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Upcoming open days

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Colchester Campus
Saturday 21 June 2014 (booking now)
Southend Campus
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No open days are available for booking yet. You will be able to book your desired open day online three months before the date.


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Computing and online services

We offer first class IT facilities and an online learning environment to complement your work in lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials

IT in the Library

Why Essex?

  • Plenty of open access computing labs all using the latest software
  • Dedicated support team
  • Your own e-portfolio and online resources
  • Opportunities for IT training

Computer services information for staff and students

Your individual computer account

When you arrive you are provided with an individual computer account, giving access to computing facilities including e-mail, the web, learning materials, and personal online file storage.

You can access most online services and information anytime, anywhere through the student web portal: myEssex. This also gives you access to information about your course, together with learning materials and supporting information.

Your own e-portfolio

A key area of myEssex is the e-portfolio, myLife, which is your own personal online space. You are encouraged to use this to record and reflect on your many experiences and achievements, not only academic but also relating to your personal development and career planning during your time at Essex. You can share parts of your e-portfolio with tutors, friends and future employers to gain valuable feedback and to showcase your skills and achievements.

Our PC laboratories

There are more than 600 modern Windows PCs available in our central open access PC laboratories on the Colchester Campus and 100 available on our Southend Campus.

Assistive technology and specialist support software is available in all open access labs. At our Colchester Campus, laboratories are available seven days a week with over 100 PCs accessible for 24 hours a day; the IT pods for group work in the Orangery are also available for extended hours. At our Southend Campus, laboratories are available during The Gateway Building’s extended opening hours.

Connect to our network

You can connect your own laptop or PC directly to our University network via the connection point in every University-managed student accommodation and by using the extensive wireless (wi-fi) service available at both campuses.

At our Colchester Campus this includes our Library, teaching centre, cafés, Students’ Union facilities, and some areas of Wivenhoe Park.

At our Southend Campus this includes teaching rooms, the open study area, social spaces and Students’ Union facilities within The Gateway Building.

Here to help you

You are given a printed IT guide when you arrive at Essex and there is online guidance available, but if you need more help our IT Help Desk staff at the Colchester and Southend campuses can offer personal help and advice.

Information for staff and students about our IT Helpdesk teams

The Colchester Help Desk also sells popular IT equipment plus PC and printer accessories. Outside working hours, student IT assistants at the Colchester Campus are in the open access PC labs to offer you help or advice.

Get an international qualification

We provide online training to teach the basics of Windows and Office up to the level required for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) computer qualification. We are a registered ECDL test centre and you may decide to take the test to gain this internationally recognised qualification.

Find a course

Find a course

Use our Course Finder to find the right course for you. Our courses allow you to demonstrate your academic potential in a research-intensive environment, while developing the knowledge and skills required for a successful graduate career.

Student handbooks

Student handbooks

Our online student handbooks will help you during your time at Essex, providing advice, guidance and support. You may also find that your department, school or centre prepares additional handbooks for your use while studying.

Service Handbook

computing and IT

The Computing Service Handbook gives you all the information that you need to get logged on and start using our online services to supplement your studies at the University.