Students Staff

School talks and HE fairs

School talks

talking with students

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, or 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.

To book a talk at your school or college, please complete our online enquiry form.

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.

Careers and HE fairs

If your school or college is planning to hold a higher education or careers fair, we are happy to come to talk to your students about the opportunities offered by university study. We can tailor what is delivered to your individual needs although we receive lots of requests so it is a good idea to contact us at least a few weeks in advance, or even earlier if possible.

To invite us to your next Careers or Higher Education Fair, please complete our online enquiry form.

International events

We attend various fairs and events across Europe and the rest of the world every year. For more information, contact the Marketing and Student Recruitment team by emailing

Contact us

To book a school talk or careers/HE fair, please use our online enquiry form.

For any other queries, please contact the Marketing and Student Recruitment Office by emailing or phoning 01206 873987.