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The Essex Taster Week 2022

5-8 July 2022

Every year we host a series of exciting taster days for students in years 10-13, as well as mature students. These events provide an opportunity to explore academic subjects at undergraduate level, in addition to providing a unique experience of a day in the life of a university student. 

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We are looking forward to returning to an in-person Taster Week in this academic year 5-8 July 2022, and we would love for you to join us. The event will run across four days, with three days at our Colchester campus, one day for each of our faculties and then the fourth day at our Southend campus. 

We are pleased to offer a travel bursary of up to £150 per school bringing 10 students or more to the event.  

The schedule for each day will look as follows, with more details on taster sessions on offer available soon:

Time Activity 
 09:45 Arrivals 
 10:00 - 10:30 Welcome Talk and Introduction to the day
 10:30 - 11:15 Campus Tour or Essex Student Panel
 11:15 - 12:15 Taster Session 1 
 12:15 - 13:00


Please ensure students bring a packed lunch with them as there will be limited time to purchase food on campus.

 13:00 - 14:00 Taster Session 2
 14:00 - 14:30 Campus Tour or Essex Student Panel
 14:30 Departures

*Please note this schedule may be adjusted slightly for those interested in Life Sciences tasters, to allow for a laboratory session.

Last year was a little different so we ran our annual Taster Week a little differently too. Taster Week 2021 ran virtually so students could get a flavour of what Essex has to offer from the comfort of their own home or classroom.  You can access some examples of last years content below.

2021 Sessions


Subject area Description


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Pandemics: Lessons From History
Jeremy Krikler will sketch some of the ideas that inspire the Department of History’s teaching on pandemics, one of the modules offered at Essex that is in keeping with the Department’s exciting ethos of linking teaching with contemporary concerns and experience.

Human Rights

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Human Rights: More Trouble than they're worth?
Human rights are a vital part of the world in which we all live. Some people love them, and some people appear to hate them. For some people, human rights enable us to identify how we should seek to resolve challenges and conflict in a difficult world. Others argue that appeals to human rights only cause more trouble and strife. What do you think? Do you even care? This brief session will address these all-important questions, while also introducing the audience to the work of our Human Rights Centre.

Literature, Film and Theatre Studies

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Journalism and The Power of Storytelling
How can journalists use the power of narrative form to counter its misuse by political and commercial interests? Three top tips and one practical exercise with our director of journalism, Tim Fenton.


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The First World War and Contemporary Britain
Professor Lucy Noakes is leading a major research project into how British society relates to and commemorates the First World War. Her talk will give you a taste of the kind of research undertaken at Essex and how this expertise benefits students, not least in the kinds of undergraduate research projects that are supervised by staff.

Social Sciences

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Essex Business School

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Marketing Strategy and Competitive Advantage in the Post-Covid Era
This session will briefly discuss about how firms can manage their marketing strategies while developing and maintaining their competitive advantage in order to find their feet after COVID-19 pandemic.


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Need for Chaos: The real reason people share fake news
The widespread circulation of fake news has led to fears of a 'post-truth' world in which millions of people believe blatant lies. In fact, many people share fake news despite knowing that it is nonsense. This taster talk introduces a quirky psychological reason why they do so.

Languages and Linguistics

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What do Linguists do?
We work in all kinds of different areas and explore a wide range of exciting issue and topics to do with language (and people, and places, and history). In this session we will talk about some of the research we do at Essex, what linguists actually do and the kinds of careers our graduates in linguistics go on to. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and there will also be a quick linguistics trivia quiz.


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 COVID-19: A Sociological Reflection
The global pandemic has exposed a number of social issues that need to be explored further. This session will examine how issues such as inequality, ethnicity, migration, bio-surveillance, organised crime and mental health among others provide a fertile ground for sociological research.

Science and Health

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Sports Therapy

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Injury risk factors and acute management of common musculoskeletal injuries
This session will first introduce students to the risk factors associated with sports injuries, understanding these are vital to help inform injury prevention strategies. Students will also learn about the acute management strategies that are used to treat common sports injuries such as cryotherapy and electro therapy modalities.

Occupational Therapy

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What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) is a science based degree, health and social care profession, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Occupational therapy takes a “whole-person approach” to both mental and physical health and wellbeing and aims to enable individuals to achieve their full potential. This taster session will introduce Occupational Therapy to student, who OT’s work with, where OT’s work and will also include an activity for students to get involved with.

Sports Performance and Coaching

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Competitive Engineering: approaches to enhance the coaching environment
Research has found that children overwhelmingly state that enjoyment, fun, and positive experiences are the primary reasons to participate in sport. Competitive Engineering (CE) is a structurally-based competitive climate process designed to create a more positive experience in youth sport. CE encompasses changes to league structures, equipment, pitch-size, and game rules. For example, rule changes that stipulate greater involvement (e.g. playing time) or action (e.g. increasing scoring opportunities) are designed to improve engagement. We will look at some interesting approaches to modify sport for player benefit.


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The role of facial feedback for emotion recognition
How do we perceive other people’s emotions? Dr Sebastian Korb will discuss the behavioral and neural evidence regarding the hypothesis that feedback from our own facial muscle activity can influence the way we feel and perceive others’ emotions.

Social Work

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Where can social work take me?
This session will be a taster of a first year lecture, focused on understanding the scope of social work practice, and challenging common assumptions about who social workers are and what they do. This will be an opportunity to explore the breadth of social work, but also to speak to our approach within the Division and our broader vision within a rights and justice framework.


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Fluid Balance and Fluid Resuscitation
This taster session will cover fluid balance monitoring in hospital, signs of dehydration and fluid loss and fluid replacement therapy.

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.

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Taster Week team