Facts and figures
Nobel Prize winners, a starring role in one of Constable's paintings, a theatre
established in a converted church, celebrity graduates and marzipan figures of
political leaders - find out a little bit more about the University. You can
also discover how it all adds up by looking at our
Recognition and awards during our year of success
Outstanding academics, pioneering research, high-quality services and
students who love asking questions have led to global recognition and awards for
Students celebrate a great year at the University of Essex. A year of
research achievements, students' triumphs and teaching awards.
Top 10 Facts
Nobel Prize winning graduates
Two of our graduates have won Nobel Prizes. In 2010 Chris Pissarides won the
Nobel Prize for Economics and in 1987 Oscar Arias Sánchez won the Nobel Peace
Prize for his efforts to end civil wars in Central America. Another Nobel Prize
winner, Derek Walcott, was appointed the University's Professor of Poetry in
We are top 3 in the UK for social science research and 77% of
our research is 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014). Our politics research is ranked the best in the UK and our
research in sociology, economics, linguistics, philosophy and art history is rated in the top ten.*
Students give their Essex education top marks
In 2014 students voted their Essex education among the best in the UK, giving the University of Essex some of its
highest student satisfaction scores ever. The
University achieved an overall satisfaction rating of 91% in the National Student Survey (NSS), placing Essex sixth out of mainstream English universities.
Real Constable Country
At our Colchester Campus you are surrounded by historic parkland which was
once painted by eighteenth century landscape artist John Constable. In 2000
Constable's painting of Wivenhoe Park returned to our Colchester Campus for a
Nightline makes a difference for 40 years
In 1970 Essex was the first UK university to launch
Nightline, an anonymous telephone support helpline, now operating at over 40
Award-winning clubs and teaching facilities
Our Students' Union nightclub Sub Zero continues to win awards and has just
received the Best Bar None Award. The Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall, opened in 2006,
has won three architectural awards and with space for 1,000 people it is one of
the biggest lecture halls in the country.
World's largest survey of how people really live
The world's largest long-term longitudinal survey is being led by the
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex, with 40,000 UK
households being interviewed to find out how people really live their lives.
Unique library collections
Special collections in our library include papers, books and paintings from
leading local, national and international figures including Sigmund Freud and
crime novelist Margery Allingham. Unusual items in the collections include
marzipan figures of former SDP leaders David Owen and Roy Jenkins.
Providing top political insights
Essex is the only university other than Oxford, to have conducted the UK's
top political science research study, the British Election Study, which
continues to be based here.
Other quick facts:
- Europe's only public collection of modern and contemporary art from
Latin America is based at Essex.
- Our commitment to the arts is shown by the fact that, uniquely among UK
universities, we have a theatre at each of our three campuses.
- Recent awards for the University have included the Queen's Anniversary
Prize in 2009 for its pioneering work on international human rights in 2010.
- Computer scientists at Essex developed the world's first autonomous
robotic fish, which took to the water at the London Aquarium in 2005.
- The University is worth more than £200 million annually to the local
- Six residential towers at our Colchester Campus were the tallest
load-bearing brick buildings in the country when they were built in the
- Former students of East 15 Acting School include actress Alison
Steadman, Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison, and film directors Mike
Leigh, Stephen Daldry and David Yates (director of the four latest Harry
- Our Southend Campus was built on the site of a former cinema which
played host to The Beatles, Roy Orbison and Laurel and Hardy in its heyday.
- Our 18-hole Frisbee golf course at the Colchester Campus has hosted the
World Ultimate Frisbee Championships.
- Famous bands who have played at the University include rock legends Pink
Floyd, Iggy Pop and The Kinks, plus indie giants Blur.
*Rankings are based on Grade Point Average (GPA) scores of research quality.