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How it all stacks up

We're a university going places with increasing numbers of students and one of the most international academic communities in the world.

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 are top 25 for research quality in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Latest rankings

Research excellence

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.

Truly international

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.

A growing university

  • 17,800+ students on Essex programmes at our three campuses.
  • 13,800+ undergraduates at our three campuses.
  • 3,900+ postgraduates at our three campuses.

Note: Our figures refer to headcount - total number of students registered on Essex courses in 2021.

Staff celebrating University of the Year award win 2018)
Staff celebrating University of the Year award win 2018

Awards won

 

Economic impact

  • Our contribution to the UK economy is worth more than £500m. In Colchester our economic impact is £478m and in Southend our economic impact is £55m.
  • We are number one for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the UK (Innovate UK).
  • Our research income is £42m (2020-21) – including contracts, grants and fees.
  • We employ more than 2,644 academic, research, senior support and general support staff.
* Non-specialist higher education institutions with a survey population of at least 500.