Essex is a centre of world-leading excellence for the social sciences. Four social science subjects are in the UK top 10 for research quality (Grade Point Average, REF2021) and three are in the UK Top 10 for research power (Times Higher Education 2022). We have further outstanding strengths in science and health, and arts and humanities.
The four Essex subjects in the UK top 10 for research quality are - sociology, economics and econometrics, politics and international studies, and modern languages and linguistics.
The five Essex subjects in the UK top 10 for research power are – sociology, law, economics and econometrics, politics and international studies, and computer science.
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Some of the current world-leading research projects being undertaken by Essex academics
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.