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Unlocking knowledge for everyone and empowering minds for tomorrow

We believe that learning extends beyond your degree programme. That's why we offer a comprehensive experience to expand your knowledge and prepare you for whatever life throws at you. Whether you want to live a sustainable lifestyle,  fight for social justice and change or learn a new language to broaden your horizons, we have a programme that will build your skills for future success.

Data For All 

Data For All is designed to give all students, regardless of their previous experience or the subject they are interested in valuable data skills. Skills such as using raw and unstructured data to determine trends, patterns and correlations. These skills are vital in all career sectors to help companies spot opportunities and negotiate risks and help our graduates become more attractive in a booming job market.

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Languages For All 

Languages For All is designed to open you up to a world of different language opportunities. Whether it’s taking your first step towards an international career, or to challenge yourself to something new, our language courses give you the opportunity to learn a language at no extra cost and will enhance your employability and broaden your horizons.

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Democracy & Citizenship For All

Democracy and Citizenship For All equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to create meaningful societal change. Are you passionate about addressing pressing issues of social justice within your community? Do you envision collaborating with external community-based organisations to tackle the contemporary challenges we all face? As a student, do you aspire to unite with your peers to effect positive changes on issues directly affecting you?

If you seek to join a dynamic community of innovative students who have successfully driven change through community organising, addressing issues such as fair wages, safe and affordable housing, street lighting and making communities safer to walk at night, and the challenges faced by refugees and asylum seekers, then our course is tailor-made for you. This Essex For All course delves into the art of driving social change, advocating truth to power, and taking tangible action on real-life, critical issues.

Once enrolled you'll immerse yourself in a real-life social change campaign  while developing your own personal growth through your university journey. Your course experience begins with comprehensive online training in community organising, delivered in partnership with Citizens UK and Citizens Essex. This training includes a rich array of resources such as videos, podcasts, live training sessions, and interactive activities.

Upon completing this training, you'll have the opportunity to engage in a campaign of your choosing or initiate a fresh campaign focused on an issue close to your heart. Throughout this process, we foster a collaborative, supportive, and secure environment, ensuring that together, we can shape the change we all aspire to see. 

Sustainability For All 

Sustainability For All represents an exciting, opportunity designed to empower you to develop a comprehensive understanding of both the theory and practical aspects of environmental sustainability. In a world where information about climate change and the environmental crisis often appears fragmented, accompanied by numerous myths and misconceptions, this course offers a unique opportunity to delve deeply into these critical matters in a well-rounded and holistic manner. Through a blend of online and in-person sessions, Sustainability For All aims to elevate your ecological and sustainability literacy.

By participating, you'll not only gain valuable insights but also position yourself as a catalyst for change in your daily life and future career endeavors. This experience will undoubtedly enhance your CV, fostering a rich tapestry of skills, from citizenship to employability, while affording you the chance to collaborate with peers from diverse academic backgrounds. The wisdom of sustainability and the ability to champion sustainability are universally relevant, transcending all career paths.

Creative Arts and Culture For All

This Essex for All course explores art-related resources from four different museum collections. While the course draws most heavily on resources from the University’s important collection of Latin American art [ESCALA], it also features materials from institutions farther field, such as the Colchester & Ipswich Museums, Tate Modern, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some of the course’s key resources include artist interviews and talks; analyses of individual artworks; brief introductions to contemporary artists; virtual tours of exhibitions; and live Zoom links to upcoming lectures. Through such materials, the course seeks to make art more accessible: particularly art from the last hundred years, but also works from previous epochs.

Health and Wellbeing For All

Health & Wellbeing For All covers topics such as mental health, wellness and physical fitness – informing our students on how to care for themselves and those around them in meaningful and impactful ways. 

Our data science short courses will help to enhance skills in the area of programming, maths and statistics
Our data science short courses will help to enhance skills in the area of programming, maths and statistics
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