School and college talks

university staff talking to students

We frequently travel to schools around the UK to deliver talks on different aspects of university, generally to students in years 9 to 13.

The talks we deliver in schools vary depending on what a school requests and what stage students are at in the university application process. Where requested we can combine talk topics and change the length of the talk to meet your needs.

You can request that we attend on certain dates to deliver talks and we will accommodate those dates if possible. We receive lots of requests from schools for talks so it is a good idea to contact us at least a few weeks in advance of the proposed date, even earlier if possible.

The talks can be tailored to students in different year groups and studying different qualifications including GCSEs, A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, BTECs or Access Courses and can last between 20 minutes and an hour.

School talks we offer

  • Why go to university

    Highlights the benefits of university including financial rewards, job opportunities, transferrable skills and life skills and advises students on what to take into account when deciding on whether to apply.

  • Choosing a course and university

    A detailed look at how students should go about choosing which course to study and where, to ensure their decisions are right for them and they maximise their chances of receiving the best offers.

  • Applying to university and the UCAS process

    Takes students through the UCAS application process and advises students on what admissions tutors look for and how students can prepare their applications to ensure that they get the best offers possible.

    Also introduces students to the UCAS Extra process and Clearing so that students have a greater understanding of what they can do if they change their minds about a course, receive no offers, apply very late in the application cycle or do not get the grades they were hoping for.

  • Personal statements

    Focuses on the personal statement section of the UCAS application form and helps students to identify what makes a good personal statement and how to structure it.

  • Student life

    Details what it is like to be a university student, how life at university differs to school and the kind of experience students can expect.

  • Student finance

    An overview of the costs involved in obtaining a degree, an explanation of the support available including tuition fee loans, maintenance loans, grants and bursaries and tips on how to live on a student budget.

  • Why choose the University of Essex?

    Outlining key information about our University and explaining to students how we support our students throughout their courses and into graduate employment.

Contact us

Contact the Marketing and Student Recruitment office for further information by emailing schools-link@essex.ac.uk.