We have ambitious plans for the future of our University as we approach our 50th anniversary. Our strategic plan (.pdf) is
to be a university with global impact and an international reputation that is unparalleled for a university of our size.
Introduction by Professor Anthony Forster, Vice-Chancellor and Lord Currie of Marylebone, Chair of Council.
Following extensive consultation within the University and with our
partners, our new Strategic Plan sets out the mission and goals of the
University over the next six years.
The University has achieved a great deal over the last five years and in
particular our research strength - capped by the award by Her Majesty The Queen
of a Regius Professorship in Political Science in 2013 - is something we all
take a great deal of pride in.
However, the external environment has changed considerably, with the
significant increase in student fees, the deregulation of undergraduate
recruitment and greater competition for our fair share of talented students. Our
new Strategic Plan therefore focuses on a very clear statement of our mission to
contribute to society through excellence in education and excellence in
Professor Anthony Forster, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex, shares his vision for the University and comments on its role as a
leading higher education provider. Read the Vice-Chancellor's blog.
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.
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