We are determined to do things differently and put student success at the centre of everything we do.
We’re committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research. We put student success at the heart of our mission, supporting every student from every background to achieve outstanding outcomes; preparing our students to thrive in their future lives.
Our determination to make a difference in society means we’re in the global top 100 of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which ranked more than 1,400 universities around the world.
We are open about our aims and how we want to achieve them. Our strategy sets out our ambitions for 2025. On these pages you’ll find more on our plans, our finance, our senior team and how we work.
We’re now delivering a transformational education to more than 17,800 students. We’ve also invested in the biggest ever expansion of our research community as we move towards our strategic target of having around 1,000 academics working on the important issues of our time.
We strive for excellence and we’re aiming to excel in everything we do. We are top 25 for research quality in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
Choose Essex for an education that’s focused on you.
Our students and graduates have always been committed to making change, both big and small. Challenging the norm is not just encouraged, it’s expected. When you’re a member of the University of Essex, you will have the freedom to challenge, the confidence to speak out and the courage to share your ideas. This is one of the reasons why we’re rated in the UK’s top 30 universities (Complete University Guide 2022).
Dive into the complex world of coral reefs with marine biology or explore cinematic cultures, histories, and theories through film studies. At Essex, we have a range of subjects across multiple disciplines, so there’s something for everyone. Explore our subject pages to find the right course for you.
You’ll get more than just a great degree. You can pursue your interests, make friends for life and tailor your university experience around your ambitions, passions and values. With an on-campus theatre, a spacious gym and sports facilities, an amazing Students’ Union as well as a wide range of student societies, you can discover what really matters to you.