Governance

Key dates

View of Colchester Campus lake

2020-21 academic year

Event Begins Ends Notes
Autumn Term Thursday 8 October 2020 Friday 18 December 2020 Some teaching dates for students vary according to campus, degree level and course. First year undergraduate students should arrive earlier than the start date shown in order to attend University and departmental Welcome events.
Spring Term Monday 18 January 2021 Friday 26 March 2021

 

 

Summer Term Monday 26 April 2021 Friday 2 July 2021

 

 

Graduation

Postponed

Please see below

 

Additional term dates

If the course your are studying does not appear within the listings for the following departments your terms days are listed above.

Other key dates

Graduation

Our graduation ceremonies are the highlight of the University’s academic year. We had to take the difficult decision last year to postpone our Summer and Winter 2020 ceremonies. We had hoped that we would be able to run Graduation ceremonies in July 2021 for both our 2020 and 2021 graduates. We wanted to keep open the possibility of ceremonies taking place in July for as long as possible.

 

We are proud of all our graduates and believe strongly that they deserve an amazing Graduation event. We are also committed to keeping them and their loved ones safe during the difficult circumstances of the pandemic. After considering all possible options for COVID-safe precautions, we have concluded that, at this stage of the pandemic, we cannot yet proceed with confidence to offer Graduation ceremonies in July 2021. We remain fully committed to inviting all our 2020 and 2021 graduates to celebrate at an in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so and we are confident we can deliver the best possible event.

 

We are working with our Departments and Schools on plans for alternative arrangements to celebrate the achievements of our 2021 graduates this summer. We will confirm the plans during the summer term as soon as we can.

 

We are currently reviewing options for running ceremonies later than July 2021 and will confirm our plans as soon as we can. We will ensure that our plans comply with Government guidelines and take account of the trajectory of the COVID-19 virus. At the moment, the next potential date for in-person ceremonies is September 2021. We plan to take a final decision on the feasibility of this option by the end of May 2021 at the latest.

 

If September 2021 ceremonies are not possible, we are already looking at other options, including the possibility of a Winter Graduation event 2021/22, subject to any continuing COVID-19 restrictions. We are also exploring the possibility for additional ceremonies in April 2022 alongside our July 2022 Graduation event.

 

Exam dates

Students with a Tier 4 visa

If you have a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will need to make sure you are aware of the term dates that apply to you and understand your visa conditions and responsibilities.

University diary

2021-22 academic year

Event Begins Ends Notes
Autumn Term Thursday 7 October 2021 Friday 17 December 2021 Some teaching dates for students vary according to campus, degree level and course. First year undergraduate students should arrive earlier than the start date shown in order to attend University and departmental Welcome events
Spring Term Monday 17 January 2022 Friday 25 March 2022

 

 

 

Summer Term Monday 25 April 2022 Friday 1 July 2022

 

 

 

Summer Graduation Monday 18 July 2022 Friday 22 July 2023  Provisional

2022-23 academic year

Event Begins Ends Notes
Autumn Term Thursday 6 October 2022 Friday 16 December 2022
Some teaching dates for students vary according to campus, degree level and course. First year undergraduate students should arrive earlier than the start date shown in order to attend University and departmental Welcome events
Spring Term Monday 16 January 2023 Friday 24 March 2023

 

 

Summer Term Monday 24 April 2023 Friday 30 June 2023

 

 

Graduation to be confirmed