Key statistics

  • We have 13,628 students: 10,414 undergraduates and 3,230 postgraduates (2015-16).
  • Over 5,000 international students are studying at Essex – close to 40% of the student community. This includes 2,137 students from the European Union and the rest of Europe.
  • We're ranked in the top ten for student satisfaction (English mainstream universities, NSS 2016).
  • We’re a top 30 university (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
  • We’re ranked in the top 20 for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016).

Research

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the national assessment of research quality and impact, reconfirmed our diverse strengths in conducting world-leading research.

  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence.
  • Top in the UK for research in politics.
  • Top five in the UK for social science research.

Student experience

90% of students express overall satisfaction with their course (National Student Survey 2016).

University finances 2015-16

Annual turnover £198 million
Research income £26 million

Staff numbers 2015-16

Total staff (FTE) 2,167

Students 2015-16

Undergraduates 10,414
Postgraduates 3,230
Total 13,628

Origin of students 2015-16

UK 8,482
Europe (excluding UK) 2,137
Rest of World 3,003
Total number of countries represented in the student body 141

Students by campus 2015-16

Colchester 11,539
Loughton 417
Southend 1,466