Our campuses remain closed for the foreseeable future

UCC | Term Dates, Academic Calendar, Absence Line and Opening Times

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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 14th February 2020

Absence Reporting Line

There is a dedicated Absence Reporting Line – (01206) 712160 for all Colchester Institute students.

The line is manned from 8am. Callers before this time can leave a message.

All calls are logged and the relevant tutor is notified. If you are going to be absent it is preferable to call before 9am.

Please note: Students need to notify their tutor directly for lateness notifications.

Opening Times

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 be monitored by the college throughout the day. Additional announcements will be posted as necessary and social media accounts will be monitored and updated during office hours (replies/comments after 5pm will not be answered until the following morning).