Accommodation at Essex

If you’ve just received an offer from the University to study here then congratulations! If you decide to pick Essex as your first choice then your going to have to start thinking about accommodation. Essex is one of the best universities in terms of accommodation as there are lots of options to explore. There’s something for everyone! So, here’s a low down on all of them from my perspective as a student at Essex…

*Disclaimer- all information and prices were correct as of January 2016 for students starting from April 2016*

The Towers

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Rent price (weekly): £88.20 (North Towers) £76.93 (South Towers)

So what are they?

The Towers are some of the cheapest accommodation in the country and some of the most popular at the University. I lived in Towers during my first year and I loved it. You have the chance to meet loads of people really quickly so it’s great for first years!

You share bathroom facilities and a large kitchen with 12-16 others

Good Points

  • Situated right at the centre of campus. You can wake up 10 minutes before your lecture and still make it in time (although I wouldn’t recommend that!)
  • Brilliant social atmosphere. Towers are the best place to meet people, which is a godsend when making friends when you first arrive! The kitchens are a great social space to hang out.

Things to add

  • Surprisingly, you never have to wait for the shower or toilet. Everyone is on different schedules at University, so there will be no long queues for showers in the morning!
  • The main difference between North and South Towers is the amount of people you share facilities with. In North Towers, you share 4 showers and 4 toilets with 14 people, whereas in South Towers you share 2 showers and 4 toilets with 16 people.
  • The toilets and kitchens are cleaned twice a week, so it shouldn’t be much different to sharing facilities at home.

 

South Courts

south courts accommodation

Rent price (weekly): £135.38

So what are they?

South Courts are the main en-suite accommodation right in the centre of campus. These are perfect if you love your own space, like a bit of peace and quiet and you want more of an intimate accommodation experience. The majority of flats have also been recently refurbished.

Good points

  • You have your own bathroom and a bit more space than in the Towers.
  • You share a flat with 4-6 people. Great for building a nice little friendship group when you start.
  • You get quite a lot of space in your room

The Houses

the houses accommodation

 Rent price (weekly): £122.64

So what are they?

A cheaper en-suite alternative to South Courts, which are still on campus close to all the facilities. They are pretty much the same to South Courts but they are a bit older. You share with between 4-6 people.

Good points

  • The price. For what you get, it’s pretty cheap.
  • You get your own bathroom.
  • Normally a bit more peaceful than other types of accommodation

The Meadows

meadows accommodation

Rent price (weekly): £131.39 (shared bathroom) £140.98 (en-suite)

So what are they?

The Meadows are the University’s newest and most modern accommodation. You share with 12 people in a flat and there are both shared facilities and en-suite rooms available. They are like the Towers but more expensive, with better facilities.

Good points

  • It’s very modern. It was only opened a few years ago, so the facilities are top of the range.
  • You have your own launderette, shop and common room.
  • All of the flats have sofas and massive kitchen/living areas! Which is brilliant for when you want a place to chill.

The Quays

quays accommodation

Rent price (weekly): £123.69

So what are they?

The Quays are University accommodation which are about 10-15 mins walk away from campus. All the rooms are en-suite and are quite modern. Students like this accommodation because the Quays are affordable yet modern and close to lots of facilities which the other accommodation aren’t near to.

Good points

  • Close to Tesco and other shops. The Quay’s is right next to B & Q, Dominos, Subway, a hairdressers, a convenience store and Tesco.
  • Decent sized room and kitchen.
  • A short walk from campus. Ideal for those who want a break from campus life.

The Maltings

maltings accommodation

Rent price (weekly): £127-£185

So what are they?

The Maltings are off campus accommodation which is ran by a private company. There are a wide range of rooms available from a normal en-suite room with a shared kitchen to a self contained flat with its own bathroom and kitchen.

Good points

  • It’s brand new.
  • It’s got its own facilities. When fully completed it should have its own restaurant, shop and cinema room among other cool stuff.
  • It’s a short walk from campus.

Off-campus Accommodation

Rent price (weekly): Anything from £65-£150

So what are they? Accommodation which is roughly a 15-40 minute walk away from campus. Typically in either Wivenhoe or Greenstead and chosen by students in their second and third years. I currently live off campus in a shared house in Greenstead. It’s great as you get to choose who you live with and you get the experience of having your own home.

Good points

  • Safety Bus. This service runs at night for just £1 from 8 pm until the early hours of the morning and drops you off just outside your front door. Ideal if you need to get home late at night and you don’t fancy a walk home in the dark.
  • Great for independence. You get to choose who you live with and where you live.

Things to add

Only first years, international students and those returning from a year abroad are guaranteed University accommodation. Second and third years are guaranteed to choose this accommodation in their 2nd and 3rd years however the likelihood is that you’ll be put on a waiting list.

Student Lets are a great place to start if you want to look for student accommodation off campus as they are run by the Student’s Union. This means that the service is student focused and they won’t surprise you with any hidden fees.

 

Good luck with choosing your accommodation, I hope you find something you like! If you want any more information about accommodation then check out the University website or leave a comment below and I’ll try to answer it for you 🙂

My Year Abroad Experience in Germany

Around this time last year, I was starting my year abroad in Konstanz, Germany. The University of Essex provided me with an amazing opportunity to study in a different country for a whole year. I remember getting off the train that got me to Konstanz and being incredibly nervous of where I was going to go from that point. Very quickly everything began to settle down and I got to really enjoy living in a new environment.

Since I have returned from my year abroad, I have definitely been more confident and truly feel that I have a wider knowledge over things in general. I would recommend that everyone look into finding out what is available for them in terms of taking a year abroad. If you already have a place in mind or want to find out more, the Essex Abroad Office in Square 2 will be more than happy to provide you with more information.

If you are thinking about how to make a decision on where to go for your year abroad, for me in particular there were 3  things that I was mainly looking for:

  • a great university, where I can study something that I was not able to do at my home university. For instance, I have mainly focused on learning more about Data Analysis and got involved a series of Big Data Challenges and Data Mining projects.
  • a fantastic location, where I can go on little adventures and explore the city. I have also lived 10-15 minutes away from the shore line and my favourite thing to do was to go for a walk/run near the water.

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 Mainau Island

  • plenty of travelling opportunities, where I could go beyond the city I was based on and explore other places. Konstanz acts as an intermediary between Austria, Switzerland and Germany, which makes it super easy to go travelling and see something different every time.

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Some of the things I have loved:

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Bianca and Friends (Munich)

  • the people. I have met some really lovely people throughout my year abroad that I hope to see again in the future. In the top picture, I am with some my friends on a trip to the Fürstenberg brewery in the town of Donaueschingen. On the second picture, two of my friends and I are enjoying the amazing Christmas market in Munich.
  • the location. Konstanz abounds with great sites including museums, gardens and historical buildings. My favourite places were the Island of Mainau and a small city over the Bodensee lake called Meersburg.

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lake of Bodensee

  • the Christmas markets. Around December time every year, the Christmas markets season begins. It is a very welcoming atmosphere, where you can wander around to find some thoughtful gifts and of course enjoy some mulled wine!

Christmas Market (Dec 2014)

  • the beer gardens. Summer at the university does not have to be boring. My classmates and I would go enjoy the sun and a pint of beer to take a break from the all that coursework and exam preparation. In addition to that, I have included the view from the university’s canteen which is really amazing. 

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University of Konstanz View

Do consider going on a year abroad, because you will definitely have an amazing time and you will come back completely changed, ready to take on board your final year at university. 

Auf Wiedersehen or see you again!

Goodbye

Munich View

Getting your head around student finance

What is student finance?

When you’re at university you will need money to live on. Rent, bills, travel and food all add up and therefore students apply for student finance. Student finance is basically a loan you can apply for to help you with living costs whilst you are at university. The difference in funding for UK undergraduate and postgraduate students is very different and I will try to explain both types of funding in this post.

Funding for international students varies a lot, so I won’t be going into that type of funding in this post.

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What could you be eligible for?

Undergraduate:

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Postgraduate:

Financing a postgraduate course is more difficult as tuition fees are not covered. However, from September 2016 postgraduate students will be able to apply for loans, hooray! The loans are up to £10,000 for the duration of a postgraduate course and do not take household income into account. Therefore, these loans can be used to help out with tuition fees and living costs.

More information can be found here.

When do you need to apply?

Undergraduate:

Technically, you can still apply for student loans up to 9 months into your course. However, in order to have your money for the start of your course you should aim to have applied at least 3 months before your course begins.

Postgraduate:

Currently I’m not sure, as the loan has only been announced very recently. It will be likely that applications will open closer to the summer. Keep up to date here.

What happened with the grants?

You may have seen in the news in the last few months that delightful Mr Cameron has removed student grants completely and replaced these with loans (pardon the sarcasm). Basically what this means for any new student is that you will no longer get any money that you do not have to pay back. Previously, students from households with low incomes would get a mix of a loan that they had to pay back and a grant that they didn’t. This is no longer the case and now you are only entitled to a loan. However, even if in the old system you would have been entitled to a grant, you won’t be getting less money to live on now, it’s just that all of it will be a loan and you will need to pay it back.

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How do I pay it back? 

Undergraduate:

For students who started their course after September 2012 you will pay back your student loan after you begin to earn £21,000 or more per year. You will pay 9% of anything you earn over the threshold. Therefore, if you are paid monthly and earn £1,750 before tax per month, you would repay 9% of the difference between what you earn and what the threshold is:

  • £1,750 – £1,444 = £30
  • 9% of £306 = £27

So your student loan repayment would be £27 a month.

More information can be found here.

Postgraduate:

The new postgraduate loans are to be repaid similarly to undergraduate loans. Repayments are to be made on an income-contingent basis, at a rate of 6% on income above £21,000 per year. This is lower than the initial percentage of 9%. The interest rates are to be set at RPI+3%.

Will it cover my rent/bills etc?

Not necessarily. It is important to check how much your university accommodation will cost and start planning out how much university will cost for you. Generally, most students survive on their student loan and perhaps a part time job. If it wasn’t feasible students wouldn’t come to university, however this doesn’t mean it will be easy. I think it’s a great idea to use the student finance calculator to double check how much money you are entitled to. Then, I would create a spreadsheet of all the money you will  be spending a month on rent, bills, travel, food, going out, clothes, toiletries etc. to see if you would manage on this loan.

Important things to note:

Undergraduate loans are for a maximum 4 years (unless you have acceptable extenuating circumstances). Therefore, if like me you drop out of one university and start a new university the year after, you have to be careful. You will not be funded for more than 4 years, thus you need to work hard to ensure that you don’t have to repeat a year, as you won’t have the funding to do this.

NHS courses:

NHS courses are funded very differently to standard ones.

If you’re studying medicine, dentistry, nursing or a healthcare course in England, you may be eligible for an annual payment from the NHS to help with your study and living costs – generally known as a bursary. You won’t have to pay this NHS bursary back.

Along with the bursary you also can apply for:

  • A £1,000 grant from the NHS
  • A reduced Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England

You can use this calculator to work out how much you could be entitled to

The best part (in my opinion) of this is that if you’re eligible for an NHS bursary, then the NHS also pays your tuition fees. These tuition fees are paid directly to the university so you don’t even need to worry about them. Make sure to keep an eye on this, to make sure you are aware of any changes.

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Where can I find out more?

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/overview

https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance

 

Where to log in

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login

Visit Days: what they are and why they’re helpful

You might think that ‘Visit Day’ is just another term for Open Day, but it’s not. Any prospective student can attend an Open Day, but you will only be invited to a Visit Day if you have submitted an application for that university. Visit Days help you find more out about the university and take an in depth look at the course you have applied for. They are a great way to meet fellow applicants, who you could end up being in the same lectures as!

Here are some things a visit day may include:

Getting to know your department

A Visit Day is a great way to talk to lecturers from the department you have applied for and ask more detailed questions. Most departments will also have their current students chat with you, so you can ask what they think of the course. During the Visit Day you will have a tour of your department; this is a great way to get to know your way around so it’s less alien if you do end up attending the university. For me, as a Psychology student, it was important to learn about lecturers’ research interests and see if they were researching topics that I was interested in. For me, this was a definite yes for the University of Essex.

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Tour of campus and accommodation

During a Visit Day you will be given a tour of campus and accommodation by a student ambassador. These tours are a great way to find out more about the facilities on campus and which accommodation could be right for you. I am a student ambassador and am more than willing to answer any question potential students may have. During the tours, it is a great time to ask questions that you want answered by a current student, from what are bars like on campus to where is the best place to eat? What’s even better is that during the accommodation section of the tour, you will usually be shown around by someone who is currently living in that accommodation, so they know exactly what it’s like. They can give you their honest review of the accommodation and this may help you decide if it is the one for you.

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An interview

Not all subjects will include an interview. After you have submitted your UCAS application you will know if the University of Essex does ask applicants of your subject to attend an interview.

Don’t worry about the interview, it won’t be like a formal job interview. Think of it as your chance to show off, demonstrate your love for your subject and discuss why you want to study at the University of Essex. If you do need to attend an interview, an exact interview time will be assigned once you are in your department on the Visit Day.

Discover what’s in store for during a visit day

Every department will have a unique programme, so make sure you take a look at your itinerary to find out what they have planned for you. If you have booked a visit day, your programme can be found in your My Essex portal.

If you are travelling more than 30 miles to the University of Essex for a Visit Day you can claim your travel expenses back (up to £200) http://www.essex.ac.uk/study/ug/visit/bursary.aspx

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If you have applied to attend a Visit Day, you’ll receive your Visit Day invitation through the post, so keep an eye out for it! Visit day dates vary depending on the subject.

To find out more on Visit Days at the University of Essex you can take a look at the website.

What 2016 Means For Me

Turning 21!

 

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2016 is a very special year for me as near the beginning of January I turn 21! I’m very excited for my birthday, but I’m also a little sad as it’s the first birthday I will be spending away from my family due to having exams over that week. But I’m really looking forward to going out for a meal with all my amazing friends that weekend to celebrate!

Dissertation

2016 for me also means getting my dissertation done. For the last term I was meeting up with my supervisor and we have been devising an experiment together for me to test out on my participants, then I am going to write up a report on my findings. I am excited that I get to run an experiment for my dissertation, but I am also very nervous, as it’s something I’ve never done before and I really hope that it goes well!

Graduation

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The biggest thing about 2016 is this is the year I will graduate!!! (If everything goes to plan!) Graduation has been my dream ever since I saw my sister graduate at this very university a few years ago. Though, since I’ve been here, I’ve been slightly less eager to graduate because I have absolutely loved my undergraduate years and don’t want to give them up just yet!

After graduation plans!

Employability and Careers

Eeeeek. This is the scary bit! I’m still slightly uncertain about what I’m doing after graduation. At the moment I’m leaning more towards finding a job than furthering my education, as I’m eager to get stuck in to the world of work. Once my January exams are over I will be looking into some graduate job opportunities online and making appointments with the employability and careers centre to get some advice on all the options open to me after graduation.

So that was what 2016 means to me, but what I’m more interested in is what 2016 means to YOU. So please comment bellow telling me what 2016 means to you!

Christmas and New Year in Oz!

Hello!

Today’s blog is going to be about my experience of spending Christmas and New Year in Australia. I decided to stay abroad over the festive season and explore something different that I may never have the chance to do again. I spent Christmas with a group of friends on Coogee beach and had a BBQ in Sydney and I spent New Year watching the fireworks at Harbour Bridge also in Sydney. It was very different to spending it with family and friends at home and it felt like more of a festival atmosphere, but it was definitely an amazing experience to remember! Below is a picture of how busy the beach was on Christmas Day and my friends and I in the Christmas spirit!

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christmas beach friends

For New Year we waited for 15 hours to get a good spot for the fireworks at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Sydney is supposed to be the second best place in the world to spend New Year, so we didn’t want to miss out! It was very busy and some people even camped over the night before, but we ended up getting a relatively good spot and it was well worth the wait! Below is a video of the count down of the fireworks above Harbour Bridge.

It was strange being away from home, but I am so glad I got this experience. I’ll never forget it!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year too!

 

 

New Year, New Term

It’s the beginning of the spring term for most of us (however numerous students have just sat their first round of exams).  I always prefer this term as I’m more motivated to study after the Christmas break and the weather will FINALLY start getting better again…I hope.

As a final year student I’m quite stressed about the term I have to come, as I will be submitting my dissertation as well as an essay for my coursework only module – both of which add up to half of my final year mark!

How is it possible to make this term the best term for your studies?

  1. Start small – make little ‘goals’ for yourself to complete. For me this would be ensuring I write up my lecture notes the day of the lecture instead of leaving it until the end of term and realising my notes don’t make sense.image1
  2. Start revision EARLY – I’m not saying you should try to complete all your revision notes this term but it’s important to ensure all of your lecture notes have been written up neatly so that when revision season starts you’re very prepared and Easter break is actually a break and not a hectic month of trying to organise yourself.23718983576_ddaafeed7c_n
  3. Attend all your lectures – I’m sure many of you already do this, but spring term/2016 is a clean slate, so try and start well by creating good habits for the new year.  Once you miss one lecture it can become very tempting to miss others.23647072506_318c6d86b8_h
  4. Try and get some exercise – this seems like a strange thing to suggest when talking about studies, however exercise can help you to feel more alert when studying and personally I find that after I’ve completed exercise I can concentrate on work much  more easily.  It’s also good for your overall well being and may help beat ‘winter blues’21651569209_8a5ebda22f_h
  5. Try to eat well – when studying in can be quite easy to forget about meal time or just consume snacks instead of a substantial meal.  Not only is it good for you to eat regular nutritious meals, it’s also good for your brain (particularly oily fish which contains omega 3).  When we consume sugary snacks/drinks it gives the feeling of energy for a very small period, so initially it may feel easier to concentrate, but this feeling won’t last for long!  Slow release carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, potatoes, cereal etc. are good, as they release the energy over a much longer period of time, so make a good alternative to sugary snacks and drinks.

Hopefully you will find this post useful and possibly use it to motivate yourself to try your best this term!  I hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas break and have a productive spring term!

My 2015

My 2015

 

It’s hard to believe that it is already a new year! 2015 seems as if it has flown by and it seems like only yesterday that it was the start of the year!

As I was scrolling through my Facebook the other day I stumbled across my “2015 review”, where the site tries to sum up my year in a few photos. However, personally I think I can do a much better job myself…so here it goes! Here’s my 2015 in a nutshell…

We won the pub quiz in the SU bar!

Every Thursday night the SU bar is home to the pub quiz. It’s a great opportunity to grab your flatmates and test your knowledge on a variety of subjects. After a few previous attempts, in February, we finally cracked it and won it! We got extra points for our team name (“Mum says I can’t do quizzes until I’m 18”) and my pointless knowledge really came into its own! Who knew that Dushanbe airport was located in Tajikistan? Well I did…

This may not sound like much of an achievement but I’ve been avidly doing pub quizzes for a few years now and this one is the very first one which I have won!

A picture of our winnings which ended up being around £14 each which wasn’t too bad!

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The Theatre Arts Society’s trip to Prague

At the end of June, to celebrate the end of the year, The Theatre Arts Society went on a short trip to Prague. Whilst we were there we saw the sights, tasted some local delicacies and enjoyed some down time after working hard during the year. It was a really nice opportunity to get to know some of the people in the society better and explore a magnificent city at the same time.

This is a great example of how Societies are great thing to get involved in at Essex!

Here’s a picture of a group of us from the trip…

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I did my Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition!

During the Summer I didn’t have much of a break as I was busy doing my Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition. The expedition involved spending a week hiking and camping in mountainous conditions of the Brecon Beacons in Wales . Most of the time unfortunately it was very wet, cold and miserable. However it was a great thing to get involved in and I also got to know some really great people along the way.

Here’s a picture of me and my team whilst we were in training…

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I started working for the SU!

This year I’ve also managed to get a job working for the Student’s Union’s marketing department as a Promo + Research Assistant. It’s such a great job to have as I play an active part in listening to what students have to say about how they are finding their time at the University and how it can be improved.

One of the first things that I did as part of my job is work on the heirloom house during Welcome Week in September. Here’s a picture that was taken of me just before my first shift on the heirloom house on arrivals day! I was told by the photographer to look excited… so I am!

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I finally passed my driving test!

After a few previous attempts, I was relieved to have passed my driving test in October! This was a result of months of hard work and dedication and a lot of frustration!

Here’s me being all happy with my pass certificate straight after my test!

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I became the Arts Convenor for the Societies Guild

Starting this year, I have been the Arts Convenor. This means that I oversee all of the Arts Societies on campus and help the Societies Guild run major events like Fresher’s Fair and Winter Fayre. So far, it’s been such a brilliant thing to be a part of as I’ve discovered just how much cool stuff societies do here at the University of Essex!

This picture is one of all of the Societies Guild Committee at the recent Winter Fayre. I recently wrote a whole article about that event so check it out if you want to find out more!

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I wrote a Pantomime!

Unexpectedly, this year I also wrote a Pantomime!

“Oh no you didn’t!”

“Oh yes I did”

Look…

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I spent 7 whole months of 2015 (from April to October) working on the project and it finally got performed on the last week of term in December at the Lakeside theatre on campus! It was my first piece of writing and it was a lot more hard work than I thought. Writing it required a lot of creativity, discipline and motivation! But seeing it being bought to life was amazing and made it all worthwhile!

 

So that’s just a few things that sum up my 2015! I hope you’re your 2015 was equally as exciting! Here’s hoping that 2016 will bring even better things!

Happy new year everyone

Studying a Joint-Honours Degree

Studying a joint-honours degree: BA Sociology and Management

“So what are you studying?” – “Sociology and Management.” – “I’m sorry?” – “Sociology and Management, so it’s half business and half sociology…” – “Ah okay… and how does they link with each other?”…I’m studying a joint honours degree and have this conversation at least a dozen times a term!

Although joint honours are gaining increased popularity, many people still seem to think you have to dedicate yourself to only one subject. So did I.

Unaware of joint honours degrees, I went for Sociology when the application deadline was approaching, which seemed like a fair compromise of my interests. It wasn’t until I came to Essex that I learned about the existence of a joint honours degree and immediately felt attracted by that option. I always played with idea of studying business, but had been afraid by the proportion of maths it is said to contain, but the course Sociology and Management seemed to be less ‘mathsy’, so I applied for a course change which was been approved within a week. Now I’m in my third year and really happy with that decision!

Combine two subjects!

If you feel like I did – undecided if this one subject on its own is the right choice or you’re simply passionate about two subjects: a joint honour might be the perfect option for you! No need to be torn between two subjects anymore 🙂

Complementary

Oh, this feeling during a class discussion when you think “oh yeah, I already know this!” is just invaluable! Several times I have been able to apply my knowledge from the one subject to the other. For exmaple, when talking about organisational behaviour, Weber’s theory about bureaucracy came in handy, and in a social theory essay about cultural capital, I could refer to knowledge I gained from my marketing module. These interdisciplinary links might provide you with some additional marks in your assignments and overall help you to get a better understanding about the different aspects of one topic.

Greater Variety of Skills

Since different disciplines have different approaches of studying, you will be able to gain a diverse set of skills. The Sociology department puts a great emphasis on research, which taught me how to design surveys for social research, how to analyse quantitative data statistically and about the benefits and pitfalls of conducting an interview. The Essex Business School on the other hand, equipped me with the ability to apply my knowledge to a practical context by analysing case studies, or developing a revised marketing strategy for an existing corporation. Some of you might be worried about whether a joint-honour degree will provide you with sufficient depth in both subjects, my answer is that this is dependent on your specific subject combination and your career aims. Neither sociology, nor management are tailored towards a specific career, so they simply open up more options for you 🙂

Getting to know two departments

This point obviously depends on your particular subject combination, as some joint degrees embrace subjects within the same department. I belong to both the Essex Business School and the Sociology department, which means that I got to know more people. However, sometimes you might feel a bit fragmented, since you spend less time with the people from one department compared to single-honour students. Also the concept of Business school seminar differs from the Sociology’s class concept; the former embrace larger number of students, whereas latter are more intimate and involve more student discussion.

Challenging

“You all are probably already familiar with portfolio management from your other modules, so I don’t need to elaborate the basic concept anymore when speaking about brand portfolio…” – “Erm no actually, I’m not…”. Yeah, sometimes your lecturers just assume that everybody sitting in the module is doing the same course; doing a joint honour degree does mean that you can get less explanations to some concepts compared to single-honour students. Clustered deadlines can be another tricky aspect to deal with, since departments don’t always consult each other about their deadlines to consider joint-honours students. On the other hand, this definitely trains your time-management skills, which is always good to add to your cv 😉

 

Joint-honours can be great, but it depends on your personality, your course expectations and your career aims. You have to be flexible and be prepared that there are many core modules for your degree, so you might get to choose less optional modules. Yet studying a joint-honour degree allows you to demonstrate your determinism and individualism; they provide you with the opportunity to get an insight into two subjects and equip you with a wide range of skills.

 

Essex Nightline

Have you ever walked past Keynes tower, looked at the ground floor and wondered what all those posters in the windows were about? Well, if you don’t know what it is already, then follow the rest of this post to find out more about an amazing out of hours service on campus! The Nightline service runs during term time every night of the week from 10pm to 8am and it is definitely a useful service to keep in mind, so you know that if you ever need any help out of hours you are not alone. Essex Nightline has you covered!

 Essex Nightline

SERVICES:

Confidential listening– this is a non judgemental and confidential listening service, for when you just need someone to talk to about anything.

Free tea and toast – this is a nice way of chilling out and having a chat or playing some games whilst you enjoy some free food and drink.

Emergency accommodation– if you find yourself desperately needing a place to stay then you can also sleep in one of the rooms in the nightline flat. First come first served (non students need to be signed in by a student)

Free condoms– provide up to 2 free condoms upon request to callers in the flat.

Camp bed hire– Perfect for when you have visitors over! Camp bed (£1) blankets (50p) for two nights. Will need some form of ID as deposit

Pregnancy tests (£1) and Panic alarms (£2) for anyone who needs them.

Information– need to find a phone number? Lost on campus? Nightline has the knowledge to help answer all these queries and more.

Detox room– for anyone who does not feel they are in a condition to get home safely, Nightline has rooms available where they can look after you and you can sleep for the night.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER!

The next big recruitment drive for volunteers will be in January! Here’s the process of becoming a volunteer for those who are interested;  first, you have to register your interest by emailing nlpo@essex.ac.uk, then if they are currently recruiting they will email you with interview details, this will be an informal interview just so you can get to know more about the service and they can get to know you! If you are successful, you will be invited to a training weekend where you will learn all the skills for becoming a Nightline volunteer!

Nightline volunteer

CONTACT DETAILS