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Challenge Essex

Now open to first and second year undergraduate students – places are limited so apply today.

Work with inspiring people, develop new skills, and make a real world impact

Are you a first or second year undergraduate student looking for an opportunity to boost your skills? Challenge Essex gives you the chance to work on a real-life interdisciplinary research consultancy project and develop practical solutions.

Work in a team to tackle a global problem and improve the world at a local level. You'll work with leading academics and industry experts and develop new skills along the way. The winning team’s solution will be put into practice here at Essex.

What's involved

This year's event will look at the challenges faced to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed at university. Students start their studies with a wide range of skills, previous experience and goals and as part of a team you will look at:

  • how does this impact on how well they do?
  • how can we make sure all students are able to play to their strengths to be the best they can be?

The benefits of taking part

  • Boost your research skills.
  • Earn 25 units for your Big E award.
  • Make a real difference to education at Essex.
  • Develop your team-working and creative skills. Practice using your initiative.
  • Get a free Belbin team roles profile.

When it's happening

You'll need to attend three full days of scheduled sessions that will include seminars and activities on the following dates:

  • Monday 19 June 2017
  • Tuesday 20 June 2017
  • Wednesday 21 June 2017

How the winner is chosen

On the last day, all teams will present their solutions, Dragons' Den style. The winning team will have their solution put into practice, directly affecting the way we learn at Essex and influencing University policy.

Sign up and find out more

Challenge Essex is open to all first and second year students but places are limited so make sure you sign up today.

To take part in the challenge, please submit 250 words to as soon as possible explaining why you should be considered.

Contact us

For further details or to find out more about Challenge Essex, email

Highlights from last year's challenge