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12 November 2021
 
LIFE AT ESSEX
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Graduation is going super size for 2022  
Graduation is a chance for our whole community to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our students, and we'll be doing it three times in 2022. 
Schedules for our winter and spring ceremonies are now available, and summer ceremonies will be taking place from 18 to 22 July.
Professor Anthony Forster
Vice-Chancellor's General Meeting for all staff
Join us from 3pm to 4pm on 17 November, as our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster, delivers the latest updates and answers your questions, alongside our senior team. Book your place now.
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Let's work together to keep campus open
It's wonderful to see so many students and staff on campus. We have been very fortunate to keep our COVID infection rates low and we want to thank everyone who has helped keep infections down and remind you of
the measures we all need to continue to take.
John Bercow
John is stepping down as our Chancellor
John Bercow, Chancellor of the University of Essex, has today announced his decision to step down having served over four years in the role.
Alix Langley
UCU industrial action ballot
Alix Langley, our Director of People and Culture, tells us more about the
UCU industrial action ballots, including the ballot results and next steps.
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Come to our USS webinar on Thursday 17 November
The USS 2020 valuation is now at the member consultation phase. Alix Langley, Director of People and Culture will be providing an overview of the proposals,  the University’s position and providing information on what happens next at 12 noon on Thursday 17 November. 
Register now.
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Better email security with multifactor authentication (MFA)
Microsoft is ending support for basic authentication soon. We’re using this opportunity to improve the security of our email service by disabling applications that don't use 
MFA. To make sure this doesn't affect you, you should only use supported email software and apps
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New diverse support group for students
We’re supporting students with diverse backgrounds or identities in fortnightly zoom seminars, creating a space where we can share support as our students reflect on any issues they face.
Email us to learn more
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Remember this? Well, it's time to let go
It’s important your email signature isn't using expired promotional logos like TEF Gold or the Times Higher University of the Year, so please
update your email signatures with our latest template.
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Help us eradicate racial discrimination
We're submitting our
Race Equality Charter application in 2022. Complete our staff survey to let us know whether you think racial inequality exists on our campuses and your suggestions for things we can do to advance race equality. Your responses will help shape and inform our action plan.
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Accessible committee papers
Committee managers, secretaries and report authors should make sure they're using our new accessible
Cover sheet and Report template when they're preparing committee papers. You can find out more about accessible committee papers on our Staff Directory.
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Report and Support – tell us your views
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
NEWS AND RESEARCH
Formula E driver in BCI lab
Essex scientists work with Nissan Formula E drivers 
Our Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Engineering laboratory has been working with Nissan Formula E on the pioneering Brain to Performance research program.
Watch this video to find out more
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Essex partners on social innovation project to foster peace
Professor Peter Bloom from Essex Business School is part of Future Innovators, a joint project to
boost the social economy in areas of Northern Ireland suffering from the legacy of the conflict. 
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New book examines impact of AI on higher education
Professor John Preston
explores how Artificial Intelligence impacts on the control and regulation in Higher Education and demonstrates how it contributes to the functioning and existence of the capitalist university.
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Reforming corporate governance in Kenya 
Professor Teerooven Soobaroyen and Dr Danson Kimani are being funded by ESRC IAA to identify policy improvements to
bolster corporate governance practices across the Kenyan parastatal sector. 
App icons on a mobile phone screen.
Two views of the Metaverse
Read articles by
Professor John Preston, from our Department of Sociology, and Professor Peter Bloomfrom Essex Business School, exploring what Facebook's rebrand really means and the impact of the metaverse on higher education and society as a whole.
THE CLIMATE CRISIS
The planet Earth seen from space.
Should we consider Geoengineering?
We are in a climate emergency. With little time to act, some people think we should be using geoengineering to limit climate change, but what do you think?  Tell us by joining our next THINK
seminar and debate.
Sabrina Elba being interviewed at our Colchester Campus.
Young people 'paving the way' in climate change battle
United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador Sabrina Elba told a packed meeting at our Colchester Campus that “young people are paving the way” in fighting climate change after returning from addressing world leaders in Glasgow at the COP26 climate conference.
Find out more.
Sustainable Essex Awards graphic.
Be the change you want to see
It is more important than ever for each of us to do our bit to help reduce carbon emissions. We are asking all departments to take part in the Sustainable Essex Awards. It is by completing small actions that big changes happen.
Find out more on Moodle, or contact Sustainability.
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Top tips for saving energy
Put on your slippers and a jumper instead of turning up the heating when you're working at home, switch off lights when you leave a room, as well as your laptop at the end of the day, and remember that you can still hang your clothes out to dry.
Find out more about sustainability at Essex.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Our three campuses
Make sure you get tested regularly
If you're working on campus you should take a COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test twice a week. You can take a test at one of our campus testing clinics or collect test kits for use at home.
Find out more about testing.
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Don't forget to wear your facemask
We strongly encourage everyone in our community to wear a face mask to help keep our campus COVID-secure. Everyone has a part to play in keeping campus open. See
our guidelines for keeping safe on campus
A person wearing a facemask.
Help us promote COVID-safety
We've created a
PowerPoint slide you can use in your teaching materials to help promote and support a COVID-safe campus.
TRAINING AND EVENTS
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Exploring childhood and ageing
Join us for our monthly Cross University Research Event on Tuesday 16 November, where researchers from across the University will be sharing their expertise on the subject of childhood and ageing.  
Register for free
Human Rights Centre Speaker Series graphic.
Join our expert panel on LGBTI+ rights 
The protection and promotion of LGBTI+ rights is a global challenge.
Join our expert panel, at midday on Wednesday 17 November, and hear from a series of experts who are working broadly within the realm of LGBTI+ rights, both at the international and domestic level.
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Find out about consultancy and commercialisation 
If you're interested in working as a consultant, or want to know how to turn your research into a product or service, check out the EIRA Quick Guides on
enabling consultancy and enabling commercialisation
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Lecture puts discrimination during pandemic under spotlight
How you protect against discrimination and hate during the COVID-19 pandemic is the subject of the next YUFE Diversity and Inclusivity Lecture on
Friday 19 November at 2pm.
The NEWCOMERS logo.
Learn about Essex research at ‘Newcomers Presents…’
Join us at 12pm on Thursday 25 November at our next ‘Newcomers Presents’ webinar to hear brief presentations from some of our fantastic PGR students and Early Career Researchers.
Find out more.
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Get your research expertise out to a wider audience
Want to learn how to consider the news potential of your expertise by writing for The Conversation?
Join the next media training session for Essex academics on 2 December from 10am to 11.30am to find out more.
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