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The University of Essex

Excellence in teaching and excellence in research

We are a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. We are committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research. Our students are members of a unique, transformational experience which empowers them with the skills to make a difference to the world around them.


Rocking the boat

Tenacious, bold, challenging: this is what it means to be part of our community. From pioneering research which informs social change, to student activism which began in the 1960s, and continues to this day, we have never accepted the status quo  Our teaching is informed by research, we arm our students with the knowledge and courage to change the world for the better, and to pursue a lifelong journey of exploration.


Uniquely international

We are one of the most internationally-diverse universities in the UK. With students from 130 countries, 40% of our students are from overseas. . ,. Internationalism is in our DNA. Our teaching and research is founded on global issues and internationally-focused initiatives including Languages for All and Study Abroad. At Essex, weequip our students with the skills they need to be truly global citizens.


Curiosity ingrained

We value original, relevant independent research that asks difficult questions. We are top 5 in the UK for social science research and top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). We are recognised as a world-leader in politics and hold the only Regius Professorship for political science, awarded by HM The Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.


We’re in it together

At Essex, we don’t separate our students and academic staff, or our professional services staff from our alumni. Everyone is a member of our community for life. Our three uniquely intimate campuses encourage people, ideas and disciplines to come together.f. We celebrate diversity and challenge inequality. Whatever your background, race or sexual orientation, you are part of a vibrant community that lives, learns and plays together. This supportive community helped us earn sixth place in the 2014 National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction, and the 2013 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Students.

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