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Broadcast Digest

16 September

BBC Essex
Father Paul Keane, Catholic Chaplain at the University of Essex and Parish Priest in Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe
Sofa guest on Breakfast Show

15 September

BBC Essex
Professor Prem Sikka, Essex Business School
Re: The Economy and troubled times ahead

14 September

BBC Essex
Robert Priseman, Artist
Sofa guest on the Breakfast Show and talked about his links with the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex

BBC Essex
Professor Paul Whiteley, Department of Government
Re: His survey which reveals that women are much less happy about the new coalition Government than men

10 September

BBC Essex
Professor Michael Sherer, Essex Business School
Professor Michael Sherer taking part in a discussion about how the downturn has hit business in the county. Listen to the show here and click on the Listen Again link. The discussion involving Professor Sherer is the first hour of the programme.

9 September

BBC Essex - Breakfast Show
Professor Todd Landman, Director of the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution
Sofa guest on the Breakfast Show

8 September

BBC Radio Five Live - Workless families
Richard Berthoud from the Institute for Social and Economic Research is interviewed about workless families.

7 September

BBC Radio 4 -  Political Documentary  'Labour Saving Devices'
Professor Paul Whiteley, Department of Government
Re: W
hat lessons Labour needs to learn in order to get back into power.

5 September

BBC Radio 5, “Five Live Investigations”
Professor Prem Sikka, Essex Business School
on the proposed takeover of Blackburn Rovers Football Club

1 September

BBC Suffolk 
Professor Paul Whiteley, Department of Government
Re: Tony Blair’s memoirs and the Labour leadership contest. Listen to the interview here (interview is after 2 hours 38 minutes).  

BBC Essex - Drivetime
Dr Tom Quinn, Department of Government
Labour leadership election and Tony Blair’s memoirs. Listen to the interview here (interview starts at 48mins 30secs)

 30 August

Sunday News - WJRT, USA
This Week - ABC, USA
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution moves to the USA

Jamie Oliver talks to the American Media about the Food in Schools project in the UK and mentions the independent research undertaken by the Universities of Essex and Oxford which showed improved levels in Maths and a English and a downturn in absenteeism and illness.

27 August

BBC Wales
Re: Dr Todd Landman, Department of Government, discusses violence in Mexico.

26 August

BBC Radio 5 Live
Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan being interviewed about the value of foreign students to UK universities and the impact on universities financially if there were tougher immigration laws imposed.

BBC Essex
Re: Dr Tony Rich being interviewed about the Knowledge Gateway development and what it means for the University, Colchester and Essex. Hear the programme here. (Dr Rich’s interview is after about 53 minutes)

Video clips on-line

Flagship University Building open

Teaching has begun in the new flagship building for the recently created university in Suffolk. University Campus Suffolk (UCS), in Ipswich, was established by the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex last year. View the clip here.

The University of Essex in the Press

September 2010

30 September

Essex in Brief
Essex Sports star Danny Crates opened a new £1.4m gym and fitness suite at the University of Essex's Colchester Campus in September. Evolve is to open to students, staff and members of the public who can choose from more than 130 fitness machines.
Essex Life

Why it's better to be fit than thin
The short answer is that it's better to be fit than thin' says Dr Gavin Sandercock, an expert in Sport Science at the University of Essex. 'We're so hung up about our BMI and what the scales say but it almost doesn't matter what your size is, within reason. It's being fit that counts. Fitness cancels out the risk of being slightly overweight'.

Coalition gender split
Women are much less happy about the new coalition government than men, a poll of political experts attending the Elections, Public Opinion and Parties Conference at the University of Essex has found.

Doing the knowledge in Essex
The Knowledge Gateway will be anchored by the University of Essex's Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution which will be housed in a flagship building at the entrance to the 37,160 sq m development. As well as facilities for research companies there will be a mixed use element of offices, a hotel/restaurant and some leisure space as well as provision for 200 residential units.
Commercial Property Register

Grant winners
Professor Chris Cooper from the Department of Biological Sciences has been awarded a grant to the value of £208,935 by the Leverhulme Trust for a research project looking at Gas signalling and biological energy.

Uni opens to Jiangsu
A Chinese delegation visited the University of Essex to forge links for potential future students. The Vice-Governor of Jiangsu province, responsible for higher education, was keen to see what opportunities the university could offer undergraduates and postgraduates from his country.

Triatholon a huge success
Despite the wind and rain, the 12th Clacton Triathlon was the biggest and most successful yet with over 500 competitors including Adam Edwards, competing for the Human Performance Unit at the University of Essex.

Lights, camera...and action at film group's first movie screening
Wivenhoe Film Theatre's new film society Moving Image will be showing films at a slot at the University of Essex Lakeside Theatre on alternate Monday evenings during the autumn term. A digital project and a sound system have also been loaned to the group by the University until the group can buy it's own equipment.

The democratic struggle that haunts the Tories
Simulating elections under different electoral systems is difficult, not least because sceptics can always argue that, if the system were different, people would cast their votes differently. The best attempt this time has been by a research team from the University of Essex using their massive British Election Study database. A representative sample of over 13,000 voters was asked immediately after the election both how they had actually voted, and, using a simulated ballot paper, how they would have voted in a comparable AV election.
Birmingham Post

29 September

Tube map exhibition in October
Since revolutionising map design in 1933, Henry Beck’s iconic map of the London Underground has set the standard for the mapping of transport networks worldwide but is this template always a success?  Following the recent bad press about the redesign of the tube map, which removed the river and the zones, is it time to look at an overhaul of the maps and the underlying design rules we have followed since the 1930s? That is the subject of an exhibition of map designs, by University of Essex researcher Dr Maxwell Roberts, which is being hosted at architectural practice Scott Brownrigg’s Covent Garden office from 7 to 22 October 2010. The exhibition presents a selection of Dr Roberts’ own work: maps that break all the rules, maps that are easier to use, maps that teach us about good design, maps that challenge our preconceptions, and maps that are just intended to be decorative.
Model Railways

Award for EC language school
EC, one of Malta’s leading language schools, has taken home a top award at the annual Language Travel Magazine Star Awards. EC Malta’s Club 30+ programme won this year’s LTM Star Innovation of the Year Award which rewards the school that has introduced the best new product or service which most appeals to students and agents. TMany renowned educators and agencies were at this year’s LTM Star Award, sponsored by TUI Travel and University of Essex International Academy.
Times of

Anxious? 5 ways you can be stress-free
Break from the gym and try something outdoorsy, like hiking or a simple walk. Even 5 minutes outside - especially if spent near water, like a fountain or stream - is enough for a mental boost, found a 2010 study from the University of Essex in England.

Online Degrees Set To Soar In The UK
Take up of online courses is set to explode over the next few years.
David Willetts, the universities minister, is keen on distance learning as a way of reducing students’ living expenses.
Some 175 courses are offered by UK universities in partnership with 28 commercial partners, including Kaplan and Laureate, who deliver all the learning leading to a named UK university degree.
The University of Essex outsources its online provision to Kaplan Open Learning. Managing director Alan Jenkins believes online learning will become more broadly accepted with people actively looking for it.

PR Web
EMedia Wire

Uni China links
Essex universities showed off their high-tech facilities and projects to delegates from China.
The Vice-Chancellor for Higher Education in the Jiangsu province led the party, who visited Essex University and Anglia Ruskin, to see their science and engineering departments.

Colchester Gazette

Afro-Caribbean culture sweeps through area
Highlights of the Black History Month festival in Colchester include Charlie Barber Sound Affairs at the Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex.

Colchester Gazette

Labour aims for youth
Colchester's Labour Party has launched its own youth movement.
The Colchester Young Labour and Labour Students Group aims to bring together students at Essex University, the Colchester Institute, the Sixth Form College and Colchester Royal Grammar School. It will be formally opened in October to coincide with Essex Univeristy's freshers' week.

Colchester Gazette

Dispelling education myths
Discussion about whether college, specifically educating yourself in the so-called STEM fields science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the premier subjects that hold the key to fostering a healthy economy.
But recent findings, including a study by the University of Essex, finds no correlation between the number of individuals studying STEM subjects and economic growth rates of individual countries.
National Public Radio - Online

28 September

Freshers' week
Thousands of students are expected to descend on the University of Essex for its annual Freshers' Fair on 9 October from noon until 4pm. The event introduces new students to sporting clubs, religious groups, societies and social events at the Wivenhoe Park campus.

Priti Patel becomes the first Conservative Asian Woman MP in Britain
Priti Patel has become the first Asian Woman MP in Britain from The Conservative Party. She won the Witham seat with 24,448 votes, some 52% of the vote – nearly triple that of her rival Liberal Democrat candidate. Patel attended a comprehensive school in Watford, before studying economics at Keele University and then going on to the University of Essex.

Legal Scholars: Deep Canterbury Quake Law Concerns
A group of 27 legal scholars from New Zealand and overseas including Richard Cornes from the School of Law have written an open letter outlining their deep concerns over the constitutional implications of the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010. An open letter to New Zealand's people and their Parliament.
Christchurch Press

27 September

What are the Benefits of Exercise
Research has proven in study after study that regular exercise improves the brain´s chemistry to ward off depression and other emotional or mental health problems. A gentle walk every day is good, but more frequent and more strenuous workouts can be even more beneficial. A 2010 study from the University of Essex found that five minutes of outside exercise, especially when done near water such as a fountain or a stream, can give a mental boost as well.
California Chronicle

University staff in line for awards
The University of Essex has been shortlisted in two categories in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards. Wayne Martin, Head of the Department of Philosophy is a finalist in the category for most innovative Teacher of the Year. The Student Support Office has been nominated in the category for providing outstanding support.
East Anglian Daily Times

Uni students to get meningitis advice
Students starting at the University of Essex Colchester campus are to be warned about the dangers of meningitis. The Student Support office will be co-ordinating advice for new students which includes a new iPod application which includes a symptoms checker.

Studies from University of Essex, Department of Psychology update current data on neuroscience
Dr Helge Gillmeister and colleagues from the Department of Psychology have published their study 'Vision enhances selective attention to body-related information' in the journal Neuroscience Letters.
Pain and Central Nervous System Week
Health and Medicine Week

Curtain up after 80 years
The new Moving Image cinema in Wivenhoe has opened 80 years after the curtains closed at the town's cinema. Moving Image will also show films at the Lakeside Theatre, at the University of Essex on alternate Monday evenings.
East Anglian Daily Times

Students' hard work is recognised at graduation ceremony
Nearly 150 students from University Campus Suffolk Bury St Edmunds attended a graduation ceremony on at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Saturday. An honorary degree was awarded to Betty Milburn MBE, a long-standing supporter of the college and former chairman of governors.
East Anglian Daily Times

Finding even deeper shades of green
The East Anglian Daily Times talks to the University Campus Suffolk Sustainability Office about some of its 'green' features such as its sloping sedum roof and their and plans for the future.
East Anglian Daily Times

25 September

Special needs review can’t be soon enough for frustrated parents
Vulnerable children with learning difficulties are being let down by teachers, schools and the authorities, according to an official report. The report, by education inspectors Ofsted, revealed half a million children are classed as having learning difficulties nationally when they do not, to hide poor teaching and help to improve league tables. The Children’s Legal Centre, a charity based at the University of Essex, is one of the local organisations which can help parents with advice.
Brentwood Weekly News
Solicitors Journal

24 September

Councillors back plans for town’s £30million library
Plans for a £30million library in Southend town centre have been backed by senior Councillors. The building, in Elmer Avenue, on the site of the rundown Farringdon car park, would be shared between the council, University of Essex and South Essex College. A four to six-storey building estimated to cost between £24million to £30million is envisaged, which would contain a new digital art gallery, teaching and research areas for the college and university and a cafe, as well as the library. Read the story here.
Southend Standard

Skipping Breakfast may lead to Childhood Obesity
Children who skip breakfast are more likely to be obese and inactive, U.K. research has found. The study, involving 4,326 secondary school children, found 32% did not eat breakfast before leaving for school. Girls who skipped breakfast were 92% more likely to become obese than those who ate before school, and the figure was 62% for boys. The boys who did not eat breakfast were more likely to lead a sedentary lifestyle and have a poor level of cardiovascular fitness. The Essex University study is published online in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Prepared Foods

University up for awards
The University of Essex has been nominated for two accolades at the Times Higher Education Awards. Professor Wayne Martin, head of the Colchester-based philosophy department, is a a finalist in the most innovative teacher of the year category. Student Support is up for the outstanding support award.
Harwich and Manningtree Standard
Halstead Gazette

Superstar DJs at uni
It's not just for students. That's the University of Essex's Freshers' Week which will play host to some of the biggest DJ names in the business.

The Information Dividend: Why IT makes you ‘happier’
A global study from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, shows that access to information technology has a 'statistically significant, positive impact on life satisfaction'. Additionally, the report showed women, those on low incomes or with few educational qualifications benefit most from access to IT. Not only do women gain more than men from access to, and use of, technology, they also achieve greater increased life satisfaction from using it.  This global analysis was followed up by in-depth research into how IT access and usage influences life satisfaction in the UK. The research in the UK included a unique analysis of data from the British Household Panel Survey plus original primary qualitative and quantitative research programmes.
IT Analysis

23 September

Essex Poetry Festival keeps it local
Homegrown wordsmiths including Great Bardfield’s Mervyn Linford and Saffron Walden’s Alex Smith will be appearing at the Essex Poetry Festival 2010. Alex, who has been published in several poetry magazines and journals and has taught creative writing at the University of Essex and Cambridge Regional and City College, will be reading his work and leading a poetry writing workshop at Dunmow library.
Herts and Essex Observer
Harlow Star

DfID must not ignore international agricultural research
Professor Jules Pretty from the Centre for Environment and Society is one of the contributors to a letter arguing that until the Department for International Development embraces agricultural research, the UK will be ill-equipped to help wage the battle against global hunger.
The Guardian

Times Higher Education Awards 2010
The shortlisted candidates for the Times Higher Education Awards 2010 have been unveiled this week. The University of Essex has been shortlisted in the category of Outstanding Support for Students and Professor Wayne Martin of the Department of Philosophy has been shortlisted in the category Most Innovative Teacher of the Year. See full story here.
Times Higher Education

STEM is not a special case
Professor Paul Whitely of the Department of Government has responded to criticism of his research regarding the benefit of increased funding for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects to the economy.  Read his response in full here.
Times Higher Education

22 September

Live Q & A: What can I do with a Philosophy degree?
Professor Wayne Martin of the Department of Philosophy is on the panel for a question and answer session regarding the question, 'What can I do with a Philosophy degree?' See full article here.
The Guardian Online

Rhodri Marsden: Why the internet's critics are wrong
BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT has released a report this week that identifies a direct correlation between happiness and digital connectivity. After analysing data from the World Values Survey (from 39 countries) and the British Household Panel Survey, by the University of Essex, BCS found a direct positive impact of IT on our well-being. Read full story here.
The Independent

Suffolk PR agency leads nominations
A Suffolk based public relations agency Project PR leads the shortlist for the 2010 Chartered Institute of Public Relations East Anglia PRide Awards, with a total of eight nominations. The University of Essex has also received two nominations for Best Publication and Best Event. Read full story here.
East Anglian Daily Times

21 September

Maps provide inspiration at the Minories
Maps of underground networks are part of an exhibition taking place at the Minories until 2 October. Maxwell Roberts from the Department of Psychology has designed a host of different maps mixing the practical with the visually pleasing.

Wanted: Entrepreneurs to rise to the Kastra challenge
Kastra, a business "incubator" unit with a difference, was launched earlier this year at BT's Adastral Park. Kastra is also working with the University Campus Suffolk Enterprise Academy initiative. The academy offers a national diploma course which involves students spending time with businesses as part of their studies, and the hope is that it will help to produce some young entrepreneurs in due course.
East Anglian Daily Times

Charity's collapse left asylum-seeking children without legal representation
Children in ongoing immigration cases have been left without vital legal representation as a result of Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ) going into administration, it has been claimed. The charity went out of business in June after struggling with changes to legal aid payments. Syd Bolton, a former policy adviser at RMJ, now with the Children's Legal Centre, described the transfer process as "crude and pretty basic".
Children and Young People Now

20 September

Wivenhoe cinema group gets its licence
A new cinema will start screening independent films in Wivenhoe early next month. The group will screen films at the Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex on a trial basis.
Harwich and Manningtree Standard

Robocop Simon runs 'em the double

A young thug got far more than he bargained for when he tried to outrun a slightly built policeman during a violent row in a town centre. For PC Simon Bourne is an endurance sportsman and one of a handful of super athletes selected to take part in the Ultraman Challenge in Hawaii, one of the world's toughest races. His incredible stamina has even prompted researchers at the University of Essex's human performance unit to use his as a test subject. Read the article here.
Daily Express
Scottish Express

HRH The Prince of Wales to become Trusts' Patron
The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust are delighted to announce that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has agreed to become Patron of the Trusts, when his term as Chairman expires at the end of September 2010. As Patron, His Royal Highness, who graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, will maintain his longstanding connection with the Trusts, and his support for our work in helping deserving overseas students to take up their places in Cambridge. At their meeting on 9 July 2010 the Trustees elected Sir Martin Harris, President of Clare Hall, as Chair-elect. Sir Martin, previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester and of the University of Essex, will succeed to the Chair of the Trusts on 1 October 2010.
Cambridge News Online
Cambridge Network

17 September

Ambitious plans for £30m library and teaching centre
Plans have been drawn up for a new library, art gallery and teaching areas in Southend town centre, costing up to £30million. The project, involving Southend Council, South Essex College and the University of Essex, would be on the site of the run-down Farringdon car park, now known as Elmer Square. Read the full story here.
Southend Standard

More bicycle parking in Southend
More bicycle stands and shelters are being installed across the town, says Southend Council. Secure cycle shelters have been installed in most of the borough’s schools, Garon Park, Belfairs Swimming Centre and the University of Essex. Southend achieved Cycle Town Status in June 2008 when Southend won a £3.2 million Government grant to become one of Britain’s top cycling towns.
Southend Standard

Essex Uni moves up the table
The University of Essex has moved up the UK University league table and new ratings show it holds 42nd position, compared with 46th last year. The institution also ranks ninth in Britain for the quality of its research according to The Sunday Times university league table.
Essex County Standard

Drug warning to students
Students are to be warned about the dangers of so-called "legal highs" when they return to the University of Essex. The Students' Union is planning a drug and alcohol awareness campaign when students return to Wivenhoe in October.

Maps of world and tube network meet at gallery
Some maps of the London Underground form part of an exhibition called One World Many Paper, currently showing at the Minories in Colchester. University of Essex Psychology Lecturer, Maxwell Roberts one- man design crusade to come up with a whole host of different Underground maps mixing the practical with the visually pleasing.
Essex County Standard

16 September

New human rights body must be independent, says Law Society
The Law Society has welcomed foreign secretary William Hague’s decision to create an advisory body of independent human rights experts that will not be influenced by other policy considerations. The Law Society will this week host the annual Human Rights Symposium, in conjunction with the University of Essex, to highlight the importance of commerce in upholding human rights values.
Law Society Gazette

Tube trials
The London Tube map, designed by Harry Beck in 1933, the map has not changed dramatically since that date and when the zones and river were removed from the map last September, there was public outcry that has only just died down. But despite this, University of Essex researcher Dr Maxwell Roberts will explore whether Beck’s design classic can be bettered at an exhibition held at architect Scott Brownrigg’s Covent Garden office next month. Read the article here.
Design Week

5 instant ways to stress less and smile more
You can't completely eliminate stress from your life, but you can learn to deal with it in a healthy way. And since stress is associated with all sorts of negative health effects like high blood pressure and a weakened immune system, taking a few minutes a day to fight stress keeps you not only happy and smiling, but healthy too. A study from the University of Essex found that just five minutes of walking, biking or even gardening outdoors can lift your mood and improve self-esteem.

14 September

Essex Uni is rated Britain's 42nd best
The University of Essex has moved four places up a league table of British universities and is now considered 42nd best overall. In terms of the quality of its research, the institution is now ranked ninth out of 121 universities by the Sunday Times.

Men 'happier with coalition'
A poll of political experts carried out at the University of Essex suggests men may be much happier with the coalition Government than women. The poll was taken among 100 scholars, researchers and pollsters at the Elections, Public Opinion and Parties Conference hosted by Professor Paul Whiteley.
Harwich and Manningtree Standard
Clacton, Frinton and Walton Gazette

Movers and Shakers
University of Essex Economics graduate Vaska Atta-Darkua has won a place in the final of the national Graduate 100 awards. The Graduate 100 is the largest initiative of its kinds in Britain and was developed in partnership with leading employers, universities and key industry figures to recognise outstanding students.
East Anglian Daily Times

A third of kids go without breakfast
Almost a third of children regularly go without breakfast before school and are more likely than classmates to be inactive, unfit and obese, research shows. "We found that children who skip breakfast either occasionally or routinely are less fit, less active and more likely to be overweight or obese than those who always eat breakfast," said lead author Dr Gavin Sandercock, a lecturer in clinical physiology at the University of Essex.
UK Parent Lounge

UoP to be part of UK-India collaborative initiatives
A group of universities from India and the United Kingdom (UK) have agreed in principle to work out collaborative initiatives in specified areas, including quality assurance, use of technology, and governance in education. The meeting in London was an extension of a similar event last year when 28 universities and HEIs from UK and India had participated and entered into long-term collaborative partnerships, some of which include the University of Essex and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Universities of Sheffield and Kolkata; Kingston and Mysore, Newport and Osmania and Goldsmith University and University of Hyderabad. Read the article here.
The Times of India

13 September

Aspiring lawyers slam plans for graduate tax
Law students have lambasted the Coalition Government’s plans to make graduates who go on to become big earners pay a premium for their education. Under the plans, which could be rolled out as early as September 2011, repayment and interest rates would rise with income and students could also be forced to keep making payments even after they have paid off their loan. Vice president of Essex University’s law society Augustine Chipungu said: “With the graduate tax system, people would end up paying substantially more than if the whole system were privatised. Tax impinges on freedom of choice - it’s against liberty.”
Lawyer 2B
The Lawyer

Florida town and Southend link
Southend has struck up new links with a seaside town in sunny Florida, USA. The town has agreed a “three-way” association with Lake Worth, which also has a pier and major regeneration plans. The third town in the arrangement is Sopot, Poland, which is twinned with Southend. The association was the idea of Westcliff businesswoman Anna Heim after meeting Lake Worth lecturer, Suzanne Mulvehill, while studying at the University of Essex’s business school in Southend. Read the story here.

12 September

The Sunday Times University Guide 2011
The University of Essex has moved up to 42nd place in the Sunday Times University League Table and has been placed in the Top Ten for Research in the country.
The Sunday Times

11 September

Putting Underground art on the cultural map
Martin Newell visits the Exhibition  'Underground Maps Unravelled' created by Maxwell Roberts from the Department of Psychology which is taking place at The Minories until 24 September.
East Anglian Daily Times

Exercising in nature boosts mental health
Just five minutes of exercise in a natural place is enough to significantly improve mood and mental health, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Essex and published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
Natural News

Big pay gap still remains between sexes
Using data from the British Household Panel Survey as part of her research, Dr Leen Vandecasteele from The University of Manchester found that though educational opportunities nowadays give men and women an equal start, the effect is often lost when women’s childcare responsibilities kick in. The sociologist blames the disparity on years spent away from the labour market and working in occupations which employ mainly women - such as cleaning or nursing. She presented her findings yesterday at the British Sociological Association conference on Work, Employment and Society in Brighton.
BioScience Technology online

10 September

Doors to the past stand open to all
The past is opening up to the public this weekend as part of this year's Heritage Open Days and one of the opportunities open to the public is to view the University of Essex Latin American Art Collection.
Essex County Standard

Gaming pioneer is now a legend
Professor Richard Bartle from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has been officially given legendary status. To recognise his influence on the industry during the past 30 years, he has been awarded the first-ever Online Game Legend Award and will receive it at a Conference in Texas next month.
Essex County Standard

Top student in line for award
University of Essex graduate, Vaska Atta-Darkua, who graduated in international economics this summer has won a place in the final of the national Graduate 100 awards, which recognise outstanding students.
Essex County Standard

9 September

STEM straw man is a flimsy construct
Response to research by the University of Essex's Paul Whiteley, regarding the link between science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and economic performance. See full story here.
Times Higher Education

Private Practice
Simon Baker debates issues surrounding for-profit higher education such as Kaplan, accredited by the University of Essex. See full story here.
Times Higher Education

Poverty, Malaria and the Right to Health - Exploring the Connections
Paul Hunt of the Department of Law discusses the Human Rights implications of the spread of malaria. Read full journal article here.
UN Chronicle

8 September

Putting a smile on your face all day
Celia Morgan gives ten top tips to becoming a ‘happier you’ including going for a walk outside, as a study by the University of Essex shows that a dose of nature significantly improves mood and self-esteem. ‘It’s likely to do with the stress hormone, cortisol,’ says Professor Jules Pretty who carried out the study. ‘Stress increases our cortisol levels, but by enjoying a period of peace outside, they fall again.’

Women’s Fitness Online

Five instant ways to stress less and smile more
One of the tips to have less stress in your life is to enjoying the great outdoors. A study from the University of Essex found that just five minutes of walking, biking or even gardening outdoors can lift your mood and improve self-esteem.

Fox 19

Cinematic CV Kristin Scott-Thomas
Katie Byrne, currently studying English Literature at the University of Essex, writes about the cinematic CV of actress Kristin Scott-Thomas.

Running in Heels

Hooligans Or Rebels? - an Oral History of Working-class Childood and Youth 1889-1939
Stephen Humphries, former lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex, examines all aspects of childhood delinquency, from hooliganism, teenage gangs and vandalism to juvenile crime and classroom anarchy in his new book.
Computerworld Australia

Open day at university
Essex University will hold an open day for prospective students.
Sixth formers will be able to visit the Wivenhoe campus on September 25, where they can look around the site, meet staff and current students and see accommodation.

Colchester Gazette

Virtual world creator receives award
A pioneer of online gaming has been officially given legendary status.
Professor Richard Bartle, based at the University of Essex, will be awarded the first Online Game Legend Award next month in Texas.

Colchester Gazette

New academy in bid for excellence
A new Government-funded academy specialising in English and health sciences has opened its doors to students for the first time.
The Colchester Academy is being sponsored by Colchester Institute and the University of Essex, along with the NHS as a strategic partner.

East Anglian Daily Times

7 September

Essex and Kent unite for Growth
A proposed link-up between Essex and Kent hopes to make the region's economy one of the most competitive in the world. Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex is excited about the new partnership's prospects and said "it represents an extraordinary opportunity to bring people together".

Research into wild foods
Bharucha and colleagues from the Centre for Environment and Society have published their study on 'The roles and values of wild foods in agricultural systems' in the journal Philosophical Transactions.
Science Letter

6 September

Have your say on the NHS - recount your experiences, good or bad
To give people a chance to air their views - and to have a say in how services could be provided - NHS West Essex has launched the Public Engagement and Patient Experience Blogs (PEBL) project The project, funded by the National Institute for Health, is being run by NHS West Essex’s Research and Development Office with collaboration from the University of Essex until March 2012.
Saffron Walden Reporter

Big Four auditors under fire over consultancies
The Big Four accountancy firms came under fire from investor groups today for selling consulting services that could lead to Enron-style conflicts of interest after PricewaterhouseCoopers said a quarter of its £2bn income came from consultancy work. Prem Sikka, Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex and a long-time critic of the auditing industry, said the FRC had failed to learn the lessons of the Enron and Worldcom corporate collapses. Read the article here.
The Guardian

Research from University of Essex reveals new findings on applied physiology
Researchers from the University of Essex have published their findings on 'Lactate response to short term exercise with elevated starting levels,' in the journal European Journal of Applied Physiology.
Health and Fitness Week

Cloak and Dagger
Read an article on the tobacco display bans which also looks at groups of smokers using data from the British Household Panel Survey.
Tobacco Reporter

5 September

Why the outside is good for your insides
Research from the UK has found that doing physical activity surrounded by green scenery has mental and physical benefits and it doesn't take long for those benefits to kick in.  "Green exercise is any activity that you do outdoors in a green space - walking, running, cycling, fishing or horse riding," says Dr Jo Barton from the University of Essex. "It doesn't matter what the physical activity is, it's being in that green space that seems to be important. There are clear signs that it improves mental health."
Sunday Telegraph (Australia)
Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)
Sunday Mail (Australia)

4 September

Ten Easy Ways to Add Colour to Your Home
Katie Byrne is currently studying English Literature at the University of Essex and would like to work in Journalism when she graduates. Katie has written a column for the website Running in Heels on adding colour to your home.
Running in

Dave lands a major role in Mark Ronson music video
East 15 graduate Dave Hyett has a starring role in a new Mark Ronson music video. Mr Hyett has just graduated from the East 15 Acting School, where he studied physical theatre and got himself an agent who has secured him three auditions so far.
Guernsey Press

3 September

Colchester residents earn less than county average
The average Colcestrian earns £20,858 compared to an Essex average of £23,201 and a high of £29,302 in Brentwood. The biggest employer in the borough is Colchester General Hospital with 3,000 employees followed by the University of Essex at 2,000.
Chelmsford Weekly News
Harwich and Manningtree Standard
Essex County Standard
This is Local London

5 instant ways to stress less and smile more
Even if you don't have time for a full workout, you can still boost your happiness. A study from the University of Essex found that just five minutes of walking, biking or even gardening outdoors can lift your mood and improve self-esteem.

Elling: Brendan Fraser and Denis O’Hare on B'way
Playwright Simon Bent who was a writer in residence at the University of Essex will be opening Elling on Broadway in the Autumn. Elling has been adapted by playwright Simon Bent from the film "Elling," a screenplay by Axel Hellstenius, which is itself based on the novel of the same name by Norwegian writer Ingvar Ambjørnsen.
New York Theatre Guide

IU professors Chaouli and Wahrman named Remak Distinguished Scholars
Two Professors at Indiana University have been named 'Henry H.H. Remak Distinguished Scholars for 2010-11' in recognition of their winning Seminar proposal for "Master Classes in the Humanities: The Art of Interpretation." University of Essex Professor Marina Warner will giving a lecture as part of the Seminar series.
Indiana University

See gym's £1.4m evolution
Gold Medallist and Essex Sports Star Danny Crates has opened the new £1.4 million gym and fitness suite at the University of Essex. Open to students, staff and the general public, it has been equipped with more than 130 fitness, running, rowing and resistance machines.
Essex County Standard

Take a free trip back in time
History buffs are invited to explore Colchester's hidden heritage as part of a special open day. One of the attractions on the tour is the Latin American Art Collection at the University of Essex.
Essex County Standard

Orbea-For Goodness Shakes! reveal 2010 line-up
New UK road team Orbea-For Goodness Shakes! have announced their 2010 line-up, which includes a mix of experienced racers and young talents. The Essex-based squad will meet later this month to undergo physiological testing at the Human Performance Unit at the University of Essex.

Landmark New Sculpture by Acclaimed Artist Peter Randall-Page for Dulwich
Dulwich Picture Gallery will unveil a new, permanent sculpture in its grounds. Walking the Dog is being presented to the Gallery by the Art Fund to mark its 2011 bicentenary. Peter Randall-Page has gained an international reputation through his sculpture, drawings and prints. Novelist, historian and academic Marina Warner has written extensively on his work and has taken one of his pieces into her creative writing class at the University of Essex and invited the students to write in response.

2 September

Neglected plays to be brought back to life
Neglected historic plays are to be brought back to life by academics from Cambridge. A variety of academic institutions, including the University of Essex, have been working together with the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds to discover how drama was performed more than 200 years ago.
Cambridge News

Gold Medallist Danny opens University's £1.4m Gym
Essex Sports Star and Gold Medallist Danny Crates opened the new £1.4 million gym and fitness suite at the University of Essex yesterday. The gym's opening marks the start of the University's five year sports strategy which aims to increase investment in sports facilities and encourage more people to get fit.
Thurrock Gazette

A third of kids go without breakfast
Almost a third of children regularly go without breakfast before school and are more likely than classmates to be inactive, unfit and obese, research shows. "We found that children who skip breakfast either occasionally or routinely are less fit, less active and more likely to be overweight or obese than those who always eat breakfast," said lead author Dr Gavin Sandercock, a lecturer in clinical physiology at the University of Essex. "Children with the healthiest weight were always those who regularly had breakfast before heading to school.
UK Parents Lounge

Racers raise £200,000
More than £200,000 has already been handed in by women who took part in Colchester's three Cancer Research UK Race for Life events this year. Organisers say the £211,255 raised would cover the cost of two, large related clinical trials.
Essex County Standard

Explore our hidden heritage
More than 30 sites across the country's oldest recorded town will be opening their doors free of charge as part of  English Heritage's Open Days from 9-12 September. Members of the public will be able to board a vintage bus to travel between the sites, one of which is the University of Essex where members of the public will be able to view the Latin American Art Collection.
COI News and PR

1 September

UK to examine attitudes to food issues
The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is embarking on a project to understand people’s attitudes and behaviours to food issues, with the aim of better understanding how these views change between population groups and over time. They intend to use data from the British Household Panel Survey based at the University of Essex. Read full story here.
Food Navigator

Mental-health benefits of parks
Mother Nature may be an efficient therapist Five minutes of exercise in a park, on a trail, or even in a backyard garden has measurable benefits to mental health, especially for young people and individuals with mental illnesses.The largest positive effects for mood and self-esteem came from a five-minute "dose," report authors Jules Pretty and Jo Barton, both of the University of Essex.


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