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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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Kate Beckwith

Training counsellors of the future

The number of people struggling with mental health issues is on the increase and services are stretched. We're training a growing group of counsellors who are working in this vital field – some setting up their own therapeutic practices or helping to train future students. Over the past 10 years, more than 100 students have become professionally qualified counsellors. In the next three years another 100 will join them – making a bigger and bigger difference in their communities.

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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)
89% of our graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023)
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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