Schools membership scheme

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The University’s Schools Membership scheme creates an exclusive network of schools, sixth forms and colleges across the UK and around the world, allowing us to allocate resources more effectively and engage with students and teachers in partner schools.


By identifying those we work closely with each year, we can ensure members are kept informed and up to date with current higher education issues and upcoming activities they can engage with at the University of Essex.

There is no cost associated with membership; instead our partner schools and colleges receive a range of benefits in exchange for their active participation in the scheme, attendance at our events and the provision of feedback at intervals throughout the year.

 

UK Membership levels

Each membership level is tailored to suit the needs of their strand but all partners are allocated a key member of staff at the University of Essex, receive newsletters, access to exclusive CPD resources, discounted rates at our extensive facilities on our Colchester and Southend campuses, and priority booking on exciting University of Essex events.

Schools Membership Plus

The University’s Schools Membership Plus level is a network of colleges and sixth forms in the Eastern region, allowing us to engage more effectively with teachers, advisers and their students. Through Schools Membership Plus, we’ve helped keep partners more informed and up to date with current higher education issues, while helping as many students as possible make informed decisions and reach higher education.

Schools Membership Plus partners are entitled to a range of benefits, including (but not limited to):

  • Monthly newsletters to keep you informed about all our upcoming activity.
  • A single point of contact at the university for any information relating to the University of Essex or Higher Education in general.
  • Priority booking for all of our engaging events for students and staff.
  • Bursary funding to support Higher Education activity.
  • Priority for any school talks or careers fairs you invite us to deliver at your school/ college.
  • Subject enrichment sessions and subject taster sessions delivered virtually, at your school/college, or on campus.
  • A 25% discount on Masters study for all teachers at your school or college (terms and conditions apply).
  • CPD opportunities for staff. 
  • An invite to our Annual Teachers' and Advisers' Conference.

We understand that the needs of each college and sixth form are unique, so we work flexibly with our partners to ensure that their students benefit as much as possible. Our team can design bespoke activity at your request to tailor activities and events to your students' needs, and we also invite regular feedback to ensure that our offering is relevant, useful and worthwhile. 

To find out more about any of the benefits above or to check if your school/college is a Schools Membership Plus partner please email smplus@essex.ac.uk.

Schools Membership Pre-16

The Schools Membership Pre-16 level promotes further engagement with younger students, predominantly in Years 9-11. Early intervention and decision-making have considerable impact on a student’s decisions regarding higher education and their career choices, so Schools Membership Pre-16 aims to support teachers and advisers as they work to inspire their students and raise aspirations.

The network consists of a mixture of schools both with and without their own sixth forms. Schools Membership Pre-16 partners are entitled to:

  • Monthly newsletters to keep you informed about all our upcoming activity.
  • A single point of contact at the university for any information relating to the University of Essex or Higher Education in general.
  • Priority booking for all of our engaging events for students and staff.
  • Bursary funding to support Higher Education activity.
  • Priority for any school talks or careers fairs you invite us to deliver at your school.
  • Subject enrichment sessions and subject taster sessions delivered virtually, at your school, or on campus.
  • A 25% discount on Masters study for all teachers at your school (terms and conditions apply).
  • CPD opportunities for staff.
  • An invitation to our Annual Teachers' and Advisers' Conference

To find out more about any of the benefits above or to check if your school is a Schools Membership Pre-16 partner please contact smpre16@essex.ac.uk.

Schools Membership Alumni Network

The Schools Membership Alumni Network is part of the wider Schools Membership scheme, as an extension of our membership philosophy to alumni working in schools and colleges across the UK and around the world. By creating a network of teachers, advisers and counsellors, we are better able to allocate our resources to offer support in higher education information, support and guidance for you, your colleagues and students.

Teachers, advisers and counsellors within the scheme have access to a range of benefits, including:

  • Termly newsletters to keep you informed about all our upcoming activity.
  • A single point of contact at the university for any information relating to the University of Essex or Higher Education in general.
  • Relevant resources for you and your students mailed to your school.
  • Priority booking for all our our engaging events for students and staff.
  • £100 bursary funding towards staff travel and cover expenses to support Higher Education activity.
  • CPD opportunities for staff.
  • An invite to our Annual Teachers' and Advisers' conference.

If you are an Essex alumnus who now works in education, you can join the Schools Membership Alumni Network via our online form. For any questions, please email smalumni@essex.ac.uk.

UK International Schools Membership

For many years, The University of Essex has worked with International schools and colleges across the UK.

The UK International Schools Membership scheme structures and supports our engagement with schools/colleges and strengthens our relationships with teachers and counsellors.

As a thank you for your ongoing support, UKI member schools benefit from:

  • Termly newsletters to keep you informed about upcoming activity and higher education updates
  • A single point of contact at the university for any information relating to the University of Essex or Higher Education in general
  • Priority visits from the Student Recruitment team
  • Bespoke on-campus visits and events organised for your students
  • Annual Teachers Conference providing a unique networking and CPD opportunity
  • Resources including revision packs and personal statement writing guides
  • Travel bursaries to travel to the University campus available

To find out more about any of the benefits above or to check if your school/college is a Schools Membership partner please email overseas@essex.ac.uk

Schools Membership Scheme scholarships and bursaries

  • Schools Membership Plus Scholarship 2021 - Students from our Schools Membership Plus schools and colleges who start their undergraduate studies at the University of Essex in Autumn 2021 can benefit from a £1,000 cash bursary to support their progression into Higher Education.
  • Schools Membership Plus fee discount -  Members of staff at our Schools Membership Plus institutions who wish to study a postgraduate course are entitled to a 25% tuition fee discount.

EU and international membership levels

International Schools Membership

The University of Essex is proud to work with schools and colleges around the world. The International Schools Membership scheme structures and supports our engagement with schools/colleges and strengthens our relationships with teachers and counsellors.

As a thank you for your ongoing support, International member schools benefit from:

  • Termly newsletters to keep you informed about upcoming activity and higher education updates
  • A single point of contact at the university for any information relating to the University of Essex or Higher Education in general
  • Priority visits from the Student Recruitment team in-country
  • Bespoke on-campus visits and events organised for your students
  • Annual Teachers Conference providing a unique networking and CPD opportunity
  • Resources including revision packs and personal statement writing guides
  • Travel bursaries to travel to the University campus available

To find out more about any of the benefits above or to check if your school/college is a Schools Membership Plus partner please contact overseas@essex.ac.uk

Schools Membership Alumni Network

The Schools Membership Alumni Network is part of the wider Schools Membership scheme, as an extension of our membership philosophy to alumni working in schools and colleges across the UK and around the world. By creating a network of teachers, advisers and counsellors, we are better able to allocate our resources to offer support in higher education information, support and guidance for you, your colleagues and students.

Teachers, advisers and counsellors within the scheme have access to a range of benefits, including: 

You also have access to a range of events, resources and online talks that we hope will also be beneficial to you and your school. 

Join the teachers network or contact us at smalumni@essex if you have any questions.

Annual Teachers' and Advisers' Conference

The Schools Membership Annual Teachers’ and Advisers' Conference takes place every summer term, and invites all Schools Membership partners to join us at our Colchester campus, or virtually if we are not able to host in person.

Throughout the day, attendees receive insights and updates into current Higher Education issues, have opportunities to feed into the Schools Membership programme for the coming year, and meet and network with other Schools Membership partners from across the region. The conference hosts guest speakers, provides interactive panel discussions and a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions.

Your Schools Membership contact will be in touch with details of next year’s conference and how to reserve your place.

Teachers' and Advisers' CPD Week

We recognise the importance teachers, advisers and counsellors play in our community and so we’re committed to investing in your continuing professional development wherever we can. As part of this, we run a week of free CPD training opportunities open to all teachers and advisers with an event each day to cover a specific topic.