Professional Services

Academic Section

University of Essex


The Academic Section, headed by the Academic Registrar, provides a wide range of services to students and departments to support the academic provision of the University.

The Academic Section comprises the Academic Services and Student Life directorates, reflecting the dual priorities of supporting the delivery of programmes in academic departments as well as providing student-facing services to ensure they achieve their potential. The main offices of Academic Services are Student Administration and Policy and Quality and Development. Student Life comprises Student Support, Employability and Careers and Student Engagement.

The Academic Registrar is also the authorising officer for Tier 4 visa compliance.

The section is in the process of reorganisation to refocus around the needs of students and academic staff and meet the University’s strategic objectives. This process is currently being embedded in Academic Services and in progress in Student Life so there may be minor errors to the webpages while adjustments are made.

Areas of responsibility

Academic Services

  • Academic Governance (Senate)
  • Student Progress (casework, appeals and complaints)
  • Assessment
  • Registration and Graduation
  • Systems Development (including Timetabling)
  • Quality and Academic Development
  • Postgraduate Research Education
  • Academic Partnerships

Student Life

  • Accessibility Services
  • Student Services
  • Student Wellbeing
  • Residence Life
  • Compliance
  • Essex Experience Project
  • Student Engagement Team
  • Employability and Careers Centre
  • Global Mobility
  • Multi-Faith Chaplaincy

Employability advice

Our Careers Centre

Our Employability and Careers Centre helps you develop the skills for a successful career. Our friendly staff and excellent resources help you to make informed career choices and to enter your chosen field.

Essex Abroad

Study Abroad

We value the Essex spirit of adventure. Essex Abroad enables students and staff to widen their experience with a period of study or work at one of our partner institutions around the world.

Student Services Hub

Lecturer and student

Our team of advisers are based within your Student Services Hub and can provide information, advice and guidance on a range of topics from accommodation and funding to exam stress and wellbeing. Drop us a line or pay us a visit.

Contact us

students using computers

Please contact us if you would like to ask any of our team members in Academic Section a question.