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Financial Statements 2011-12 15

The Business Hub at our Southend Campus is a focus for our services, facilities and training events for the business community and a Business Incubation Centre offers space and support to fledgling businesses.

Our internships programme is offering students and graduates the chance to develop their skills and experience within a particular field, while providing businesses or organisations with the chance to benefit from their knowledge, skills and expertise. Through the scheme many interns have secured long-term jobs and feedback indicates businesses have gained significant economic benefits.

We have started work on a 40-acre research park, known as the Knowledge Gateway, at our Colchester Campus to provide a future regional hub for research and development and business activity in the social sciences and sciences.

We are a key partner for Essex Book Festival, engaging the general public and our students with high-quality events which promote interest in literature and encourage creativity. Our academics took part in a number of events at our campuses and venues across the county as part of the Festival. We also hosted talks by well-known speakers at the University including leading novelist Jodi Picoult and historian Kate Williams.

Our academic departments and centres also offer the wider community the chance to benefit from our research expertise through a huge range of short courses, training and public lectures throughout the year. For example, our Department of History delivers popular evening courses, Essex Business School provides a wide range of training for companies and our School of Health and Human Sciences offers Continuing Professional Development courses to clinicians and health care professionals.

Our academics actively take part in Café Scientifique, a popular series of talks designed to increase informal engagement between the public and researchers at Essex.

Students at Essex are also involved in putting the knowledge they learn on their courses into practice through practical initiatives such as the Essex Law Clinic in our School of Law and the Human Rights Clinic in our Human Rights Centre.

Our three theatres at our Colchester, Loughton and Southend campuses all host numerous public performances including shows featuring our students. This year, students in both East 15 Acting School and the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies have developed several productions inspired by local history, culture and politics.

Art Exchange, the University gallery, has a year-round programme of events including an annual exhibition curated by students on our MA Gallery Studies and Critical Curating course.

The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), which comprises more than 700 works, also provides resources for academic study and arts education. The University Space at firstsite in Colchester is used for exhibitions featuring ESCALA works with public talks, workshops and performances organised to coincide with shows.

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