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Meet our Student Support team

Our Student Support team are here for you! As a University of Essex Online student, your dedicated Student Adviser is your mentor and first point of contact throughout your course. Want to learn more about the team (and pick up a few top tips)? Read on…   Matt Tamplin - Head of Student Support Recommended book: ‘The Five People You.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 17th Nov 2017

Attend our "Virtual Open Day"

Take a "tour" of University of Essex Online, and learn about our tutors, testimonials, courses and more!   Read more

Caroline Bluemel 27th Oct 2017

Our students' inspirational stories

Here at University of Essex Online, we think that every one of our students is inspirational. Completing a degree online and part-time is never easy, but some of our 2017 graduates have also had to overcome huge obstacles including family tragedies, health problems and more throughout their study journeys. We would like to share some of these stories with you. We hope.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 17th Aug 2017

Studying online with University of Essex Online

   In this interview, Head of Learning Technology Stephen Livesey ...talks about online learning and the technology we use to deliver ...our degree courses online.   What is a virtual learning environment? The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is the platform we use to deliver all the resources a student will need to successfully complete their online programme. Students use the.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 02nd Jun 2017

Try our virtual learning environment!

Not sure how online study works? Want an opportunity to 'try before you buy'? We have the solution... We're giving you the unique opportunity to try our online learning environment and experience life as a University of Essex Online student. We've created a sample of our module "An Introduction to Operations Management", which is free for you to interact with. Just click the.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 19th May 2017

Do you have the right personality for online learning?

Do you have a flair for organisation? Or are you always rushing around at the last minute? Do you love reading and writing? Or can you think of nothing worse? Take our personality quiz and find out if you're suited for online learning (or not!)... Online Form - Personality Quiz HTML Form Creator Read more

Caroline Bluemel 14th Apr 2017

“Do you get a ‘real’ degree?” and 5 other common concerns about online learning

If you’ve never studied online before, it’s only natural to be cautious about the quality and authenticity of this new experience. Here at University of Essex Online, we’re used to hearing these fears from potential students and we’d like to reassure you that there’s nothing to worry about. Here are our responses to the most common concerns students have about.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 10th Mar 2017

17 quotes to inspire you in 2017

We all need a little inspiration every now and again. And with the new year being the perfect time to start considering studying online, here are 17 powerful quotes* about education...   1.  Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. George Washington Carver 2.  An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin 3.  Education.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 06th Jan 2017

Online vs. offline: What's the difference?

There are all kinds of misconceptions and confusion about the world of online learning. This week's blog helps to dispel some of the myths... scroll over the images below to discover the key differences between online and offline learning. The classroom     With technology allowing us to communicate and work almost anywhere these days, there’s no need to restrict learning.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 08th Dec 2016

Five ways education can improve your confidence

Confident people are often highly successful in both their work and personal lives. However, if you’re not one of the lucky ones born with high levels of confidence, there are ways to boost your self-esteem. We might be a little biased, but we think that education and online learning are great ways to do this. Here are five ways education.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 02nd Dec 2016

Are University of Essex Online degrees recognised?

A common concern for those researching an online course or degree is whether or not the qualification is ‘real’. With the internet flooded with so-called ‘diploma mills’ and the illegal market for fake certifications, it’s not surprising that potential students are still often wary of online courses. This confusion is also made worse by the rise and then decline in.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 14th Oct 2016

The advantages of being a mature student

If you’ve been away from education for a few years, it’s quite natural to worry that you’ll struggle to cope. However, there are actually plenty of advantages to having a few years (or even a few decades!) of experience…   You have a career plan Mature students often have a clearer idea of what they want to study. Taking time.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 09th Sep 2016

How do online degrees work?

This week we’re taking it back to basics with an overview of online degrees. Although distance learning has been around for over a hundred years, online degrees are still a mystery to many people. However, the latest research1 shows that this flexible method of study has actually experienced a 263% increase over the last 12 years. So how do online.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 12th Aug 2016

Is my degree “value for money”?

Are you trying to work out whether a degree from University of Essex Online is ‘worth it’? The definition of ‘good value’ or ‘value for money’ varies according to each individual, but the objective description is “a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged”1. It’s easy to calculate the value of a material purchase like.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 17th Jun 2016

What’s the difference between online and distance learning?

You’ll often find that terms like ‘online learning’ and ‘distance learning’* are used interchangeably by many universities and online resources. But there are actually some very significant differences that can dramatically change the way that each course is taught and what a student can expect to get out of it. Here’s our guide to the two course types…   * Because.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 12th Feb 2016

Am I too old to study for a degree?

It can sometimes seem like university study is only for 18-year-olds — fresh out of school and constantly plugged into the latest devices — but that really isn’t the case. Education has enormous personal and career benefits for people of any age, and universities these days have an atmosphere of exclusivity towards everyone. Here at University of Essex Online, our.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 22nd Jan 2016

Spotlight on… our Admissions team

Starting a part-time, online degree course can sometimes be an overwhelming and stressful experience; future students quickly discover that there’s a huge amount of information out there, lots of decisions to make and paperwork to complete. Luckily for those carrying out this process with University of Essex Online, our dedicated Admissions team are here to guide every single student and.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 13th Nov 2015

15 awesome transferable skills you learn through studying part-time

When you’re studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification you quickly become an expert in your chosen subject. But whatever course you choose to study, you’ll also find that you develop a wealth of transferable skills. These oft-forgotten ‘bonus’ skills make you a better student while you’re still studying, and equip you for work in almost any industry or profession..... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 06th Nov 2015

Spotlight on…Student support

Despite the headlines that more and more UK students are dissatisfied with the level of student support they receive1, here at University of Essex Online we received our highest-ever National Student Survey result in 2015. So what is it that sets us apart from other universities? Here’s how we are providing our students with greater help and thus a higher-quality.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 28th Aug 2015