While there are a lot of lecturers and staff members, here’s a quick run down of 5 important people in the Law School (and beyond)! I asked the people below 5 questions to find out more about them.
- What do you do/teach at Essex?
- How long have you been at Essex?
- What’s your favourite thing about Essex?
- What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
- What hobbies do you have away from Essex?
Professor Karen Hulme, Head of School
1. I am the current Head of School. Which means that I have overall responsibility for the management of the School, across all areas of our work. Before I was Head of School I taught evidence law and public international law, and supervised students on the Law Clinic modules among other things.
2. I have been at Essex for 20 years, first arriving in 1997 to study my PhD and then employed fully as a lecturer from 2001.
3. The people. I do love the campus, especially in late summer/autumn when the leaves turn different colours, but my favourite thing is the people – staff and students. I think we have a really collegiate, collaborative and friendly group of people, who are always enthusiastic to share their knowledge and involve everyone in their work.
4. This is a problem question for me. I am struggling my way through Moby Dick at present to be honest. I had given up on it I have to admit, and then I started to get Alexa to read it to me, but even then it is pretty tough going. Otherwise, I am vicariously reading an Agatha Christie novel through my School Manager at the minute – although I think he is leaving out key information from his accounts to me, which is impeding my ability to guess the murderer!
5. I have two children and so hobbies are few and far between – I have been a regular zoo-goer for many years and we love days out at Clacton playing in the arcades. I enjoy swimming twice a week and am a fair-weather road cyclist. I also love DIY.
Dr Darren Calley, Director of Undergraduate Studies
1.I am the Director of Undergraduate Studies and when I’m not doing this I teach Animal Law, Tort Law and Public International Law.
2. I have been at Essex since 1999 when I arrived as an undergraduate. Since then I have been a PhD student, a GTA and I was appointed to the full-time staff in 2007.
3. Whilst being UG Director can involve – very rarely – having to undertake some unpleasant tasks such a disciplinary matters, the very best thing is being able to help to solve some very important problems. Often I will meet with students who are struggling with the understandable pressures of academic life, family life and all of the worries that accompany these. Being able to talk with them about their problems so that the School can help them through some difficult times is genuinely rewarding.
4. Although it’s been a while since I read a book for pleasure, my favourite ever reads are the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis and I try to read these over and over again. The books themselves are very, very different but there is something about the writing style that links them.
5. When I am not in too bad a mood at the weekends because of Everton FC’s latest catastrophe, I am an enthusiastic (if not particularly accomplished) guitar player.
Jamie Tuxford, School Manager
1. I am the School Manager, which mean I manage the School’s professional services team. We have responsibility for co-ordinating communications, events, the schools finances and supporting the school in delivering its Education and Research objectives .
2. I have worked for Essex for about 4 years and have been in the School of Law for the last 2 years. I started as an Academic Services Officer in the Business school and joined the School of Law after being promoted to School Manager.
3. I really enjoy the community feel at Essex, you never have to look to far to find someone that is willing to give some of their time to help you or give some advice. I also like that the work we do helps to develop and transform the futures of our students, I have always tried to work for companies that main priority is to support their community and I think Essex is a great example of that.
4. How to be a Productivity Ninja, or Agatha Christies’ 4.50 From Paddington (I’ve nearly found out who done it)!
5. I have a 2 year old Daughter, so in my spare time I like to take her to swimming lessons, play with Duplo and watch Frozen on repeat. Once she is asleep I enjoy reading, watching films and playing with more Duplo.
Liz Harvey (and the Undergraduate Administrators)
While there are multiple undergraduate administrators, I spoke to Liz Harvey about her experiences at Essex.
1. Education Administrator.
2. 14+ years, I have had several roles within the School but my favourite role has been an Education Administrator.
3. The people, especially the students. We watch them grow into confident young adults prepared to move on to the next stage of their career. The highlight of my year is watching the students graduate.
4. Tattooist of Auschwitz – it highlights man’s fight for survival under extreme conditions and in stark contrast the depths of inhumanity some people will sink to inflict harm on other.
5. Norwich City FC season ticket holder – I attend all home games! Reading, especially history books covering the Saxon period to Tudor times.
Campus Cat aka Pebbles
1. Some may say I don’t ‘do’ anything but I think I do the most important job of all – getting rid of all that cat food that people keep putting out!
2. I’ve been here long enough to know the full ins and outs of this place! But I think about 7 years although time does fly when you’re having fun.
3. My favourite thing about Essex is by far the students. Without them who would be left to give me treats?
4. I’ve seen many books since I like hanging out in offices and around their bookshelves! But reading them? Not so much.
5. I have many hobbies! I enjoy napping, lounging, relaxing, eating, finding places to lounge and eat and also tricking first years into thinking I want the door open when I know full well how to open all the doors by myself!