Christmas Closure

All College campuses, including Adult Skills Centres, will be closed to the public from 4.30pm on Friday 16th December until staff return on Tuesday 3rd January 2023 and our campuses re-open.

All open events taking place in the new year are open for bookings and online applications for courses made during the holiday period will be processed upon our return.

When do students return?

Timetabled lessons recommence on Wednesday 4th January, so students who have lessons on a Wednesday will be in on this date.

Students who do not have lessons on a Wednesday will return for their first scheduled lesson from this date, which for most full-time students is likely to be either Thursday 5th or Friday 6th January.

Reception and Switchboard

Our reception and switchboard will be also be closed to the public from 4.30pm on Friday 16th December until staff return on Tuesday 3rd January 2023 and our campuses re-open. Unless shown in the table below, all our course enquiry telephone lines will also be closed from Friday 16th until we return in the new year.

How to Contact Us

Available enquiry channels between Monday 19th December and Wednesday 21st December are shown in the table below.

No inboxes, either social media or email, or enquiry lines are monitored between the below dates:

Thursday 22nd December 2022 – Monday 2nd January 2023

Messages received between these dates will be responded to in the new year. Staff return on Tuesday 3rd January and all enquiry channels will be open as normal.

General Enquiries
Our General Enquiries inbox will be monitored until Wednesday 21st December, when all staff finish for the holiday period. We will endeavour to assist with enquiries received before staff finish, however if this is not possible due to staff availability then it will be prioritised in the new year. All enquiries received after the 21st will be responded to when we return in January.Make a General Enquiry
The Live Chat function on our website will be available for general enquiries on the below dates and times.
Monday 19th December 20229:30am – 3:30pm
Tuesday 20th December 2022  9:30am – 3:30pm
Wednesday 21st December 20229:30am – 3:30pm
Course Enquiries
Where possible, we will endeavour to respond to course enquires made to Colchester Institute, University Centre Colchester and our Adult Skills Centres before staff finish on Wednesday 21st December, however if this is not possible due to staff availability then it will be prioritised in the new year. All enquiries received after the 21st will be responded to when we return in January.
Employer Enquiries
Our Employer Enquiries inbox will be monitored until Wednesday 21st December, when all staff finish for the holiday period. We will endeavour to assist with enquiries received before staff finish, however if this is not possible due to staff availability then it will be prioritised in the new year. All enquiries received after the 21st will be responded to when we return in January. Employer enquiries for Apprenticeships and Training can be made to the following enquiry line 07983 430821 on the below dates and times.Make an Employer Enquiry
Monday 19th December 202208:30am – 4:30pm
Tuesday 20th December 2022  08:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday 21st December 202208:30am – 4:30pm