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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 strive for excellence and we're excelling in everything we do. We are top 25 for research quality in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

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Research excellence

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) assesses research quality and impact at UK universities.

Our REF 2014 results show we are:

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 in the top 10 for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the UK (Innovate UK).
  • Our research income is £30m (2016-17).
  • We employ more than 2,100 people.
* Non-specialist higher education institutions with a survey population of at least 500.