Essex Summer School Privacy Policy
The Essex Summer School in SSDA Privacy Policy can be found here

Is there a limit to the number of courses I can take?
Participants can attend a maximum of one morning course and one afternoon course per session. During each session there is a supplementary mathematics course (scheduled 08.15-09.45) students can take free of charge, as well as our Introduction to R course which takes on the Sunday before each new session commences. (Fee incurred.) 

When do I need to pay my tuition and accommodation fees?
On receipt of the application, the ESS office will send applicants an invoice for the amount due. Full payment must be made by the date provided to you when you receive your invoice. Places on courses cannot be guaranteed if payment has not been received by this date.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made prior to 1st June 2022: an administrative charge of £50.00 or a full refund less your £50.00 non-refundable deposit payment.
  • Cancellations made between 1st June and 1st July 2022: A fifty percent charge or refund of fifty percent.
  • Cancellations made after 1st July 2022: No refund to be made.
  • Registered participants on courses cancelled by the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis’s organisers will be entitled to claim a full refund.
  • Registered participants with unsuccessful visa attempts will be entitled to claim a full refund.
  • Extenuating circumstances will be considered at the organiser’s discretion.

When is the deadline for applications?
It is critical to apply as soon as possible in order to be counted for your course. Applications will continue to be taken until closure of enrolment is posted on this site, but course availability is not guaranteed. On receipt of the form, applicants will be sent confirmation of their booking together with an invoice.

Can I Gain Credits for Taking a Course?
Courses are not automatically examined but provision can be made to take a Single Course Exam in most courses (taught both in person and online) at a cost of £100.00. Exams can only be booked and paid for up to the first day of the course. Credit is available only for two-week, 35 hours courses. Normally 15 ETCS are awarded, however this can be reduced if your institution requires this. Contact us for details.

If a course is fully booked can I be placed on a waiting list?
Courses operate with space limits. Registration for a particular course is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registrants beyond the maximal number of participants set by the instructor will be put on a waiting list and will be informed as soon as a place becomes available. If the waiting list grows too long, registration for that workshop will be closed.

I have already registered for the summer school but I would like to change my course selection, what should I do?
Changing courses is possible until two weeks before the course takes place. However, changing courses is possible only if space permits. Please email the ESS office for further information.

Will I automatically receive a certificate of attendance?
All participants will be supplied with a certificate of attendance, which will be emailed to them after the session completes.

I am taking a hybrid course and would like to change my mode of study. Is this possible?
At the point of application for ESS hybrid courses, we ask you to specify how you intend to study: either in person or online. This helps inform our planning. However we do understand that plans change. If you need to change the mode by which you intend to study, you are required to provide this in writing to the ESS office by no later than 1 May 2022.

If a course is running in person, will there be the option to follow online?
No, for in person courses, students are required to attend classes from the Colchester campus. For these courses, it will not be possible to follow remotely.

I’m taking a course in person. Do I need to bring my laptop with me?
ESS encourages all students to bring their own laptops with them when studying with us. Please be aware that some courses require the use of your own laptop in order to participate. Where applicable, this information is clearly stated on the course’s information page.

I’m studying online. Will class recordings be made available?
Unless otherwise noted, live online class meetings will be recorded and made available to enrolled students during and for a limited period after the course concludes. If instructors are not allowing recording, this will be indicated on the course page on the website. Please check individual course pages for details and take this into consideration when applying.

How do I know if I am entitled to the Academic Partner Rate mentioned on the ESS application form?
Applicants entitled to the Academic Partner Rate include:
ESS’s partners
Affiliates of institutions which are members of the YERUN group
Applicants based in ODA countries
Applicants who are applying as part of a bulk enrolment. For further information, please contact the ESS office.