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The new Thurrock Campus: Done in 60 seconds

A dramatic timelapse video has just been released showing the new Thurrock Campus of South Essex College rise from the ground in just 60 seconds.

The new build has two separate buildings and opens in Grays high street this September, with this video focussing on the larger West Building as it fills the…

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Added by Dean Newman on June 3, 2014 at 8:11 — No Comments

Britain’s Got Talent finalist has ‘dummy’ run on student radio station

Hands up (bums) if you like ventriloquists? Infuse Radio, the student radio station at South Essex College certainly does.

One of its presenters, Alex Holland-Martin, arranged for Steve Hewlett, the only ventriloquist to ever make it to the Britain’s Got Talent finals, to come onto his show. Steve brought…

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Added by Dean Newman on February 21, 2014 at 17:07 — No Comments

The Fantastic Tour

Information, Advice and Guidance staff from Thurrock, Grays and Basildon were always expecting big things of the new Thurrock Campus of South Essex…

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Added by Dean Newman on February 13, 2014 at 16:12 — No Comments

The tweet smell of success on Twitter for @SouthEssexColl

It may not have been a Bafta nomination but South Essex College was named ‘Education Tweeter of the Week’ in a blog by Elephant Creative recently.

The company said that ‘Twitter engagement at South Essex College is fantastic, excited students are tweeting and buzzing about their first day of term and the Twitter…team have opened the social platform for students to engage, interact and converse with staff, administrators and other students.’

The team is actually pretty much one…

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Added by Dean Newman on January 13, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Grays futures start here: Construction under way at the new Thurrock Campus

The traditional ground-breaking ceremony has marked the start of construction on the new Thurrock Campus in Grays which is set to open in September 2014.

Main contractor, Skanska, is now on site working to complete the £45 million project which is helping to…

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Added by Dean Newman on March 4, 2013 at 10:03 — No Comments

Robots take over South Essex College!

Students across South Essex College have seen robots taking over their computer screens recently. Fear not, this isn’t some ‘rise of the machines’ it’s simply a winning design by a BA (Hons) Digital…

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Added by Dean Newman on December 3, 2012 at 14:04 — No Comments

Enterprising students seek to transform the banking industry

Students from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at South Essex College are finding innovative ways to revolutionise the banking system in Britain, through a challenge set by leading business and financial advisory firm Grant Thornton UK LLP.

As trust in the…

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Added by Dean Newman on November 28, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Not my type: Legal Secretary students don’t mourn ‘death’ of typewriter

The last typewriter ever to be produced in the UK rolled off the production line last week but CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) students from South Essex College won’t be mourning this ‘museum piece’.

Second year …

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Added by Dean Newman on November 27, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Public Services students sample Army life

Public Services students from South Essex College’s Basildon Campus were put through their paces at Colchester Army barracks in an activity day with the Army Recruiting Team.

The students had the chance to experience its indoor shooting ranges, handling and firing SA80 Army rifles, before heading out onto the…

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Added by Dean Newman on November 26, 2012 at 10:27 — No Comments

Makeup students learn lifecasting lessons from prosthetics expert

Prosthetics expert Stuart Bray visited the Thurrock Campus of South Essex College recently to run a lifecasting workshop for students studying VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Makeup.

Stuart has worked as a freelance prosthetic and makeup effects artist in the…

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Added by Dean Newman on November 21, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

5 star day out in London for catering apprentices

A group of catering apprentices from South Essex College had an early start in London recently to gain a unique behind the scenes view of the catering industry.

At Borough Market in Southwark the 12 students took the chance to see and experience fresh produce from around the world, from…

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Added by Dean Newman on November 20, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Paralympian surprises Sports Makers volunteers at South Essex College

Across Basildon, Thurrock and Southend over 250 students from all courses at South Essex College have been volunteering their time to become Sports Makers as part of the Olympics legacy.

That many students stepped forward to be a part of it that the organisers of the scheme sent an Olympic Ambassador…

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Added by Dean Newman on November 19, 2012 at 11:27 — No Comments

Football Academy score tour of England’s brand-new £100m training ground

Fourteen of South Essex College’s Football Academy students got to experience life as professional footballers recently as they visited the multi-million pound training grounds of Stoke FC and the England team.

The trip to see the world-class training facilities saw the…

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Added by Dean Newman on November 14, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Diamonds are for Darren

Nobody does it better than Access to HE (Media) lecturer, Darren Thomas, who has been given an award at South Essex College’s annual Staff Award ceremony. He was nominated by one of his former students, Dan Croager, after he wrote in singing his praises.

Dan, 25, a former Access to Higher Education student of…

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Added by Dean Newman on November 13, 2012 at 11:02 — No Comments

Pleats to meet you: Lady Gaga and Harry Potter designer wows Fashion students

They’ve designed pleated products for Royalty, Lady Gaga and had their work featured in Harry Potter, but famed pleating company, F. Ciment (Pleating) Ltd, swapped the soundstages of Hollywood for Southend-on-Sea when it stopped by to talk to over 40 fashion students about their craft at…

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Added by Dean Newman on November 7, 2012 at 14:37 — No Comments

PR masterclass for Salon Management students

Salon Management students from the Southend Campus of South Essex College visited the Dermal Institute recently to take part in a workshop on ‘Creating a buzz and PR’.

The Dermal Institute is a learning facility to train professionals already in the industry. The masterclass equipped the students…

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Added by Dean Newman on November 5, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Basildon Fashion Awards showcases fashion stars of the future

Forget New York and Paris, Basildon in Essex was the place to be to spot young up and coming fashion talent at the Basildon Fashion Awards.

Held…

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Added by Dean Newman on November 2, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Performing Arts students help shape exciting community project

A group of talented BTEC level 3 Performing Arts students transported audiences back in time to the late Victorian/ Early Edwardian world of Southend at Priory Park recently, as part of an exciting community project performance.

They have been working with Southend-based theatre production company, Pinpoint…

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Added by Dean Newman on November 1, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Performing Arts students have a fang-tastic workshop on new version of Dracula

Year two Acting students from South Essex College dared to encounter Dracula recently as part of a practical workshop delivered at the brand new Backstage Centre.

Based in Purfleet, which rather fittingly is where part of the horror classic is set, the students worked with established playwright Patrick…

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Added by Dean Newman on October 31, 2012 at 14:50 — No Comments

Bike to the Future

The events of the Olympics may now seem like they are in the distant past but students at South Essex College have been thinking more about its lasting legacy with a bike event that was looking for Southend’s answer to Bradley Wiggins or Victoria Pendleton.

A giant temporary bike track inside the College’s…

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Added by Dean Newman on October 31, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

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