Applicant Days

Applicant Days

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Get to know us

Virtual Applicant Days 

If you are an undergraduate student who has received an offer from us to study in 2021, you will be invited to attend a Virtual Applicant Day.

If you have applied to one of our degrees which requires an interview, you will receive an email inviting you to an interview via Zoom. Subjects which require interviews are:

  • Adult and Mental Health Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Oral Health Science
  • French Law

Please see the section below 'Compulsory Interviews' for more information about the interview process.

You can contact the Recruitment Events Team at

Experience Essex Days

We are hoping to invite offer holders to an Experience Essex Day at our Colchester Campus soon. These events will include a campus and accommodation tour so that you can get to know our campus. We are awaiting further government guidance before we can open booking for these events, but we'll be in touch via email once booking opens with some further information. For the moment, we are hoping to offer Experience Essex Days on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 19 May
  • Wednesday 26 May
  • Wednesday 2 June
  • Wednesday 9 June

Virtual Applicant Days

If you have been made an offer to study at Essex, you will receive an email from us inviting you to a Virtual Applicant Day - we would still like to meet you even though we can't run on-campus events at the moment!

Our Virtual Applicant Days will be running on the following dates for all subjects:

Wednesday 5 May
Wednesday 2 June

The event will begin at 4pm when you will join your departments' Zoom sessions for an hour. The following two hours you will be able to explore our online platform at your own pace, and attend other live talks (see timetable below).

To book, head to your myEssex portal and book onto your preferred date. If you haven't set up your portal yet, click here and select 'register'. Once you’ve booked, you will receive an email confirming the date of your Virtual Applicant Day, and a Zoom link for you to join in the first hour. There will also be a link to the Virtual Applicant Day platform which you will be able to access any time, but remember to head there after your Zoom meeting for some live general talks and the opportunity to ask staff questions.

This is an informal event, so feel free for your parents/guardians or friends to join too.

If you are a joint degree applicant or have applied for multiple courses and want to attend a different departmental applicant day, or if you have any issues booking your place, please contact the Applicant Day Team and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Please also get in touch if you can't make any of the upcoming dates and we'll let you know other ways you can get involved.

Live Talk Timetable

 Times Talk Topic


We are Essex, are you?


Welcome to our International Students


Funding for UK Students




Student Life

Downloading Zoom

You’ll need to download Zoom to your phone, tablet or PC before your Virtual Applicant Day session, there is some more information on how to do this here.

On the date and time specified in your email, you’ll just need to click the Zoom link to join the meeting. If you have any questions, just drop us an email at

Please make sure you use your full name as your display name on Zoom so our staff and students know who you are.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why have I been invited to a Virtual Applicant Day?

This is your chance to get to know us better. We want to help make your firm and insurance choices as easy as possible so we host these days so you can meet academics from the department you’ve applied to. 

Applicant Days have moved online this year due to COVID-19 so you’ll be meeting academics, current students and fellow offer-holders over Zoom and using our Virtual Applicant Day platform to find out more about studying at Essex.

Why should I attend a Virtual Applicant Day?

  • You'll watch a bespoke live presentation about your chosen degree from an academic in the department.
  • Start making friends early by virtually meeting other applicants in the department.
  • Ask questions! This is a great opportunity to understand what it's like to study your subject at Essex.
  • Gain access to our Virtual Applicant Day platform where you can tour the campus and attend more live talks.

I can no longer make the date I booked, how can I change it?

Just email the Applicant Day Team at and we can reorganise your Virtual Applicant Day.

Can someone join me on the Virtual Applicant Day?

Yes! These days are just an opportunity for you to get to know us, so feel free for your parents/guardians or friends to join you.

What if I've applied to more than one degree at Essex?

We’ll invite to one of your department’s live sessions. If you’d like to attend sessions for your other session, just get in touch and we can book this in for you:

Compulsory Interviews

Applicants applying to a degree which requires a compulsory interview will receive an invite to a Zoom interview via email. 

You will need to accept or decline the Zoom interview via your myEssex portal and instructions for this will be in your email. Once you have accepted the interview, you will need to download the Zoom app on your phone, tablet or PC if you do not already have it, there is some more information on how to do this here.

You will also be a sent a link to your Interview Guide which will explain how to confirm your attendance, things to prepare before your interview, what to expect on the day and what will happen afterwards.

On the day of your interview, at your allotted time, you will be able to use the link from the invite email to join the interview.