Bespoke programme to prepare new entrants for academic success

  • Date

    Thu 13 Aug 20

Students outside Essex Business School

We’re backing students getting ready to start their studies at the University of Essex with a bespoke new pre-arrival programme, tailor-made to help this year’s new entrants to bridge the learning transition from school to university.

New entrants who complete the programme will earn a £500 cash bursary to recognise their commitment to getting their learning off to a flying start.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Lorna Fox O’Mahony said: “We understand how very difficult this year has been for all our applicants. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on teaching and assessment, and on the final year at school, for many students.

“We want to make sure that our new students are fully supported to succeed as they begin their university courses. We are committed to helping every student achieve their potential and get the maximum benefit from their university experience, right from the start.

“We believe that completing this programme will set our students up for successful learning throughout their time with us at Essex, and ensure they have the best chance for future success.

“Our new students are starting their university education in a rapidly changing world, as the world faces unprecedented economic, social and environmental challenges.

“The younger generation has been particularly affected by the difficult times are in, and while they have not caused these challenges, they will have a vital role in finding the solutions. Essex students and graduates are doing amazing things, here in Essex and around the world, to help build a better world for all of us. We are dedicated to helping our students to discover their potential and gain the skills they need to put their ideas into action.”

The course, which will be available from Monday 24 August, covers areas including independent learning, critical thinking, and problem solving as well as other academic learning skills that are central to success in undergraduate studies. The course will run for six weeks, but anyone who starts later can complete the modules more quickly.

Students who complete the Pre-Undergraduate course will earn the £500 bursary. Full terms and conditions online.

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