Celebrating 50 years
The Something Fierce exhibition celebrated the bold, 'brutalist' sixties architecture of the
Colchester Campus, as well as the unique academic vision and vibrant community of scholars and students in those early years.
In 1964, 122 students arrived at a new university built upon a
bold vision. We were small, with big ambitions.
Over five decades we have
more than fulfilled our potential, becoming one of the UK’s leading academic
institutions. Today, we are a truly global community producing impactful
research, with members who thrive on critical thinking, creativity and
challenging established conventions to improve the world.
In 2014-15 we celebrated our collective achievements, reflected on our
founding years and reminisced about our evolution. We explored
six research topics that offered an insight into the scope of the
outstanding work our researchers undertake. The
Something Fierce exhibition looked into how the architecture and the
shaped Essex's unique living and learning environment.
Events and activities, including
TEDx events, took place at our campuses and around the world, and we invited
all our members, friends and community to join in. Celebrations began in
September with a huge Homecoming weekend.