Faculty of Science and Health

Research

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Research that makes a difference

The University of Essex consistently ranks in the UK’s research elite. The international quality of our research was recognised by the Research Excellence Framework 2014 with the majority of our research rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).

The Faculty of Science and Health has around 200 academic staff, publishing about 700-peer reviewed papers and other publications per year, and over £10 million in research income. Our research is funded by bodies including the EU, EPSRC, NERC, the Wellcome Trust and national and local charities. Research is based in departments and centres, with Research Directors leading on support for early career researchers.

Our scientists and engineers are active in the University-wide Global Challenges initiative which focuses University research capacity on four major problems facing the world. Researchers within our Ageing and Assisted Living Network are working on lifelong health and healthy ageing, age-related disease and assisted living, developing new tools and technologies which enable the elderly, disabled and those with long-term conditions to live independent lives.

We also work with industry and government, from multinationals such as BT to regional health organisations - whilst we continue to encourage curiosity-driven, discipline based research.

Our Impact

Our departments have worked on projects that have had real-world impact. We have helped protect coral reef environments, developed technology to help report human right's abuses, and promoted better support for women whose babies are taken in to care.

Protecting an oasis of biodiversity - The research carried out by our Coral Reef Research Institute helped Wakatobi Marine National Park achieve UNESCO status as an official Biosphere Reserve.

Keeping it real in a virtual world - How far can we push the limits of virtual reality?

Reporting wartime rights abuses - Researchers in CSEE developed a tool that utilises social media data mining, and live mapping, to allow real-time reporting of human rights violations in Iraq.

Can we do more to support birth mothers are a child is taken in to care? - This interdisciplinary research project, led by the Department of Sociology in collaboration with academics in the School of Health and Social Care, carried out a review of the Positive Choices service run by Suffolk County Council. The team also developed a new app to help social workers track the impact of such services.

How we started the green exercise revolution - Our research on Green Exercise has led to a successful Big Lottery funding bid by the charity Mind, which supported 130 environmental projects that have improved the mental wellbeing of participants.