When students undertake a course of study with the University Centre South Essex, they are automatically enrolled as a member of the university’s Student Union. The SU is run by students, and functions purely to improve the student experience, be it academically or socially. Their goal is to help make a students’ time at University Centre South Essex memorable and rewarding.
If students are interested in getting involved with the SU they can put themselves forward to act as a Course Representative, take on an Executive Officer role, or sign up to be a volunteer Project Officer. These paid and unpaid roles are excellent leadership and team working experiences and are valuable additions to any CV. The Student Union seeks to support students in organising their own events and activities, and can provide advice on how to achieve this.
At University Centre South Essex, clubs and societies develop from student ideas and are established by the students, for the students. They are a great way for students to make new friends and meet people outside of their course. There is a range of clubs covering a variety of interests with a particular focus on wellbeing. University Centre South Essex supports the creation of new clubs and societies that are not already represented and the Student Union run events and activities such as Tea and Talks and Mindful Drawing sessions.
With the help of student union officers, the LGBTQIA+ society communicate and meet up on a regular basis. The newly created Parent Support Group has received such a positive response that plans are in the making for several other new support groups with the aim of providing a safe and dedicated space to support UCSE’s diverse student body.
With many other events running throughout the year such as cocktail making sessions, fundraisers, cooking sessions, guest speakers and study clubs, there are lots of opportunities to get involved.
At University Centre South Essex the student is at the centre of everything and this is reflected through its clubs and societies that are inclusive and appealing to all.
Southend Campus is located in the heart of Southend High Street and offers an eclectic mix of on-trend entertainment, a varied and bohemian art scene and the traditional pleasures of a Victorian seaside town. The transport links are excellent with a comprehensive bus network and two major London-bound train lines (including nine rail stations in the borough). Southend Airport also provides good international links across Europe.
Southend has a strong community of artists who host regular shows and exhibitions at galleries such as Tap and the Focal Point Gallery in The Forum Southend-on-Sea. The latter also features visits from international artists. Southend’s theatres, the Cliffs Pavilion and the Palace Theatre, attract major West End touring productions, as well as concerts, ballet, opera and comedy.
Windsurfing, sailing paddle boarding and kite surfing are popular local pastimes, with speedboat racing and a sailing regatta also taking place every year.
Nearby Hadleigh Country Park, home to the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Biking course, has developed into a top sporting venue with one of the best mountain bike courses in the country.
At the Thurrock Campus students will discover an area rich in history and culture, with no shortage of stimulating activities from days spent visiting stately homes to heady weekends at music festivals. In nearby Purfleet, the University Centre, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House (ROH) is home to the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre where University Centre South Essex trains the next generation of costume makers for film, stage, television and the ROH’s world-famous productions.
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