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Our Outreach and Student Recruitment teams offer an exciting and dynamic range of free activities and events for primary school, secondary school, and sixth form and college students, across the UK and around the world.

Information and advice is also available for teachers, advisers and counsellors, alongside bespoke events, CPD opportunities and our Annual Teachers’ and Advisers’ Conference,  to help you in supporting students to make  informed decisions about progression to Higher Education.

We also extend our support to parents, guardians and carers.

We’re proud to have ‘the world in one place’ here at Essex, so have opportunities for EU and international schools and colleges to connect with us, as well as those based here in the UK.  

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Schools Membership Scheme

Our Schools Membership scheme launched in 2015 to create a network of schools, sixth-forms and colleges across the UK and around the world. By identifying the schools, we work closely with each year, we are better able to allocate our resources, and are proud to offer our partner schools a range of exclusive benefits.

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NCOP: Making it happen in Essex

Make Happen is the name of the NCOP consortium for the county and is based at the University of Essex. Their programme is dedicated to inspire young people, raise their aspirations and promote interest in higher education as a route to achieving their ambitions.

With a team of seven Outreach Officers based at partner institutions across the county, Make Happen has developed an innovative school and college-led model that provides events and activities tailored to the specific needs of the targeted learners.

Since December 2017, Make Happen has engaged with 16,000 students, 9,000 of whom are identified as NCOP learners (39% of all NCOP learners in the county). With over 140 different events and activities, learners have experienced motivational and inspirational talks and assemblies, STEM, medical and healthcare workshops, Sports Science, Art & Design, Teaching Careers and Revision Skills sessions, to name but a few.