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Cancelled: 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 campus tour and opportunity to speak to staff and students, to help prepare you to make informed university choices and 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 schools-link@essex.ac.uk to let us know what area you’re looking for!


The University of Essex has now agreed to adopt additional action to protect our staff, students and our wider community against the spread and impact of COVID-19. As the number of cases in the UK increases, we have taken pre-emptive steps to protect members of our community from the risk of infection. 

From Monday 23 March we started implementing enhanced protection measures, which, amongst other steps included suspending all University public events and gatherings, including our face to face schools engagement work. 

This therefore means that, unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled.  

We appreciate you may already have transport in place for these events, if you are outside your cancellation period for coaches or are unable to claim the money back from your school insurance please let us know by contacting outreach@essex.ac.uk.

We know this will be as disappointing to you as it is to us, and we do hope that you and your students can continue to be supported by the University of Essex virtually through resources that we are currently developing.



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Unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled.

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.

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Taster Week team