Applicant Days

FAQs

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Got a question about Applicant Days or interviews? Read our frequently asked questions below to find your answer.

About my interview

Why have I been invited for an interview?

We want to meet as many of our applicants as possible to find out more about you. It’s a way for you to understand what makes us different to other universities, and to find out what we can offer you before you decide on your firm and insurance choices. 

What will happen in my interview?

Your subject-specific programme including information about your interview is in your Applicant Day Programme on your myEssex portal. Every department holds different styles of interviews (e.g. group interviews, one-to-one interviews, workshops, group discussions) so it’s very important that you read your guide so you know if there’s anything you need to prepare before coming. 

Do I have to attend my interview?

Unless you have been told otherwise, your interview is not compulsory. Check your invitation if you're unsure whether your interview is compulsory or not. 

We recommend you attend your interview if possible. It’s a chance for you to find out if we're a good match, and to ask us any questions. The feedback from our Applicant Days is that applicants are always glad they find them invaluable in helping them make their choice.

Please note compulsory interviews are held for the following subjects: Adult and Mental Health Nursing, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Oral Health Sciences, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy and Physiotherapy. If your subject is listed here, you will follow a different Applicant Day structure to what is written on these webpages. 

Compulsory interviews are also held for French Law, however applicants for this course will follow the same Applicant Day structure as applicants who have optional interviews. 

All of the information you need is on your Applicant Day Programme on your myEssex portal. Please ensure you thoroughly read the information before attending your Applicant Day.

What happens if I don't attend my interview?

If you don’t attend your interview, a decision will be made on your application alone, and in most cases we will still be able to make an offer. Feel free to contact us if you have any concerns. 

If your interview is compulsory however, we will be unable to consider your application unless you attend an interview. Interviews are compulsory for the following subjects: Adult and Mental Health Nursing, Nursing, Social Work, Oral Health Sciences, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and French Law.

What time is my interview?

For most subjects it will take place during your department activities from 1.15 – 3.45pm. Interview times will be confirmed on your Applicant Day when you arrive at your department. Due to teaching commitments, unfortunately we are unable to offer interviews at any other time.

Interview times may differ for applicants who have a compulsory interview. Please check your programme on your myEssex portal for information on the timings of your day.

What do I wear?

Unless stated otherwise in your Applicant Day Programme on your myEssex portal, there is no dress code. Most people dress informally and we suggest that you wear what you feel most comfortable in.

Subjects with dress codes include: Adult and Mental Health Nursing, Nursing, Social Work, Oral Health Sciences, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy and French Law. Please check your Applicant Day Programme on your myEssex portal for more information if this applies to you.

About my Applicant Day

Why have I been invited to an Applicant Day?

This is your chance to get to know us better. We want to help you make your UCAS choices as easy as possible so we host Applicant days so you can meet academics from the department you’ve applied to. You can also tour campus and accommodation, listen to talks about finance, accommodation and student life, and meet some of our students to hear first-hand what it is like to study here. 

Places are limited so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible on your myEssex portal. Attending an Applicant Day is not compulsory (unless otherwise specified on your myEssex portal – please check this carefully), but we recommend that you attend if possible.

What happens during an Applicant Day?

You’re invited to arrive from 10.45am to have the opportunity to experience Essex. From 10.30am – 12:45pm you’ll be able to attend talks and tour our campus and accommodation. View the full programme.

This part of the Applicant Day is optional but it’s a good opportunity to see what Essex is really like, especially if you haven’t been to one of our Open Days before.

The main part of the Applicant Day begins at 12.45pm with a Welcome Talk. Your programme for the afternoon is specific to you and you can find this on your myEssex portal. It includes information about your interview and any other activities you'll take part in. It’s very important that you read your programme so you know if there’s anything you need to prepare before coming.

When is my Applicant Day?

We host a number of Applicant Days throughout the year. The date of your Applicant Day is on your myEssex portal

Please remember to confirm your place on your Applicant Day as soon as possible. We have a limited capacity per day so if we’re not expecting you, you may not be able to take part.

If you are unable to make the date you have been invited to, head to your myEssex portal where you will be able to view the next available date.

How do I book my place?

Once you have received your invitation via email, you will need to respond to let us know if you will be attending. To do this you’ll need to set up your myEssex portal. Places are limited so please book your place as soon as possible.

After you’ve booked your place you’ll also be asked if you want to book a place on our free train station coach service.

How do I set up my myEssex portal?

To access your personalised Applicant Day Programme and book your place, you’ll first need to set up your myEssex portal. Do this by following the steps below:

  1. Go to www.essex.ac.uk/apply and click the ‘Register’ link.

  2. You’ll then need to complete a short form which will ask for your UCAS number, email address and a passphrase (password) which you will need to create.

  3. Once you submit this form, you should receive an activation email. Click the link in the activation email, and you’ll then be able to login to your myEssex portal using the details you registered with.

I'm unable to access myEssex portal - help!

If you don’t receive your activation email, or have any other issues setting up your portal, please contact our I.T Helpdesk with your name and UCAS number and they will be able to help you: it.helpdesk@essex.ac.uk.

How long will a decision about my application take following the Applicant Day?

You should receive a decision on your application within a week of attending your Applicant Day.  Please email your Admissions Adviser if you have any questions regarding your application. Their email address can be found on your myEssex portal.

Can I bring a guest?

You are welcome to bring guests. There is an option to let us know how many guests you will be bringing when you book your place

I have/my guest has a disability or special requirement

When booking your place on your myEssex portal, you will be asked whether you have any special requirements ahead of the day. Please list any disability requirements on the form and a member of the Applicant Day Team will be in contact shortly to provide further information on, for example, accessible parking spaces and where you can meet our Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Team on the day. You can also contact the Applicant Day Team directly if you would like to discuss anything ahead of your visit by emailing applicantdays@essex.ac.uk.

Will lunch be provided?

Yes a cold buffet lunch will be available for you and your guests. If you have any dietary requirements please list them when booking your place on your portal.

What is the Applicant Day Travel Bursary?

We know it can be costly to travel, and we really want to meet you. We offer reimbursement travel costs up to £100 for eligible applicants. To check your eligibility read our terms and conditions

How do I apply for the Applicant Day Travel Bursary?

Simply fill in our travel bursary form and give it to one of our check-in staff on the day of your Applicant Day. Alternatively you can email it to us after your Applicant Day: applicantdays@essex.ac.uk. To make it as quick as possible please include your UCAS number when emailing us.

I need to reschedule or cancel my Applicant Day

If you need to reschedule or cancel your Applicant Day please visit your myEssex portal.

If you can’t make the original date we have invited you to, you will be able to view the next available date. If you are unable to make either of these dates, please email The Applicant Day Team at applicantdays@essex.ac.uk

If you would like to decline your Applicant Day invitation you can do this by clicking on the ‘decline’ link underneath the ‘Applying’ tab on your portal.

How can I contact you?

If you have a query which isn’t covered here, please email us and we’ll be happy to help. To make it as quick and easy as possible, please have your UCAS number to hand.

Please note, if you have applied to study Adult and Mental Health Nursing, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Oral Health Sciences, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy or Physiotherapy then you will have a different Applicant Day to what is featured on these pages. Please refer to your Applicant Day Programme on your myEssex portal for all of the information. It’s very important that you read the information carefully so that you can prepare. The information on these pages also doesn’t apply to courses at our Southend campus. Please refer to your Applicant Day programme for all the information you need.

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Contact us

Got a question? Email our applicant day team and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. To help us respond as quickly as possible please state your UCAS number in your email.