Students Staff

External links

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

UCAS administers all of the applications to higher education courses in the UK. The UCAS website offers guidance and advice on higher education courses for students, careers advisers, parents and carers. Students can use the course search to browse and filter courses at universities across the country.

Student finance

  • gives detailed information about all aspects of student finance and is also the site through which finance applications are made. The finance calculator tool is also really helpful for getting an idea of how much money you might be entitled to for living costs whilst at university.
  • Money Saving Expert has a whole section on the student finance system from the perspective of an independent financial adviser.
  • The Student Loan Repayment website explains how students loans are repaid after university.
  • Students thinking of studying an NHS funded course or social work course will also need to look at the NHS website

Comparing universities

  • Unistats is a detailed website that uses statistics on a range of issues to compare universities across the UK
  • The Complete University Guide collates a range of different league tables and allows comparison of universities based on a number of factors.

Visiting universities

  • allows students to find out when universities across the country are having open events so that they can plan a number of visits in order to find the right place for them.
  • Uni taster days is a one-stop source of university and higher education taster events, workshops and open days for teachers, careers advisers and students.

Graduate career opportunities

  • The Prospects website offers graduate job and careers advice. University can dramatically improve career prospects by increasing graduates average salary and offering them more choice and variety of jobs.

NCOP: Making it happen in Essex

Make Happen is the name of the NCOP consortium for the county and is based at the University of Essex. Their programme is dedicated to inspire young people, raise their aspirations and promote interest in higher education as a route to achieving their ambitions.

With a team of seven Outreach Officers based at partner institutions across the county, Make Happen has developed an innovative school and college-led model that provides events and activities tailored to the specific needs of the targeted learners.

Since December 2017, Make Happen has engaged with 16,000 students, 9,000 of whom are identified as NCOP learners (39% of all NCOP learners in the county). With over 140 different events and activities, learners have experienced motivational and inspirational talks and assemblies, STEM, medical and healthcare workshops, Sports Science, Art & Design, Teaching Careers and Revision Skills sessions, to name but a few.

Watch a short taste of what has been achieved so far on Vimeo

See the Make Happen website for more information about the programme and the events and activities on offer.