Take a well earned break from studying and come join us for some festive fun before the end of term!

Congratulations VTeam

A HUGE congratulations to Essex SU's VTeam for being awarded the King’s Award for Voluntary Service 2023 – the highest national award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Student Spotlight: Isobel, Shannon & Marina

Read how Marina has taken her production from coursework to the real world.


24th November - 2nd February
Albert Sloman Library
An introduction to the University of Essex’s Collection of Art from Latin America’s history revealed through some of the most inquisitive and stimulating archive materials
24th November - 2nd February
Art Exchange Gallery
Trinta/Treinta/Thirty celebrates the different voices which have nurtured and promoted the growth of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA)
Foodbank Week 2024!
4th-8th December
Join us on our annual volunteering opportunity to donate food to Colchester Foodbank. Make a massive impact on the local community and help less fortunate this Christmas <3
Refugee Teaching Project (RTP)
7th December
In-person - TBC after you register
VTeam Refugee Teaching Project (RTP)
VTeam Christmas Cafe
7th December
The Atrium
Enjoy some free tea, coffee and snacks while doing some fun micro volunteering :)
Art Club Regular project
7th December
Off campus - TBC when you register
Want to get creative and help adults with learning disabilities and/or autism at a day centre in Colchester improve their wellbeing? Join Art Club!




Antonio Ferreira


Antonio Ferreira, a second year Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience student, is an award-winning mental health activist and anti-racism campaigner. He was diagnosed with Undifferentiated Schizophrenia and Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder as a teenager, and he has used his own lived experiences to make a difference by advising organisations and has even advised Eastenders on their Schizophrenia storyline. Antonio won the Diana Award which was set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, to empower young people to lead change, inspire action and create opportunities. He appeared on Radio 1 alongside the Prince & Princess of Wales. Antonio has achieved a lot but says: “my biggest achievement is being happy and finding purpose. When you struggle with mental health, it can feel like you’re a floating boat in the world but once you figure out what you want to do and how you want to help people, you become more grounded and content.”  

“I like to remind people not to worry about feeling nervous in class because the truth is that 99% of people are also nervous. It can be difficult to be an activist and a student at the same time, but it definitely improves your multitasking and time management skills! If you let people know what you’re doing, they will be there to support and accommodate you.” 

Antonio has been part of the Enactus Essex Society, the Islamic Society and has played Futsal with the Blades. He says “I’ve always been trapped where my services are but coming to Essex has allowed me to explore and get out of London.”  

You can find more about Antonio and his work on his Instagram @antonioferreira_mh 



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