All your hard work has paid off and soon you’ll be starting your studies at Essex. Whether you are arriving at our campuses or studying remotely, we’ve got everything you need to make sure you have an amazing time.

Following the latest Government guidelines, we are currently restricting the number of students allowed to start face-to-face teaching to subjects where a face-to-face component is absolutely essential, with most students not being permitted to return to on-campus university teaching.

Face-to-face teaching is currently only permitted for a small number of courses.

All other students will continue to access their learning remotely. We remain committed to delivering face-to-face teaching as soon as we are permitted and we judge that it is safe to do so. Please check your department page for more details.

Coming to Essex in October 2021

What teaching arrangements will be in place when I start in October?

The roll out of COVID vaccinations to the adult population in the UK means we are hopeful that the pandemic will have been brought under control by the autumn. As a campus University, we are therefore looking forward to welcoming our new students to one of our three campuses for the beginning of the new academic year.

But we know there may still be uncertainty around the pandemic (and how this could impact on the delivery of our teaching). Our courses will be taught in a way that allows us to blend face-to-face teaching in smaller groups, with a range of online lectures and other learning activities. Whatever happens we plan to make sure we learn from the benefits our students received from this blended approach over the last year.

The flexibility we are building into our teaching means that we can adjust how we deliver our courses to ensure we keep our University community safe. Planning for on campus teaching, but online if necessary.

We also know that some of you may not be able to travel to our campuses for the beginning of term. Therefore, all class-room based teaching will be delivered online so that you can start remotely and join us in person when you are able to.

We hope that by taking this approach, you can plan with confidence.

How will I be supported getting back to learning?

We want you to settle into University life as quickly and seamlessly as possible, so we have developed an online course which recognises that you may have had your teaching disrupted.

The course covers topics that will help you prepare for University, and build your academic skills before you join us this October. The type of things covered includes independent learning, critical thinking, problem solving and a range of other skills that will help you to succeed in your undergraduate studies. You will learn through a mixture of lectures, articles and quizzes - and as the course is online, you can study at a pace that suits you. This course will be launching in July and we will send details and joining instructions nearer the time.

Will the University be testing students for COVID-19?

Since September 2020, we have been taking extra precautions across our campuses by providing an asymptomatic testing programme for students and staff. This has been effective in reducing COVID-19 spread on campus and only by working together can we hope to keep COVID-19 at bay and keep our community safe. At the moment we ask all students and staff on our campuses to be tested twice a week (unless you have already tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days), but we do expect to change this as the vaccine is rolled out further. Our intention is to continue this testing next academic year but this will be reviewed regularly, taking into account infection levels/guidance on testing for people who have been vaccinated and wider testing provision offered via the NHS.

Find out more about our testing programme

I'm an international student, can I get the vaccine when I arrive in the UK?

Some treatments provided by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) are free for everyone. This includes coronavirus tests and treatment, as well as vaccinations against coronavirus. The NHS has detailed information about coronavirus on its website.

The UK currently has a vaccination programme in place that is on schedule to have over 18 year olds vaccinated by the end of July 2021. It is therefore anticipated that when you arrive in the UK to commence your studies in Autumn 2021, you should be able to receive a free coronavirus vaccination. Information will be provided as part of the registration process.

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