Term Dates, Term Times & Absence Reporting

Term Dates 2020-2021Academic Calendar 2020-2021Absence Reporting LineSnow and Severe Weather Information


AutumnWednesday 2nd September – Friday 23rd October 2020

Half Term: Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October 2020

Monday 2nd November – Friday 18th December 2020

SpringMonday 4th January – Friday 12th February 2021

Half Term: Monday 15th February – Friday 19th February 2021

Tuesday 23rd February* – Friday 26th March 2021

SummerMonday 12th April – Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

*Please note that the College is closed on Bank Holidays

University Centre Colchester Term Dates 2020 – 2021:

Semester 1Registration and Induction Week:
Monday 21st September – Friday 25th September 2020

Semester 1 start:
Monday 28th September – Friday 11th December 2020*

Reading Week: Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October 2020

Christmas Break:
Monday 14th December – Friday 25th December 2020

Reading Week:
Monday 28th December – Friday 1st January 2021

Semester 1 restart:
Monday 4th January  – Thursday 4th February 2021*

Inter-Semester Break:
Monday 8th February – Friday 19th February 2021

Semester 2Semester 2 start:
Monday 22nd February – Friday 26th March 2021

Easter Break: Monday 29th March – Friday 9th April 2021

Semester 2 restart:
Monday 12th April – Friday 18th June 2021

*Please note that the College is closed on Bank Holidays and for Learning and Teaching Development Days on:

Friday 5th February 2021

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

Absences can be reported using our new online reporting form. Simply click on the button below and enter your details.
Please try to ensure that you make your report your before 9am on the day of your absence.
Please note: Students need to notify their tutor directly for lateness notifications.

Absence Line – Online Reporting
Other Enquiries

The gates for the College Campuses are opened from 6am, with classrooms and facilities opening at their stated times.

For information on Library Opening Times please click here.

Reception and Switchboard

Reception and Switchboard: 8.30am – 6.30pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30am – 4.30pm term time and 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30am – 4.30pm non term time

Course enquiry Line: 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30pm – 4.30pm Friday all year.

To search for a number, please use our Telephone Directory.

In the event of Severe Weather Conditions.

The Snow Closure Process

As part of our Bad Weather Communication Process Senior Managers will review the position as early as possible if we are considering a closure.  The official decision to close is ultimately taken by our Principal and Vice-Principals.

Our campuses will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • Insufficient first aid trained and fully qualified staff are able to travel in and ensure the safe running of the campus.
  • Conditions on site are considered too dangerous for the safety of students and staff.
  • Conditions are considered to be, or are expected to become too hazardous to travel later in the day.

If any of our sites are to close, a decision will be made by 6:45am and the following will apply:

  • Pop-up information will display on the college website and updates will be posted on social media using Facebook and Twitter. Please check for updates before starting your journey to college
  • A message will be placed on the main telephone switchboard informing of the decision to close any of our campuses. (01206 712000)

Use of social media (Facebook and Twitter)

The official Colchester Institute Facebook and Twitter social media accounts will post announcements and updates as necessary. An automated response will be scheduled to answer any private messages regarding snow closure.