University Centre Colchester | Term Dates, Academic Calendar, Absence Line and Opening Times

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University Centre Colchester Term Dates 2023 – 2024:

Semester 1Registration and Induction: Thursday 14th September 2023

Semester 1: Monday 18th September – Friday 26th January 2024

Reading Week: Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October 2023

Christmas Break: Monday 18th December – Friday 29th December 2023

Semester 1 restart: Assessment/Tutorials/Examinations:

Wednesday 3rd January – Friday 12th January 2024

Inter-Semester Break/Marking:

Monday 15th January – Friday 26th January 2024

Semester 2Semester 2: Monday 29th January – Thursday 28th March 2024

Reading Week: Monday 19th February – Friday 23rd February 2024

Easter Break: Monday 1st April – Friday 12th April 2024

Semester 2 restart: Monday 15th April – Friday 10th May 2024

Assessment/Tutorials/Examinations: Monday 13th May – Friday 24th May 2024

Semester 2 ends: Friday 24th May 2024

Academic Calendar

Absence Reporting Line

Students must report absences using our online reporting form, which is accessed through the Learner Hub.

Simply click on the button below to login 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.

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

Effective from 23rd May 2022, our opening times can be found below:
Monday   8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday        8:30am – 6:00pm
Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday           8:30am-4:30pm

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).