Our Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Designate) Professor Lorna Fox O’Mahony, today launches our University Strategy 2019 -2025 consultation. Here she tells us more about the events designed to get all us thinking of the future and sharing our big ideas for Essex 2025.

We all plan for the future. We plan our summer holidays, we plan weddings and birthday parties because the future is already on its way and is best enjoyed when we act to shape it around what really matters to us most.

Planning for the future of our University is no different. We know that education and research really matter to us, and we’re already working hard to understand and navigate the disruptors and opportunities coming over the horizon. Our plans will help to shape a future in which our University will continue to thrive, putting students at the centre of our thinking and doing research that improves people’s lives.

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster, explains more in this short video.

What will the students of the future need from their Essex education to prepare them for their future lives, future careers and future learning? In an age of digital communication, how will our campus-based University support human interaction and belonging? How will our education and research be shaped by our commitments to inclusion, community and well-being? How will our researchers identify and address the questions that really make a difference in improving people’s lives?

We want you to share your ideas to help form our next University Strategy, 2019-25.

Come along to one of three consultation events and take part in fun activities designed to get your futurist minds whirring and your ideas for the future flowing.

At each event, you’ll explore our past, reflect on our present and build a vision for our shared future.

  • Learn about the four pillars that underpin our ethos.
  • Watch videos that will give you a glimpse of the future.
  • Think about your future at Essex.
  • Share your thoughts and ideas with others.
  • Make a wish for the future of the University.

All our staff and students are invited to drop in to one of three events:

  • Southend Campus – Tuesday 24 April – the Forum Share Space (TF.2.59), 11am-3pm
  • Colchester Campus – Wednesday 25 April – The Hex, 10am-4pm
  • Loughton Campus – Friday 27 April – Corbett Theatre, 1-2pm and 6-7pm

Refreshments will be provided.

Whatever your role, wherever your campus, whatever your area of expertise, research or study – the future of Essex needs you!

Professor Lorna Fox O’Mahony

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Designate)