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Studying at University of Essex
The University of Essex is situated near Colchester and is made up of three campuses. Two miles from Colchester is the main campus, Wivenhoe Park, further afield is another campus in Southend-on-Sea and another, East 15 Acting School, which is based in Loughton. On the campuses students will find shops, cafés, restaurants, food outlets, banks, a book shop, hairdressers and mobile phone shop. The Colchester Campus has a community of around 8,000 students and has received considerable investment over recent years.
The Students' Union is home to Sub Zero, which won best student venue from Smirnoff BEDA and has hosted bands such as Blur, Pink Floyd, Faithless, Florence and The Machine and The Smiths. There is something on at the Students' Union every night in any one of the venues; Sun Zero, the Students' Union Bar, Level 2 and Mondo. The radio station and student newspaper are also run by the Students' Union as are over 165 societies, 45 sports clubs and various volunteering programmes such as building charity websites, coaching sports, and conservation work.
Sort is a major focus of university life for many. The facilities are low cost, plentiful and include a sports hall, five squash courts, climbing wall, dance room, gym and fitness suite, outdoor pitches for rugby, football, hockey and cricket, tennis courts and floodlit synthetic pitches. On the Southend Campus students also have access to the Southend Marine Activities Centre and swimming pool with Olympic diving facilities. Sports scholarships are available for those that show talent to give help balancing studies with elite sport.
The Big E is the University of Essex' way of showing students how important and easy it is to do extra things to boost employability…the E stands for experience. This could be anything from studying or working abroad, taking part in an internship or a paid placement, joining in with entrepreneurial events or taking extra modules and careers advice. Making the most of your time at Essex can help you to leave as a well equipped individual and have skills that are attractive to employers. Graduates from the University of Essex have gone on to work for many well known organisations such as Microsoft, The Royal Shakespeare Company, United Nations and the BBC.
Famous people that studied at the University of Essex include Members of Parliament Virginia Bottomley and Siobhain McDonagh, Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, director of three Harry Potter films David Yates and guitarist John Etheridge.
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Essex is disappointing. First, the accommodation is poor. When I moved into my room, there was a blood stain on the mattress as well as stains on the walls and carpet. The internet isn't very good either. Just the other day the lights in my room went out completely for no reason. Washing clothes is very expensive for poor machines (I spent 15 quid on 2 loads of laundry that didn't even dry!) I came here because Essex was said to have a very good international relations programme. But this is not the case. At Essex, teachers assign a TON of reading and tell you to write an essay. The teaching is very hands off. There is also a lack of academic support. So if you are struggling with a subject like statistics for example, you're in trouble unless you can catch your professor during office hours (typically once a week for 2 hours, so if you have class at that time, its hard to get them to make an appointment). There isn't room to voice all my issues here but I am hoping to withdraw soon.
The University of Essex is a great institution. I am glad that I made the choice of coming to do my postgraduate studies here. The diversity is amazing, but most importantly the focus on the course content itself forces one to really engage and learn. As an MSc Financial Engineering and Risk Management student at the Essex Business School, I can say with confidence that I received enough support from the department. There are even those classes where the Professors just had so much fire which really encouraged me, and hopefully my classmates as well, to be the best they could ever be. I had a great time here and I highly recommend the Essex Business School and the University of Essex as a whole. There are also some great societies like the Public Speaking and many others. The social life is awesome as well, it just depends on where your loyalties lie.
The University of Essex is a great institution. When I started here I had no idea just how much I would love this place. Main advantages: - Good teaching and studying facilities. The library and Silberrad Centre provide loads of space for students to study. - The Student's Union is fantastic. lots of SU organised events and activities throughout the year, many of which are free or very cheap. SU jobs are great for students who want to work part time. - Sport at Essex is easily accessible and its completely free to join any club. The sports facilities are great. The majority of sports clubs welcome members of all abilities. - Inclusive and Tolerant. Very multi cultural University, there's a real global community at Essex. - Brilliant academic support for students such as help with employability and studies. Disadvantages - Colchester is not a town that caters well to students. - The medical centre needs improvement (particularly their reception staff) - Campus can be confusing.
Love the SU, really nice people in there and there is always something to do at the weekend. I haven't been to the careers service but i assume its very good however, the wifi could be faster but i assume thats because so many people use it
Wfif: Eduroam is awful, but this is a problem all across the country. Studentcom in the accomodation works most of the time, but is likely slower than home internet, although they should be able to supply an ethernet cable free of charge. One of the best SUs in the country with societies, events, catering etc however they do need more communication with the university itself, the two are very separate organistions.
The campus was designed by a Brutalist architect. It's not as bad as it sounds: it's a lot worse. A concrete desert in the middle of Essex with the hideous, towering eye-sore for student accommodation, it is definitely the ugliest campus ever.
Resolutely Awful At least half of my lecturers have no research record in the subject of their teaching. Students who clearly do not belong in higher-education at all received the same grades as I did. The main qualification is graduate candidates' money. The accommodations undergraduates receive are horrid, grey eye-sores. The food served, if improved immensely, would be awful. And that's just the start. I hear Essex used to have been a respectable institution. It is now nothing but a racket, a money-making rag-tag of pencil-pushers and arse-kissing third-grade researchers who have very little to offer in exchange for your money. Read more here: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n17/marina-warner/diary http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n06/marina-warner/learning-my-lesson NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL
There is a good amount of choice between places you can eat and do things. Essex offers free sport, meaning that you can do as many as you like and meet more people. They offer a huge amount of societies which anyone can set up. The wifi can be crap, but that's just because it's eduroam. The big E project is a great way to get a better idea of careers and is easy to do.
I am an ex-mental health nursing student of this university and was treated appallingly by The School of Health and Human Sciences. I have a mental health condition and was unfairly kicked off of my course with only 8 months remaining of my degree because at this point I owed a mere 40 placement hours! Considering, I still had two placements remaining and had shown that I was more than willing to make up time previously, this should not have been grounds for dismissal as I had been performing well on placement and academically. I was also wrongly advised not to use all of my two weeks holiday for making up placement hours so used just one week instead. I was then brought in front of a committee who claimed that I wouldn't be able to make up the 40 hours. The university were aware of my condition as I had to intermit a year due to illness. I have since set up a petition on www.change.org to protest the decision. Do not go here if you suffer from a mental health condition.
most selfish university, does not promote getting experience or jobs.horrible overpriced accommodation. useless staff. horrible lecturers who wrongly mark your assignments "by accident" . internet never worked. campus shop overpriced,
The Students Union and the International Students Association are in real our family, the biggest one. No one is left out of the family. There are too many societies that it is impossible that someone cannot find one that fits him.
Going to the University of Essex was the best decision I ever made. It has everything I need to make my uni experience perfect, the nights out in Sub Z are hilarious, the lectures are always fun and exiting and I've met the most brilliant people. It is so diverse and fun, there's always something to do or someone to meet. It's so friendly as well, especially the sports centre and the clubs! Thank you Essex!
I have loved every moment at Essex so far in the two years I've been going here. Subbyz is the place to go especialy for fednesday which is one of the best nights out so get your fancy dress out!! Everything you need is on campus so you really don't need to leave but if you do Colchester is a lovely town to venture into. If you love army lads liquid is for you. Do go on some bar crawls and don't miss dirty pengiun, silk road, missoulas and the three wise monkeys. Where hoysing is concerned if you are a bit of a clean freak I wouldn't advise towers, houses or south courts may be more suited for you. But if you want cheap accomodation and want to live a party lifestyle do pick towers!! I did and I loved every second in them, theres always a party going on in these party towers!!
I don't know anyone who's unhappy with their lecturers, there are a few ones who are not great but that's it. Societies are incredibly varied and we get new ones every term. WiFi is available across campus and for people living in accommodation. A gym is also on site. The selection of places to eat is somewhat limited but quality has improved. On campus club, The Students' Union is at times problematic, both dealing with them as representatives of clubs and societies, and as a student. It does happen often that people are unreasonably kicked out of student forums, and issues with their transpaeency are also customary. Overall a great university though.
The University itself is a nice enough place to be with everything you need for your academic related studies or free time in close proximity. Essex does however need a bit of a quick up the backside if it wants to get anywhere fast though, as it fails to really push the boundaries on any particular front. Some of the students it lets in are an embarrassment to the establishment with it being high time it starts thinking about increasing the difficulty of entry and departments are sporadic in terms of their organisation - this however, not being the fault of the individual departments, but more the workings of those in higher echelons having the wrong ideas for the marionette strings. In terms of the SU, it is one of the worst. It's unnecessarily expensive for students, its "Student centred" stance is more a running joke than a mandate for operation, there is corruption aplenty within the elected officers and some of the full time staff are about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
Have been here 5 years, done a BSC and am now doing a PhD, it is an awesome place to be if you want to get involved with societies and clubs. if you do not want to be in a city and want to be in a campus where everyone around is students or staff then Essex is for you. If you just want somewhere to get drunk and get a poor degree please go somewhere else :)
I have just finished my first year at Essex University and it was truely the best year of my life. The campus has such a lovely vibe due to its feel of a homey village with everything you could need! (Including bars and clubs!) The SU are very student centered and work to ensure every single student is happy and that the Uni has everything that the students need and want. The lecturers are lovely and extremely helpful. I lived in the towers and it was the best decision I ever made- made friends for life and had the most fun and exciting year!
Essex is a fantastic institution providing every student with every facility necessary in order to aid their studies and to entertain themselves. Essex is a friendly campus and fights for/encourages the rights of every single student in many forms such as race, gender or disabilities.
Pioneering, change-making and forward-thinking. The University of Essex is at the forefront of research and support of the underdog. There is an extensive selection of sports clubs and societies, and the Students Union provides many supportive services to all students, while providing exceptional and fun events. There is a real community feeling, with a global outlook. The University of Essex isn't a place, its a people. I am Essex.
The best decision I could have made, joining the University of Essex has not only given me some of the best education I've ever experienced, but the social aspect and 'family' feeling you get from it is second to none. With a fantastic range of activities, sports and clubs and a very hands on Students Union, its a really fantastic University to go to, one which has given me so many amazing memories!
Very welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Originally Essex was my last choice, but after visiting my other offers universities, it was that Essex made the most sense, not just for personal reasons but because they offer so much more. There are scholarships, research placements and prizes etc. available for high academic achievement and they have funded Phd and MA programmes. There are tons of resources available and the staff are enthusiastic and helpful. The 'employability' department do a great deal to help students better their career opportunities, and even though some (ignorant) employers may not count Essex as a particularly good university, with the right work experience and a bit of the other stuff the uni offers, they should be impressed. If you're willing to put the work in, you will definitely be rewarded at Essex. If you just want to have fun, well they're pretty good at that stuff too.
I have been at Essex for two years and it has seemed to improve rapidly, based on our suggestions. For example, Sub Zero (our nightclub) and a host of new buildings have better signal and wifi, meaning that you are always connected to the Internet. On another note, the Students Union give out heirlooms to current Essex students, which keeps our community close and family-like. If you fear making new friends, there are tonnes of new sports clubs and societies that are ratified and accepted by students each year, therefore you will always have people to share common interests with. They genuinely listen to suggestions! Essex is a small campus, but that has its benefits - you are never too far from your lecture or seminar room. You will learn to memorise rooms (the room codes and their locations). Plus, Essex seems to have a limitless budget and are constantly improving their facilities and technology, such as replacing most posters/banners on the squares with large LCD screens...
Brilliantly balanced university with great societies and sporting facilities. Essex has a close community feel and the experience has been unforgettable. My study abroad experience has made my time at essex and I'd recommend any student to consider essex as their university.
Having finished my second year, i'm already sad at the prospect of leaving Essex university next year. Unlike a lot of other universities I have visited, Essex has a great community feel with something always going on. Despite the fact that Colchester town is not that great for going out, campus has a pretty good club which will satisfy your clubbing needs! In terms of education, there are so many fantastic lecturers who encourage and help you. As someone who received okay grades at university i'm on track for a first and really enjoy my course in literature. Overall, i have personally had a great few years at Essex.
Uni academic life is ok, as an average between departments, social life is outstanding, there are always at least 5 things to do. Wi-fi can sometimes be worse than dial-up. Career opportunities is meh because employers tend to overlook Essex.
Studentcom (the accommodation internet provider) is terrible, cutting out at least 2 or 3 times a day but once you get past that the speed is ok. The campus is gorgeous along with their being a wide range of facilites like a ton of different places to eat, the SU bar and Top Bar (quite a fancy bar) and also our very own club on campus (Sub-Zero). The Student Union do listen to us and our opinions using social media (Facebook) very well to get our opinions, changing what we don't like. 4/5 I'd say
Essex is amazing!
University of Essex has one of the most welcoming environments that instantly feels like home. Choosing Essex is not a choice I could regret and I just wish I could come back and do my first year over and over again!
People think you will come home with a fake tan and an essex accent. (blame towie)