As well our usual welcome activities and landmark events like the Annual Student Conference, we will providing even more events and schemes to ensure you make the most of your time in the Department. These include:
The @EssexGov Fair
The @EssexGov Fair is our very own Department welcome fair. Our current students will advertise a host of clubs and opportunities available to new students of the Department. You might decide to join the Politics Society, the Model UN, Amnesty International, or learn more about becoming a member of one of the major British political parties.
First Generation @EssexGov
This scheme is designed especially for those who belong to the first generation in their family to reach university. In this scheme, academics who were themselves ‘first generation’ students will pass on insights and tips about adjusting to life and learning to succeed at university.
Be a Mentor @EssexGov
This is your chance to lead a study group of fellow students, gaining mentoring experience and learning how to report student feedback to lecturers. This scheme will also give you credits towards the Students’ Union’s Leadership Programme which is a great way of boosting your CV during your time with us.
The big political event of your first term will be the US election. Our Department is home to some of the world’s best US political scientists. There will be a range of activities, including round table discussions in which you can put your questions to lecturers, and an election forecasting competition in which you put your predictions against the experts.
We will run similar events for other big political stories throughout the year, responding to key political happenings such as the Black Lives Matter protests. There will also be many academic and social events at which you can get to know your lecturers and fellow students. We host frequent Departmental events including quizzes, Women in Politics coffee breaks and Meet the Leadership hours in which you can put your questions to the Head of Department and other senior members of staff.
We have been working in partnership with our Students’ Union to ensure that you can enjoy our clubs, societies, activities and services. We have built in flexibility to enable you to access support and activities, and to shape your experience around your life.
To learn more about the range of events Essex will be hosting, please visit our events calendar. To stay up to date with the very latest guidance on how to visit your campus, view our coming onto campus guide.