About Us

Our Team:

Sian

I’m the SU Advice Manager. My role is to oversee and manage the SU Advice service, to develop the service in line with student feedback and to make sure students at the University are supported during their time with Essex.

I have worked at SU Advice for 10 years. I started as a Senior Caseworker and then progressed to Deputy Manager before becoming SU Advice Manager in 2014, so I have a lot of experience within student advice sector and supporting students. I was also a student at the University and during my time as a student was part of Nightline.

Academic issues, University processes and procedures, Tier 4 visas, Housing, Consumer issues, Welfare and Wellbeing

I’m a Girl Guide leader in my spare time and if I’m not in the office you’ll find me involved with various arts and crafts projects/on a campsite putting up tents!

 

Romina

I am a Senior Caseworker and offer advice and guidance on all aspects of academia and personal matters.

I have worked in Higher Education as a Teacher/Trainer on the Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Certificate in Education programmes and as a 1:1 Disability Adviser/Teacher where I have supported students who have disabilities with their academic writing and generic study skills.

I can assist students with Academic and Conduct appeals, Proctor meetings, Exam Board Appeals, Extenuating Circumstances, Harassment, SU Complaints, Financial Advice, Housing Advice, Tier 4 Extensions and Visa Checks, Welfare Advice, Sexual Assault, First Disclosures and Fitness to Practise Committees.

I love all science fiction and am a secret trekkie …..obviously not anymore!

Jakub

I’m a caseworker, working here for more than 1.5 years and my role is to help, advice, guide our clients – students to the solutions of their problems.

I’m in the final year of Law with Human rights, very passionate about European Union law. Furthermore, I’m the Project Leader for Street Law (VTeam) and Community Officer for International Students’ Association (ISA).

I enjoy helping students with immigration cases such as Tier 4 extensions, housing disputes regarding deposit or issues with landlord, wellbeing and academic appeals.

I love Eurovision. Period.

 

 

 

boriszláva

I’m a SU Advice Senior Adviser Frontrunner Plus.

I have previously worked as a Student Caseworker in SU Advice. I have also been a Residents’ Assistant, worked within the Outreach Department of the University of Essex, been the social secretary of a society and I am currently a Country Ambassador.

I advise students on a range of topics such as housing, academic and conduct issues, welfare, immigration and other issues they might be facing during their studies at the University.

I’m a Film Studies and Literature student who has studied tour guiding before and I’m the resident film trivia expert in SU Advice.

Olga

I am the Deputy Manager.

I have been part of the SU family for just over four years, mostly as Societies Coordinator before moving to SU Advice in January 2019. Previous to that I was a teacher for 10 years and an insurance claims manager for 13 years, so I’m living proof that it’s never too late to change careers!

I act as a referral point for any of the wide range of cases we deal with in SU Advice – from academic offences to complaints to Tier 4 visa applications. I also oversee the SU Hardship Loans.

I have an African pygmy hedgehog called Hegarty, who is very grumpy but also very cute.

 

 

Sarah

I am one of two Senior Caseworkers in SU Advice, advising on a wide range of student matters and completing follow-up work.

I have worked at the University in various roles within academic departments since 2009, after completing my studies here. This is my first role working for the Students’ Union.

Visa and immigration rules and procedures (including extension of Tier 4 visas); financial and funding issues; consumer issues; complaints and appeals, and other academic progression issues; housing issues; health and welfare concerns, and general issues affecting student life at University.

I used to be a biker and commuted to the University on my motorbike for several years!

Catalin

I am the Web Developer of SU Advice, keeping the website updated and ready to go.

I am studying Computer Science, so Web Development is part of my coursework here at University of Essex, taking part in various competitions back in High School, achieving a silver medal at Evaluation in Education at Informatics, TIC and CD “Tudor Sorin” national competition.

I am here to make sure the website can be easily accessed by anybody, improving the online resources and keeping the SU Advice webpage updated. I have added an online booking system ready to go as well!

Besides my passion for sports, from playing American football, cycling on the mountains, swimming to ice skating, skiing and snowboarding, I enjoy acting and shooting and editing videos a lot! I hope one day I will take part in or shoot and edit a horror,action or comedy movie at Hollywood!

Jess

I am an SU Advice Adviser Frontrunner.

The majority of my previous work experience has been within the NHS. I have been an intern for a team which re-designs services,

a clinical systems trainer and a team co-ordinator for a Health Visiting administration team. 

I can assist students with a range of things – Tier 4 visas, welfare issues, housing, finance, academic offences & conduct issues, to name a few! 

I am a Psychology undergraduate hoping to pursue a career in the field of mental health. 

 

Rasheedat

I am an Senior Adviser Frontrunner Plus

I'm a third year student of psychology with cognitive neuroscience. I have been volunteering with Nightline since my first year and I have experience with mental health related problems (counselling, active listening, wellbeing support etc)

Housing problems, immigration, exam board appeals, extenuating circumstances and late submission forms etc.

I founded an Enactus Essex project at the start of my second year (the project is now on it's way to empower 10 women in need in Nigeria).