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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 Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017), top 15 in England for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017, mainstream universities), and top 25 for research quality in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 where we're also ranked 22nd overall - our highest ever ranking.

Latest rankings

  • Ranked 22nd in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and shortlisted for University of the Year
  • Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 (TEF)
  • Top 15 ranking for overall satisfaction for the fifth year running in the National Student Survey (NSS 2017, English mainstream universities)
  • 15th most international university in the world (Times Higher Education April 2017)
  • Top ten in the world for both political science and international relations (Centre for World University Rankings 2017)
  • Top 50 in the world rankings for social sciences and law (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018)
  • Top 50 in the world rankings for politics and international studies and sociology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)

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 over a third of our students are from outside the UK. This makes us the most international mainstream university in the UK outside London (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).

  • 14% of our students are from the rest of the EU.
  • 22% of our students are from the rest of the world.
  • We also attract many 'home' students with 64% of our student community from the UK.

A growing university

  • 13,194 students.
  • 10,701 undergraduates.
  • 2,493 postgraduates.

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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 £26m (2015-16).
  • We employ more than 2,100 people.