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Higher Education Taster Day for Care-experienced Students

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Taster Day 2021

 18 August 2021

We are delighted to be hosting a higher education taster day for care-experienced students at our Colchester campus as part of the Future Stars: Setting your Sights on University programme. 

Online booking for this event is essential. Whilst care-experienced students and their parents/carers/guardians will be prioritised, this event is now also open to all students in years 9-13.

Please view the full programme and booking link below.

Care-experienced students and their parents, carers, guardians and/or a friend of their choice are invited to attend a fun-filled day at the University of Essex.

This experience will help attendees become aware of the opportunities offered at university and increase their confidence in their ability to make informed decisions about their next steps. It will also provide support for parents, carers, and guardians and increase their knowledge and confidence in supporting their young person progress into higher education.

The day will include a subject taster, workshops, a tour of the campus, lunch, goody bags, specific support and guidance for care leavers/estranged students that are available at university, and more.  Please view the full programme below.

If you'd like to make a booking, every student attending will need a parent/carer/guardian to read the information letter and complete the online consent form. We'll then be in touch!

Lunch and travel expenses are included. 

Please get in touch if you have any questions. 


The University of Essex, Colchester Campus 

Time Description 
9.15-9.45am Arrivals 
10-10.15am Welcome  - a warm welcome from the University of Essex Outreach team.
10.15-10.30am Break 

University Lecture Taster - 'What makes a superhero?', delivered by Dr Miriam Kent, Lecturer in Film Studies. 

Students will be introduced to key issues in media representation through the figure of the superhero. They'll also find out why superheroes are so important to us and what they tell us about ourselves, whilst drawing attention to the relevance of Film and Media Studies within today‚Äôs society.

11.30-12.30pm Campus Tour - a tour of the fantastic facilities we offer at Colchester
12.30-1pm Lunch on us!
1-1.45pm Why go to University workshop - students will better understand the reasons why students go to university.
1-1.45pm Support for Care Leavers/Estranged Students in HE - parents/carers/guardians are invited to attend a session delivered by our Accessibility and Well-being Team.
2-2.30pm Student-led Panel - attendees have the opportunity to ask our students any university-based questions. 
2.30-3pm Celebration - take part in a quiz with prizes!
3pm  Departures 
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