Student AssessmentHealthy Back ClassGetting Started with Blended Learning and Yoga
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