This year marks the 60th anniversary of the creation of our University and is a significant milestone for our staff, students and alumni. Throughout the next two academic years, through to the end of July 2025, we want to encourage everyone to get involved in celebrating all that is wonderful about the University, through a wide range of events and activities.

We are a community that continues to believe in:

  • an equal commitment to research and education, with a tradition that good teaching really matters
  • a concern not just with the pursuit of learning, but with the fulfilment of lives, where living matters as much as learning
  • recruitment of students on the basis of potential as well as prior achievement
  • and a university that is freer, more daring, more experimental.

We are also a University that wants to judge our collective success by the extent to which we meet the needs of our time. We therefore want to mark our diamond jubilee by celebrating the impact that we have had over the last 60 years and the positive change that we have made. For our 60th campaign we have chosen the strapline: “Where change happens 1964 - 2024”. An exciting programme of events will be shared through our Essex Spirit student newsletter and I look forward to celebrating this remarkable anniversary together.