University of Essex

University Profile

The University of Essex is the UK’s University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018).

We’re home to a truly global community for original thinkers who seek to change the world for the better. Part of an elite group of ‘dual intensive’ universities – gold rated for both teaching excellence (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017) and top 25 for research in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. The University is 29th overall in the Good University Guide, 14th for international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 and top 15 for student satisfaction* in the National Student Survey 2018.

*English mainstream non-specialist higher education institutions with a survey population of at least 500.

Over 16,000 students from more than 140 countries study across Essex’s three campuses in Colchester, Southend and Loughton. Renowned for research in social science, human rights and data analytics, Essex is consistently ranked number one for politics (REF 2014), we’re the only university to be awarded a Regius Professorship for political science by The Queen and we’re in the top 50 for social sciences in the THE World University Rankings.

We believe a person’s potential is not simply defined by grades or background but by an attitude of mind: a willingness to question, to collaborate and to push at the frontiers of knowledge. Time at university should do more than equip students to pass exams. By living and learning in our global academic community, our students enjoy a richness of experience that extends far beyond the lecture theatre. By contributing to their own and others’ Essex experience, they discover who they are and how they can realise their full potential and opportunities throughout their lives.


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