Resources for current students
Complete the National Student Survey - an independent national survey for final year
undergraduates. It’s quick to complete and you’ll be helping us improve your student experience.
You can get in contact via our
e-mail enquiry form if you have any questions regarding your course.
Useful forms and documents
How we communicate with you
We will normally contact you via e-mail so please check your
e-mail everyday. We will use e-mail to notify you if a lecture,
class, or seminar has been postponed or cancelled, as well as to
advertise School events and other opportunities.
Official letters will be sent to your contact (term-time)
address and via e-mail. Please make sure your contact details
are up-to-date. You can change your contact details using the
My Essex student web portal.
You can also keep up-to-date with news and events by following
History at Essex Facebook page, as well as regularly
seminar pages, and notice boards.
Providing references for current and former students is an
important service we provide. It enhances your employability by
giving personalised endorsements of character and achievements
related to positions and study programmes you are applying to.
Please use our
reference request form (.pdf) and make sure you ask staff
members with plenty of time in advance of when the reference is
If you are a final year student, applying for grants from
funding bodies to support graduate study, please check that your
referees are available to write references at the required time.
Deadlines often fall during the Easter vacation when staff may
be away from the University.
We aim to provide a reference for graduates up to three years
after they the University. It may be possible to receive a
reference after this time if a member of staff has the necessary
information and is willing to provide a reference. Where no
individual member of staff is able to supply a reference, we may
be able to provide factual statements, including attendance
dates and marks, from our office records .
A copy of all references will be retained within our School
for a period of six years following the date on which the
reference was written (ten years in the case of research
Reading week is normally week 8 in the autumn term and week 21
in the spring term. No lectures or classes take place during
reading week, unless you are notified by your lecturer or class
teacher. If a member of staff has missed a lecture or class due
to illness, or for any other reason, reading week may be used to
catch up on that missed session.
A variety of prizes and bursaries are available to support
excellence in art history study and encourage research and travel
Art History Society
This is a student-run society that provides a friendly forum
for art appreciation and discussion. The society regularly
organises social events, gallery visits and film screenings. If
you are interested in joining or getting involved in its
organisation, visit the
Art History Society Facebook page.
We have two common rooms, 5B.137 and 6.143 (Thomas’ room), open
from 9am - 5pm. Hot and cold drinks are available in both and
you are welcome to use these to relax and meet informally with
fellow students and staff. We also use these rooms for various
events during the year, the details of which are displayed on
the booking sheet on the door.
Our Centre for Curatorial Studies is a research and teaching unit based in our School that focuses on contemporary curatorial theory and practice and contemporary museology.
Sophie is an undergraduate student. She loves going to galleries and museums, playing video games and practising karate.
Her blog features a wide variety of art from the 15th Century to the present day.
Check out our Pinterest boards to see what kinds of artworks we study here at Essex as well as pictures of
gallery and museum visits taken by staff and students.