Learner drivers face tough new test

By Ellie Fox

This December marks a changing point in the practical test for learner drivers, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced.

The organisation is imposing these changes to help improve road safety. Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people, accounting for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19. The most fatal of these accidents happen on high-speed roads – the new driving test will allow more of these types of roads to be included in driving tests, therefore giving learners more experience to subsequently reduce the number of collisions. Continue reading

Society holds Black History Month debate

By Molly Garlick

To coincide with Black History Month Essex university’s Black Social and Political Society is holding a panel event to discuss issues of racism in the current climate. The event will be 6pm-8pm in the Lecture Theatre Building 7.

The society believes that the black community is at a pivotal point in fighting racism and will be discussing what exactly is the correct or most effective way to protest or battle racism. I spoke to the president of the society, Kwasi Tandoh, about the event.

Uni misses out on Colchester Monopoly space

By Alex Maxam

Colchester’s very own Monopoly board was released on Friday at the Mercury Theatre, however many are surprised to see that the University of Essex fails to make an appearance.

The university are among other sites in Colchester that are key to the town’s success failing to gain a spot on the board along with First Site. The arts and culture venue hosts an array of exhibitions popular with Colchester residents. Continue reading

Keeping your kids safe this Halloween

By Charlotte Goff
Halloween is an exciting time for children (and some adults), with the prospects of going out at night, dressing up and collecting enough sweets to last until the Christmas selection boxes come out. But as always, with excited children comes concerned parents-no matter how old they get.
Whether your children are just starting to go trick or treating or if they are off to their first house party, there are always things you can do to help keep them safe; here are some ideas.
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University chief warns of Brexit impact

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WARNING: Heather Laurie, pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Essex

By Will Mailes

Referendum logo smallA senior University of Essex academic has warned that leaving the EU could reduce the diversity of the students that study there.

Heather Laurie, who will take over as pro-vice-chancellor for research in September, said “a lot is at stake” for higher education in the 23 June referendum.

Laurie said: “The University of Essex is a very international university, and we have about 15 per cent of our students come from EU countries.

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