The 50th Essex Summer School in Social Science and Data Analysis, 10th July - 18 August 2017, University of Essex, UK

Publish Date: Mar 14, 2017

Deadline: May 01, 2017

Event Dates: from Jul 10, 2017 12:00 to Aug 18, 2017 12:00

About the summer school 

As many of you may know, Summer School 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis (ESS), and we are planning some special events to mark the occasion. As part of our 50th plans, we would like to gather stories about how the Summer School has impacted the lives and careers of our former participants and instructors. We would like to solicit from you any short stories or anecdotes from your experience with the ESS that we can share on our website and use for a 50th anniversary scrapbook. We hope to have the scrapbook available to all by the start of Summer School 2017.

Here are some of the materials we would be interested in: 

1) Citations to any published scholarly work that relates directly to your Summer School experience (e.g. you came up with the idea for the article in a ESS class; you applied the method you learned in class to the paper you published; you developed important co-author relationships while at the ESS that led to publications). I would be great if, in addition to the citation, you could provide a brief paragraph highlighting the link to the ESS. 

2) Any short stories of academic collaboration (a few sentences or a paragraph) that grew out of the ESS, even if you can’t link it to a particular article. 

3) Short descriptions of what the summer school has meant to you personally (rather than professionally). We know of a few who have even found spouses at the ESS. We would love to hear those stories, as well.

Application and fees

There are different fee payments for Summer School participants: the fee for participants from non-academic institutions, and the discounted fee for participants from academic institutions.

Application Procedure

Applicants should complete the on-line application. The completed application should reach this office by 1 May, 2017. Any applications received after this date will be subject to a £50 surcharge. We recommend early applications since courses fill up quickly.
Essex PG students need to apply via Proficio Please contact Melanie Sawers in the summer school office with all queries.

All Applicants also need to check our website for up-to-date information on course availability. We cannot guarantee the availability of campus accommodation for applications received after 1 May. In these cases applicants may have to make private arrangements for accommodation.

Applicants will be sent confirmation of their course and accommodation booking together with an invoice. Full payment must be received by 1 June, 2017.

Making Your Payment

On receipt of the application, the Summer School office will send applicants an invoice for the amount due. Full payment must be paid by 1 June 2017. Places on courses cannot be guaranteed if payment has not been received by this date.
There are four options for payment: on-line payment, cheque, credit card or bank transfer:

You can find the online application form in the "Further official information" link below this announcement.


All Essex campus accommodation is situated just a few minutes away from the academic and administrative buildings, so residents can, for example, easily use their rooms between lectures to prepare a meal or take a coffee break. All residences are equipped for self-catering and are provided with bed linen but no towels. On campus there are also cafeterias, a general store, a Post Office, banks, and a launderette. No double bedrooms are available in university accommodation, but couples can be provided with single study-bedrooms next to each other. Computer network facilities are available in all accommodation.

Please note that, unfortunately,

it is not possible to obtain accommodation before the night of Saturday 8 July;
it is not possible to make refunds in the case of early departure;
the University requires rooms to be vacated by 9.30 am on day of departure, however luggage can be stored at the Conference Reception.
Therefore, if your class does not finish until late and you wish to stay an extra night, this must be booked in advance or arranged while on campus.

Essex Campus ensuite Rooms £38/person per night

All of our single study rooms are en-suite and furnished with a single bed, a desk and chair, bookshelves, a wardrobe, a bin and a lamp. And in addition we provide bedding and hand towels.

Kitchens are equipped with a cooker, refrigerator, freezer, microwave oven, kettle, iron, ironing board and storage units. And a selection of: crockery (plates, cups etc) cutlery (knives, forks, spoons) saucepans and frying pans other cooking utensils (tin opener, whisk etc) to enable you to self cater if you wish.

The ensuite rooms are in flats of 6 study-bedrooms with own shower and shared kitchen-common room per flat. The cost is £38 per night. These rooms are in the North Houses which is a very short distance away from all the main activity and generally quiet.

About the courses

Longer synopses of the courses selected by applicants, including teaching notes and obligatory preparation if the Instructor sees fit, are available for download on each course website. Participants should do the basic reading for their courses in advance.
Participants are advised to purchase core books beforehand and bring them to the Summer School. The Summer School Library and the Albert Sloman Library both provide a limited number of copies of the textbooks.

All courses are subject to cancellation. Applicants will normally be informed of any cancellation by mid-June before the Summer School begins.

Choosing Courses
The Essex Summer School offers an intensive learning environment. Each course consists of three and a half hours of teaching per day. Participants are advised to calculate additional time for readings and homework.
It is possible to attend a morning and an afternoon course per session. Applicants should understand that this will be demanding. Please read the short course information carefully and take it seriously. Though it is possible to change courses on the first day of each session (if they are not fully booked) your course choice should be based on the best information available.

For best learning success, participants should have the background knowledge necessary to follow a course. The Instructors’ specifications of the prior knowledge expected of participants before they embark on a course appear at the end of the course descriptions for each session. Instructors will assume that everyone doing their course has the required background knowledge.

Anyone who is uncertain about whether a course is appropriate for their needs or their background should contact the Summer School office for advice. Instructors reserve the right to exclude a participant who does not have the required background.

Can I Gain Credits for Taking a Course?
Courses are not automatically examined although provision can be made to take a Single Course Exam in most courses at a cost of £100.00. Exams can only be booked and paid for on arrival.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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