A study for the University of Essex Students' Union Societies Guild [link]
The brief asked for a combination of logos with and without the Student's Union logo (with preference for), with a shield, with a shape, and in several colours.
The sword is there as part of the County emblem, as shown at the top. The difficulty came from trying to find an image that could adequately represent a series of over 200 societies.
The logo was put to a vote on Facebook, and opinion was overwhelmingly in favour of the green shield, but potential in black and red.