Research at Essex

Research Facilities

Explore our research
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Our excellent facilities and services support research excellence in social science, science and health, and the humanities. We are proud to offer our facilities and services, plus quality venues and business consultancy, to organisations and businesses choosing to work with us.

Some of our research facilities include:

Life Sciences

Our facilities

Coral in the Red SeaOur School of Life Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for conducting research in the life sciences and for training undergraduates and research students. Over two-thirds of our research was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2021) and our facilities are wide-ranging because we cover a wide range of sub-disciplines within the Life Sciences.


  • STEM Centre
  • Bioimaging Facilty
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Biophysical and Biochemical Facilities
  • Ecology and Environmental Microbiology Facilities
  • Molecular Cell Biology and Cell Culture Plant Physiology Phenotyping
  • Proteomics

Explore our Life Sciences facilities in more detail

Our research groups

Lady with a microscopeOur research groups also have a wide variety of facilities available to researchers. Find our more about each of our groups or units below:




Get to know our Life Science research

Business Services

Business services and consultancy

Our expertise is helping to drive business forward: we have an unequivocal commitment to creating jobs and growth in the East of England region. Find out more.

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Knowledge Gateway

Essex Business SchoolThe Knowledge Gateway is located adjacent to our Colchester Campus and strategically integrates the University of Essex to the city of Colchester and the region. Explore our growing Knowledge Gateway

As well as offering MBAs and Executive programmes, Essex Business School offers a range of facilities for business. Get to know the department in more detail to find out more.

Event Management

Event Essex is our conferencing arm, offering modern and flexible conference and meeting spaces, comfortable accommodation and high quality catering at both our Colchester and Southend campuses. Find out more


Read more about our facilities for businesses

Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Our facilities

Robot in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering is supported by excellent facilities. We are served by a gigabit Ethernet LAN and we have our own gigabit backbone; standard network connectivity is 100Mbit/second.



Specialist Labs

  • Brain-Computer Interfaces Laboratory
  • Embedded and Intelligent Systems Laboratory
  • Intelligent Environments Laboratory
  • Robotics Laboratory

Communications Systems Labs

  • Access Networks Laboratory
  • Network Convergence Laboratory
  • Network Multimedia Laboratory
  • Optoelectronics Laboratory
  • RF and Microwave Research Laboratory

General research facilities

  • Printed circuit milling facility
  • Semiconductor clean room


Get to know our Computer Science and Electronic Engineering facilities

Explore in more detail the research conducted by the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, including our research groups, centres and institutes.

Find out more


 Centre for Brain Science


A woman with blonde hair wearing a blue EEG cap, with someone to the right attaching a small sensor to her cheek.

It’s a purpose-built centre to house state-of-the-art equipment that allows staff to directly measure and modulate brain activity, as well as a range of equipment to measure eye movements and various indices of physiological response.

The centre also won a Sustainable Developments award in the 2008 Colchester 2020 and RIBA Architectural Awards, and is one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings at our Colchester Campus.

  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Near infra-red spectroscopy (NIRS)
  • Virtual reality suite

We also have a range of specialist labs and facilities such as our observation suit, visual perception lab, cognitive perception lab, two psychoacoustic hearing lab, and group testing suite. Find out more


Studying the development of perceptual and cognitive abilities in infants and children. Explore more


Get to know our Psychology research

Social Sciences and Humanities


Students, researchers, individuals and organisations, from across the globe conduct cutting edge research at ESSEXLab. Our excellent facilities and expert laboratory staff are open and available to all, from the university community and beyond. See how ESSEXLab can help you.

Language and Linguistics

  • Translation and Interpreting Facilities
  • Linguistic Laboratories
  • Media Studio
  • Spicer Library

Find out more