University of Essex Summer School

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University of Essex Summer School

University of Essex Summer School


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Summer 2017 residential experience

Monday 10 – Thursday 13 July, Colchester Campus

A summer school at Essex is an experience like no other. Pick up the knowledge and skills you’ll need for university life by living and learning like an undergraduate student.

Working alongside our internationally recognised researchers, you’ll explore and debate exciting issues of global importance. You’ll attend actual university lectures, take part in study skills workshops and have access to the same university facilities as our undergraduate students. While all of this is going on, you’ll meet some pretty cool, likeminded people, live in halls, cook meals together and enjoy a dynamic social calendar. Before you know it, you’ll develop a university mindset and become a part of our Essex family.

At the end of it all, you’ll have the best piece of work you’ve ever written. You’ll be ready to go out and bag that university place of your dreams and above all else, you’ll have had the best summer ever!

What to expect

  • An authentic university experience working on your submission essay, helping place you above others when it comes to writing university applications.
  • You’ll head back to sixth form with a whole new set of skills, full of confidence and ready for the year ahead.
  • It won’t cost you a penny. It’s completely free of charge and we take care of everything: return travel to campus, accommodation, all meals and social activities.

“The ambassadors were really nice and friendly… the lecturers were very informative and helpful… and essay feedback was amazing!”

2016 summer school attendee


To participate in the programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including maths and English language
  • on target to achieve 3 B’s at A-level or equivalent in BTEC or other qualifications
  • be a current year 12 student

Spaces on the residential experience are limited, so if we experience a high volume of applications, you’re more likely to be allocated a place if you fall into one of the following groups:

  • students with no parental experience of university
  • students with a disability/specific learning difficulty
  • students who currently receive or have been eligible to receive Free School Meals at any point in their education
  • students who have lived or are currently living in local authority care
  • students who attend, or previously attended, a school with low progression to university


Applications are open to Schools Membership Plus schools for a 1 month priority period closing on 28 April 2017. If you have misplaced your priority password please contact General applications will open on 1 May 2017 and close on 16 June 2017.

How to apply

The process is in two parts and both parts must be completed.

    1. The first part should be completed by the student and include 500 words on one of the following global issues:
      • The war on drugs; Time for legalisation? Argue passionately for or against
      • Gender dysphoria; Nature or nurture? Critically consider both sides of the debate
      • Extremism, radicalisation and the politics of hate. Discuss whether these issues affect young people in the UK today?

We suggest writing the 500 word answer beforehand, so it can be copied and pasted into the form. We’re not looking for expert answers, just some interesting ideas!

  1. The second part should be completed by a teacher in support of the student’s application.

In the case of successful applications, we will need the consent of a parent or legal guardian. Successful students will develop their initial answer into a 1000 word essay during the summer school. They will be graded as undergraduates and leave with the best piece of academic writing they have ever produced.

2017 Course List Overview in Date order

Detailed information for each course can be found by clicking on each individual title

Colchester Campus – ESSEXLab
22nd – 23rd May
5M Learning What Works

EITM Summer Programme – Turin *Fully Booked*
0A 24 – 25 June Refresher Course in Mathematics and R
0B 26 – 28 June Statistical Foundations of EITM
0C 29 Jun – 1 Jul Theoretical Foundations of EITM
0D 3 – 5 July Bayesian Nets
0E 6 – 8 July (Mixed) Methods in International Cooperation: Theory and Applications

Oxford – CESS / Nuffield College
26th June – 7th July
0F Introduction to Experiments (Takes place in Oxford, Nuffield College) *Fully booked*

Session 1 / University of Essex – Colchester Campus
9th July
1X Introduction to R
10th – 21st July
1A Mathematics 1
1B Achieving Impact through Quantitative Social Science
1C Applying Regression
1D Introduction to Social Network Analysis
1E Introduction to Multilevel Models
1F Introduction to Survey Data Analysis
1G Longitudinal Data Analysis
1H Qualitative Data Analysis: Methodologies for Analysing Text and Talk *Fully booked*
1I Qualitative Research: Practical Principles
1J Beyond OLS: Categorical, Choice and Count Models
1K Machine Learning *Fully Booked*
1L Game Theory
10th July – 14th July
1M GIS, Map Making and Spatial Data Analysis
1P Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data: Sharing and Reusing Data

Colchester Campus – Essex Business School
10th – 14th July
1N Statistics and Data Analysis for Management *We are no longer accepting applications for this course*

Colchester Campus – ESSEXLab
10th – 14th July
1Q Introduction to Experiments: Designing, Conducting, and Analyzing Social Science Experiments in the Field, Through Surveys, and in the Laboratory
15th – 16th July
1R Z-Tree Programming
1S Small Sample Experimental Data

Session 2 / University of Essex – Colchester Campus
23rd July
2X Introduction to R
24th July – 4th August
2A Mathematics part 2
2B Quantitative Data Analysis with R
2C Advanced Survey Data Analysis and Survey Experiments
2D Qualitative Analysis: Case Study Methods
2E Multilevel Models: Practical Applications
2F Exploration and Analysis of Social Media Data
2G Panel Data Analysis for Comparative Research
2H Mixed Methods Research
2I Applying Discourse Theory – Politics, Ideology, Populism
2J Survival Analysis and Event History Modelling
2K Data Visualisation Using R
2L Generalized Linear Models
2M Identifying Causation through Experimental & Quasi-Experimental Research
24th July – 28th July
2N Advanced Social Network Analysis – Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Social Network Analysis
2P Ethnography and Ethnographic Methods *Fully booked*
2Q Applied Research Methods with Hidden, Marginal and Excluded Populations *Fully booked*
2R Web Scraping and Data Management
2S Open Science: Transparent and Reproducible Methods *We are no longer accepting applications for this course*

Session 3 / University of Essex – Colchester Campus
6th August
3X Introduction to R
7th – 18th August
3A Mathematics part 3
3B Quantitative Text Analysis
3C Pooled Times-Series Cross-Sectional Analysis
3D Multilevel Models 2: Advanced practical applications
3E Designing Your Own Statistical Models Using Maximum Likelihood Estimation
3F Bayesian Analysis in the Social Sciences
3G Advanced Methods for Policy Analysis and Evaluation
3H Spatial Econometrics
3I Comparative and Cross-Cultural Analysis with Multiple Group Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Multiple Group Structural Equation Modeling with MPLUS 8
3J Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis
3K Dynamic Models for Social Scientists
3L Ideal Point Estimation, Item Response Theory and Scaling Methods
7th – 11th August
3N Agent Based Models

Contact us

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