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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 for the sixth year running in The National Student Survey (2018, overall student satisfaction, English mainstream universities*), and top 25 for research quality in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 where we're also ranked 29th overall.

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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 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

  • 15,317 students on Essex programmes at our three campuses and our partner institutions.
  • 10,701 undergraduates at our three campuses.
  • 2,493 postgraduates at our three campuses.
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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 £30m (2016-17).
  • We employ more than 2,100 people.
* Non-specialist higher education institutions with a survey population of at least 500.