Make Happen is part of the Uni Connect programme funded by the Office for Students (OfS) to support young people to access Higher Education. Make Happen delivers activities, events, and competitions with feedback to help inform and inspire interest in Higher Education. Working with partners in schools, colleges and universities we talk to young people, parents/carers and teachers about the options available. For further information visit our website and if you have any questions, please contact the Evaluation team by emailing  
A Day in the Life (A student shadowing experience)

Aimed at students aged 17-19, studying in their first or second year of college/sixth-form, this one day event will provide students with the opportunity to shadow an undergraduate student at a local university.  They will explore a subject they are interested in, explore the facilities, chat to current students and academics at the university and enjoy a free lunch.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the reality of student life, at a local university with a current student in preparation for their own higher education experience. Any travel costs associated with the visit will be pre-paid or reimbursed.

All events will take place at University of Essex, Colchester Campus. All travel will be arranged with you if your application is successful. 

First Name*
Last Name*
Email Address (not school email)*
Home Postcode
Date of Birth
College *
Year of study*
Please select which of the 6 events you would like to apply for.  
Day in the Life Date
Would you consider an alternative date if your first choice is unavailable?
Please provide information of one of your tutors who will be able to confirm that you can take the day off college to attend this project (e.g. form tutor, head of year etc.).  
Staff full name
Staff email address
Stay in touch?

We would also like to contact you via email in the future about relevant upcoming events, and information, advice and guidance related to Higher Education, but we will not do this without your consent. If you would like to receive future correspondence from us about the things you’re interested in, please tick the box below. You can opt out of this at any time.  
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In order to effectively plan, track, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Make Happen activities we collect some personal data, and after-event feedback, from participants. We use a legal basis of consent to process the data you will provide on this form, to find out more about how we process this please see our privacy notice