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The 50th Essex Summer School takes place between 10 July and 18 August 2017. The Summer School consists of three two-week sessions. Each session offers a variety of post graduate level courses. Courses usually run for two weeks, infrequent exceptions run for one week only. Courses cover various types of quantitative and qualitative research methods, research design, techniques for data collection and measurement as well as mathematics. The language of instruction is English.

Note that class numbers are strictly limited! We therefore recommend early application — especially for courses in session 1 and 2, which tend to fill quickly. It is possible to attend a morning and an afternoon course per session, though we recommend that applicants pay attention to the required homework.

The Summer School attempts to give places in courses to participants who command over the required skills. Applicants are advised to pay careful attention to the course requirements, which are clearly stated in the course descriptions. Requirements include mathematical foundations, knowledge of statistical computer programs, prior knowledge of simple estimation procedures, and so on. Participants can fresh-up their mathematics knowledge in an intensive course, Mathematics for Social Scientists. The course is free for participants of the Summer School. The course cannot be taken without participation in at least one other course. Most courses combine lectures, seminars, and lab sessions. Note that lab sessions depend on the content of the course.

The Summer School provides an opportunity for social scientists to make contact with professional social scientists from other countries. Besides classroom instruction and daily laboratory work, there are evening seminars on research topics of special interest.

Computing Facilities
Most Summer School courses use computers for practical work. The machines are supported by an extensive range of computer programs and a large library of data files. Several well-equipped computer labs on campus are available to participants from 07.00 – 23.00 hrs daily.

Computing Knowledge Requirements
Basic knowledge of computing is essential. course descriptions indicate any specialized requirements; a summary of these requirements is set out in the Background Requirements for the courses in each session.

Computing Environment
Summer School courses use a wide range of computing packages. Each year, the Summer School Program Library typically includes Stata, MLwiN, UCINET, Limdep, EViews, Latent Gold, RATS, and R. Summer School courses also use many “stand-alone” computer programs designed for specific course needs. Documentation on software packages is available in the Summer School Library.

Library Facilities
A specialist Summer School Library is available, together with access to the University’s large Albert Sloman Library and the Institute for Social and Economic Research’s Resource Library.

Catering
Because of participants’ varied requirements, the Summer School cannot make any special catering arrangements. Campus eating facilities will be open and these offer low and medium-cost dishes throughout weekdays. Each university flat has its own kitchen in which participants can prepare their own meals. There is a food store on campus and a large supermarket within walking distance.

Medical treatment for overseas visitors
There is a Health Centre on campus. Overseas (non-EU) participants are advised to take out their own medical insurance before coming to the United Kingdom. EU participants are entitled to free campus health care for the duration of their stay on production of a valid EHIC card. Overseas participants or production of an invalid EHIC card will mean you can receive a 15 min consultation from the campus health centre at a cost of £45.

Social and Sports Facilities
A variety of social events are organised during the Summer School, including excursions to London and Cambridge; “pub crawls” to the pubs of Wivenhoe; football matches, discos, film shows, and BBQs (weather permitting).

At present some 40 acres of Wivenhoe Park are available for cricket, football, hockey, netball, and rugby. In addition, tennis courts, a grass athletic track, and a full-sized, floodlit, all-weather playing surface are available. There is a Sports Centre situated on campus with a fitness centre, daily aerobics classes, squash courts, a gymnasium, and climbing wall, with facilities for table-tennis and basket ball. Participants benefit from a discounted rate however should bring their own sports equipment.

Colchester and its Surroundings:
Colchester, once the capital of Roman Britain, is the oldest recorded town in Britain. Situated in north-east Essex eight miles from the sea on the River Colne, Colchester has developed over recent years from a small market town into a rapidly expanding regional centre of commerce, light industry, and high technology with a population of about 150,000. The town serves a wide rural area and has good shopping facilities, an art gallery, and particularly fine museums. Colchester also has a repertory theatre, which presents a wide variety of plays, together with night clubs, and cinemas. Along the coast and estuaries, which are within easy reach of the University, there are numerous seaside resorts. Further information can be obtained from: http://www.visitcolchester.com

Individuals with Disabilities
These individuals who plan to attend the Summer School are requested to contact the Summer School by email to ensure that appropriate arrangements will be made for accommodation, building and equipment access.