Our attitude and how we behave are described in four principles.
These are not key messages for external audiences, but they distill the essence of our approach, and what we say and do.
Confidence and pride
We are proud, honest and clear about who we are and what we stand for. We know Essex isn’t for everyone. We want to attract students, staff and partners who share our ambition, passion and pride.
Ambition and creativity
We are creative in everything we do and try to bridge the gap between ambition and resources. We don’t say no –we think how. We take risks, and we are happy to stand out from the pack. Instead of asking ‘have we gone too far?’ we ask ‘is there more we can do?’. We won’t always get things right first time and not everyone is going to love us. That is OK.
Willingness to overcommit
We want the way we do things and the way our stakeholders experience Essex to define us. We will always go further, try harder, and fully commit. We want to be known for and defined by the excellence of our student experience and the relevance and excellence of our research.
We look at how we can do things differently, look for new ideas and don’t just stick to tried and tested methods. We look for a new angle and find something unique in what we’re offering now.