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Watch our subject introductions and taster videos to discover our range of different courses and subject areas, to see what Essex has to offer you.

These videos will give you an insight into what we study as part of each course, how we study it, and why we study it. You will also be introduced to a member of the academic teaching team, who will share their passion for the subject they teach at Essex and inspire you to study with us.

Department talks and tasters

Art History

At Essex, we believe that art history has real world implications, and we prepare you for them by offering you the chance to handle real artworks, use digital media to understand museum displays and curate an exhibition.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Matt Lodder Tattoos, Brillo Boxes and a Glass of Water on a Shelf: Looking at Art Objects in Museums and the World Watch this webinar
Dr Diana Bullen Presciutti Picturing Social Problems in Renaissance Italy Watch this webinar
Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco Colonialism and digital restitution of artefacts Watch this webinar
Dr Natasha Ruiz-Gomez Edouard Manet and Modern Identity Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Lisa Blackmore Environmental Art in the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) Watch this webinar
Dr Gavin Grindor Art and activism Watch this webinar
Dr Matt Lodder Tattoo Art and Japonism in Victorian London Watch this webinar

Computer Science and Electronic Engineering 

At Essex, our research is changing people’s lives and underpins tomorrow’s must-have technologies. Research and development has to stay one step ahead of the industry, so our Computer Science and Electronic Engineering curriculums are constantly evolving.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Vito De Feo Artificial Intelligence applied to Mental and Brain Health Watch this webinar
Professor John Gan and Dr Haider Raza AI at Essex Watch this webinar
Dr Ali Kafash Hoshiar and Dr Jichun Li Mechatronics: A Future Trend of Engineering Watch this webinar
Dr Vishwanathan Mohan Robotics: A new and modern specialism in Engineering Watch this webinar
Dr Martin Reed Computer networks and security at Essex and principles of ethical hacking Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Professor Huosheng Hu and Professor Dongbing Gu Robotics at Essex Watch this webinar
Dr Maria Kyropoulou Artificial Intelligence - Multi Agent Systems Watch this webinar
Dr Zilong Liu Ubiquitous Wireless Access with 5G networks and Beyond Watch this webinar
Professor Reinhold Scherer Neural Engineering and BCI Watch this webinar
Professor Francisco Sepulveda Machine Intelligence and Brain Interfaces / 21st century electronics - the quantum age! Watch this webinar
Dr Xinruo Zhang Machine Learning for Wireless Comms Watch this webinar

East 15

Our East 15 Acting School places equal importance on developing your craft and creativity. True to our founding principles, our aim is to provide you with the skills and confidence to continually develop and sustain yourself throughout your career.

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Autumn Season - Live Watch this webinar

Economics

Whether or not you've studied economics before, we've got a course for you, explore the decisions of individuals, the strategies of firms and the policies of governments, to understand how the world works. At Essex, we connect our research with our teaching so what you learn about is relevant today.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Alexander Clymo Macroeconomics Watch this webinar
Dr Ben Etheridge The Economics of Inequality Watch this webinar
Dr Miguel Gavilan Rubio Macro Policy in the Eurozone Watch this webinar
Professor Katharine Rockett The Strategic Behaviour of Firms Watch this webinar
Dr Michel Serafinelli The World Rust Belts Watch this webinar
Professor Gianluigi Vernasca Studying Behavioural Economics Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Alexander Clymo Macroeconomics Watch this webinar
Dr Ben Etheridge The Economics of Inequality Watch this webinar
Professor Katharine Rockett The Strategic Behaviour of Firms Watch this webinar
Dr Miguel Gavilan Rubio Macro Policy in the Eurozone Watch this webinar
Dr Michel Serafinelli The World Rust Belts Watch this webinar
Professor Gianluigi Vernasca Behavioural Economics Watch this webinar

Edge Hotel School

Edge Hotel School is the first hotel school of its kind in the UK - offering you valuable, practical experience in a fully-commercial hotel and connecting you with our industry right from the start.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Philip Berners The Events Industry Watch this webinar
Andrew Boer Innovations in Hospitality Watch this webinar
Jennifer Kaye Leadership Styles Watch this webinar
Jennifer Kaye Zero-Hour Contracts Watch this webinar
Dimitri Lera Food and Beverage Management Watch this webinar
Dimitri Lera Sustainability in Hospitality and Events Watch this webinar
Adrian Martin Improving Profitability in Hotels, Events and Restaurants Watch this webinar
Dr Quynh Nguyen Marketing’s Role in Hospitality and Events Watch this webinar

Essex Business School

Our courses at Essex Business School, aim to teach business with integrity. They challenge you to become independent thinkers, problem solvers and ethical leaders. Through our world-class research and teaching, we train you to think critically about business and encourage you to make a positive impact on society.

General talks and webinars


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Dr Sam Astill Introduction to Portfolio Theory Watch this webinar
Becca Coster Why study Business in 2020? Watch this webinar
Dr James Fowler Leadership behaviour: Exiting a crisis Watch this webinar
Dr James Fowler Leadership and communication in a crisis Watch this webinar
Professor Neil Kellard A chaotic world - what can the long run tell us? Watch this webinar
Dr Louise Nash Introduction to Management and Organisations Watch this webinar

Course specific webinars


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Dr Sam Astill MSc Finance and Investment, MSc Finance, MSc Banking and Finance, MSc Finance and Management Watch this webinar

Dr Juan Carlos Fernandez de Arroyabe and Dr Caleb Kwong

MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management, MSc Global Project Management, MSc Business Analytics Watch this webinar
Professor Nicolas Forsans The Essex MBA Watch this webinar

Dr Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, Professor Franco Fiordelisi, and Professor Sheri Markose

MSc Financial Technology (Finance), MSc Financial Technology (Economics), MSc Financial Technology (Computer Science) Watch this webinar
Dr Amir Homayounfard and Dr Louise Nash MSc Management (including course variants) Watch this webinar
Dr Amir Homayounfard MSc Marketing and Brand Management Watch this webinar
Dr Danielle Tucker MSc Human Resource Management Watch this webinar
Dr Thanos Verousis and Dr Athanasios Triantafyllou MSc Finance and Data Analytics, MSc Financial Engineering and Risk Management, MSc Finance and Global Trading Watch this webinar
Dr Svetlana Warhurst Master of Business Management (MBM), MSc International Business and Entrepreneurship Watch this webinar

Government

Our Department of Government trains you to be fearless and independent, to question everything and draw on the broadest possible range of facts and ideas to get both sides of the story. Our academics are some of the biggest names in the field, giving you unparalleled access to some of the best minds in politics.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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A chat with students Nina, Jamie and Maria Ask a Government Student Watch this webinar
Dr Ryan Bakker Election 2020: The role of the Electoral College Watch this webinar
Dr Dominik Duell and Dr Mollie Gerver Understanding Public Responses to COVID-19 Watch this webinar
Dr Florian Kern Researching what works in international development Watch this webinar
Dr Brian Phillips The terrorism-crime link Watch this webinar
Professor Paul Whiteley What is 'the state' and why do we need it? Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Professor Jason Glynos Research and Teaching in Political Theory and Discourse Watch this webinar
Professor Rob Johns A Post-Truth Public? Resistance to ‘the facts’ in today’s politics Watch this webinar
Dr Akitaka Matsuo Data Science Meets Political Science: Using Big Data to Track International Rivalries Watch this webinar
Dr Sara Polo Does migration really bring terrorism? Watch this webinar
Dr Sarah Shair-Rosenfield Gender in Asian politics Watch this webinar
Dr Reed Wood Why rebel groups recruit women for war Watch this webinar

History

When you choose a history degree at Essex, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a diverse array of subjects whilst studying in the heart of Britain's oldest recorded town.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Amanda Flather Gender in early Modern England Watch this webinar
Dr Alix Green How can history help us deal with a present day crisis Watch this webinar
Professor Lucy Noakes Bearing Witness: Social History and everyday life in times of crisis Watch this webinar
Professor Alison Rowlands Witch-trials and their causes in early modern Europe Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Alix Green How can history help us deal with a present-day crisis? Watch this webinar
Dr Sean Kelley Studying Atlantic Slavery and the African Diaspora at Essex Watch this webinar
Professor Lucy Noakes Mass Observation and everyday life in WW2 Britain Watch this webinar
Dr Lisa Smith Preparing for the Plague in 1720 Watch this webinar

Interdisciplinary Studies

Our courses are interdisciplinary and have a global focus. You study across our University's subject areas, including politics, sociology, history, philosophy, literature, art history, and languages, according to your interests. You can also enhance your educational experience with a period of study abroad.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Lisa Blackmore How a Venezuelan Mall became a Political Prison Watch this webinar
Dr Matt Lodder Colonised Bodies: US Colonialism in Puerto Rico Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Lisa Blackmore Environmental Art in the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) Watch this webinar

Journalism

At Essex, we place emphasis on good writing, independence, accuracy and ethical practice to prepare you for your career in journalism.

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Tim Fenton Journalism at Essex Watch this webinar

Language and Linguistics

Language is fundamental to our thoughts, relationships and cultures. It's at the heart of every interaction we have with each other. From falling in love to settling global political disputes, and even posting on social media. At Essex, we explore this uniquely human phenomenon from every angle.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Faith Chiu Sounds in Language: misheard lyrics, accents and Pokemon Watch this webinar
Dr Hannah Gibson Discovering linguistic diversity Watch this webinar
Professor Monika Schmid Introduction to Language and Linguistics at Essex Watch this webinar
Teresa Torres Spanish at University - Taster Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Tracey Costley Teaching Practice Watch this webinar
Dr Adela Ganem Gutierrez Our MA Applied Linguistics Watch this webinar
Dr Christina Gkonou Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages Watch this webinar
Dr Claire Delle Luche I got rhythm Watch this webinar
Professor Monika Schmid Introduction to Language and Linguistics at Essex Watch this webinar
Professor Monika Schmid Language analysis for the determination of origin (LADO) Watch this webinar

Law and Human Rights

At Essex, we teach the law that matters. Our courses combine rigorous legal training with opportunities to develop practical expertise, preparing you to become an outstanding legal professional and giving you the skills and knowledge to be an agent for change, whatever your ambitions.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Donald Nicholson Essex Law Clinic Watch this webinar
Donald Nicholson
Essex Law Clinic - Housing and Homelessness Law Project Work Watch this webinar
Donald Nicholson
Essex Law Clinic - Domestic Abuse Project Work Watch this webinar
Lee Hansen Clinical Legal Education at Essex Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Marios Koutsias Comparative Corporate Governance Watch this webinar
Dr Tuba Turan The Prohibition on the Use of Force in International Law Watch this webinar

Life Sciences

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Dr Ulrike Bechtold Biotechnology and Climate Change Watch this webinar
Dr Greg Brooke Cancer: A slippery fish Watch this webinar
Professor Terence McGenity The Limits of Life on Earth and Beyond Watch this webinar
Dr Filippo Prischi Switching off Cancer Cells! What structural biology and biochemistry can tell us about cancer Watch this webinar
Dr Michelle Taylor Deep Sea: The Real Final Frontier Watch this webinar
Dr Patrick Varga Weisz The bugs in us: our friends and foes Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Alessia Bani Coral reef in a bottle: eDNA for biomonitoring Watch this webinar
Dr Ulrike Bechtold Plant biotechnology in climate change Watch this webinar
Dr Greg Brooke Cancer: A slippery fish Watch this webinar
Dr Stathis Giotis SARS-CoV-2: Anatomy of a killer Watch this webinar
Dr Filippo Prischi Drug repurposing strategies for COVID-19 Watch this webinar
Dr Patrick Varga Weisz Listening in the Microbiome-Host Crosstalk Watch this webinar

Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

We are an interdisciplinary department with expertise in English literature, drama, creative writing, journalism, film and screen media. Our courses are taught by leading academics, writers, film makers and journalists, and allow you to follow specialised pathways or to combine your interests across our subject areas.

Undergraduate webinars


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Dr James Canton New Nature Writing Watch this webinar
Dr Liam Jarvis Contemporary Performance: An Introduction to the Centre for Theatre Research Watch this webinar
Dr Owen Robinson Studying Literature at the University of Essex Watch this webinar
Dr Sarah Smyth Film Studies: What’s Television got to do with it? Watch this webinar

Mathematical Sciences

Maths is far more than an academic discipline: maths is everywhere. With specialisms including pure and applied mathematics, data science, statistics, and actuarial science, maths at Essex has a broad reach.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Chris Antonopoulos Understanding the brain: How maths can help Watch this webinar
Dr Stella Hadjiantoni Data Science: How does data science affect industries? Is it the next big thing? Watch this webinar
Dr Mario Gutierrez-Roig The difference between Data Science, Big Data and Data Analytics Watch this webinar
Dr Alastair Litterick Group Theory: Beyond the Quadratic Equation Watch this webinar
Dr Dmitry Savostyanov Numerical Methods and Mathematical Modelling for Sciences Watch this webinar
Dr Spyridon Vrontos Actuarial Science and the Actuarial Profession Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Chris Antonopoulos Understanding the brain: How can maths help? Watch this webinar
Dr Hongsheng Dai Introduction to MSc Statistics at Essex Watch this webinar
Dr Stella Hadjiantoni Data Science: How does data science affect industries? Is it the next big thing? Watch this webinar
Mario Gutierrez-Roig The difference between Data Science, Big Data and Data Analytics Watch this webinar
Dr Dmitry Savostyanov Numerical Methods and Mathematical Modelling for Sciences Watch this webinar
Dr Jackie Wong Siaw Tze Actuarial Science and the Actuarial Profession Watch this webinar

Nursing

As an Essex student, whether you choose mental health nursing or adult nursing, you’ll join a group of people who share the same drive to progress the field of nursing and you’ll be respected and supported as a professional from day one.

Adult Nursing undergraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Tim Goodchild Nursing in the current climate Watch this webinar
Vanessa Woodcock-Dennis Compassion in Nursing Watch this webinar

Mental Health Nursing undergraduate webinar recordings


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Sally Barbrook and Teresa Wagstaffe An overview of clinical practice placements: what to expect Watch this webinar
Kelvin Ncube and Edward Holt Mental Health Nursing Watch this webinar

Occupational Therapy

Here at Essex, you’ll learn about the relationship between occupational engagement and health and well-being. This will inform how occupation can be used therapeutically to enable people to lead full and satisfying lives.

Undergraduate and postgraduate webinar recordings


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Susan Collins and Sarah Croot A Day in the life of an Occupational Therapist Watch this webinar
Selina Hammond and Sarah Croot Occupation in Lockdown - Reasons to study Occupational Therapy at Essex Watch this webinar
Dr Lindsey Nicholls, Selena Hammond and Susan Collins Essex OT and current topics Watch this webinar

Philosophy

Philosophy at Essex takes philosophy back to its roots in everyday existential, social and political issues. As an Essex philosophy student you'll benefit from our close-knit community and have your future fully invested in by our passionate academics from the moment you arrive.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Matthew Burch A Puzzle about the True Self Watch this webinar
Professor Timo Jütten The Moral Limits of Markets Watch this webinar
Dr Joerg Schaub The Ethics of Genetically Enhancing Future Generations Watch this webinar
Dr Joerg Schaub Why do we care what other people think about us (and why is that so dangerous)? Watch this webinar
Dr Ellisif Wasman Lockdown advice from Ancient Philosophy Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Professor Béatrice Han-Pile Is hope a Virtue? Watch this webinar
Dr Fiona Hughes Some places Kant can take you Watch this webinar
Dr Daniel Watts The Experience of Freedom Watch this webinar

Psychology

Studying psychology at Essex allows you to embark on a journey into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of those individuals.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Geoff Cole Joint Action and Cognition Watch this webinar
Dr Eva Gutierrez How Does Reading Work in the Brain? Watch this webinar
Dr Veronica Lamarche Predicting Attraction in Romantic Relationships Watch this webinar
Dr Vanessa Loaiza Memory Myths and Tricks Watch this webinar
Dr Elia Valentini How Neuroscientists Explore the Mind and Brain: An EEG Primer Watch this webinar
Dr Loes Van Dam Visual Illusions: What You See is Not Always What You Get… Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Geoff Cole Joint Action and Cognition Watch this webinar
Dr Eva Gutierrez How Does Reading Work in the Brain? Watch this webinar
Dr Veronica Lamarche Predicting Attraction in Romantic Relationships Watch this webinar
Dr Vanessa Loaiza Memory Myths and Tricks Watch this webinar
Dr Loes Van Dam Visual Illusions: What You See is Not Always What You Get… Watch this webinar

Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

At Essex we will help you understand human behaviour at its most basic level, exploring why so many people have emotional problems, and how this impacts on wider society.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Jessica Clark Why are we scared of the evil child? Children and horror Watch this webinar
Professor Matt Ffytche Ambivalent worlds: Harry Potter, His Dark Materials and the secrets of love and hate Watch this webinar
Arianna Pulsoni The social baby: from social networks to infant observation. Watch this webinar
Chris Tanner How to support people at work: How to be a workplace coach Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Susan Kegerreis Late or early? Our relationship with time and what this says about us Watch this webinar
Professor Roderick Main C. G. Jung’s uses of myth Watch this webinar
Dr Chris Nicholson The monster that is me: Psychoanalysis and the Split Self in ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ Watch this webinar
Dr Leonardo Niro Why we love selfies? Watch this webinar
Dr Poul Rohleder Superhumans and non-humans: Our trouble with disabled bodies Watch this webinar

Social Work

When you choose to study with us, you'll gain more than just a qualification. You’ll be an integral part of our Social Work and Social Justice division which is underpinned by activism, internationalism and research. We’re proud to be champions of social justice and progression.

Undergraduate and postgraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Gert Scheepers Skills Development and Practice Placement Watch this webinar
Dr Aaron Wyllie A life course approach to social work practice Watch this webinar
Dr Aaron Wyllie The place of ‘old’ theory for modern social work practice Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Caroline Bald A Masters in Social Work: applying your Degree Watch this webinar

Sociology and Criminology

At Essex, we teach you techniques such as interviews, surveys and observations, to research and answer these questions. We'll stretch and push you outside your comfort zone as our courses are intellectually demanding but we help you develop a sociological imagination to take out into the world and change it for the better.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna COVID-19: A Sociological Analysis Watch this webinar
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna Class and Social Mobility in the UK Watch this webinar
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna Environmental Crime Watch this webinar
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna Gender and Migration Watch this webinar
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna Green Criminology and Environmental Crimes Watch this webinar
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna Security, Surveillance and Rights Watch this webinar
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna Studying Sociology and Criminology at the University of Essex Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna Introduction to postgraduate Sociology/Criminology at Essex Watch this webinar
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna MA Migration Studies Watch this webinar

Speech and Language Therapy

Here at Essex, we focus on a holistic approach that enables patients to maximise their independence in their social, academic and working lives. We use a range of learning techniques to help you build your knowledge of a wide range of conditions and challenges.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Annabel Kay Practice placements in Speech and Language Therapy Watch this webinar
Maria Miranda Rivera Preparing for your course: Key reading and upcoming topics Watch this webinar
Daniel Underdown Module market Watch this webinar
Daniel Underdown Speech and Language Therapy Lectures, learning and life-long skills Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Annabel Kay Practice placements in Speech and Language Therapy Watch this webinar
Maria Miranda Rivera Preparing for your course: Key reading and upcoming topics Watch this webinar
Daniel Underdown Lectures, learning, and life-long skills Watch this webinar
Daniel Underdown Module Market Watch this webinar

Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (SRES)

At Essex, you can study a range of courses relating to sport, health and rehabilitation. We’re here to ensure that you will have the skills and knowledge to get the best out of athletes, sports people, and those rehabilitating after injury or illness.

Undergraduate webinar recordings


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Valerie Gladwell and Jamie Pethick Anatomy and Physiology Watch this webinar
Dr Edward Hope Skill Acquisition in Sport Watch this webinar
Tracy Lewis Working in Sport: Considerations, Challenges and Personal Development Watch this webinar
Kelly Murray Human Performance Unit - Sports Science: Real World Application Watch this webinar

Postgraduate webinar recordings


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Dr Benjamin Jones Competitive Engineering Watch this webinar
Kelly Murray Human Performance Unit - Sports Science: Real World Application Watch this webinar
Dr Sally Waterworth Personalising Nutrition Watch this webinar

Interdisciplinary webinars

Let's talk about...Women!

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Tracy Loughran, Marco Francesconi and Tugce Dolen Let’s talk about… Women! Watch this webinar

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