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Talks, visits and workshops

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Get a flavour of studying at university

We frequently travel to schools and colleges across the UK and around the world to deliver information and talks on different aspects of university life, including the benefits of Higher Education, how to choose a course and student finance. Our world-class academics are also able to offer insightful talks and lectures, to engage and inspire your students. 

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

If you are not able to visit us, we are pleased to offer virtual campus visits, which can be designed to suit the needs of your students, and a range of recorded sessions.  

Please use our online enquiry form to book a visit, talk or fair for your students. 

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 welcome requests for academic workshops and will accommodate these to the best of our ability. We also recommend exploring our annual events, which include subject-specific activities and taster days. 

We’re pleased to offer a sample of some of our talk topics and recorded sessions, as follows: 

Talks and Tasters

Have you ever wondered what a lecture or seminar at Essex might be like? Our talks and tasters series gives you a sneak peek of what an Essex education could be like. We think you'll really like it...

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Campus visits

We can offer tailored programmes at our Colchester Campus for both pre-16 school groups, and post-16 sixth form and college students. For those who cannot visit us, we are pleased to offer a virtual campus experience, using innovative online software.

Our aim is to give your students a first-hand experience of what it’s like to be an undergraduate student.

Throughout the day, students can expect to hear from staff and student ambassadors, take part in interactive sessions and learn more about life on a university campus. Campus visits are the perfect way to engage and inspire students, to expose the opportunities available to them and support informed decisions regarding their future. 

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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.

School talks and campus visits
Schools Link team