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The University of Essex in the Press

March 2012

Saturday 31 March

Facing the facts: Maths adds up to a well-paid career
Research published in the Economic Journal this year by Essex University economists looked at the relationship between gender and risk-taking. The research showed that girls in single sex schools were significantly more likely to take risks than girls in co-ed schools.
Leicester Mercury

From London chic to a rattling good Suffolk pub
Read about University of Essex graduate, Rebekkah Scalco who pursued a high-flying hospitality career in London before deciding to return to her roots with chef husband, Rino. They decided to take on the Brewers Arms at Rattlesden, offering an all-day service and making full use of the rich array of produce on their doorstep.
East Anglian Daily Times

Friday 30 March

Office Gardens: Organic Fun for Your Employees
A University of Essex study found that even five minutes a day of outdoor activity can substantially boost mood and self-esteem. Thus, maybe that half hour you or your employees spend tending the sprouts in the sunshine will become an investment in positivity that fuels healthy office interaction. Office gardeners also say that working alongside both superiors and inferiors has an equalizing effect on the corporate pecking order. “It takes the politics out of the job,” said Sheila Golden, a senior manager at PepsiCo, to the New York Times. “Everybody is on the same level in the garden.”
Mother Earth News

Funding Update: NIH Grants awarded
Dr Metodi Metodiev from the Department of Biological Sciences has been awarded $44,370 towards his project entitled ' Identification of new markers and drug target candidates for triple negative Breast Cancer'.  
Genome Web Daily News

How to forecast a financial crisis
A scientific understanding of the global economy requires better access to and analysis of data. Read comments made by Edward Tsang, Director of the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents at the University of Essex.
Financial Times

Uni's student numbers are set to go down
The Government's Higher Education Funding Council for England predicts 34 universities including Essex, will see a substantial drop in student numbers in September. The University said student numbers had risen hugely over recent years due to the Government's review of higher education it had planned for a small drop.
Colchester Gazette

Town to host Olympic Team
Venezuela looks set to base its Olympic athletes in Colchester. A delegation came to Colchester to check the final details and tour facilities, including the University's sports centre, earlier this week. Coverage includes interviews with Director of Sport David Williams and Gordon Charlesworth, coach of the University of Essex Amateur Boxing Club.
Essex County Standard

My book's made me think, what if that was me...?
Author Jodi Picoult discusses the moral dilemma at the heart of Lone Wolf ahead of her appearance at the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall as part of the Essex Book Festival.

Essex County Standard

King closing in on Games
Dominic King admitted feeling buoyant about his Olympic chances after clocking a London qualifying time in Slovakia.

Essex County Standard

Ace Adrian is champion
Adrian Martin made history after being crowned the University of Essex Amateur Boxing Club’s first-ever British Universities champion.

Essex County Standard
 

Thursday 29 March

New AVP-academic
Simon Fraser University's board of governors has approved the appointment of SFU economics Professor Gordon Myers as associate vice-president, academic (AVPA) for a five-year term commencing 1 September 2012.  He has been an academic visitor at the University of Essex and Bonn University and has published research articles in the leading economics journals and field journals in public finance and urban economics.
SFU News online

Poet to direct play
Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott will be directing his place Pantomime at the University of Essex's Lakeside Theatre between 3 and 5 May.
Colchester Gazette

Students' big clear-up
Students are planning a huge spring clean in the communities around the University of Essex. Volunteers from a number of Student Union societies will clear litter in a number of areas on 25 April.
Colchester Gazette

Developments in Essex could get £11.8m government money
Backing for two schemes in Colchester and one in Chelmsford and Harlow are among 12 approved by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). It will now put them forward for consideration to receive money from the government's Growing Places Fund. One of the projects, the Parkside Office Village at the University of Essex, could get £2.4m to build 16 two-storey business units.
BBC News

Ecotherapy vs. Retail Therapy -- Which is Better?
Tempted to splurge to beat the blues or deal with stress? A study by the University of Essex in the UK says you're better off taking a walk in nature.
Huffington Post

Siblings
You know that stereotype of a snotty, spoiled only child? The kid who never learns how to share or socialize and acts way too grown up because they never get any playtime with other children? The Observer ran a report from the Understanding Society study in Britain that found only children to be happier children. And the more siblings they had, the less happy they were.
The Gloss.com

Physically It: Choose health rather than easy vending
An article on naturalnews.com by Mike Adams titled “Jamie Oliver proves it: Healthy food raises children’s test scores” , states that healthy foods not only raised test scores, but also lowered the percent of absences due to sickness. The study conducted by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex focused their research on 11-year-old students and a healthy lunch system.
Dixie Sun

Labour unveils five pledges to help squeezed middle
Initiatives by successive governments to provide better access to higher education for young people from less-privileged backgrounds have failed according to Understanding Society, the world’s largest longitudinal study. Findings show just a five per cent increase in degrees among children of routine and manual workers.
politics.co.uk

Wednesday 28 March

Olympic team coming to town
Venezuelan athletes have chosen Colchester as their base for the Olympic games. About 60 athletes will stay in the town and use sports facilities, including at the University of Essex.
Victor Vargas, technical director of the Venezuelan Olympic Committee, said: "The gym is terrific and the atmosphere at the university is entirely appropriate for our athletes." David Williams, head of the sports centre, said: "This is a fantastic culmination of several years of hard work."It is hoped the agreement will be confirmed by the end of the week.
Colchester Gazette

Celebrate in style at uni venue
The University of Essex's Southend campus is hiring out the Union, in Elmer Approach, for wedding receptions, school proms, birthday parties or corporate events.
Echo

Top chef joins Wivenhoe House
Wivenhoe House, the luxury country house hotel in Colchester opening in summer 2012, has appointed award-winning Paul Boorman as its Executive Chef.
Paul Boorman, a Master Chef of Great Britain and former Essex Chef of the Year, has gained a reputation as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking executive head chefs in the region.
Eat Out Magazine
Craft Guild of Chefs
finchannel.com
caterersearch.com

David Cameron urges Scottish Tories to be more aggressive in their politics
An opinion poll by the British Election Study (BES) has found that most British voters still oppose independence for Scotland.

The study found that while 35% of Scots favoured independence, a result in line with several other polls, only 25% of voters in England and Wales agreed, a figure lower than some other studies.
When voters were asked to choose between full independence and a more powerful devolved parliament, those supporting independence fell to 27% in Scotland and 20% in England. Paul Whiteley, one of the principal figures in the BES, said he believed Salmond would lose the independence referendum. Read full Guardian article.
The Guardian
The Herald
Daily Record

Tuesday 27 March

Uni rescues couple's wedding reception
The University of Essex's Southend campus has stepped in to help a young couple whose wedding plans were thrown into jeopardy after their reception venue closed. The University of Essex has offered them use of the Students' Union bar in Elmer Approach for free on 30 June.
Echo

Uni lecturer is brain behind Olympic plan
Dr Valerie Gladwell, a senior lecturer in physiology is the sports scientist behind a £5 million Olympics-inspired Wellcome Trust project which will see every school in the country receive a free experiment kit to learn how their bodies work during exercise, movement and rest.
Colchester Gazette

Soldier student strives to study against odds
Lance Bombadier  Michael Aberdeen has had his University of Essex Online course customised to help him while he is away serving in Afghanistan as he will have limited access to the internet.  Michael started studying the course 19 months ago and aims to go on to complete a BA (hons) degree in business and management.
Colchester Gazette

Uni delight as Adrian becomes first champ
Adrian Martin made history after being crowned Essex University ABC's first-ever champion. The 19-year old secured a 24-3 victory after producing a marvellous display of boxing.
Colchester Gazette

Drought-tolerant pea varieties to be studied
ABSTRESS, a five-year, €3m (£2.5m) European project, is being led by the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), which says it will "revolutionise the way in which plant varieties are produced". For the project, which has been announced as much of the UK is gripped by drought, the interaction of drought stress and fusarium infection in peas will be tested. Under laboratory conditions, hundreds of these plants will be subjected to drought and/or infection with the soil fungus, fusarium. Project partners in the UK include the University of Essex, Colchester and the University of Aberystwyth, Wales.
Farmers Weekly

Monday 26 March

Garrison youth turns university lecturer
Read about University of Essex PhD student, 29-year old
Dr André Haughton, an economist and lecturer at the University of the West Indies.
The Gleaner

Artists take inspiration from the female weavers of South America
The Andean weaving tradition has been passed down from mother to daughter for thousands of years and now this ancient South American artform has been explored in an exhibition at the Firstsite gallery in Colchester. Unravelling Threads features a collection of artists who have been inspired by issues of textile production by the indigenous women in the Andean region. All the work on show at Firstsite was leant to the gallery from the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) at the University of Essex.
Echo

Monique Wilson to star in 'King and I'
Theatre actress Monique Wilson confirmed on Monday that she will be playing Anna Leonowens in the upcoming local production of “The King and I” later this year in the Philippines. She is taking some time off from her job at the East 15 Acting School, where she manages the MA/MFA Acting course for international students.
ABSCBS News.com

Hundreds go the distance for charity
Thousands of people across Suffolk and Essex took to the streets, parks and athletic tracks to raise money for Sport Relief. After a record-breaking £50million was raised during Friday night’s broadcast, attention turned to the hundreds of Sport Relief Mile races taking place yesterday. In Essex, there was a race around the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus.
East Anglian Daily Times

Developments in Essex could get £11.8m government money
Close to £12m could be given to four development projects in Essex. Backing for two schemes in Colchester and one in Chelmsford and Harlow are among 12 approved by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). It will now put them forward for consideration to receive money from the government's Growing Places Fund. One of the projects, the Parkside Office Village at the University of Essex, could get £2.4m to build 16 two-storey business units. Read the article here.
BBC News

When it comes to feeding, just what is really best for your baby?
Mother Elizabeth opted against routine breastfeeding...now Essex University research suggests it’s far better for your child. Read the article here.
Gazette

Park and ride funds are given go-ahead
A government investment in Colchester totalling £7.4million has been approved. The South East Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed to loan £5million to help fund Colchester’s first park and ride and £4.2million to build offices at Essex University. The university funding will allow it to build the first eight units of the planned Parkside office village, which will be occupied by law firms, non-government organisations and related companies.
Gazette

Woman who wove stories into works of art
The Andean weaving tradition has been passed down from mother to daughter for thousands of years. Now this ancient, South American, art form has been explored in an exhibition at the Firstsite gallery in Colchester. All the work on show at Firstsite was lent to the gallery, from the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (Escala) at the University of Essex.
Gazette

Law firm and university to stage ‘Essex Sporting Challenge’
Essex-based law firm Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP getting into the Olympic spirit by teaming up with the University of Essex to host the inaugural Essex Sporting Challenge. The challenge is being held at the university’s Wivenhoe Park campus on the afternoon of July 6 and is open to everyone, whether as an individual or a business entering a group of participants. With mini-games such as frisbee-discus and a table tennis relay filling the afternoon, it will be an opportunity for organisations to network and enjoy the activities simultaneously.
Cambridge First

Herts 24
Gazette
EADT

Town to host Latin American visitors
Delegates from the Venezuelan Ministry of Sport are due in Colchester next week to visit potential training camps for their Olympic athletes. Colchester has four venues accredited by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as official Pre Games Training Camps. These include Colchester Garrison, the University of Essex, Leisure World Colchester and SD Martial Arts Centre.
Gazette
Norwich Evening News

Friday 23 March

David Cameron urges Scottish Tories to be more aggressive in their politics
An opinion poll by the University of Essex's British Election Study has found that most British voters still oppose independence for Scotland.  Paul Whiteley, one of the principal figures in the BES, said he believed Salmond would lose the independence referendum. "If there was a referendum in Scotland tomorrow, it would reject independence and that's probably going to continue until 2014 because I don't think that the SNP can change that," he said. Read the article here.
The Guardian
The Daily Record
Herald Scotland

Town to host Latin American visitors
Delegates from the Venezuelan Ministry of Sport are due in Colchester next week to visit potential training camps for their Olympic athletes. Members of the Venezuelan Olympic Committee and Ministry for Sport will visit facilities at Colchester Garrison, Leisure World, the University of Essex, SD Martial Arts Centre and the Colchester School of Gymnastics to see if Colchester has what it takes to host the country's athletes ahead of the London Olympics.
Essex County Standard
Colchester Gazette
Cambridge First
Herts 24
Cambs 24
Norwich Evening News
East Anglian Daily Times

Green art plea against ecocide
A children's environmental art competition  has been launched by the University of Essex. As part of a one-day conference on 'ecocide' - crimes against nature - on 31 March, children have been asked to submit environmentally themed art to be shown at the conference.
Essex County Standard

Park-and-ride on the way thanks to £5million loan
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership is expected to hand £2.4 million to the University of Essex to help get the Knowledge Gateway project off the ground. The university funding will allow it to build the first eight office units of the planned Parkside office village. The village will be part of the Knowledge Gateway project, the centrepiece of which will be the planned International Centre for Democracy, Peace and Human Rights.
Essex County Standard
Gazette

Did the Budget strike the right balance?
University of Essex student Daniel Devine, 19, said raising the tax bracket may relieve students who work part-time.
Essex County Standard

Spring Cleaning, Mental And Physical
A study by Allison Booth, a Professor of Economics at the University of Essex and the Australian National University, has  found that girls are more willing to take chances when surrounded by other girls than they are if they're in mixed-sex groups. In the experiment, a group of girls could choose whether or not to place a bet on each flip of a coin. If they won, they got 11pounds. If they lost, they got 2 pounds. Or they could do nothing and get 5 pounds. Statistically, the best option is to place the bet.
Huff Post Women
Crikey Media

Thursday 22 March

BBC Essex
Professor Richard Bartle from School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering discusses the support offered to the computer gaming industry by this week’s budget. You can listen to the interview here. The interview starts after 2hrs08.30secs.

Students raise 12k for charity
Business-savvy students at the University of Essex have raised a record breaking amount of money for The Prince’s Trust. The team of enterprising youngsters won the Student Million Makers Challenge by raising £12,000 – the highest amount ever achieved – to help the region’s most disadvantaged young people. Read the article here.
Comet 24
East Anglian Daily Times

Laurence Twelvetrees
Laurence joined Euromoney in 2011, after completing an MPhil degree in economics at Cambridge University. He covers foreign exchange markets, technology and industry news for EuromoneyFXNews.com. Laurence also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Essex and completed a year abroad at Mannheim Business School in Germany.
EuroMoney

Children’s advice
Cherie Booth QC launched the free online children’s legal advice services provided by the Coram Children’s Legal Centre last week, as the charity announced its telephone advice line had received a record 10,000 calls over the last year.
Law Society Gazette

Colchester's efforts for Sport Relief
Hundreds of runners are due to take part in a charity run in Colchester this weekend. More than 500 fundraisers are entered in the first Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile at the University of Essex’s Wivenhoe campus on Sunday.
Essex County Standard
Gazette

Promotion is the icing on the cake for hero Rik
The Seasiders booked their place in NE14Hockey East Men’s League division two south after Saturday’s thrilling 4-3 victory against Southend. As the University of Essex lost, Clacton are now assured of second spot in division three south-east, behind champions Chelmsford. The timing could hardly be better, with the club preparing to celebrate their 75th anniversary on April 21.
Clacton, Frinton and Walton Gazette

King's Speech cast member Andrew Malkin dies
Andrew Malkin, an ensemble member in the cast of The King's Speech who was also understudying the role of Lionel Logue, has died of a heart attack aged 49, just days before he was due to make his West End debut. Malkin came late to acting, spending 23 years working in IT before retraining at East 15 Acting School. He graduated from the school's MA in Acting course in 2008.
Whatsonstage

Children develop better vocabulary if cared for by middle-class grandparents
Young children looked after by middle-class grandparents develop better vocabulary than those in nurseries, a study has revealed. They are significantly ahead by the age of three due to the amount of one-on-one time they spend with a loving adult. The findings were published in a review of childcare studies by researchers from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Bryson Purdon Social Research, Essex University's Institute for Social and Economic Research and the National Centre for Social Research.
gulfnews.com

Runners line up for Colchester Sport Relief Mile
Hundreds of runners are set to take part in Sport Relief Mile in Colchester More than 500 fundraisers will be taking part in the first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile hosted by the University of Essex at its Colchester Campus on Sunday.
The Colchester Sport Relief Mile is being organised through a partnership between the university and Students’ Union.
Gazette

Russian presidential elections: How easy is it to commit electoral fraud?
Earlier this month, Russians went to the polls to elect a new president. Vladimir Putin – the current prime minister – won the vote by a mile, but has since faced fierce protests and several allegations of vote fixing in an election many say was ‘clearly skewed’. Dr Sarah Birch, reader in politics at Essex University, gives her views.
Metro.co.uk

Essex Uni academics say cycling is good for us
Research by academics at Essex University has shown that cycling for fun is good for children’s health.
Led by sports scientist Dr Gavin Sandercock the study looked at the cycling habits of more than 5,500 children. Published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal, the research suggests promoting fun cycling activities could be the best way of increasing physical activity amongst youngsters.
Dr Sandercock said: “Recreational cycling could potentially serve as a way for children to gain cycling confidence and improve their abilities and naturally ‘graduate’ to become habitual active commuters when it is possible for them to do so.”
Gazette

Could you run a marathon without training?
London Marathon entrants have a month of training left for what's seen as one of the greatest feats of human endurance. Yet Irish twins Jedward claim they completed the Los Angeles marathon without any training. So is it possible to run one on a whim? According to Dr Valerie Gladwell, a senior lecturer in sports and exercise science at the University of Essex, a person's basic level of fitness plays a big part in their potential. See article here
BBC News Online

Students raise £12k for charity
Business-savvy students at the University of Essex have raised a record-breaking amount of money for The Prince's Trust. The team of enterprising youngsters won the Student Million Makers Challenge by raising £12,000 - the highest amount ever achieved - to help the region's most disadvantaged young people.
East Anglian Daily Times

Wednesday 21 March

Award for uni’s scheme
Essex University has been shortlisted for a national award for the work placements it offers its students. An initiative run by the university, called frontrunners, allows students to take up work experience around the campus and gives them skills to compete for jobs. The university hopes it be in line to win the Best Public Sector title at the National Council for Work Experience awards. For more information see here.
Gazette

Tuesday 20 March

Keating makes it three wins on the bounce
University of Essex southpaw Zac Keating made it three wins out of three this season with victory over Cheshunt Amateur Boxing Club's Tommy Harrison.
Colchester Gazette

Budget hopes and fears
Dan Devine is studying politics at the University of Essex is interviewed about his hopes, fears and expectations for the Budget.
Colchester Gazette

Baby feed plans and IQ link uncertain
“Babies fed on demand do better at school,” reported The Guardian. The newspaper said that those who “are fed when they are hungry achieve higher test scores” but that the experience takes its toll on their mothers. The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Essex and the University of Oxford and was funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.
The Fraserburgh Herald
This story was featured in over 500 news outlets around the UK

Monday 19 March

Playing Nintendo just got medical backing (the perfect excuse?)
Researchers at the University of Essex have found that playing Nintendo Wii Fit can help improve the mobility of elderly people prone to falling. The research, published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, found that Wii improved flexibility and mobility in recurrent fallers and kept them entertained.
Herts and Essex Observer
Harlow Star Series

East 15 Acting School BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre Graduate Showcase 2012
Opening with a musical number in an acting showcase might be unusual but the graduates of the East 15 BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre course are evidently out to prove a point. Without exception this is an extremely talented year in all disciplines providing the audience of agents and casting directors with a particularly fulfilling afternoon’s entertainment.
The Stage

Unravelling Threads
Valeria Paz Moscoso former Head of the Museum Section and Curator of Exhibitions at the National Museum of Art in La Paz has curated Unravelling Threads the new exhibition at the University Space at firstsite.
La Razon

University nominated for award
The University of Essex has been nominated for a national award for its Frontrunners programme. Through the scheme, students are given the chance to take up paid placements around the campuses.
Colchester Gazette
Herts and Essex Observer
Harlow Star Series

Seasiders secure promotion after dramatic victory
Clacton Hockey Club made their supporters sweat before securing promotion thanks to a dramatic victory against Southend, in NE14 Hockey East Men’s League division three south-east on Saturday. And their comeback made it a promotion-winning celebration as Essex University - the only side who could catch them - lost to champions Chelmsford.
Clacton, Frinton and Walton Gazette

Green art contest
A children's environmental art competition has been launched by the University of Essex part of a one-day conference on 'ecocide' - crimes again nature and has asked children to submit environmentally-themed art of be shown at the event.
Colchester Gazette

Neil's highlights
Professor Kevin Dutton explores what psychology can teach us about the art of persuasion at the Lakeside Theatre. The talk is part of the Essex Book Festival.
Colchester Gazette

Author in town
Award-winning author Jodi Picoult will be talking about her new novel 'The Lone Wolf' at the University of Essex on 3 April as part of the Essex Book Festival.
East Anglian Daily Times

Big changes needed to bridge the earnings gap
The Essex Business School, part of the University of Essex shone a spotlight on the continuing gender pay gap with their own graduate students. They surveyed former female and male students to find out the difference in salaries between the sexes with similar qualifications and experience and found that the female graduated followed the national trend and earnt less than their male counterparts.
Colchester Gazette
Echo

Soldier takes his books on tour of Afghanistan
Lance Bombardier Michael Aberdeen leaves for Afghanistan tomorrow with the prospect of taking on the Taleban and having to keep up with his studies. And if that wasn’t enough he will have to juggle with the knowledge his second child will be born while he is away. The 24-year-old of 12th Regiment Royal Artillery, based on Thorney Island, Emsworth, has been studying through the University of Essex for a BA in business to enhance his career prospects within the army and when he leaves. Read the article here.
The Portsmouth News

Sunday 18 March

Five minutes to fitness
Dr Dominic Micklewright from the School of Biological Sciences discusses high intensity training.
Sunday Times – Style magazine

Is feeding on demand better for your baby's IQ?
Babies who are fed on demand are more likely to have a higher IQ and perform better at school, according to new research. The study suggests that eight-year-olds who were demand-fed as infants had IQs that were four or five points higher than those who were fed to a schedule. Researchers from Essex and Oxford Universities looked at three types of mothers and babies - babies who were fed to a schedule, for example every four hours, when they were four weeks old, those whose mother tried but did not manage to feed to a schedule, and those who were fed on demand.
Mail on Sunday
This story was featured in over 330 news outlets around the world

Channel 4 News
Dr Maria Iacovou from the Institute for Social and Economic Research is about the feeding on demand research. You can view the clip here.

Dr Maria Iacovou was also featured on BBC World Service.

Outside is back in
Going outside and into the natural environment could be exactly what most of us need. Recent studies from around the world present a convincing argument that nature is a health tonic ripe for the picking. The British mental health organisation Mind, in its Ecotherapy report, recommended that ''green exercise'' be considered as a clinically valid treatment for people experiencing mental distress. And scientists at the University of Essex found that just five minutes of green exercise a day resulted in improvements in mood and self-esteem.
Cooma Monaro Express
This story was also featured in over 121 news outlets around Australia 

Son soldiers on after losing dad to cancer
University of Essex graduate Platoon commander Lieutenant Will Hoy, 27, heads out to the warzone with 1 Royal Anglian Regiment, known as the Vikings, for a six-month operational tour next month.
Mercury

Friday 16 March

Labour to 'conquer' youth unemployment
Unemployment reached a 17-year high after another 128,000 joined the jobless ranks, meaning the total number of unemployed is now 2.64 million. New research from Understanding Society, a study of more than 40,000 UK households, has examined what is driving this uneven employment pattern and finds that young people suffer from a 'double-penalty' in their attempts to find and keep a job.
politics.co.uk

Essex University ace Azeex is a worthy winner
University of Essex cruiser weight Dan Azeex saw off old adversary Dan Dalton after producing his most polished performance to date.
Essex County Standard

Does breastfeeding improve a baby's life chances?
Researchers at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex have been investigating just this, drawing on data from Unicef’s Baby Friendly Initiative Programme (BFI) among other studies. Overall, their research points to breastfeeding having positive effects independent of social class and home environment. The researchers argue that breastfeeding may well be an important way to help reduce inequality.
Family GP

A mother of a problem? - mums returning to work
But what's best for the kids? That's the ultimate question - and the research on that is quite mixed. A study conducted at the University of Essex found that children were slower learners when their mums returned to work before the kids reached the age of three. 
BusinessDay.com
Canberra Times
Brisbane Times
The Age

Rader earns doctoral degree
Elizabeth Rader of Stuart earned a doctorate in art history from Essex University in Great Britain. She also earned a master's degree from the University of Glasgow in conjunction with Christie's Auction House London. She has been hired by the Michael Goedhuis Galery of London, which also has offices in Beijing and New York.
TC Palm 

Thursday 15 March

BBC Essex - Steve Scruton Afternoon Show
Professor Jules Pretty talks about his book 'The Luminous Coast' and his talk as part of the Essex Book Festival next week.
You can listen to the interview on the iplayer – click this link and forward to 39:48.

Leverhulme Trust grants
Research project grant worth £124,184 awarded to Tim Rakow in Department of Psychology.

THE

Researchers present findings to Parliament
Dr Mark Breckels and PhD student Nicola Lewis gave a presentation to MPs in the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee and a panel of judges. Dr Breckels and Ms Lewis have been studying the role of a climate-regulating gas plays on ocean food chains.

Colchester Gazette

Asharq Al-Awsat Interview: Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari
Interview with Iraqi Foreign Minister and Essex alumni Hoshyar Zebari. Read full interview.
Asharq-e.com

Plea to MP over action on Iran
THE UK followed the US into war with Iraq on the basis of false claims about Weapons of Mass Destruction. Now, 16 concerned constituents have written to Stroud MP Neil Carmichael expressing concerns over a potential military strike on Iran. ‘We should not follow such a path again’ they say. The letter was composed by Stroud resident Judith Large, a policymaker and lecturer, who is currently a visiting fellow at the University of Essex’s Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution.

Stroud News and Journal

Expert calls for legal protection of Children’s Rights
The Rights of Children should not only be protected but also included in New Zealand's law, an expert has said. Professor Paul Hunt, a New Zealander, now at the University of Essex, made this comment, while speaking at the Human Rights Foundation Annual General Meeting held in Auckland.

www.indiannewslink.co.nz

Wednesday 14 March

BBC Essex: Steve Scrutton
Masters graduates from the Department of History Samantha Carter and Ian Yearsley talk about this weekend’s Showcasing Southend event.
Listen to the interview on iPlayer (interview starts at 1:36:40)

Patients get Wii fit
Dr Murray Griffin being interviewed about his research into how the Wii Fit can help elderly people who are recurrent fallers. See more here
ITV Anglia News
BBC Essex

Free policy see eye tests go up
The number of people having eye tests in Scotland has increased since free tests were introduced, a study has found.
The study was led by Dr Alexandros Zangelidis, who used data from the British Household Panel and business records from a multi-branch private ophthalmic optician company operating in north-east Scotland.
Motherwell Times Series and various other Scottish media outlets

A healthy teenager is a happy teenager
Teenagers who turn their backs on a healthy lifestyle and turn to drink, cigarettes and junk food are significantly unhappier than their healthier peers. New research also shows that 12-13 is a catalyst age when young people turn away from the healthy habits of their younger years and start to get involved in risky behaviours.
The research used information from Understanding Society, a long-term study of 40,000 UK households funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Providence Journal Online

Hosepipe bans and climate change
Professor Ian Colbeck interviewed by Ian Puckey on BBC Essex Drive about the implications of climate change in light of the planned hosepipe ban in the area.
BBC Essex

Student scoops prize
King’s College London student Stephanie Effiom has won a place on Clifford Chance’s summer vacation scheme and £1,000 for the Build Africa charity following her victory in the magic circle firm’s ‘Intelligent Aid’ competition.
Part of Clifford Chance’s 2011/12 graduate recruitment activities, Intelligent Aid asked undergraduates to write a 500-word essay answering the questions: Trade or aid - what offers a brighter solution for Africa? And as Africa’s economies develop, what role can lawyers perform in helping more people in Africa benefit from economic transformation?
The other student finalists included Iulia Nicolescu of the University of Essex.
Lawyer 2B

Chilean artist at firstsite
Cecilia Vicuna will perform at firstsite on Sunday 18 March.
Gazette

Felt pen art has grown up
Feature about Laurence Owen exhibition at Art Exchange.
Gazette

Greek austerity measures
European Union officials don't believe Greece austerity measures adopted so far will be sufficient -- and they're demanding additional cuts equivalent to 5.5 percent of the country's gross domestic product in 2013 and 2014, according to a report obtained by Reuters.
Greece will hold parliamentary elections in April amid acutely slim job prospects for younger, career-minded professionals, who are increasingly looking abroad for work.
"My initial plan was to spend some years abroad and return back to Greece," Leonidas Karakatsanis, 39, who received his Ph.D. in political science last year from the University of Essex in England and has a research fellowship at Panteion University in Athens, told Bloomberg News. "Now it seems like it's impossible to return to Greece. I'm starting to imagine myself living abroad for the next 15 to 20 years."
International Business Times - Hong Kong
 

Tuesday 13 March

Wii console helps elderly avoid falls
Researchers at the University of Essex have found that Nintendo Wii games consoles have been successful in helping elderly patients prone to falls.
Colchester Gazette
Essex County Standard

Hosepipe ban and water bill warning
Households face soaring water bills if the region's drought conditions continue. East Anglian climate expert, Professor Ian Colbeck said even persistent rainfall over the coming months would not reverse the hosepipe ban announced yesterday - the first for 20 years.
East Anglian Daily Times
Bury Mercury

Monday 12 March

IDRC discusses United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security
The contribution made by the International Development Research Centre in support of Canada's efforts to implement the resolution on women, peace, and security will be highlighted before the Standing Senate Human Rights Committee.  The committee, which has launched a study into Canada's contribution to UN Resolution 1325 and other Security Council resolutions pertaining to women, peace, and security issues, hears from Colleen Duggan, senior program specialist at IDRC. Ms Duggan holds a master's in law (international human rights and humanitarian law) from the University of Essex.
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Women take more risks when men are not present
New research shows that women are more likely to take risks when they are surrounded by other women. The results, published in the February 2012 issue of the Economic Journal, could help to reduce gender inequality in the workforce.
In an experiment at the University of Essex, Professor Alison Booth and Dr Patrick Nolen, tested whether or not girls in single-sex groups or from single-sex schools had different attitudes towards risk than girls in co-educational groups or those from co-educational schools.
www.res.org.uk

Unhealthy children more likely to be unhappy, study finds
Children and young people who choose unhealthy activities have dramatically lower happiness levels than those with healthier lifestyles, according to the Economic and Social Research Council. The Understanding Society study of 40,000 households in the UK found that regardless of gender, age, family income and parent's education, unhealthy lifestyles including alcohol consumption and smoking impacted upon happiness. A survey of 5,000 young people aged 10 to 15 revealed that those who consumed alcohol were four to six times more likely to be unhappy than those who had not. Those who did not smoke were five times more likely to be happy. More hours of sport a week also increased likelihood of happiness.
Children and Young People Now

Lecturer on radio show
Dr Aaron Balick from the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies took part in the special three-hour show dedicated to discussing and answering questions about all aspects of sexuality.
Colchester Gazette

University attracts far more girls than boys
University Campus Suffolk is still attracting twice as many girls as boys onto its courses according to new figures. On this year's roll there are 3,621 female students and 1,659 male students.
East Anglian Daily Times

Coalition steps in to prop up housing market
The downturn in the housing market in the last three years has left the UK a nation of frustrated, unfulfilled house-movers, according to the latest data from Understanding Society, a study of 40,000 UK households funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Politics.co.uk

Why go organic?
Can organic agriculture feed us? In a report submitted by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter said, "Jules Pretty et. al. compared to the impact of 286 recent sustainable agriculture projects in 57 poor countries covering 37 million hectares (3% of the cultivated area in developing countries). They found that such interventions increased productivity on 12.6 million farms, with an average crop increase of 79%, while improving the supply of critical environmental services."
Business World

Sunday 11 March

Greece’s College students fighting stray dogs as austerity deepens despair
In the universities of Athens, the city where Plato taught and Cicero studied, campuses are covered in anarchist graffiti, stray dogs run through buildings and students take lessons in Swedish with the aim of emigrating. As universities in Greece reduce salaries and slow hiring, young academics are rethinking their careers there, said Leonidas Karakatsanis, 39, who received his PhD in political science last year from the University of Essex and has a research fellowship at Panteion University in Athens. Read the article here.
Bloomberg
Business Week

Can we celebrate Women's Day by putting them behind bars?
International Centre for Prison Studies (ICPS), an academic partner of the University of Essex, reported in the second edition of its World Female Imprisonment List that there are more than 625,000 women and girls in prisons worldwide as either pre-trial detainees or convicts. The report, prepared by researcher Roy Walmsley, was conducted in 212 prison systems in independent countries and dependent territories.
Merinews.com

Saturday 10 March

Doctor joins debate
University of Essex expert, Dr Aaron Balick from the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies is to join a Radio 1 debate about sexuality on Sunday.
East Anglian Daily Times

A cleaner conscience: the politics of domestic labour
Domestic work is a grubby business. There is a huge, unseen workforce who do our mopping, cleaning and childcare. The British Household Panel Survey looked at 5,000 families over 15 years and found that single men do four hours of housework a week, while single women do seven hours. But married and cohabiting women do 12 hours a week, and men suddenly do 40 minutes. Read the article here.
The Guardian

Want to make your adult child happy? Maybe its time to end your marriage
A young person learns his/her parents are divorcing and their fantasy of a happy family is shattered. Falling into despair they under-perform in school, victims of selfish parents who put their own needs above that of their children. Researchers at the University of Warwick found that students whose parents have divorced are not less happy than other students and, in fact, students whose parents divorced in the last three years are happier than other students. The researchers repeated this exercise using the very large, nationally representative British Household Panel Survey (with data collected annually from 1991 to 2008) and found that happiness appears to increase in the year in which parents divorced and then return to its original level in the following two years.
big think

Friday 9 March

Top British wordsmith in action
Simon Armitage, one of the country's top poets is performing at the Lakeside Theatre at the University of Essex this weekend.
Essex County Standard

Talk gives insight into US elections
Top political commentator, Dr DeFrancesco Soto, a regular on US talk shows and news channels will speak at the University of Essex on 14 March.
Essex County Standard

722 student rooms to rise at the Hythe
Plans for a massive student campus, intended to be the "catalyst" for the regeneration of Colchester's neglected Hythe, have been unveiled by Town Planners LPP, representing developers Woadguard and Newdex.
Essex County Standard

Women earn less than men
Women are still not getting a fair deal when it comes to earnings according to research carried out into salaries by the Essex Business School. The results showed female graduates earned less than their male peers.
Essex County Standard

Sport Relief race at uni
Runners will go the extra mile for charity at the University of Essex on 25 March.
Essex County Standard

Oil companies on mock trail for 'ecocide'
Renowned Human Rights Lawyer, Michael Mansfield QC will join other top lawyers at the University of Essex's Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution on 31 March.
Essex County Standard

University to host Budget breakfast
Academics at the University of Essex are hosting a breakfast to discuss the Government's budget. Professor Eric Smith, Head of Economics, will introduce the free event, designed to clarify the implications of the Chancellor's plans.
Essex County Standard

Neil's highlights
Two of the area's top young performance poets, Luke Wright and Ross Sutherland are appearing at the Lakeside Theatre at the University of Essex as part of Essex Book Festival.
Colchester Gazette

Charity group conference
A conference is being staged at the University of Essex tomorrow by the Rotaract Club of Colchester. The event will feature presentations including a talk about study exchange programmes.
Colchester Gazette

Suspects are released
Five men arrested on suspicion of robbing a takeaway delivery driver at the University of Essex have been released without charge due to insufficient evidence.
Essex County Standard

Collective thinking tank
Dr Edd Codling, a senior lecturer in mathematical biology at the University of Essex will discuss recent research on collective decision-making at the Minories Art Gallery.
Essex County Standard

Thursday 8 March

Sir Bob Russell and John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons
University mentioned yesterday in House of Commons address to the Queen on the occasion of the Sixtieth Anniversary of Her Accession to the Throne.

Uni hosts charity run
Runners of all ages and abilities will take to the University of Essex campus later this month for the Sport Relief Mile. People can take part in a one, three or six-mile event.
Colchester Gazette
Essex County Standard

Discussing Government
Academics at the University of Essex are hosting a breakfast to discuss the Government's budget later this month. Professor Eric Smith, Head of the Department of Economics will introduce the free event on 13 March.
Colchester Gazette
Essex County Standard

A lot of help from its 'friends'
Two business school academics are leading an investigation into whether Facebook users should be paid for the role they play in the success of the social-networking site. Christopher Land and Steffen Boehm of the University of Essex Business School consider that updating one's status, "liking" a website or becoming someone's "friend" creates Facebook's basic product. They argue that activity on Facebook also creates marketing data about users, which the company can then leverage for market research purposes. Professor Boehm said the company's profits were "only possible because of the time and labour, we, as users, invest in Facebook. So, why don't we get paid for it?"
Times Higher Education

Male graduates still earn more
Male graduates at the University of Essex are following the national trend and earning more than their female counterparts.
Essex Chronicle

Survey paints a portrait of the UK
A complex and fascinating portrait of a society suffering the effects of the deepest recession since the early 1990s and in which young people appear to have been hardest hit is revealed by new findings from the UK’s largest longitudinal household survey Understanding Society. The research published also shows that efforts to get more students from poorer backgrounds to go to university have not been successful and that more needs to be done to get teenagers to live a healthier life in order to assure their future happiness.
The Information Daily

Survey reveals half of children of migrants families feel 'white British'
More than half the children of immigrant families now count themselves as both white and British, a survey revealed yesterday. The findings show that more than one in six of those people who call themselves white British were in fact born abroad, or their parents or grandparents came from somewhere else in the world. Even among children of mixed-race parents, more than a third say they are ‘white British’ when asked how they identify themselves. The study, produced from the new state-funded Understanding Society database that tracks the lives of 40,000 people, is powerful evidence that high numbers among the millions of migrants who have come to Britain in the past 60 years no longer see themselves as outsiders.
Daily Mail
This is Money

4,530 women behind bars in Turkey on women’s day
As women around the globe celebrate International Women's Day, a total of 4,530 women in Turkey remain behind bars, according to a report released today by the International Centre for Prison Studies (ICPS). ICPS, an academic partner of the University of Essex, reported in the second edition of its World Female Imprisonment List that there are more than 625,000 women and girls in prisons worldwide as either pre-trial detainees or convicts. The report, prepared by researcher Roy Walmsley, was conducted in 212 prison systems in independent countries and dependent territories.
Today's Zaman

Wednesday 7 March

Work finally starts on £27m Southend library project
Chiefs from Southend Council, the University of Essex and South Essex College gathered at the site, in Elmer Approach, yesterday to mark the start of an 18-month construction programme. The library, dubbed the Forum, will replace the existing Central Library when it opens in August next year. Read the article here.
Echo
Southend Standard

Precast concrete construction goes modular
A good example of such modular construction can be seen in the structural precast rooms system designed and supplied by Bell & Webster for student accommodation at the University of Essex, Southend. This proved an ideal choice for contractor Hollybrook. The project involved 561 student bedrooms, requiring 2,251 factory-engineered concrete units. With 1,296 wall units and a height of ten storeys, the building was constructed to create a strong, robust structure that could be installed and fixed far faster than most alternative systems buildings of this scale.
Builder and Engineer

Do we need smart signs on Strood?
Scientists at the University of Essex believe artificial intelligence could solve the problem of cars getting stranded on Mersea Island’s Strood. Motorists repeatedly ignore high tides and get stranded. Experts at the university’s Colchester campus believe they could design a programme to predict when the water covering the road is too high for motorists to safely cross.
Gazette

Santam appoints Alan Browne to lead personal lines marketing division
Santam, South Africa’s leading short-term insurer, has appointed Alan Browne as head of its personal lines marketing department. An actuary by profession, Browne has a BsC in Information Management and Accountancy from the University of Essex, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science from City University in London.
The Marketing Site

BBC Essex – Dave Monk Show
Dr Cecilia Cassinger interviewed by Dave Monk about research into the pay gap between female and male graduates from Essex Business School and seminar organised today in conjunction with the Precarious Workers Brigade to tie in with International Women’s Day.

Derwin Howell appointed to Republic Bank Board of Directors
Telecommunications Systems MSc graduate Derwin Howell has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Republic Bank in Trinidad. Full story online.
Trinidad Express
Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

Graduate creates barbecue academy
An Essex graduate has created the first dedicated barbecue academy at a garden centre in Ireland.
Managing Director, Alan Mercer, heads the family owned Belfast garden centre at Hillmount. A recent £500,000 extension has created 10 new jobs and transformed the business, securing a staff of 50 at the store. Full story online.
News Letter

Tuesday 6 March

BBC Essex – Etholle George Show
Luke Wright interviewed by Etholle George about his upcoming appearance at the Lakeside Theatre as part of Essex Book Festival.

BBC Essex - Dave Monk Show
Dr Valerie Gladwell from the Centre for Sports and Exercise Science is interviewed about the 'Science Legacy'.

BBC Essex
Professor Roger Hawkins discusses the new Chinese Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling MA courses on the breakfast show.

BBC Essex
Author of 'The Little Book of Prison A Beginners Guide', Frankie Owens speaks to the Dave Monk show following his visit to the University to speak to criminology students.

Award-winning poet at Lakeside Theatre
One of the country's top poets, Simon Armitage is performing at the Lakeside Theatre at the University of Essex this weekend.
Colchester Gazette

Olympic legacy will make kids scientists
Dr Valerie Gladwell, a senior lecturer in Physiology at the University of Essex has been advising the Wellcome Trust on a nationwide initiative to create an Olympic legacy. It will see every school in the country receiving a free experiment kit to allow students to learn how their bodies work during exercise, movement and rest.
Colchester Gazette

A nation of frustrated home-movers
The downturn in the housing market in the last three years has left the UK a nation of frustrated, unfulfilled house-movers, according to the latest data from Understanding Society, a study of 40,000 UK households funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It found that between 2009 and 2010 only 10 to 14 per cent of people who wished to move actually achieved their desire and overall only 6.4 per cent of people moved home during that period.  The study also found that living in an urban setting or in a less deprived areas increased the likelihood of fulfilling your moving desires, while living in rural or more deprived areas reduced the likelihood.
Alpha Galileo
Eurek Alert!
Science Codex
Cision Wire

Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Commuters
There’s still hope for parents who strive to raise little commuters and ensure the survival of future bike communities. According to a new study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, schoolchildren can get nearly the same health benefits of commuter cycling—and even develop the confidence to cycle to school or work later in life—by spinning around the neighborhood just for fun. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Essex, shows for the first time what many of us already guessed—kids who bike recreationally tend to be more cardiovascularly fit. Researchers gave 5,578 English schoolchildren a 20-meter shuttle-run test. After adjusting for outside activity and disregarding participants who already commuted by bike, children who cycled for fun regularly were found to be more fit than those who only cycled occasionally, who were in turn more fit than those who didn’t cycle at all.
Bicycling

The $100 bn Facebook question: will capitalism survive 'value abundance'?
This term was recently relaunched in an article by University of Essex academics Christopher Land and Steffen Böhm, entitled, ”They are exploiting us! Why we all work for Facebook for free”. In this mini-essay, they make a very strong claim that “we can certainly position the users of Facebook as labourers. If labour is understood as ‘value producing activity’, then updating your status, liking a website, or ‘friending’ someone, creates Facebook’s basic commodity.” 
Open Democracy.net

'I don't want a society glued to gameshows'
Steven Russell interviews Professor Marina Warner. The Writer and Mythographer is also a Professor in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies.
Cambridge First
Herts 24
Cambrs 24
Fakenham and Wells Times
The Comet 24
Norwich Evening News

Five released from bail
Five men arrested on suspicion of robbing a takeaway delivery driver at the University of Essex have been released without charge due to insufficient evidence.
Colchester Gazette

Monday 5 March

Derwin Howell appointed to Republic Bank Board of Directors
Republic Bank has appointed Derwin Howell to its Board of Directors. He has a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Systems from the University of Essex. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at the Harvard Business School.
Trinidad Express Newspapers

Student homes plan is regeneration 'catalyst'
Town planners LPP, representing developers Woadguard and Newdex have unveiled plans for 772-room student accommodation, bar, gym and shops in the Hythe. Long-derelict land could be occupied by the massive development reaching nine-storeys high in places.
Colchester Gazette

Teens keeping late nights might be into risky behaviour
Thirty-six percent of teens, especially 15-year-old boys and girls, don't tell parents where they were at night, even though they might be into in risky behaviour such as smoking or drinking, a study reveals. The finding is based on a long-term study of 40,000 British households, which asked more than 2,000 teenagers aged 10 to 15 years how frequently they stayed out past 9.00 p.m., without telling their parents. Researcher Maria Iacovou, from the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, who analysed the data, said: "Staying out late does not cause young people to smoke and drink, but regularly staying out late without telling their parents where they are is symptomatic of a young person with underlying problems."
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Animal collective
Dr Edd Codling from the University of Essex will discuss recent research on the general principles of collective decision-making at the next Café Scientifique taking place on Wednesday 14 March.
East Anglian Daily Times
Colchester Gazette

University date for US election expert
A top US politics expert is to give a talk at the University of Essex in Colchester about the forthcoming presidential election.
East Anglian Daily Times

Neil's Highlights
Highly regarded writer Marina Warner talks about her new book as part of the Essex Book Festival at the firstsite art gallery in Colchester.
Colchester Gazette

Former Ribblesdale High School pupils head for stage and screen
Chris O’Reilly has been offered a place at the prestigious East 15 Acting School at the University of Essex, which has produced a wealth of talent for British stage and screen, including actor and Ribble Valley resident John McArdle. Meg Rennie will be joining Chris at East 15.
The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times

Sunday 4 March

Teens junking healthy lifestyle kiss happiness away
Teenagers junking a healthy lifestyle for drinks, cigarettes and fast food become morose versions of their healthier, happier cousins and also get involved in risky behaviour. The research, based on a long-term study of 40,000 British households, looked at the responses of 5,000 people aged between 10 and 15 years, about their health-related behaviours and levels of happiness.Researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, believe the data showed a linkage between smoking, drinking alcohol and taking no exercise with substantially lower happiness scores among teenagers, according to an Essex statement.
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Saturday 3 March

Seminar on pay gap
Essex Business School at the University of Essex is to shine the spotlight on the gender pay gap following a survey which showed the school's male graduates to be earning more than female counterparts with similar experience.
East Anglian Daily Times
Colchester Gazette

Friday 2 March

‘Lifting The Soul Upwards With Cretan Poets Kazantzakis And Prevelakis’ Lecture To Be Presented in Astoria
A lecture will be given in Astoria in March titled ‘Lifting The Soul Upwards With Cretan Poets Kazantzakis And Prevelakis’. The main speaker of the event will be Dr Chrysa Damianaki, Professor of Art History, (Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione dell’Università di Lecce) in Italy. Dr Damianaki studied philosophy at the University of Athens and then she attended University of Essex and University of London, where she studied history and theory of art.
Greek Reporter

Essex Business School public seminar to highlight gender pay issues
The Essex Business School, part of the University of Essex, is to shine the spotlight on the continuing gender pay gap following a survey which showed male graduates to be earning more than their female counterparts with similar qualifications and experience. To tie in with International Women’s Day on March 8, Essex Business School in conjunction with the Precarious Workers Brigade is organising a seminar on Graduate Employment and the Gender Pay Gap at the university’s Colchester campus on Wednesday 7 March.
Cambs 24

Royston Crow
Welwyn and Hatfield Times
Norwich Evening News

Essex Book Festival explores what psychology teaches us about persuasion
Best-selling author and psychologist, Dr Kevin Dutton, will be taking part in this year's Essex Book Festival to talk about his popular science book, Flipnosis - The Art of Split Second Persuasion. Kevin will be at the Lakeside Theatre, Colchester Campus, University of Essex, on Monday 19 March at 7.00pm.
Booktrade - Book 2 Book

AI brain power to stem tide problem?
Scientists at the University of Essex believe artificial intelligence could solve the problem of cars getting stranded on Mersea Island's Strood. The experts believe they could design a programme to predict when the water covering the road is too high for motorists to safely cross.
Essex County Standard

Festival events likely to 'inspire'
Literary lovers across Essex are gearing up for a busy few weeks as the county's annual Book Festival gets under way. This year, the event is supported by the Arts Council, the University of Essex and the County Council.
East Anglian Daily Times

Family Fun
Events this weekend include 'Voyage of the NutJellyNana' taking place at the Lakeside Theatre at 2pm on Sunday afternoon and 'Trees shall be our books' taking place at the University of Essex tomorrow, run as part of the Essex Book Festival.
Colchester Gazette

Prof weaves magic with Arabian Nights
Neil D'Arcy-Jones interviews University of Essex Professor Marina Warner about her latest book 'Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights' and her forthcoming talk at Firstsite as part of the Essex Book Festival.
Colchester Gazette

Mayor's Malaysian party
Colchester's Malaysian-born Mayor will mark her culture and heritage with a celebration evening at Colchester Town Hall on Friday.  The Malaysian Student Society and Malaysian Tourist Board are hosting a festival at the University of Essex on Friday from 11am-4pm.
Essex County Standard

Insight into US elections
Top political commentator, Dr DeFrancesco Soto will speak at the University of Essex on Wednesday 14 March. Her talk will focus on campaigns and elections, race and ethnic politics and immigration.
Colchester Gazette

Talking magic
Professor Marina Warner from the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex will give a talk at the Firstsite Gallery on Tuesday as part of the Essex Book Festival.
Essex County Standard

CG Jung Society of Vancouver presents: Anima and Animus--Bridge to the Soul
University of Essex graduate, Dr. Evers-Fahey will be giving a lecture on 23 March.  She is a Zurich trained Jungian analyst with over 20 years experience in individual psychotherapy and Jungian analytical practice and received her PhD in 2004 from the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK.
Vancouver Observer

Electoral fraudsters have become more cunning, but dirty politics is a bigger worry
Technology and the presence of outside observers is complicating the election-rigging business, requiring dodgy politicians to work harder and more cleverly. Most manipulators make only sparing use of blatant election-day frauds, says Sarah Birch of the University of Essex. She compared observer reports of 136 elections held between 1995 and 2006 and found that a more frequent tactic is to alter election laws, often as a means of deterring opposition candidates or gerrymandering unlosable constituencies.
The Economist

Head of closing Brentwood school not giving up on technical college plan
The headteacher of a closing Brentwood secondary is still hoping to set up a new school on the site – despite the plan being rejected by the government. Stephen Capper, of Sawyers Hall College in Sawyers Hall Lane, has submitted another bid for a university technical college (UTC).  UTCs combine academic and practical study for 14 to 19-year-olds and are linked to university and business sponsors. The bid is backed by the University of Essex and several firms, including International Financial Data Services and Bank of New York Mellon. Havering College of Further and Higher Education and the Prospects Learning Foundation are also supporters.
Romford Recorder
London 24

Thursday 1 March

Making the Chinese connection
The University of Essex is also responding to changes in the local economy and markets by launching four new courses from this year aimed at meeting the growing demand for professional Chinese translators and interpreters. The new courses are highly practical and give students the hands-on experience they will need for the workplace.
Colchester Gazette

Do we need smart signs on Strood?
Scientists at the University of Essex believe artificial intelligence could solve the problem of cars getting stranded on Mersea Island's Strood. Experts believe they could design a programme to predict when the water covering the road is too high for motorists to safely cross and are drawing up an application for funding from the Environment Agency.
Colchester Gazette

The week in higher education
The expansion of higher education over the past 15 years has largely benefited middle-class children, a study published by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex suggests. The data was collected by the Economic and Social Research Council's Understanding Society longitudinal survey.
THE

University open day invitation
Are you looking to improve your CV, change your career or simply study a subject you enjoy? If the answer is yes, the University of Essex postgraduate open day on Wednesday 14 March could help.
Colchester Gazette

2012 Cardozo Law School Symposium
Professor Pete Fussey from the Department of Sociology is speaking about 'Surveillance and Privacy at the London 2012 Olympics' at the  Cardozo Law School in New York.
Sports Agent Blog
The Business Insider

Degree courses on offer at UCS
UCS in Bury St Edmunds are urging people wanting to start courses this September to lodge their applications. UCS in Bury is based at West Suffolk College and runs a range of courses for both BAs and BScs as well as foundation degrees. All UCS courses are awarded jointly through the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex.
Bury Mercury

February 2012

Wednesday 29 February

Young face greater struggle to find work than older job seekers
The number of young people in work has plummeted in the past eight years compared to the number of older people finding employment, official data shows. Between 1992 and 2004, 16- to 24-year-olds not in full-time education had an employment rate similar to those aged 25 to 64, but since then that rate has declined, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. Figures show that in the first quarter of 2004, 75.3% of 16- to 24-year-olds were employed compared to 75.5% of 25- to 64-year-olds. But by the final quarter of 2011 the percentage of younger people in work had fallen to just 66%, while 74.9% of the older group were employed. The figures were supported by a study of 40,000 households by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), which found that youngsters faced a "double penalty" in their attempts to find and keep work.
The Guardian
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The $100bn Facebook question: Will capitalism survive 'value abundance'?
This term was recently relaunched in an article by University of Essex academics Christopher Land and Steffen Böhm, entitled "They are exploiting us! Why we all work for Facebook for free". In this mini-essay, they make a very strong claim that "we can certainly position the users of Facebook as labourers. If labour is understood as 'value producing activity', then updating your status, liking a website, or 'friending' someone, creates Facebook's basic commodity." Read the article here.
Aljazeera

Uni talk for the mature
The University of Essex is holding a conference about helping mature students on April 12, from 10am to 4pm in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall.
Colchester
Gazette       

Top writers descend on Essex
BBC Essex's Dave Monk will broadcast live from the library as the festival is launched on World Book Day. A number of events are being held at the University of Essex.
thisistotalessex.co.uk

Tuesday 28 February

BBC 2 'The Fixer'
The University of Essex was featured on the show when a family fancy dress firm had a stall at the University of Essex selling their stock.

Philosopher challenged Freud's theories
The Brisbane Times has printed an obituary for Professor Frank Cioffi, an Oxford-trained philosopher who taught at the University of Essex.
Brisbane Times

Talks about heritage
Southend's heritage will be explored at an event organised by the University of Essex. It will feature talks on the borough's heyday and the impact of the Second World War. March 17, Elmer Approach, Southend, 2pm.
Southend Echo

University diversity bid 'failed'
Attempts to encourage children from poorer homes to go to university have failed, a report has warned. The study, by the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) based at the University of Essex, analysed the social backgrounds of almost 34,000 adults aged between 22 to 34 and 37 to 49. The younger group would have gone to university after higher education expanded in 1992. The older group would have gone to university before 1992.
Press Association
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Work starts on new archaeology base
Colchester Archaeological Trust is set to move to the former Army Education Centre in Colchester and residents, University of Essex students and Trust members all pitched in to make the building habitable.
Colchester Gazette
Essex County Standard

Eastern Promise! Mayor celebrates her homeland
Colchester's Malaysian-born Mayor will mark her culture and heritage with a celebration evening at Colchester Town Hall on Friday.  The Malaysian Student Society and Malaysian Tourist Board are hosting a festival at the University of Essex on Friday from 11am-4pm.
Colchester Gazette

Talk from top scholar
Renowned Sociology scholar, Professor Zygmunt Bauman will be speaking at the University of Essex on Friday 16 March.
Colchester Gazette

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