Schools membership scheme

Schools Membership

The University’s Schools Membership scheme creates a network of schools, sixth forms and colleges across the UK and around the world, allowing us to more effectively allocate resources 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.

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 schools with sixth forms in the Eastern region, allowing us to engage more effectively with teachers and their students. Through Schools Membership Plus, we’ve helped keep teachers 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.

As a thank you for your ongoing support, Schools Membership Plus 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.
  • A £500 bursary for your school or college for the year to put towards on-campus activity for post-16 students (such as travel to our events).
  • Priority for any school talks or careers fairs you invite us to deliver at your school/ college.
  • Subject enrichment sessions/subject taster sessions delivered by PhD students either at your school/college or on campus.
  • A 25% discount on Masters study for all teachers at your school or college.
  • Free room bookings at the University of Essex for externally led inset or revision days.
  • CPD opportunities for staff, such as sitting in on lectures. 

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 was launched in 2018 to promote 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 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. As a thank you for your ongoing support, 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.
  • A £200 bursary for your school for the year to put towards on-campus activity for pre-16 students (such as travel to our events).
  • Priority for any school talks or careers fairs you invite us to deliver at your school.
  • Subject enrichment sessions/subject taster sessions delivered by PhD students either at your school or on campus.
  • A 25% discount on Masters study for all teachers at your school.
  • Free room bookings at the University of Essex for externally.
  • CPD opportunities for staff, such as sitting in on lectures.

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 Teacher Alumni Network

The Schools Membership Teacher Alumni Network was launched in 2018 to work with teachers who have previously studied at the University of Essex, and their students.

Having as much information as possible has considerable impact on a student’s decisions regarding higher education and their career choices, so the Schools Membership Teacher Alumni Network aims to support teachers as they work to inspire their students and raise aspirations.

The network consists of Essex alumni who are already teachers or are currently training to become teachers. As a thank you for your ongoing support, Schools Membership Teacher Alumni Network partners are entitled to:

  • Termly newsletters to keep you informed about all our upcoming activity.
  • Prospectuses sent to your school/college on the date of release.
  • An Activity Guide sent at the start of the school year.
  • 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.
  • Invitations to our award-winning THINK series seminars.
  • Reduced rates at our Lakeside Theatre (excluding Live screenings)
  • Free room bookings at the University of Essex for externally led inset or revision day.
  • CPD opportunities for staff.

To find out more about any of the benefits above, or to join the Schools Membership Teacher Alumni Network please contact smteacheralumninetwork@essex.ac.uk.

Schools Membership Scheme scholarships and bursaries

  • The Essex Santander Access Bursary - Students from one of our Schools Membership Plus Schools or colleges could be eligible to apply for an Essex Santander Access Bursary worth £1,260 to support them in progressing 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

UKI Schools Membership

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

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, 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

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

Annual Teachers Conference

The Schools Membership Annual Teachers’ Conference takes place every summer term, and invites all Schools Membership partners to join us at our Colchester campus.

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.

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 that teachers are an important part of this preparation 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.