Encouraging learning

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Our Outreach team works with thousands of young people every year and more than 100 schools and colleges in Essex, Suffolk and east London. The team raises awareness of higher education amongst pupils and their parents, and offers guidance and advice.

Our staff organise lectures, tours, and laboratory and research placements for pupils on subjects including electronics, software, robotics and the environment to fit in with the National Curriculum.

Short courses and Continuing Professional Development

We offer a range of short courses and Continuing Professional Development opportunities designed for people working in our communities, from local businesses to hospital consultants.

Our academic strengths are also used to provide specialised training. We work with leading national and international organisations across a whole range of fields, including human rights and the social sciences.

Essex Modern Language Certificates

Essex Modern Language Certificates give members of the public, students and staff the opportunity to learn a language on a part-time basis in a well-established and highly-regarded academic environment.

Talks and lectures

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are a national scheme aiming to support UK businesses who want to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance by accessing the knowledge and expertise available at UK universities.


The Albert Sloman Library houses more than one million books, journals and DVDs. Members of the public are welcome to visit the Library. Access to library services will differ according to your affiliation with the University.

The University's collection in The Forum, Southend is fully integrated with the public collection, giving the community wider access to higher education library resources.