We are ranked in the top 25 for research quality in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, where we're also ranked 22nd overall - our highest ever ranking.
Our researchers are daring, visionary thinkers. We ask difficult questions and provide vital insights, and our research shapes thinking and influences policy; our politics research is first in the UK according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, as it has been since research rankings began in 1986.
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Some of the current world-leading research projects being undertaken by Essex academics
We are one of 18 universities working across Europe to enrich the educational experience of our students, increase the impact of our researchers and share best practice across institutions through the YERUN initiative: the Young European Research Universities Network.
YERUN was created in 2015 as the result of existing collaboration among 18 young and highly ranked universities in Europe – with a goal to facilitate and promote joint initiatives in the areas of research, teaching and mobility among our members.
In January 2018 Essex hosted, in collaboration with University Roma Tor Vergata and Carlos III Madrid, the first YERUN research workshop, comprising the first of a series of six research workshops that brought together 30 academics from 15 YERUN partners to focus on Big Data, Data Analytics and the Digital Economy.
Led by our Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, each year professors and experienced research academics join us to contribute to, and collaborate with, our research community, as part of our International Visiting Fellowships Scheme.
Hosted by a research centre linked to their research area, Fellows join us for a minimum of two months, and up to a maximum of 10 months, and come from a broad range of countries, specialising in a number of academic disciplines. Long-term Fellows produce a paper or journal contribution and usually undertake valuable workshops with Masters and Doctorate students.
My time at Essex was a tremendous learning opportunity for me, providing me with a chance to see sociology, and indeed the world, from a different point of view. I met numerous outstanding sociologists with whom I intend to stay in contact, and with whom I hope to collaborate in the future.