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The Edge Hotel School

The Edge Hotel School offers unique, industry-engaged higher education degree courses in events and hospitality management – all complimented by practical experience in the stunning 4* country house hotel, the Wivenhoe House. 

What is it?

The Edge Hotel School offers accelerated, two-year and three-year courses that prepare students to graduate as future leaders of the hospitality and events industry. All courses combine management theory, professional skills development and practical experience in a real 4* hotel, Wivenhoe House, based at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus. For full details of all the courses at the Edge Hotel School please visit the University of Essex department pages.

What makes the Edge Hotel School different?

As the first hotel school of its type in the UK, the Edge Hotel School allows students to develop their practical experience in a fully commercial hotel with real customers, all of which complements their academic degree studies. Undergraduates at the School ‘learn by doing’ as the basis of their degree qualifications, whilst acquiring the all- important people skills essential for success in the sector. The two-year accelerated courses culminate in the same degree qualification as the more traditional three-year programmes, and reflect the intensity of working within the hospitality industry. All courses are focused on ensuring graduates are job ready upon graduation and can go on to achieve great success within their careers.

The Edge Hotel School was founded by the Edge Foundation in partnership with the University of Essex. The initiative is widely supported by leaders in the hospitality industry who were heavily involved in the development of the curriculum and is recognised for its innovative employer and academic engagement. The Edge Hotel School continues to have a fantastic, collaborative relationship with dozens of well-regarded organisations from the hospitality industry. 

Where is the Edge Hotel School?

The Edge Hotel School is based on the University of Essex campus, next to the Wivenhoe House hotel. This attractive hotel offers attentive service from the professional team as well as the Edge Hotel School students throughout the year. Guests stay in one of the 40 luxury bedrooms and can enjoy one of the several types of dining options. The hotel also has a thriving conference facility which hosts many weddings and other events throughout the year.

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Interested in studying at the Edge Hotel School?

For information on course start dates please visit the University of Essex website. Applications can be made through UCAS or via a direct application form.

The University of Essex holds a number of open events giving students the opportunity to find out more about the courses on offer, talk to some of our current students and have a tour of the University of Essex Colchester campus. You may also be shown around Wivenhoe House hotel, the heart of the Edge Hotel School. Visit the University of Essex website for full details of forthcoming events.

To find out more about studying at the Edge Hotel School contact or 01206 873 666.

What are the Edge Hotel School alumni doing now? Watch these videos to find out.