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Home to the curious, brave and bold

We’re a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. 

We are determined to do things differently and put student success at the centre of everything we do.

We're committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research. We put student success at the heart of our mission, supporting every student from every background to achieve outstanding outcomes; preparing our students to thrive in their future lives.

Our determination to make a difference in society means we’re ranked 56th in the global Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023, which ranked more than 1,400 universities around the world.

Making an impact through our research is at the heart of our University. We're in the UK top 10 for research quality in four subjects (Grade Point Average, REF2021) and in the UK top 10 for research power in five subjects (Times Higher Education 2022). Find out more about our REF2021 performance.

We are open about our aims and how we want to achieve them. Our strategy sets out our ambitions for 2028. On these pages you'll find more on our plans, our finance, our senior team and how we work.

We are...

25th in the UK for research quality (Times Good University Guide 2022)
Top 25 for the most international student community in the THE World University Rankings 2022
We're are number 1 in the UK for the number of Innovate UK funded Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Essex is 32nd in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2024
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Latest news
'Good' Ofsted rating for degree and higher apprenticeships
27 Feb 2024
Hotel school wins social enterprise award
21 Feb 2024
Helping break the cycle of violence
09 Feb 2024