08-06-2019 9:30 am -3:00 pm
University Discovery Day
University of Essex, Colchester Campus
Saturday 08 June 2019, 09:30 to 15:00


Making the right choices for the future can be tough. Our University Discovery Day will help you find out first-hand what university life is like, plus top tips to ace your exams for a successful future.

Students and parents will have the chance to explore a university campus, look around student accommodation and learn about revision methods and resilience techniques.

For parents and carers

You’ll pick up practical tips to help your child revise, find out about their future options and get to discuss the financial support available at university.

The important bits

  • This event is for students aged 14+ and up to two accompanying adults
  • Each student must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 18+
  • This event is completely free, we'll provide lunch
  • We'll reimburse reasonable travel costs, a form will be emailed to you before the event


We can't wait to see you there!



Monday 17th June
Colchester United Football Club, United Way, CO4 5UP

We’re delighted to invite you to our second Make Happen Teachers and Advisors Conference on Monday 17th June 2019.

Building on the feedback from our last conference, the sessions will help you to plan effective activities to guide young people as they progress towards higher education and apprenticeships. Networking with other schools and colleges will be a key feature of the day, with opportunities to share best practice across Essex.

Lunch and refreshments are provided and further details of the programme will be available closer to the time. We would like to invite you the Make Happen coordinator, your lead careers advisor and your link SLT member. We will be able to reimburse travel costs for all those attending, as well as the cost of cover for one member of staff per school (up to £180).

Sign up now

Bookings close: Monday 10 June 2019

07-07-2019 - 11-07-2019
Year 12 Summer Experience
University of Essex, Colchester Campus
Sunday 7 – Thursday 11 July

Want to develop a university mind-set? Want to experience university life for yourself? Join one of our dynamic programmes to live, learn and socialise like a first-year student!

Choose to explore, debate and discuss today’s cutting edge issues with our world-class researchers in either Business Studies, Biological Science or Literature, Film and Theatre Studies. You’ll attend lectures, workshops or lab sessions, present your ideas, meet interesting, like-minded people and have the summer of a lifetime whilst you’re doing it.

At the end of it, you’ll have a university level piece of work, a new network of contacts and the confidence to go out and bag the future of your dreams!



07-07-2019 - 11-07-2019
Year 12 Residential Experience
University of Essex, Colchester Campus
Sunday 7 – Thursday 11 July


Looking for the experience of a lifetime? Join our exciting programme this summer and pick up the knowledge and skills you’ll need for university life by living, learning and socialising like an undergraduate student.

With links to our award-winning THINK series, you'll research and challenge some of the most controversial questions facing our society today!

At the end of it, you'll have the best essay you've ever written, a brand new set of friends and you’ll be ready to go out and grab that university place you want!



29-07-2019 - 07-08-2019


A catastrophic cyberattack on the electric grid has devastated the economy. Great Britain has suffered a nationwide power failure. The whole of Great Britain's infrastructure has been affected including railway networks, blocked roads and street lights, putting the country into darkness. You and your team have no alternative but to get out, take any equipment you may need and attempt to get to the relief centre.


Make Happen is running its very first Operation Blackout Summer Experience, held at 3 different locations across Essex. You can choose your preferred venue and dates, but you must be able to attend all three days of the same event. All experiences are completely free to attend with lunch provided and reasonable travel costs reimbursed.

The following experiences are available for students currently in Year 9 and 10. There are two dates available either 29th-31st July or 5th-7th August, running each day from 9:30am-3:30pm.


They are available at the following locations:


University of Essex
Southend Campus, The Forum, Elmer Square,
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1NS

Anglia Ruskin University
Chelmsford Campus, Bishop Hall Lane,
Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ

University of Essex
Colchester Campus, Wivenhoe Park,
Colchester, CO4 3SQ

*Please note eligibility criteria apply
**Parent permission will be sought if your application is successful
***This is a non residential activity


16-08-2019 - 18-08-2019
for Year 9 students and a parent/carer
University of Essex, Southend Campus
Friday 16 – Sunday 18 August


A great opportunity for year 9 students and a parent/carer to live the student life, stay in our en-suite student accommodation and talk to current university students.

Packed with information and taster sessions, the programme is designed to help you plan the best route to achieve your career ambitions.



Everyone has the right to be the best they can. Our website will give you the inspiration and information you need to decide your future career path. Make sure you check out our Events - there is something for everyone and not only do they help develop your skills, they're also great fun.

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