50 years of the University of Essex
We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2014. Over five decades we have risen to
become one of the UK’s leading academic institutions - an internationally-oriented,
research-intensive university with a commitment to excellence in research and research-led teaching.
The vision of our founding Vice-Chancellor, Sir Albert Sloman was that "a
university should provide an experience of living as well as an opportunity for
Essex pioneered that idea to become somewhere devoted to students'
personal development, and to offering an outstanding campus-based student
We offer a learning experience that encourages critical thinking, thrives on
creativity and challenges established conventions. Our graduates are uniquely
equipped to have an impact on the world.
Join us as we mark the foundation of the University, celebrate achievement
and carry the Essex tradition into the future.
12-14 September 2014
Join us as we celebrate the launch of the 50th anniversary year with an open
weekend, 12-14 September 2014. Events start on the Friday evening and run
through to Sunday. The Saturday will include what you've asked for: lectures,
science demos, theatre, music, entertainment and sports - and there'll be a
family fun day and fete on the Sunday.
We hope to see many alumni and friends there, from all five decades - and we
want your help to shape the event. Please get in touch if you'd like to know
more, have your say on what happens or get involved - and we'll give you further
details on the website and in
Essex:Extra in the coming months.
To mark the count down to the anniversary, we’ve produced short documentary-style film which
captures the founding principles on which Essex was built, under the guidance of founding
Vice-Chancellor Sir Albert Sloman, and celebrates the achievements of our staff,
students and the University over five decades.
You can watch this video on our Vimeo channel.
Telephone 01206 874661
E-mail fifty (non-Essex users add @essex.ac.uk)