Our campuses remain closed for the foreseeable future

Term Dates, Term Times & Absence Reporting

Term Dates 2019-2020Academic Calendar 2019-2020Academic Calendar 2020-2021Absence Reporting LineSnow and Severe Weather Information


AutumnWednesday 4th September – Thursday 24th October 2019*

Half Term: Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November 2019

Monday 4th November – Friday 20th December 2019

SpringMonday 6th January – Friday 14th February 2020

Half Term: Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 2020

Tuesday 25th February* – Friday 3rd April 2020

SummerMonday 20th April – Tuesday, 23rd June 2020

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

Friday 25th October 2019 and Monday 24th February 2020

University Centre Colchester Term Dates 2019 – 2020:

Semester 1Registration and Induction Week:
Monday 23rd September – Friday 27th September 2019

Semester 1 start:
Monday 30th September – Friday 13th December 2019*

Reading Week: Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November 2019

Christmas Break:
Monday 16th December – Friday 27th December 2019

Reading Week:
Monday 30th December – Friday 3rd January 2020

Semester 1 restart:
Monday 6th January  – Thursday 6th February 2020*

Inter-Semester Break:
Monday 10th February – Friday 21st February 2020

Semester 2Semester 2 start:
Monday 24th February – Friday 3rd April 2020

Easter Break: Monday 6th April – Friday 17th April 2020

Semester 2 restart:
Monday 20th April – Friday 19th June 2020

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

Friday 25th October 2019 and  Friday 7th February 2020

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.