Celebrating 50 years
The Something Fierce exhibition celebrates 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.
This year we’re celebrating our collective achievements, reflecting on our founding
years and reminiscing about our evolution. We're exploring six research topics that offer an insight into the scope of
the outstanding work our researchers undertake.
The Something Fierce exhibition looks into how the architecture and the people shaped Essex’s
unique living and learning environment.
Events and activities, including TEDx events, are taking place at our campuses and around the world, and we invite all our members, friends and community to
join in. Celebrations began in September with a huge Homecoming Weekend.
In 2014 we are:
Watch original video footage of the University from years gone by in this 50th anniversary playlist, including graduation in 1967 and Brian Hanrahan
in 1989 presenting a history and vision for the University.
Our podcast series, Creating a University, tells the story of Essex from its
earliest days through interviews with people who were there, including students, staff from all levels and local residents.
We love sharing our ideas. We are organising TEDx University of Essex events so our academics and students can nurture discussions and debates we feel
passionately about both within our community and around the world.