Students Staff

01 March 2016

THINK seminar series shortlisted for Guardian University Awards 2016

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The University of Essex’s popular THINK seminar series has been shortlisted for the Student Experience category in the Guardian University Awards 2016.

The highly-successful series creates a perfect space for students to debate controversial and thought-provoking subjects and broaden their views on a wide range of issues including political violence, decriminalisation of sex work, surveillance, the death penalty and the refugee crisis.

THINK co-ordinator Dr Carlos Gigoux said: “I am delighted that the THINK series has been shortlisted. These seminars really make a university what it should be - a place where you think creatively and critically and engage with society from a human and professional perspective.”

Engaging with the critical issues of the day is a vital part of an Essex education and THINK allows students from different departments to come together regularly to discuss major moral and political issues we face as 21st century citizens. It has been an overwhelming success, with students coming together to challenge, discuss and reflect in an environment of tolerance and respect while being the catalyst for solidarity and action.

The THINK series was born out of a desire at Essex to offer its students a more well-rounded education. The THINK series supplements the traditional academic format of lectures and seminars and provides an informal platform where students can come together in a unique way and debate important moral issues with fellow students and different actors from civil society.

“THINK helps students to learn how to listen, how to argue and how to broaden their empathy and understanding – which enhances their all-round education,” added Dr Gigoux.

The Student Experience category of the Guardian Awards honours an innovative project or initiative that has positively enhanced the student experience – in their academic lives or personal wellbeing. The winners will be announced at a special awards evening in London on 16 March.


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