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Higher Education Taster Day for Care-experienced Students

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Taster Day 2022

7 May 2022

We are delighted to be hosting a higher education taster day for care-experienced students from across the Eastern Region. This will take place 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 also open to all students in years 9-13. The full programme and details for how to book your place will be available nearer to the event.

In the meantime, please take a look at the programme of activities that was on offer in 2021 below. 


2021 Programme

The University of Essex, Colchester Campus. 

In 2021 students and their parents/carers/guardians took part in the following: 

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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