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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 living and learning 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 the University of Essex 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

Essex is a genuine global community. With more than 130 countries represented within our student body, and 40% of our students from overseas, we are one of the most internationally-diverse universities in the UK. 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 equip 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 an inter-weaving of people, ideas and disciplines. 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 come 2nd out of all mainstream UK universities in the 2015 National Student Survey for student satisfaction, and the 2013 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Students.

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