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Get a flavour for studying at university

We frequently travel to schools and colleges across the UK and around the world to give information and talks on different aspects of university life, including the benefits of Higher Education, how to choose a course and student finance.

We also welcome schools and colleges to visit our campus throughout the year so that students can enjoy some subject-specific taster sessions or study skills and get a real flavour for studying at university.


Covid-19 update

We are currently taking provisional Campus Visit bookings for June onwards. Whilst we cannot engage in face to face activities we’ve created some handy HE focused videos so your students can still receive the information whenever and wherever they are! Browse the talks we offer below and click on the video link.


School and College talks

The talks we deliver in schools vary depending on what a school requests and what stage students are at in the university application process. Where requested we can combine talk topics and change the length of the talk to meet your needs.

The talks can be tailored to students in different year groups and studying different qualifications including GCSEs, A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, BTECs, Access Courses or international qualifications and can last between 20 minutes and an hour.

We run talks on the following topics:

Choosing a university and course

A detailed look at how students should go about choosing which course to study and where, to ensure their decisions are right for them and they maximise their chances of receiving the best offers.

Applying to university and the UCAS process

Takes students through the UCAS application process and advises students on what admissions tutors look for and how students can prepare their applications to ensure that they get the best offers possible.

Also introduces students to the UCAS Extra process and Clearing so that students have a greater understanding of what they can do if they change their minds about a course, receive no offers, apply very late in the application cycle or do not get the grades they were hoping for.

Personal statements

Focuses on the personal statement section of the UCAS application form and helps students to identify what makes a good personal statement and how to structure it.

Student life

Details what it is like to be a university student, how life at university differs to school and the kind of experience students can expect.

Student finance

An overview of the costs involved in obtaining a degree, an explanation of the support available including tuition fee loans, maintenance loans, grants and bursaries and tips on how to live on a student budget.

Why choose the University of Essex?

Outlining key information about our University and explaining to students how we support our students throughout their courses and into graduate employment.

Why study in the UK?

The benefits of the UK Education System, the different types of universities and courses that we have in the UK, what the student life is like, how students’ progress professionally and information about accommodation, finance and visas. 

You can request that we attend on certain dates to deliver talks and we will accommodate those dates if possible. We receive lots of requests from schools for talks so it is a good idea to contact us at least a few weeks in advance of the proposed date, or even earlier if possible.

To book a talk at your school or college, please complete our online booking form using the button below.

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More talks and tasters

Join our free online webinars starting Monday 20 April and meet some of the lecturers and professors teaching on our courses. Watch our subject taster videos and hear from world-class academics talk about our range of different courses and subject areas, to see what Essex has to offer.

Join our talks, tasters and webinars


Campus visits

Campus visits aren’t your average campus experience. Our aim is to give your students a first-hand experience of what it’s like to be an undergraduate student.

We can offer tailored programmes at our Colchester Campus for both pre-16 school groups, and post-16 sixth form and college students.

Throughout your day, your students can expect to hear from staff and student ambassadors, take part in interactive sessions to get them thinking about particular degree courses or study skills, and to experience life on a university campus.

There are two types to choose from:

Short campus visits

Short campus visits run between 9.45am and 2.30pm, and include an informative talk from a member of our team and a student ambassador, a campus tour and an interactive workshop. Your students will also have the opportunity to ask our student panel any questions they might have about studying at Essex and university life in general.

Extended campus visits

Extended campus visits can either run from 9.00am to 2.45pm, or from 9.45am to 3.30pm to suit you and your travel commitments. Students can expect everything they’ll find in a short campus visit, but will also have an additional interactive workshop.

Workshop sessions

Once you've booked your campus visit, we will ask you to give your preference for at least five workshop sessions so we can tailor your day as much as possible to your wishes. We're able to offer the following workshop sessions, all of which can be adapted for pre-16 and post-16 groups.

  • Choosing a course/university.
  • Writing your personal statement.
  • Referencing.
  • Revision and exam techniques.
  • Skim reading and scanning.
  • Study skills and learning styles.

To book a campus visit for your students, please complete our online booking form using the button below.

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If your students would like to attend subject-specific taster sessions please explore our on-campus events, including Insight Day and Taster Week.


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Book a school talk or campus visit

To book a talk at your school or college or a campus visit for your students, please use our online enquiry form.

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Invite us to your next Careers or Higher Education fair

If your school or college is planning to hold a higher education or careers fair, we are happy to come to talk to your students about the opportunities offered by university study. To invite us to your next Careers or Higher Education Fair, please complete our online form.

If any of your staff or students would like to access our Faith Centre while on campus, please let the event organiser know.

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