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A taste of university life

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.

Hosted either on campus or in your school, all our activities are designed to highlight the benefits of Higher Education in a fun and interesting way, while giving students a taste of university life.

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Free information and advice is also available for teachers, careers advisors, students and their parents or guardians, to help students make an informed decision about progression to Higher Education.

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


We aren’t currently engaging in face to face activities, but are in the midst of getting some fabulous virtual resources on the go! If you would like to enquire or if there’s anything else we can help you with please email outreach@essex.ac.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.