Resources for current students
News and events
Our news and events section contains the latest information about our research,
publications and conferences, as well as the activities of our staff and students.
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
email 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 email. Please make sure your contact details are
up-to-date. You can change your contact details using the
myEssex student web portal.
You can also keep up-to-date with news and events by following
Essex Facebook page, as well as regularly checking our
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.
This is a student-run society that provides a friendly
environment for the practice of philosophical discussion and
debate. The society holds regular meetings and social events. If
you would like to join the Philosophy Society, or get involved
in its organisation, please email: email@example.com.
Essex Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Group
The Essex Society for Women in
Philosophy (SWIP) Group is an informal student-led organisation
which seeks both to raise awareness of, and think of ways of
addressing, the underrepresentation of women in philosophy.
The School of Philosophy and Art History are signed up as
participants in the British Philosophical Association (BPA) and
Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Good Practice Scheme. The
scheme aims to assist UK philosophy departments, learned societies
and journals in ensuring that they have policies and procedures in
place that encourage the representation of women in philosophy.
We aim to treat all staff and students who are part of the
School, and also visitors to the School, equally in all relevant
respects, regardless of gender.
We acknowledge that historically women have been disadvantaged in
many aspects of university and academic life, through both conscious
and unconscious assumptions, biases, and prejudices, and through
practical arrangements which were not favourable for women, and we
are committed to changing this situation.
We believe that not only female students and staff of the School,
but the School in general will benefit academically, intellectually
and socially from an energetic commitment to promoting gender
Read our Good Practice Policy Implementation Plan for more
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.
Every year we invite distinguished philosophers from around the world to give minicourses to our students at Essex.
We run a regular programme of philosophy seminars featuring invited speakers that allow you to expand your horizons
beyond the modules you take for your course.
Renée is a PhD student, working on Nietzsche and philosophy of religion. Her blog chronicles her life as a student in the
Department, as well as anything philosophical that interests her.
Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on
a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.