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 39th out of 130 UK universities in the Complete University Guide 2023
Our Students' Union is 7th in the National Student Survey 2022 for representing students (Broad discipline English universities)
Number one university in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), the flagship Innovate UK programme.
We’re 76th in the global Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022 and ranked in the top 25 globally for three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals assessed.
6th in the UK for Drama and Dance in The Guardian University Guide 2023
24th for international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.
Ranked in the top 50 for Politics and International Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2022)
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
88% of our graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2022)
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.
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.