06 September 2010

Essex opens its doors

Colchester Campus

Open Day on 25 September

Sixth form students considering higher education can see first-hand what it is like to study at Essex when the University opens its doors to prospective students on Saturday 25 September.

The open day allows students, their families and sixth form groups to look around the University’s Colchester Campus, meet with staff and current students, and view student accommodation.

There will be talks on student life, finance and student support, student and graduate employment, admissions and applying, and study abroad opportunities.

Staff from the University’s 17 academic departments will also be on hand to answer questions about particular subject areas and course details.

Loren Murphy, Student Recruitment Assistant and former Essex student, said: ‘Attending an open day is an essential part of choosing a university. Visiting Essex gives you the opportunity to get a real feel for the campus and to find out if you can imagine yourself studying and living here. On the day you will also get the chance to speak personally with members of staff about our courses and to current students about their experiences.’

Because broadening social horizons is an important part of the overall university experience, prospective students can also learn about the 165 Students’ Union (SU) societies and 40 sports clubs at Essex, as well as other SU facilities and services.

Continued excellence in both research and teaching saw applications to Essex hit a record high in 2010, up 22 per cent on 2009. The University was ranked ninth in the UK in the most recent national assessment of research quality (December 2008), and is the top 20 nationally for student satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey for 2010.

The Colchester Campus open day runs from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 25 September. Free parking is available throughout the day and there will be a minibus running to and from Colchester North railway station. To book a place and for further information about the open day (and other open days at the University) see: www.essex.ac.uk/prospective/open_days/.

For further information please contact the Communications Office, telephone: 01206 872400 or e-mail: comms@essex.ac.uk.

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