Research excellence

Research excellence

Essex ranks in the top 20 UK universities for research excellence and the top five for social science research (REF 2014). Our politics research has been first in the UK since rankings began in 1986.

The Ageing and Assisted Living Network is a cross-disciplinary network of researchers established to promote innovative, multi-disciplinary research in ageing and assisted living with the aim of improving the health and quality of life of older people and people with disabilities.

The UK’s population is ageing.  More of us are living into old age and rising numbers of people with chronic illness will place unsustainable pressure on our economy and health and social care systems. As the number of people with chronic illness and disability increases, the demand for assisted living technology has grown to support independent living and enhance quality of life.

Key focus areas:

  • Lifelong health and healthy ageing
  • Age-related disease: Cause, Cure, Care
  • Assisted living

Active research links

Active research links

Find out how our outstanding research is funded. As one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, we are home to world-leading academic departments with international reputations who are undertaking ground breaking and innovative research.

Directory of Experts

From sports injuries, prevention and rehabilitation to enhancing performance and the University's involvement in the Olympics, we have an expert who can comment. Visit the University's Directory of Experts to find out more.

PG Research Finder

PhD courses

Use our Research Finder to find the right PhD or supervisor for you. PhD study at Essex lets you investigate your topic with depth and understanding. Develop new skills, enhance your professional development and build networks.