Excellence in education

Transformational education

Curiosity-invoking, boundary-pushing, inspirational

lecturer in computer science

Student success is at the heart of our teaching

As a university we are dedicated to excellence in education.

We are committed to ‘research-led’ teaching, where every Essex student has direct experience of being a researcher themselves, helping our students develop critical, analytic, and transferable skills. 

We were awarded University of the Year 2018, and in 2017 we received Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, amongst our achievements and rankings.

In 2019 we announced 100 new academic appointments, as a further commitment to enhancing the educational experience we offer to our students, while also boosting our research power. 

“Students from all backgrounds achieve outstanding outcomes with regards to continuation and progression to highly skilled employment or further study, notably exceeding the University’s benchmark”.
Teaching Excellence Framework Panel   AWARDING OUR GOLD RATING  JUNE 2017

Our teaching innovations

Across our three faculties of Humanities, Science and Health, and Social Sciences, a range of innovative teaching initiatives encourage our students to broaden their understanding, develop their analytical skills, and boost their professional confidence. 

We have established an annual Excellence in Teaching Award, which is mapped against the National Teaching Fellowship SchemeThese awards are open to everyone who teaches and supports learning and we celebrate the best of these at Graduation every year. 

CADENZA programme

Our academic staff also have the opportunity to gain professional recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) through our CADENZA programme, which is designed to foster teaching excellence in all staff who teach and support learning. It is accredited by the Higher Education Academy and is mapped against the UK Professional Standards Framework.

Learning Lounge

The Learning Lounge is a virtual staff room that helps our academic colleagues enhance their professional performance by encouraging exploration across different interests - such as curriculum development and assessment and feedback. 

Education insight workshops

With our students as the focal point, our education insight workshops provide academic staff with the opportunity to develop their teaching practice inside and outside the classroom.

Rasheedat Olarinoye
“The support I received from my second year statistics lecturer was amazing; she inspired me in many ways, such as how to use my resources to connect with people that have similar interests. In my final year, the teaching style was supported by thought-provoking images, interviews and talks; this was the best module I took.”
Rasheedat Olarinoye BSc Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience, 2019

Excellent teaching facilities

We have prioritised investment in a range of learning resources and facilities to help students develop their full potential. Our libraries at Colchester, Southend and Loughton campuses, provide 24-hour study facilities, and extensive space for individual and collaborative working.

Our new, state-of-the-art £18m STEM centre, specialist facilities for life sciences, and our centre for brain science, a new £12m sports arena that contains a sports therapy clinic.

Our mock hospital wards for health and social care students, oral health sciences lab and consultation rooms, and translation and interpreting labs for language students, provide the means for hands-on teaching in a realistic environment.

Learning technologies are widely available to our academic community to help them enhance the teaching and learning experience for our students, in the lecture hall, seminar room and in the virtual space. 

These include Moodle, the virtual learning environment, Listen Again, the lecture capture and playback system, and an Electronic Voting System that lets students vote in the classroom in real-time.

Educational collaborations

We are also strengthening research and teaching links through partnerships with key European universities, including YERUN, YUFE and UROPThese partnerships are crossing disciplines to enrich our research, and enhance learning opportunities for our students.  

Joe Waters photo
"I was very inspired by my lecturers. This was a challenging degree that needed good teaching; the subject is so large and could be overwhelming at times so it was important for the material to be as clear as possible. Things like online quizzes at the end of lectures really helped to consolidate the material.” 
Joe Waters BSc Biochemistry, 2019