Students Staff

6 June 2018

Sizzling summer season ahead for Event Essex

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 3:15 pm

As many students prepare to depart for the summer, everyone in Event Essex is getting ready for their busiest time of year.

Over the next few months the team at Colchester and Southend will be welcoming a varied selection of guests to Language School residential courses and academic conferences as well as ramblers on walking holidays and beach lovers.

General Manager Elisa Aylott said: “Throughout July we will have more than 1200 guests per night staying on the Colchester Campus. We are busy throughout the year but ninety per cent of our revenue comes in during the summer.

Surplus is reinvested for the benefit of the students and the thousands of visitors help raise awareness of the University and our tremendous facilities.

“We use The Towers, South Courts and North Houses for the accommodation and our guests bring in revenue to Accommodation Essex, Essex Food and Essex Sport, with the facilities a big attraction to the Language School children.”

On top of the permanent team of ten people in Colchester, which includes delivered catering, and three in Southend, nine students have full time roles for the summer, staffing the reception desk which is open seven days a week 8.00am until 8.00pm.

“Every week is varied,” said Elisa. “In Southend we have individual bookings from tourists making an escape to the seaside as well as conference business.  In Colchester it is primarily group bookings but we do have private groups, including some alumni who return every year to relive their time at Essex.”

The team at Southend

This year will see students from Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Portugal, China and Poland basing themselves on the Colchester Campus while they improve their English and see the sights. On top of academic events and summer schools, the Colchester Campus will be home for walkers who have travelled from Holland and enthusiastic gardeners on a Beth Chatto Gardens symposium.

Elisa’s favourite time is graduation: “I love the buzz. The whole University comes together to ensure each and every ceremony and reception is a success.

“Over the week we have 10,000 people visiting Campus and every event has to be as good as the last.“

“Our guests always feel very welcome and we would like to thank the University community for being so supportive.”

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