Rising Stars

Rising Stars is a University initiative established in partnership with graduate recruiters to improve social mobility and provide career development opportunities to our students. In 2022/23 we will be focusing our efforts on welcoming and supporting first year undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to the University of Essex after what has been an extremely challenging year.

At Essex, student success is at the heart of our mission and we are dedicated to supporting each individual to experience a transformational education and achieve outstanding outcomes, regardless of background or circumstance. We want you to have a safe space to develop your skills and insight into a range of careers and possibilities. To be inspired and confident to aspire and achieve.

Rising Stars aims to support each participants’ future success and improve their chances of securing meaningful employment or further study after graduating. We do this by providing opportunities to develop skills, raise awareness and increase access to opportunities from day one. Through the support of a unique network of peers, careers professionals, and graduate employers, our aim is to help you:

  • Develop, recognise and articulate your unique skillset
  • Believe in your potential
  • Grow confident
  • Build on your resilience
  • Increase your commercial awareness
  • Network and explore different opportunities
  • Plan for the future

By working in partnership with graduate recruiters who are passionate about inclusivity and understand the true value of building a diverse workforce, we hope to level the playing field for Essex graduates entering an increasingly competitive job market.

So, if you are planning to join Essex as a student in 2022/23 and have faced challenges (visible or invisible) to get to where you are today or are concerned about your opportunities to progress, we’d love to hear from you. This could include cultural background, the area you grew up in, being the first generation to attend University, having family, health or financial concerns, your sexuality, gender, or even your age.

Register your interest today.

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Rebecca Payne