Doing things the Essex way

We are an internationally-oriented, research-intensive university with a commitment to research-led teaching in a challenging, intellectually-stimulating environment.

We actively encourage and help develop the skills and mindset that will help our members to become tomorrow's thought leaders. We provide a range of support and guidance to support members of the University in fostering these values.

Our brand and values

Our brand communicates our values, vision and qualities, summed up in our commitment to excellence in education and research.

To stay true to our brand, we use a particular tone of voice when writing about Essex. We keep our language clear and simple without dumbing down the content, and keep our tone friendly and accessible, using the first person where appropriate.

Teaching development

Organisational Development (OD) (part of People and Culture) offer a range of courses and resources to help you develop your career, including induction, training, accredited programmes of professional development, networking opportunities and hands-on tools and resources.

  • OD offer a range of how-to guides for staff interested in key learning and teaching themes, from how to support students to creating vodcasts and using technology.
  • Find out about Cadenza, our professional development framework for staff who teach and support learning.

Learning technologies 

We provide and support a range of learning technologies, including Listen Again, which makes recorded lectures available for our students to hear again online. Other learning technologies include our virtual learning environment Moodle, online assessment with Question Mark Perception, online coursework submission and personal response systems.

Sharing news

There are many ways to find out about news and events at the University, and to share your news.

Essex Weekly (Colchester, Southend, Loughton) is our weekly e-newsletter sent to University staff. Our Essex Daily blog is constantly updated with news and events information. If you have any news items to be considered for either of these, please email

The University, our departments, professional services and individual staff and students all make extensive use of social media.

Find out how you can submit news story you think we should be sharing.

Organising an event

If you would like to organise an event, the first port of call is to take a look at our organising an event information. This gives advice on how to get started, getting the right authorisation, and what else you need to do to get your plans under way and make your event a success.

Our experienced Event Essex team can also help organise events or conferences at our Colchester or Southend Campuses, or at other local venues, providing support to plan your event from start to finish.

Diversity and inclusion

Our People Supporting Strategy (.pdf) outlines how we aim to make the University a place where diversity is respected and valued, and where members of our community feel able to challenge unacceptable behaviour in an appropriate way. It commits us to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded in our decision-making processes and continuing to improve our equality performance through identifying, implementing and sharing best practice. 

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