University of Essex, a UK-based public research university, is extending its school membership scheme in India to offer structured support and engagement with more schools and keep them up-to-date with the latest developments in the field of education, a press communique from the varsity stated on January 28.
Under this scheme, the University creates an exclusive network of schools and colleges around the world and offers support to students, teachers and counselors from these schools.
Every year, the UK-based varsity works closely with the partner schools to ensure the members are kept up-to-date with developments in the education sector, the communique from the University of Essex further stated.
Extra support and advice on undergraduate Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) cut-offs in the UK, scholarships and bursaries, personal statement writing guides and revision guidance are also provided by the varsity under the scheme. Besides, partner schools and colleges are invited to upcoming activities at the University.
In addition, there are priority visits paid by representatives of the University of Essex's India-based student recruitment team to school counsellors and regular newsletters are shared with the partnering schools.
Member schools are also invited to the University of Essex's annual teachers conference which provides unique networking and professional development opportunities. Essex also offers travel bursaries to travel to the University's Colchester and Southend Campuses.
Sandeep Sharma, director of student recruitment and partnerships, South Asia, at the University of Essex, said, "The school membership scheme is a key element of our work to expand engagement with schools and colleges in India. The membership offers them opportunities for knowledge exchange, guest lectures from leading academics at Essex, sponsorship support for events and academic scholarships for their students.”
Some of the leading schools in India like the Delhi Public School, Sector 45 Gurgaon; Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj; St. John's High School, Chandigarh and Stepping Stones School, Chandigarh are already associated with the University.
"We are looking to welcome 15 more schools each year over the next two to three years through our scheme and we are looking forward to working with a growing number of partners in India."
There is no cost associated with membership. However, the partnering schools are expected to actively participate in the scheme and attend events organised by the varsity.
The University maintains three campuses at Colchester, Southend and Loughton. Essex has three faculties which lead on delivering excellence in teaching and research – the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Science and Health, and Faculty of Social Sciences.
To find out more about the school membership programme of the University of Essex, visit www.essex.ac.uk/schools-and-colleges/membership