Membership to our alumni network

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We're all linked by one thing: Essex

You're one of more than 100,000 Essex graduates in 150 countries.

Being a part of our alumni community means you’re entitled to a wide range of benefits including discounts, networking events, memberships, career support and so much more.

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How to sign up

No matter where in the world your journey has taken you since graduating, your Essex alumni membership is for life and we will continue to support you. To join our exclusive alumni network, all you need to do is follow the instructions below:

1. Register your account

Our Alumni community is for former students or staff of Essex. As a member, you'll gain access to exclusive benefits, discounts and news. 

You'll need to register for an account to join. Simply use our online form via the button below to create your ID and password. 

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We will verify your account within 24 working hours and you’ll have immediate access after that.

2. Get your alumni card

Once you've registered online, you'll be able to apply for your Essex alumni membership card. Your card identifies you as a member of our community and can be used as your key to unlock our University campus and to access your exclusive benefits.

Apply for your alumni card.

3. Enjoy exclusive benefits and discounts

No matter where in the world your journey has taken you since graduating, your Essex alumni membership is for life and we will continue to support you. Your alumni membership card will give you access to many benefits and discounts. So why not get involved and make the most of it?

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You’ll need to register to get access to exclusive access to JSTOR and to update your details. Simply create your ID and password using our online form.

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Your membership benefits and discounts

Careers support

As part of the Essex family you can access careers support for life.

Book an appointment with one of our friendly and professional Careers Services Team to utilise the support available to you. Appointments are available in person, by phone or via Zoom.

You can also access CareerHub+ anytime and from any device to search for graduate jobs and internships, create and review a CV, get some interview practice, up-skill yourself, book onto careers events and much more. 


Postgraduate discount

If you’re considering further study, then look no further than Essex. With your alumni membership, you'll be entitled to a discount which reduces the first year postgraduate tuition fee by:

  • 33% for Essex graduates with a First
  • 25% for Essex graduates with a 2.1 or

  • 10% for Essex graduates with a 2.2

Please note this discount is applicable to our AMBA accredited MBA programme.

Find out more about the Essex loyalty discount.

JSTOR access

As a member, you're entitled to browse thousands of academic journals, books and primary sources for free on the JSTOR digital library.

Library access

Once you have your Essex alumni card, you can use the Albert Sloman Library at our Colchester Campus.

  • You’re entitled to borrow five books from the Main Collection for up to twelve weeks, subject to recall.
  • Books that are in the Student Collection on floor 1 (7 day loans) or short loan are not available to alumni due to them being prioritised for current students as they are on the reading list.
  • There is no access for alumni to Interlibrary loans.
  • Your library card is valid forever but library accounts expire every year to ensure contact details are up-to-date. If your card has expired drop by the library information desk and they’ll reactivate your account for you.
  • Please ensure you bring you Alumni card to the library Helpdesk with proof of address and a photo ID.

Access to our Network of Essex Alumni Teachers (NEAT)

The Network of Essex Alumni Teachers (NEAT) is an extension of our membership philosophy for alumni working in secondary education and colleges across the UK. By creating a network of alumni teachers, we are better able to allocate our resources to offer support in higher education information, support and guidance for you, your colleagues and students.

Alumni within the scheme have access to a range of benefits, including:

  • Termly newsletters to keep you informed about all our upcoming activity.
  • A single point of contact at the University for any information relating to the University of Essex or Higher Education in general.
  • Priority booking for all our engaging events for students and staff.
  • CPD opportunities for all staff.
  • An invite to our Annual Teachers’ and Advisers’ conference.

If you are a graduate working in secondary education, join the Network of Essex Alumni Teachers via our online form. For any questions, please email us

Discounted room hire and conference packages

You’re eligible to receive a 10% discount on all room hire, conference and delegate packages and accommodation with Event Essex. The discount covers both our Colchester and Southend campus with Southend accommodation available throughout the entire year not just over the summer period.

Simply get in touch with the Event Essex team to arrange your booking at

Discounted theatre tickets

Enjoy discounted tickets to many shows at The Lakeside Theatre on the Colchester Campus. Please select the concession rate upon purchasing your ticket, prices do vary between screenings/shows but are listed on each event.

Concessionary rate gym membership

Keep fit with a concessionary membership at our Colchester Campus gym which has 160 fitness stations and a wide range of classes. Visit the Sports Centre reception desk to sign up at your discounted rate, please bring with you your alumni card.

Discounted stays at Wivenhoe House Hotel

Wivenhoe House Hotel offer 10% off the best available flexible rate for stays at the stately 18th-century manor hotel. Bookings are not pre-paid and can be cancelled up until the day before. To reserve, call the hotel on 01206 878580 or email the bookings team quoting use of the exclusive alumni discount. 

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Alumni team