We’re now delivering a transformational education to more than 17,800 students. We’ve also invested in the biggest ever expansion of our research community as we move towards our strategic target of having around 1,000 academics working on the important issues of our time.
We strive for excellence and we're aiming to excel in everything we do.
We’re a top 30 university, and in the top 4 for ‘value-added’, in the Guardian University Guide 2024.
We are 32nd out of 130 UK universities in the Complete University Guide 2024.
Our Students' Union is 16th for Students’ Union (National Student Survey 2023, English Broad Discipline Institutions)
Number one university in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), the flagship Innovate UK programme.
We’re 56th in the global Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023 and ranked in the top 100 globally for nine of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals assessed.
We have four subject areas in the top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2024.
15th for international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024
We’re in the top 100 globally for politics and international studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2023)
We are 65th for Social Sciences in the THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023
47th for Law in THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023
Top 150 for Business and Economics in THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023
Top 200 for Arts and Humanities in the THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023
89% of our graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023)
Essex is a centre of world-leading excellence for the social sciences. Four social science subjects are in the UK top 10 for research quality (Grade Point Average, REF2021) and three are in the UK Top 10 for research power (Times Higher Education 2022). We have further outstanding strengths in science and health, and arts and humanities.
The four Essex subjects in the UK top 10 for research quality are - sociology, economics and econometrics, politics and international studies, and modern languages and linguistics.
The five Essex subjects in the UK top 10 for research power are – sociology, law, economics and econometrics, politics and international studies, and computer science.
The National Student Survey (NSS) is an independent survey that gathers final year undergraduate students' opinions on the quality of their course.
More than 2,400 Essex students shared their views through NSS 2023. You can find an overview of our performance in NSS 2023 in our news section.
The survey is usually open from January to April each year and students can find out more information about taking part on our student directory.
All the data gathered is published by the Office for Students including a provider level dashboard.
The NSS is very important to us in understanding and improving the student experience. The feedback from students is used to inform the way we support students in the coming years.
The NSS changed significantly this year. For each of the 26 core questions, students used a four-point scale to indicate how positive they were about a particular aspect of their student experience. NSS 2023 also removed a question which asked students in England how satisfied they are with the quality of their course.
A positivity measure or score can be calculated for each question based on the proportion of respondents who choose a positive answer. For each question, there is a sliding scale of four possible answers with two positive responses and two negative responses available.
Times Higher Education has analysed the NSS data to provide an overall ‘positivity score’ across all 26 core questions. Times Higher only included UK providers with at least 1,000 respondents.
According to the Times Higher analysis, Essex is ranked 28th out of all English broad discipline universities with a positivity score of 80.7%.
We have students from more than 140 countries and a third of our students are from outside the UK - 12.8% are from the European Union and 21.5% are from overseas.
Note: Our figures refer to headcount - total number of students registered on Essex courses in 2021.