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The University of Essex in the Press

December 2011

Saturday 31 December

Child fitness levels falling in UK
Child fitness levels in the UK are falling twice as fast as the average rate for the rest of the world, even in children who are not obese, new research has found. Worldwide, child fitness levels have fallen by around 4 per cent in the past ten years - but they've fallen about 8 per cent in the UK. Researchers from Essex University assessed the fitness levels of over 300 ten year olds from Chelmsford, in Essex, which ranks among the top 20 per cent most affluent areas in the UK.
Family GP

Healthy New Year's Resolutions

Data from the British Household Panel Survey based at ISER is used by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) for a research for the Department of Health. The research found people who made New Year's resolutions to be more healthy often made other positive changes in their lifestyle too.

Web Newswire 

Friday 30 December

Artificial intelligence takes on Ms.Pac-Man
Philipp Rohlfshagen, David Robles and Simon Lucas, from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, recently launched a competition called Ms. Pac-Man vs. Ghost Team for those wanting to rewrite the flow of the classic game.

Thursday 29 December

David’s tough Desert run in aid of Havens
Super fit David Atkinson, a lecturer in healthcare ethics at the Southend Campus, will face his biggest challenge to date when he runs across the Sahara Desert to raise money for Havens Hospices.

Wednesday 28 December

Bags of blood, and not a donor in sight: Lab-grown blood used for the first time
Professor Chris Cooper interviewed about the development of blood substitutes after red blood cells generated in a lab have been successfully injected into a human volunteer for the first time at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. Read the full article here.

Premium Health News Service


Witham: Youth area art work unveiled

Youngsters brightened the youth area of a children’s centre with brightly coloured pieces of artwork. About 20 children, aged between 11 and 16, worked for months to create the pieces with help from Essex University volunteers. They unveiled their work earlier this month at the Silver End Children’s Centre in the hope of making the youth area more welcoming.


Tuesday 27 December

'Girls perform better in single-sex classes'

Girls do better at university if they are taught in single-sex classes, according to new research. Students at Essex University were randomly split into three groups, male only, female only and mixed. At the end of the year, the marks of the girls-only class were eight per cent higher than either of the other groups. The split, though, had no effect on the boys' only or mixed classes. The findings could have policy implications for the way students are taught in future – both at university and in schools, according to academics. It may lead to demands for more single-sex teaching.

The Independent and more than 50 media outlets around the world.


Obituary: Richard Douthwaite

Richard Douthwaite, who has died aged 69, was a British-born economist whose apparently prescient outlook was best summed up by the doom-laden title of his influential first book The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet. Richard Douthwaite was born in Sheffield on August 6 1942. He studied Engineering at Leeds University then worked as a journalist before studying Economics at the University of Essex and at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Daily Telegraph 

Sunday 25 December

Festival Revamped for 2012
The Essex Book Festival has been revamped with a new look for 2012 but is still offering a brilliantly varied mix of authors and events in March. After 12 successful years as part of Essex County Council Library Services, the festival is now a registered charity overseen by a board of trustees, all of whom share a love of Essex and books. Supported by the Arts Council, England, Essex County Council and the University of Essex, the festival has new branding and a fresh feel as it offers the people of the county the chance to see top writers on home turf.

Pioneering research could make the internet 100 times faster
David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, today announced a £7.2 million investment that could revolutionise the internet. The six-year project will bring together world-leading scientists from the University of Southampton and the University of Essex with industry partners, including BBC Research and Development, to pioneer new technologies that could make broadband internet 100 times faster.
Glasgow Online

Saturday 24 December

Edge CEO Jan Hodges recaps her first summer in the role
CEO of The Edge Hotel School, the UK's first hotel school based entirely in a fully operational hotel, based at the University talks about her first summer in her new role. Read the full article here.
Further Education News

Carroll School Researchers Find Credit Card Bill Notes Curb Repayment Amounts
Credit card users are likely to pay less toward their debt if their monthly bills display information about the minimum amount required. Increasing the minimum required payment typically from 2 percent to 5 percent of the loan balance was found to have a positive effect on repayment for most consumers. However, that alone wasn’t found to be enough to overcome the negative effects of posting the minimum required payment, according to the researchers from Boston College and the University of Warwick, University of Essex and University College London.
Innovations Report

Friday 23 December

Book festival, here we come: a new approach to our feast of literature
It’s the return of the Essex Book Festival but perhaps not as you know it. That’s because things are a little different for next year’s 12th festival. As always, acclaimed international, national and local novelists, poets and writers will all be taking part during March. To find out more click here.

All change on the buses
A revised timetable will operate on some First Colchester buses from January 8. The 64 Sunday service, between Greenstead and Shrub End, will be revised and increase to four buses each hour. Other services have also been changed.

Judge: ‘What you did is every girl’s nightmare’
A former care home worker has been jailed for a sex assault on a young woman. Lawrence Button was told by a judge it had been a terrifying experience for the woman, as she made her way to Essex University late one night.
Essex County Standard

Thursday 22 December

Colchester 2020 is wound up early
A trailblazing group set up to make Colchester a better place for future generations has folded.
Colchester 2020 was launched in 2001, bringing together the great and the good of the town. Its long-term aims were to improve prosperity, opportunities and health of the town.

The group currently has about £80,000, mostly donated by public bodies including the University of Essex.

The EU man cometh
Prem Sikka Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex looks at the state of the audit market and explains why he believes big changes may be needed.
PQ Magazine – Online

Post-1992s bear the brunt of 'drop' in student applications
Undergraduate applications are down by more than a fifth at a considerable proportion of post-1992 universities, a survey by Times Higher Education suggests.
However, the Universities of Sussex and Essex, both said their percentage falls on 2010 has narrowed dramatically in just a few days from almost 10 per cent to just 3 per cent.

Joanne Tallentire, head of admissions at Essex, said the institution was also finding it more useful to review admissions data over a long period - at the time of the survey, its figures were up around 40 per cent on three years ago.

Wednesday 21 December

HMRC has a cosy relationship with the tax avoidance industry
Professor Prem Sikka of the Essex Business School gave his views regarding MPs criticisms with the HMRC’s link to accounting firms that help companies avoid tax. Read the full article here.
Comment is free

Albuquerque Express

University helping cyclist’s Race Across America

Essex cyclist Chris Armishaw talks with BBC Essex’s Dave Monk about his training for the Race Across America and how Dave Parry of the University's Human Performance Unit has helped him in his training regime. Listen to the show here.
BBC Essex

Tuesday 20 December

ai posts on CNET
Philipp Rohlfshagen, David Robles, and Simon Lucas, all of the University of Essex, recently launched a competition called Ms. Pac-Man vs. Ghost Team for those wanting to rewrite the flow of the classic chomper. The contest, held last week in New Orleans at the Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2011, was an open call for savvy Java programmers to create artificial intelligence routines that either control where Ms. Pac-Man or the four ghosts should go during gameplay. Read the article here.

Monday 19 December

Quotes of the year: From Steve Jobs' impact to why architects are the Britneys of IT
"If too much gamification goes on, people will realise that worthless extrinsic rewards are worthless" - Professor Richard Bartle, Senior Lecturer and Visiting Professor of Computer Game Design at the University of Essex, debunking gamification.

Lifting your mood outdoors
Humans are hardwired to seek out nature, says Jo Barton, a lecturer and researcher in sport-and-exercise science who studies the health benefits of "green" exercise at the University of Essex in England. "We were hunter-gatherers and farmers for 10,000 years, but we've been industrialized for only a few generations," she says.
Body and Soul

Blake Harrison
Blake is best known for the role of Neil in the BAFTA award winning Channel 4 sitcom The Inbetweeners, which follows the trials and tribulations of a group of friends at a London high school. To date, there have been three seasons. Blake trained at East 15 Acting School in London and has since accumulated a number of television and comedy credits.
Independent Film Channel

Care home worker jailed for sex attack on woman
A former care home worker has been jailed for a sex assault on a young woman as she made her way to the University of Essex one night. He was jailed for two years and put on the sex offenders' register for ten years.
East Anglian Daily Times

University is 'a safe place to be'
A University of Essex spokesman said "assaults of this nature are extremely rare on campus. The university is generally a safe place to live and study, but we do advise students of the importance of being vigilant".

Crime figures are up, but top cop says don't panic
Serious crime rates have soared in Colchester with university students being targeted. Det Chief Insp Caulfield said "We find when students return to University, we get a spike.  At the university we had laptops stolen".

600-bedroom uni plan put on hold
Discussions have plans to build more than 600 student bedrooms at the University of Essex have been put off, amid confusion over parking spaces. Colchester Council's planning committee voted to defer judgement on the plans.

Managed Video Conferencing - Essex University
International university deploys managed video conferencing to attract more international students and further broaden the teaching options for its students. It facilitated face-to-face interactions with international guest speakers in traditional lectures. Also it's impacting staff development and enhancing collaboration. The University turned to high definition video conferencing and Telepresence to deliver a 'new way of learning'. The Dimension Data solution not only enhanced the teaching toolkit at Essex but has given the University a strong competitive advantage.

Swarm storm to title glory
Sudbury Swarm under-18 boys – the indoor section of Sudbury Hockey Club – were crowned Suffolk’s Indoor Hockey club champions, after a convincing win over local rivals Ipswich & East Suffolk. This fantastic performance qualifies the team for the next round of the competition, the East of England regional finals at the University of Essex next Sunday.
Suffolk Free Press

Saturday 17 December

Harnessing the potential of Wii-habilitation
The East Anglian Daily Times profiles the research undertaken by Dr Murray Griffin and Dr Matthew Taylor from the Department of Biological Sciences looking into whether the Wii Fit improves the balance and quality of life of elderly people who are regular fallers.
East Anglian Daily Times

Friday 16 December

Turning He-Man action figure Ram Man into gold
Jamie Moakes is on a mission to make the 1980s action figure Ram-Man into a new commodity by buying up as many as possible. But by cornering the market can he make the plastic doll worth its weight in gold? Eric Smith, Professor of Economics at the University of Essex is sceptical. He said: "In principle it is possible, but it depends on a lot of things going right, and they more often than not never go right."
BBC News

BBC Radio 4 - More or Less
Jamie Moakes and Professor Smith appear on More or Less on BBC Radio 4. Listen again via the BBC Radio 4 website or download the programme podcast.

New Technology, Social Media and Human Rights
Yesterday I attended a fascinating talk in London that was organised by the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution, a part of the University of Essex. I have been on the look out for free lectures to attend and “New Technology and Human Rights” leapt out at me so I signed up straight away. I anticipated a discussion mostly about Twitter and Facebook, but it really went much deeper than that. Overall an excellent seminar. Read the rest of the blog here.

Gateway turn is now open
A junction to improve access to the University of Essex has opened on Clingoe Hill. Traffic lights have been switched on at the Knowledge Gateway research park to allow cars to cross the A133. A crossing has also been installed after a five-year safety campaign.
Essex County Standard

Research on the next frontiers of leveraging IT for Business Excellence
A four-day conference organized by Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad drew a range of IT, marketing and strategy experts to discuss the use of information technology for competitive advantage. One of the experts was Professor Jay Mitra, director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at Essex Business School, University of Essex.

Masons give £5k to disease study
A study of Parkinson's disease being carried out at the University of Essex has received a £5,000 boost. Freemasons' Grand Charity has given the cash to Parkinsons UK, which is funding the project.
Essex County Standard

Sex case concludes
A man found guilty of sexually assaulting a former University of Essex student is due to be sentenced today.
East Anglian Daily Times
BBC Essex

Veares emerges victorious in a bruising encounter
University of Essex boxer Jason Veares topped the bill at the Harwich Annual Winter show, held at the Park Pavillion.
Essex County Standard

Double delight for Essex University boxers at Hayes show
University of Essex boxers celebrated a double success at a show in Hayes. Cruiserweight fighter Danny Azeez and Zac Keating both won their bouts.
Essex County Standard

Thursday 15 December

The not so scary Wicked Fairy
The slapstick, the audience participation, the magic –actress and East 15 graduate, Colleen Daly loved all these things about panto when she was a child and now she gets to be a part of the magic as she takes on the role of the wicked fairy Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty at The Radlett Centre this season.
Hillingdon and Uxbridge Times

Painting a picture of hope
Primary-school pupils have been learning about human rights issues through art as part of a unique education initiative led by University of Essex academics from the Human Rights Centre, School of Law and School of Art History and Philosophy with support from the university's outreach team.

Freemasons give £5,000 to university's disease study
A study into Parkinson's disease being carried out at the University of Essex has received a £5,000 boost after the Freemason's Grand Charity gave a donation to Parkinson's UK which is funding the project.

University third in green league
The University of Essex has come third in the green league table in The Times. According to Times Higher Education, Essex is among the most energy efficient universities in the UK.

Tom Troscianko
Read an obituary for Tom Troscianko, who died on 16 November. Tom held a Chair at the University of Essex briefly in 2000.

How has the science, engineering and technology in cinema classic 'Blade Runner' progressed over the 30 years since the film's first release?
The Author mentions the robotic fish which were developed at the University of Essex. Read his article here.
Tech Noir
Engineering and Technology

School admission codes revised
Kirsten Anderson, legal research and policy manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at whether proposed new regulations promote better access to education for vulnerable children.
Children and Young People Now

Researchers claim to debunk women/pensions savings myth
At the Strategic Society Centre today. Researchers from ISER at the University of Essex have conducted some significant research into participation in occupational pension schemes. The findings, said researchers, debunked the myth that males dominate in the prevalence of pension savings take-up over their female counterparts.

Jason Pidcock
Citywire profiles University of Essex graduate Jason Pidcock. He has over 13 years of investment experience in the Asia Pacific sector.

Childlessness helps marriages last
The recent “Understanding Society” study in the UK shows that young married couples without children have the most satisfying relationships. The survey tracked 40,000 households over two decades.
Daily Lobo

Wednesday 14 December

Double success for University boxers
Essex University’s boxers celebrated a double success at a show in Hayes. Cruiserweight fighter Danny Azeez dominated his opponent Mitchell Preedy, to secure a fine win. Essex University’s Zac Keating continued Azeez’s good form when he snatched a hard-fought win over Hayes’ Mohammed Omal.

University is energy efficient
Essex University has been ranked third in a green league table. According to data gathered on private and public sector organisations and businesses across the UK, the university is one of the most energy efficient.
East Anglian Daily Times

Tuesday 13 December

Jon Stratton: Professor of Cultural Studies at Curtin University Summary
The Conversation profiles Jon Stratton, Professor of Cultural Studies at Curtin University. He gained his PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex and has worked in Australia since 1980.
The Conversation

Monday 12 December

A hardening of hearts: British social attitudes in the recession
Stuart Weir, founder of Democratic Audit at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, and co-founder of Charter 88  writes about current hard times for the people of Britain. Read his article here.
Our Kingdom

Uni students get £1,000 scholarships
Four students from north Essex have received a prestigious scholarship to support their studies. Carla Pepper and Patrick Vile, from Colchester, Samantha Takle, from Brightlingsea, and Rebecca Gowler, from Maldon, won Eliahou Dangoor scholarships worth £1,000. Carla, Patrick and Samantha began courses in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering this year, while Rebecca is studying in the Mathematical Sciences department at the University of Essex. The scholarships were established by philanthropist Dr Naim Dangoor to support the best students across the country to help them realise their potential, and are only open to students at Russell Group or 1994 Group universities.
Harwich and Manningtree Standard
Halstead Gazette
Clacton, Frinton and Walton Gazette

Silk scarves, no bitumen: that’s Bohemia’s problem
Dr Adrian May from the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies has written a book, Ballads of Bohemian Essex. Read the article here.
East Anglian Daily Times

Pensions: assessing the cost of auto-enrolment delay
Last week, the Strategic Society Centre published a major piece of quantitative research they undertook with the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. The research – entitled Who saves for retirement? – was supported by Prudential. Read more about the research here.
Public Finance

UK Data Archive helps BBC map deaths on our roads
Director of the UK Data Archive Dr Matthew Woollard discusses how the effective use of data can help inform and improve society after the BBC published an online map showing every road death between 1999 and 2011 using data from the Economic and Social Data Service based at the UK Data Archive.
Listen to the interview on the Dave Monk Show (interview is just after 1:43:00).
BBC Essex

Art winners at the uni
Children from three schools saw their art on display at Essex University. Year 6 pupils from Willow Brook Primary and St Andrew's Junior schools in Colchester and Millfields Primary in Wivenhoe have been taking part in the Arts and Human Rights in Education project.


Scholarships for university
Science and technology students from Colchester and Tendring have received scholarships to support their studies at the University of Essex. The Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships are worth £1,000 and were awarded to 33 students who joined the university this year.

East Anglian Daily Times

University's green credentials
Essex University is one of the greenest in the country, according to a new league table.

East Anglian Daily Times
Association of Business Schools

The EU man cometh
Professor Prem Sikka from Essex Business School looks at the state of the audit market and explains why big changes might be needed.
Read Professor Sikka’s full article.
PQ Magazine

Essay: When studies of infant feeding become ‘breast is best’ advocacy
Ellie Lee and Charlotte Faircloth from the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent discuss research on breastfeeding undertaken at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
Read full article.

Saturday 10 December

Cuba's agricultural revolution an example to the world
Professor Jules Pretty comments on the 'self-sustaining' system of agriculture adopted in Cuba in feature reviewing the country’s approach.
Read full article.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Pin-Stripe mafia
New report from Prem Sikka and Austin Mitchell MP: The latest report from the Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs claims that all over the world tax revenues are under relentless attack from a highly organised tax avoidance industry dominated by four accountancy firms. Read full article/
PQ Magazine

Friday 9 December

Human Performance Unit helps cyclist prepare for USA challenge
Cyclist Chris Armshaw is getting ready to take on the Road Across America race with the help of the Human Performance Unit.

Look East

A Week Full of Hope for the World’s Refugees – Melanie Teff, Refugees International
LLM International Human Rights Law graduate Melanie Teff discusses the international debates and agreements marking the sixtieth anniversary of the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the fiftieth anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
Read Melanie’s article in full.
Global Herald

'The Internet itself will turn into one large exchange' - Richard Olsen
Richard Olsen, co-founder of market maker and information source for currency OANDA and visiting professor at the University of Essex, discusses the global economic system and the mismatch between technology and the operational procedures of the financial system. Read full article.

Green light at new junction
A new junction opened on Clingoe Hill yesterday to improve to the access to the University of Essex. A crossing for cyclists and pedestrians has also been installed.
Essex County Standard
Harwich and Manningtree Standard

Dances of the Tudor court ready for jubilee
Neil D'Arcy-Jones watches the Colchester Historical Dance group rehearse which was formed after Jackie Marshall-Ward was asked to teach a historical dance class by someone at the University of Essex. The group now have 20-30 dances in their repertoire.

We should make more use of public data
Dr Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Archive writes an opinion piece in People and Science. You can read his article here (download as a pdf).
People and Science

Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination On View At The Frist
Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, an exhibition of photographs, paintings, videos, sculptures and installations by contemporary artists who invent humanlike, animal or hybrid creatures to symbolize life’s mysteries, desires and fears, opens on 24 February. The catalogue will feature an essay by Professor Marina Warner from the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies.

Wilting greens
For almost three decades, the British Social Attitudes Survey has measured growing acceptance of things like homosexuality and single motherhood. On December 7th it picked up a more worrying kind of nonchalance. Ardour for environmentalism is cooling. Read Professor Peter Lynn's comments here.
The Economist

Thursday 8 December

Students angry at 'joke' rent meeting
Managers at the University of Essex faced questions from 80 students over changes to student accommodation. Students were demanding answers regarding changes to their internet systems, cleaning services and increases in rent.
Essex County Standard

Plans for centre likely to be approved
New housing plans for university students in Colchester have been recommended for approval, despite concerns over parking.

Kids take walk on wild side
Youngsters at the University of Essex nursery have had a close encounter with some wild animals. Animal handling workshop, Zoolab, visited the nursery on the Colchester campus.
East Anglian Daily Times

Greener (but, sadly, not richer)
Universities have been better than average at preparing to reduce their carbon emissions, according to a league table released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. But their efforts will not earn them money, as originally planned. Jules Pretty, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and Resources at the University of Essex, said the results were a "mixed bag", with "quite alot of universities in equal-last position". Read the article here.

Female of the species
Researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex say it is no longer true that participation in pensions is significantly higher among men compared to women.

Wednesday 7 December

School pupils' artwork on show at uni
Year six pupils from Willow Brook Primary and St Andrew’s Junior schools in Colchester, and Millfields Primary School in Wivenhoe have been taking part in the Arts and Human Rights in Education project and have had their artwork displayed at the University of Essex.

Nick Clegg's plan for shareholders to tackle fat-cat pay won't work
Professor Prem Sikka from Essex Business School discusses why the Government’s efforts to encourage shareholders to crack down on runaway executive remuneration is flawed. Read Professor Sikka’s article on The Guardian website
The Guardian
Liberal Democrat Voice

Revealing the new who’s who in Who’s Who 2012
Acclaimed novelist Professor Alison Booth from the Department of Economics is included in this year’s Who’s Who.
East Anglian Daily Times

Hospice goes green
Professor Jules Pretty opens the new solar panels facility at St Helena’s Hospice in Colchester.
Harwich and Manningtree Standard
Halstead Gazette
Braintree and Witham Times

Tuesday 6 December

Nick Clegg's plan for shareholders to tackle fat-cat pay won't work
Today's shareholders are often foreign, functioning more like traders than owners – why would social justice bother them? Read Professor Prem Sikka's comments here.
The Guardian

Working women key to rise in living standards
The entry of women into the workforce in large numbers has been a key factor in raising the living standards of low to middle income households over the past 40 years, according to research published on Tuesday. Mike Brewer, research fellow at the IFS and professor of economics at the University of Essex, who co-wrote the report, said: “In the late 1960s, low-income working households were more reliant on the main earner than better off households: these households had a low income partly because they had only one earner. But by the 2000s, before the recession, low-income, working-age households were slightly less reliant on the main earner than better-off households.”
Financial Times

London debate on Bahrain's future
A frank and forward-looking debate on the future of Bahrain will be held in London next week. Political leaders, activists, academics and investors in Bahrain along with a member of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) will meet at the Chatham House, for a conference titled 'Bahrain after Bassiouni'. The event will be held on Tuesday, December 13. Member of the BICI, Professor of Law, University of Essex and Commissioner Sir Nigel Rodley KBE will be one of those attending the conference.
Daily Tribune

Monday 5 December

Harmony with Nature
Being connected to natural surroundings is vital to good mental and even physical health. Researchers at the University of Essex compared a walk in a country park with a walk in a shopping centre in a study of 20 people. They found 71% reported decreased levels of depression after a country walk compared with 45% after a shopping centre walk. Participants also felt much less tense and reported greatly increased self esteem after a green walk in nature.
Android Apps

BDP chosen to design new Essex Business School
Consultancy BDP has been chosen to design the new Essex Business School at the University of Essex's Colchester Campus. The timber-framed three-storey building will be zero-carbon, with photovoltaic roof panels to produce solar energy.

Saturday 3 December

Age shall not weary rock's own beloved jester troupe
Last weekend Martin Newell went to the Lakeside Theatre to watch the three founder members of the Bonzo Dog Band in their show called Three Bonzos and a Piano.
East Anglian Daily Times

Friday 2 December

Second World War is backdrop for Shakespeare play
East 15's latest guest director know a thing or two about the work of the Bard and is leading the acting school's production of Much Ado About Nothing.

New research park road to open
A new access road to Colchester's state-of-the-art research park will open next week. The road will take traffic from the A133 Clingoe Hill to the University of Essex's Knowledge Gateway. It is hoped the new junction will also improve student safety, as it included a pedestrian and cyclist crossing.
Essex County Standard

Why China is in our hands
Essex County Council first started its relationship with the Jiangsu province of China 23 years ago and as a result of a recent visit to China, 22 senior judges from the province visited the University of Essex to take part on a two-week course and a further delegation of senior managers from Wuxi city government visited last month. It is hoped more courses will be arranged in the future.
Essex County Standard

Essex honoured
Essex has been honoured by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow in his official coat of arms. Tow of the scimitars from the Essex coat of arms are displayed prominently in the new coat of arms as Mr Bercow was a student at the University of Essex.
Essex County Standard

Protesting University students occupy lecture theatre
Around 30 protesting students have occupied a lecture theatre at the University of Essex. They said they were protesting in solidarity with the public sector strikes, including their lecturers, as well as against changes to accommodation services at the university and privatisation of universities.
Harwich and Manningtree Standard
Maldon and Burnham Standard

Halstead Gazette
Braintree and Witham Times
Essex County Standard

Walkout shuts schools and disrupts services
Lectures at the University of Essex were cancelled as members of the University College Union took part in the walkout.
Essex County Standard

Business school to build £21m centre
The University of Essex's Business School has revealed an ambition to become one of the best in Europe via plans for a £21million centre. The new building next to the new Knowledge Gateway will include a 200-seat lecture theatre and state of the art computer facilities. The building is due for completion by early 2014.

Harwich and Manningtree Standard
Halstead Gazette
Braintree and Witham Times

Who backed the strike?
Students at the University of Essex occupied a lecture theatre in support of striking workers. About 30 students said they were protesting in solidarity with public sector strikers, including their lecturers, for free education, and against changes to accommodation services and privatisation of universities.
Essex County Standard

Student's DNA found on tights
A man has been jailed for five years for sexually assaulting a University of Essex student.  The new student was out with friends during fresher's week when she was assaulted.
Essex County Standard

DNA leads to sex attacker
A man has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman at the University of Essex, almost two years after the attack.
Essex County Standard

Blaze in student kitchen
Firefighters were called to the University of Essex after a blaze broke out in the kitchen of a student block. Students were kept away while the crews tackled the blaze before using a high-pressure ventilation fan to clear the smoke away.
Essex County Standard

Cambs 24
Halstead Gazette

Life and death in MUD
Multi-User Dungeons have shaped the modern online gaming experience in ways many remain unaware of. In the late 1970s, Roy Trubshaw was a computer science student at the University of Essex and together with Richard Bartle they created an extensive, virtual, and totally open world with no real goals other than that of exploration. Called Multi-User Dungeon – MUD for short – the exercise was named for the Dungeon variant of Zork, an even earlier single player text-based forerunner that both had enjoyed playing extensively.
Next Generation

Thursday 1 December

The Best books of 2011
Ten scholars, critics, writers, and artists choose the year's outstanding titles. Professor Dawn Ades from the Department of Art History and Theory chose the 1945 children’s book Bilderbuch by Hannah
Höch, recently published for the first time in English as Picture Book (Green Box).
Art Forum

All is calm - natural seasonal stressbusters
If the prospect of Christmas makes you feel blue, exercise outdoors to reduce stress. "Whether you go on a gentle walk in the park or career down a mountain on a bike - it all helps to boost mood and self-esteem," says Rachel Hine of the Centre for Environment and Society at the University of Essex. "We found changes to mood after 15 to 20 minutes of exercise and, for some, the benefits lasted for days."

Graduation day for School for Social Entrepreneur-East students
The first students have graduated from the School for Social Entrepreneurs–East (SSE-East) at a graduation ceremony held at University Campus Suffolk and the Eastern Enterprise Hub in Ipswich. A second group of students has now begun the course, with the two cohorts between them already responsible for social enterprises with a combined turnover of £21.5millilon and employing around 730 people.
Royston Crow

BDP graduates with honours from university challenge
BDP, the international practice of über urbanists, has won design bids for two major projects in academia in the East of England. BDP has been selected to design the new Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology research and teaching building for the University of Cambridge and BDP’s interdisciplinary team has also been chosen to design the £14 million Essex Business School at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus. The new building will be zero-carbon as part of the school’s ethos to lead the development of sustainable business strategies.
Business Weekly

Education award for University
The University of Essex has been given an award for helping under-represented youngsters get into higher education. The Realising Opportunities programme, run with 11 other universities, has won Widening Participation Initiative of the Year at the Higher Education awards.

Alexandra out to claim the Miss Essex crown
Alexandra Gill, a biological sciences student from the University of Essex is competing to become Miss Essex 2012.

Innovation From the Ocean: Aquatic Biomimicry
Beautiful data-gathering robotic fish were spawned in the lab of University of Essex professor Dr Huosheng Hu. The  fish are designed to swim around and measure pollution levels in bodies of water, helping scientist monitor and protect the “real” fish.

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