Research training and collaboration

We are a member of the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern Arc). Established in 2013, Eastern Arc is a regional research consortium that brings together three radical, interdisciplinary universities on the eastern seaboard of England: the University of Essex, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the University of Kent. 

For more than 50 years they have been home to socially aware, radical and disruptive research and education, forged in communities built on equality, respect, and intellectual freedom.

Our background

The Eastern Arc universities have a shared history of radicalism and a willingness to engage with diverse cultures and outlooks. 

Our members

With 50,000 students and £800m in income, the Eastern Arc universities are a significant force in UK higher education. We can count six Nobel laureates among our former staff and students, and all three of our members are in the top ten universities that balance both world-leading research and inspiring teaching.

But our contribution goes beyond academia, and together we bring in almost £2.4bn of economic benefit to our region. Find out more about our members.


Our work

Eastern Arc provides a platform for collaboration between the three universities. This takes many forms. For academic research, we’re structured around four areas of common strength.

To achieve this, Eastern Arc has three objectives:

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