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About us

Celebrating 50 years

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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.

Uniquely international

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.

Curiosity ingrained

We value original, relevant independent research that asks difficult questions. Our commitment to excellence has placed us ninth in the UK in the most recent national assessment of research. We are recognised as a world-leader in the social sciences 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 second place in the 2013 National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction, and the 2013 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Students.

Podcast series

Construction of our Colchester Campus

Our new podcast series, 'Creating a University', tells the story of Essex from its earliest days – through interviews with people who were there, including students, staff from all levels and local residents.

Our vision

Our vision

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary we have laid out ambitious plans for our future, fortifying our founding principles of excellence in teaching and excellence in research and striving for the very best in everything that we do.

Our history

Our history

Our founding Vice-Chancellor, Sir Albert Sloman, had a very clear vision for his pioneering, new breed of university which was outlined in his 1963 BBC Reith Lectures. Find out how his ideas have shaped who we are today in our history.

Top 10 facts

Top 10 facts

Did you know eighteenth century landscape artist John Constable painted Wivenhoe Park? Or that ours was the first university to launch the anonymous student-run telephone support helpline Nightline? Check out the fascinating facts that make us unique.