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University of Essex

Information for prospective students

We’re delighted that you’re considering Essex. If you do decide to become a member of our global community, it’s important that you put some time aside to gain an understanding of our rules, regulations and procedures, and how they will affect your time with us.

Your attendance and progress

We want your time at Essex to be as successful as possible. To make sure you’re on track, we keep an eye on your progress and attendance throughout the year. If either of these slip for any reason, the Student Services Hub, Student Advice Centre and your personal tutor are more than happy to give advice and take action if necessary.

Take a closer look at the procedures we take to ensure we are supporting you as best as we can, and the correct way to report any extenuating circumstances.

Exams and assessment

We understand the amount of work that goes into exams and assessments – so don’t let it go to waste. The rules of assessment can vary, so make sure you understand how they relate to your programme of study.


Don’t let money worries cast a shadow over your experience – make sure you’re aware of your financial responsibilities to the University and plan your budget accordingly. More information is available in the Calendar.

Academic rules

Committing an academic offence may be easier than you think. As a member of our University, you have access to a wealth of knowledge. Examining the theories and arguments of your peers is an important aspect of study, but can inadvertently lead to plagiarism. The first step in avoiding this is familiarising yourself with our academic offences rules.

Codes of conduct

Our University is made up of more than 13,000 members, who come from all over the globe to live, work, and play together. Our Code of Student Conduct outlines everybody’s collective responsibility to ensure that all members of our University get the experience they deserve.

If you’re living in University accommodation, you must also adhere to the Code of Student Conduct in Residential Accommodation.


If you’re one of the 3,000 students joining us from outside the UK, your time with us may be subject to immigration rules. Make sure you read through them thoroughly and familiarise yourself with how they affect your study, your visa, and your time with us.

Research students

Some of our academic procedures affect research students a little differently. If you’re a research student, make sure you read the Codes of Practice for Higher Degrees.

Making a complaint

Your time at University can be some of the best years of your life – but if for any reason you are unhappy with Essex, please let us know. Whether you want to raise a concern or lodge a complaint, we’re here to listen. Our Calendar and Policies and Procedures explain how you should proceed in these circumstances.

University rules

By accepting an offer of a place here, you are bound by the rules of the University. Everybody in our University community must comply with the Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University.

It’s your responsibility to read through and familiarise yourself with all the rules and regulations that apply to your time at the University.