As an academic community committed to lifelong learning, the University aims to ensure that opportunities are available to members of staff during their employment that will allow for intellectual and personal development.

One way in which continuous learning and development can be actively supported is through the waiving of tuition fees for specific courses.


Members of staff have an entitlement to fee waivers for some degree courses providing certain conditions are met:

  • employed by the University of Essex, University of Essex Campus Services, Wivenhoe House Hotel and University of Essex Students’ Union or you are a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate
  • on a permanent contract, either part-time or full-time (both full- and part-time staff are eligible for full fee waivers)
  • on a fixed-term contract, if the length of the course exceeds the length of the contract, the individual is responsible for finding funding for the remaining year(s)

Individuals who join the University as students and are then employed by the University while still a student will not be eligible for an employee fee waiver unless they are a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate. However, if those students then complete their studies and take up employment with the University, they would be eligible for a fee waiver in the same way as other employees.

This policy doesn't include the right to time off during normal working hours. Where teaching takes place during a normal working day, individuals may discuss with their line manager whether they could be given time to attend as part of their development or consider flexible working options. It will be important to consider that teaching times may change term to term.

How to apply

  1. Read the Employee Fee Waiver Policy (.pdf) for full details of the waiver, including the eligible courses.
  2. Discuss with your line manager.
  3. Apply to the Admissions Office using the standard admissions procedure.
  4. Inform the Admissions Office at the time of application that you are a member of staff.
  5. Complete the Employee Fee Waiver Form (.docx) and hand it to your line manager.
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Human Resources Employee Relations  If you have any queries on the policy please contact us. 
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