Events for Schools and Colleges

Taster Week

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An in-depth experience of studying at university

Every summer we host a series of exciting taster days for students in years 10, 11 and 12, as well as mature students. These events will give you an in depth experience of studying a subject at university, as well as providing an opportunity to speak with current staff and students.

Experience a day in the life of an undergraduate student here at Essex.

Our Taster Week will include different academic sessions over three days to reflect our three faculties. The day will also include a personal statement writing workshop and campus tour, to help prepare you to make informed university choices and make a great application.

All events are open to students attending as individuals or to school groups. You may book onto as many or as few taster days that suit your interests. Each event is subject to availability, so get in touch to avoid disappointment.

We are pleased to offer a travel bursary of up to £50 for individuals, and £250 for school groups of 10 students or more, to contribute to the cost of travel.

Can’t see a subject that interests you? No problem. We add new events throughout the year, so email us at to let us know what area you’re looking for!

Taster days

Social Sciences Taster Day

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Subjects include:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Studies

Humanities Taster Day

Thursday 2 July 2020

Subjects include:

  • Art History, American and Global Studies 
  • Edge Hotel School
  • History
  • Human Rights
  • Law
  • Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
  • Philosophy

Science and Health Taster Day

Friday 3 July 2020

Subjects include:

  • Biological Science 
  • Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
  • Health and Social Care
  • Psychology
  • Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences

Register your interest

Taster week travel bursary

We know that travelling to our campus can be expensive, so we offer a travel bursary to cover your travel costs for the taster day, should you be eligible. After you’ve visited us for a taster day, email the completed claim form along with scanned copies of your receipts within 30 days of your visit. We will assess your eligibility and confirm the outcome of your travel claim.

Students under the age of 16, attending as individuals, will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

If you would like to access our Faith Centre while on campus, please let the event organiser know.

Get in touch
Taster Week team