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We co-ordinate a varied schedule of activities throughout the year to give students an insight into what it's like to study at a research-led university.

Online Study Skills Resources

We have been working really hard to create resources to support you whilst schools/colleges are closed. There are higher education talks, easy-to-follow videos and workbooks for students to complete on their own or all the resources are available for teachers/advisers to deliver themselves, whether that’s in school, college or online. We hope they are helpful and if you need any support or have any questions please contact smplus@essex.ac.uk 


Lockdown Logic

Lockdown Logic is our series of educational and informative blogs and vlogs. Written by current University of Essex students, they provide a unique opportunity to explore what our students wish they had been told before they left school.

Read and listen to their advice on Choosing a University Course, Time management, Managing Money and much more.

Self-Directed Study Skills Workshops

Students can use the easy-to-follow videos and workbook to complete the workshop in their own time. Either print off the pdf version of the workbook or edit the word document using your device.

If you’re a teacher who is going to deliver the workshop you will find a pdf version of the presentation below, as well as the delivery notes and other documents to support your lesson.

We have the following workshops available for both Pre-16 and Post-16 students: Metacognition, Life Design, Growth Mind-set and Reflective Practice. 

Metacognition workshop

To complete the Metacognition workshop by yourself, you will need the following materials:  

Learn to assess and monitor your learning strategies to further develop your overall learning. 

Learning about Metacognition will help students’ to develop their independent learning skills. They will think about the way they learn and assess their strategies. With interactive activities and a murder case that needs help solving, this resource will aid your students and help keep them motivated. 

To deliver the Metacognition workshop to students, you will need the following materials: 

Life Design workshops

Apply this way of thinking to solve problems that don't have an obvious solution.

To complete the Life Design workshop by yourself, you will need the following materials:

This workshop will help students to learn about the process of Life Design and the theory behind it.

To deliver the Life Design workshop to students, you will need the following materials:

Growth Mind-set workshop

Identify and explore the benefits and methods of using a growth mind-set and how it compares to a fixed mind-set.

To complete the Growth Mind-set workshop by yourself, you will need the following materials: 

This workshop will help students to understand what a growth mind-set is and how it compares to fixed mind-set.

To deliver the Growth Mind-set workshop to students, you will need the following materials:

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Webinar series

Join our academics in a brand new six week webinar series. To give you and your students a flavour of what it's like to study our UG and PG courses at Essex, our academics have created a suite of short videos and webinars from multiple departments across the university.

Explore our talks, tasters and webinars

External links and resources

Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS)

UCAS administers all of the applications to higher education courses in the UK. The UCAS website offers guidance and advice on higher education courses for students, careers advisers, parents and carers. Students can use the course search to browse and filter courses at universities across the country.

Student Finance

  • Gov.uk gives detailed information about all aspects of student finance and is also the site through which finance applications are made. The finance calculator tool is also really helpful for getting an idea of how much money you might be entitled to for living costs whilst at university.
  • Money Saving Expert has a whole section on the student finance system from the perspective of an independent financial adviser.
  • The Student Loan Repayment website explains how students loans are repaid after university.
  • Students thinking of studying an NHS funded course or social work course will also need to look at the NHS website.


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Schools Membership Scheme

Our Schools Membership scheme launched in 2015 to create a network of schools, sixth-forms and colleges across the UK and around the world. By identifying the schools, we work closely with each year, we are better able to allocate our resources, and are proud to offer our partner schools a range of exclusive benefits.

Find out more

Teacher’s 60-second interview

We asked Ruth Clark, Assistant Vice Principal at Plume College, Maldon a few questions about her role and responsibilities, and what are the benefits of working with our school’s outreach team.

What kind of work have you been doing this week?

Reviewing KS5 subject data, working with the College pastoral team, liaising with tutorial team and liaising with the Head of Year 12/13 about UCAS.

What notable events have happened this week?

It’s the last week of term… it is a case of ensuring students meet expectations with regard to attitude to learning and attendance.

How do you work with the University of Essex?

Outreach opportunities regarding UCAS, such as Finance Talks, UCAS Convention, EPQ workshops etc.

What kind of feedback from staff, students and parents do you get?

Fairly extensive as we use ‘Survey Monkey’ fairly regularly.

Name three things you love about your job?

Working with key stage 5 students, seeing students making progress, i.e. A-Level PE et al, and seeing students achieve their desired post-18 destinations.

...and one you don't!

Occasional difficult parental conversations.

What would you say to a teacher that doesn't yet work with a university?

If you establish a good working relationship with a University it will benefit your students.