Professor Anthony Forster FHEA FRSA AcSS

We are well known for the warmth of our welcome so, whatever your interest in the University, please visit us at one of our campuses at Colchester, Loughton or Southend.

We are an internationally oriented, research intensive university with a commitment to excellence in research and education, offering an outstanding campus-based student experience. We were ranked 6th among all mainstream UK universities for student satisfaction in the 2014 national survey of students.

Our commitment to research that matters and that has global impact, informs all that we do. We have a broad spread of subjects with particular peaks of excellence in the social sciences and humanities, and especially in interdisciplinary research. We are ranked in the top 5 in the UK for social sciences, with our politics research consistently ranking in first place. Overall we are ranked 19th in the UK for research using The Times methodology. We take pride in being globally recognised, and in 2013 we are ranked in the top 50 in the world for universities under 50 years old by the Times Higher Education and the QS University Rankings.

We are particularly proud of our track record of business engagement, both in Southend and Colchester. Our commitment has been consolidated by a £7.4 million investment in the Knowledge Gateway at our Colchester Campus, created so that small businesses and blue chip companies can benefit from close links with our University.

We take our commitment to research-led teaching very seriously and our staff are expected to be great researchers and great teachers; our curriculum is regularly updated by the latest research; and our students undertake research themselves. Because our University is on a human scale, there is also a very strong sense of community.

Essex has a great reputation for our campus-based experience, providing a wide range of extra-curricular activities, student clubs and societies, and an extensive programme of student volunteering. We are especially proud of our close working relationship with our award-winning Students’ Union and this year we will provide over a million pounds for our Students' Union's work. Our University is home to outstanding arts and sports facilities that help to make the Essex experience special for our staff and students.

We welcome your interest in our University and hope you can find the information you are looking for on this website or on our Twitter and Facebook pages. If you are in Essex, you have an open invitation to visit us and to meet staff and students. At all of our campuses you will be warmly received.

Professor Anthony Forster