Excellence in teaching and excellence in research
Celebrating 50 years
Our first 50 years have been shaped by life-changing experiences, internationally-recognised research discoveries and, at times, riotous challenges.
Find out how we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary and how you can join the celebrations.
We are a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. We
are committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research. Our students are members of a unique, transformational living and learning experience which empowers them with the skills to make a difference to the
world around them.
A year of success at Essex
Rocking the boat
Tenacious, bold, challenging: this is what it means to be part of the University of Essex community. From pioneering research which informs social
change, to student activism which began in the 1960s, and continues to this day, we have never accepted the status quo.
Our teaching is informed by research, we arm our students with the knowledge and courage to change the world for the better, and to pursue a lifelong
journey of exploration.
Essex is a genuine global community. With more than 130 countries represented within our student body, and 40% of our students from overseas, we are one of the most internationally-diverse universities in the UK.
Internationalism is in our DNA. Our teaching and research is founded on global issues and internationally-focused initiatives
including Languages for All and
Study Abroad equip our students with the skills they need to be truly global citizens.
We value original, relevant independent research that asks difficult questions. We are top 3 in the UK for social science research and 77% of
our research is 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014). We are recognised as a world-leader in politics and hold the only Regius Professorship for political science, awarded by HM The Queen to
mark her Diamond Jubilee.
We’re in it together
At Essex, we don’t separate our students and academic staff, or our professional services staff from our alumni.
Everyone is a member of our community for life. Our three uniquely intimate campuses encourage an inter-weaving of people,
ideas and disciplines. We celebrate diversity and challenge inequality. Whatever your background, race or sexual orientation,
you are part of a vibrant community that lives, learns and plays together. This supportive community helped us earn sixth
place in the 2014 National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction, and the 2013 Times Higher Award for Outstanding
Support for Students.