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
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
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
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
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.
Learn from and be supervised by world-leading academics. 77% of our research was rated 'world-leading' or
'internationally excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Six subjects were
ranked in the top ten of UK universities
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.