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Celebrating 60 years Where Change Happens 1964 - 2024

We’re celebrating 60 years of making change happen. 60 years of boldness and bravery from our students past and present. 60 years of creating change. So, to celebrate, we’re showcasing "Sixty Stories" a weekly series that sheds light on how our students, staff, research, and partnerships are creating global impact.

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Saving our oceans

Around the globe, our oceans are at risk due to existential threats of climate change, pollution and overfishing. From far-flung locations like the Galápagos to home habitats like the Clacton coast, scientists are on the frontline of the fight for the future. Through the pioneering work of the School of Life Sciences, we will ensure this vital resource survives for the next generations.

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University of Essex June Open Day

Open Days

We are hosting Open Days in June, September and October and they are your chance to see where you might be calling home. Tour our Colchester and Southend campuses and accommodation options, meet your department and get a taster of what student life at Essex is like.

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Top 30 in the Guardian University Guide 2024
Five subjects in UK top 10 for research power (Times Higher Education 2022)
We are 15th for international outlook (Times Higher Education, World University Rankings 2024)
86% of our graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2024)
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With 7 miles of award-winning coastline on your doorstep and London just a stone's throw away, our Southend students have the best of both worlds