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Thank you

Our University was built on the generosity and optimism of the 1960s and destined to change the world. With the help of alumni, staff and other philanthropists, we're still doing it. Thank you for the last 50 years and here's to the next 50!

Making a difference

From educating the next generation of talent to pioneering research, state-of-the-art facilities and campus activities, philanthropic support is a crucial part of the Essex Spirit.

On these pages we will be sharing the latest philanthropy news, case studies on some of the amazing things that we have been able to realise thanks to philanthropy, and guest features from students and staff who want to say thank you for what they have been able to achieve.

If you'd like to find out more about how you can support our students and cutting-edge research, or want to contribute to our guest features, please get in touch.

Founded on philanthropy

Our timeline shows just some of the highlights of what we've achieved over the past 50 years thanks to your generosity.

Celebrating 50 years

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Our first 50 years have been shaped by life-changing experiences, internationally-recognised research discoveries and, at times, riotous challenges. Find out how we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary and how you can join the celebrations.

Top 10 facts

Top 10 facts

Did you know eighteenth century landscape artist John Constable painted Wivenhoe Park? Or that ours was the first university to launch the anonymous student-run telephone support helpline Nightline? Check out the fascinating facts that make us unique.

Research excellence

Research excellence

Learn from and be supervised by world-leading academics. We were confirmed as the UK's best politics department for research. We ranked top 20 in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Explore Essex

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If you've not yet had a chance to visit us, why not explore our videos, blogs and social media? See more of our campuses, facilities and accommodation and hear from our students and academics about what it's really like to study with us.