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Upcoming open days

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Colchester Campus
Saturday 25 October 2014 (booking now)
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Wednesday 5 November 2014 (booking now)

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Celebrating 50 years

Anniversary exhibition

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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:

Events calendar

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Come along to one of our many 50th anniversary events and activities running throughout the year that showcase our ground-breaking history and world-renowned research.


Performers at Homecoming

The University celebrated its 50th birthday in style with more than 3,000 alumni, students, staff and members of the community coming to the Colchester Campus a massive Homecoming Weekend. See all the best photos, tweets and posts from the weekend.

TEDx events

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We love sharing our ideas. The rise of robot warriors, how we can save our planet and the fight for our rights – these are just some of the issues being tackled at our first-ever TEDx University of Essex event.