The University of Essex in
has announced the starting of Essex Preparation Programme (EPP), a free online course to help incoming students become university ready. The course is especially designed to make Indian students and other international students ready for their higher studies as their schooling was affected due to a long closure of schools due to COVID.
This course is open to anyone applying for undergraduate studies at the University of Essex and if they complete the course and register to study at Essex for the 2022-23 academic year, they will qualify for a financial assistance of £250 (INR 24,000). University of Essex launched EPP last year to help the incoming students. The course was enthusiastically welcomed by school and college students as well as received a positive feedback from teachers and school advisors.
Last year more than 1,750 students enrolled in the six-week programme, which involved 12 live Zoom workshop sessions coupled with an online course. This year more students are expected to pursue the programme as it has been further developed following student feedback and will be integrated with other student preparation programmes and activities during Welcome Week at Essex. This year EPP is also being offered for post-graduate students.
Lorna Fox O’Mahony, deputy vice-chancellor, University of Essex, says, “We were delighted with the level of engagement in this programme last year. The students were enthusiastic and had determination to succeed post enrolling in the university which was commendable. Following a positive feedback from the students and teachers alike, we have built on the success of the EPP platform to give this new cohort of students a helping hand. We are determined to make sure they feel confident and are ready for the challenges of university.”
“We recognise that these students had a difficult time during the pandemic and we want to do everything we can to help them to succeed. We already have over 500 students enrolled in this year’s programme and hence it promises to be even more impactful this year,” adds O’Mahony.