University of Essex
The University of Essex is a public research university in Essex, England. It was established in 1963, welcomed its first students in 1964 and received its royal charter in 1965. Essex's motto, ’Thought the harder, heart the keener’, is adapted from the Anglo-Saxon poem The Battle of Maldon.
Essex's largest campus is the Colchester Campus within Wivenhoe Park, less than a mile (1.6 km) from Wivenhoe and two miles (3 km) from Colchester. There is also a campus in Southend-on-Sea and East 15 Acting School is based at the Loughton Campus. Essex has 19 academic partnerships in the UK and around the world. UK partnerships include University of Essex Online with Kaplan Open Learning; Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and University of Essex International College. International partnerships include a franchise arrangement with Kaplan Singapore and double and dual degrees with several universities in Europe and Asia. This includes a double degree with Northwest University in Xi'an approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Essex is ranked 251–300 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 and 37th in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. Essex was named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards in 2018. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 ranked Essex in the top 20 universities in the UK for the quality of its research and the top 5 for social sciences. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 ranked Essex in the top 50 for social sciences and 51st for law. Essex is one of eight young universities which are part of the Young Universities for the Future of Europe alliance, which was selected by the European Commission to create one of the first European Universities, cross-border alliances of higher education institutions created to promote staff and student mobility. Essex is also a founding partner of the Young European Research Universities network.
Essex has produced many notable alumni in several fields, including two Nobel laureates, a head of state, foreign ministers, MPs, scientists, artists, and politicians.
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We’re a cut above the rest… but don’t just take our word for it! Here are just a few of the reasons you should choose to study with us.
Quality assured programmes
We are committed to offering our students the highest quality online educational experience. We are the only exclusively-online provider to receive a gold rating, the highest rating in the government’s Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).
We’ve been reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), and we are registered with the Office for Students (OfS), the independent regulator of higher education in England.
High student satisfaction
We are proud to consistently achieve high student satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey (NSS). This independent annual survey gathers opinions from students asking them to provide honest feedback on what it’s like to be a University of Essex Online student. In 2019, our students rated us 91% for overall satisfaction, well above the national average of 84%.
Sector-leading teaching excellence
Every University of Essex Online course is designed specifically for online delivery, combining high-quality teaching with the latest technology, allowing you to study from anywhere in the world. Our online tutors combine their knowledge of industry practice with high-quality academic delivery ensuring that all of our online programmes are delivered by leading authorities in their respective fields.
Engaging, interactive learning platform
Studying online with us will give you access to our cutting-edge personalised virtual learning platform, available 24/7 on any device. Our learning platform allows you to get the full higher education experience from anywhere in the world. Access all of the interactive materials required to complete your studies including the University of Essex virtual library and network with fellow students from around the world in our online discussion forums.
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Support throughout your studies
This isn’t going to be a walk in the park… but you know that already. We also want you to know that we’re here to help you face the challenge.
Our dedicated student advisors and study skills specialists provide world-class mentoring and academic study skills support to students from enrolment to graduation. On starting your course, you’ll be assigned a dedicated Student Adviser – they’ll be your mentor; on hand to help and guide you as you progress. Whatever the question or problem, rest assured, we’ll work with you to find the solution.
It’s superb support like this that has earned us outstanding overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.
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Receive your degree from a top UK university
“Freer, more daring, more experimental”: the pillars upon which the University of Essex was founded in 1964 still resonate to this day, underscoring the distinctive learning experience Essex is famous for.
All University of Essex Online degrees are awarded by the University of Essex. So as well as graduating at their beautiful Colchester Campus, this is your chance to benefit from world-class research and ground-breaking teaching, as part of a truly global community, enjoying the uniquely ‘Essex’ spirit which sets us apart from the rest.
Ranking / Awards
- We were named University of the Year in 2018 at the Times Higher Education Awards.
- Gold rated in the UK Government's Teaching Excellence Framework 2017.
- Top 15 for the seventh year running for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2019, overall student satisfaction, English mainstream universities*).
- 21st for international outlook in the THE World University Rankings.
- Top 50 for social sciences in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.
- Top 50 for politics and sociology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) assesses research quality and impact at UK universities.
Our REF 2014 results show we are:
- Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, intensity weighted GPA, mainstream universities, Times Higher Education, December 2014)
- Top in the UK for research in politics (REF 2014 website)
- Top five in the UK for social science research
- Type of Accommodation: On Campus
- Wivenhoe Park Colchester CO4 3SQ
36 Queens Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1BF, United Kingdom
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, United Kingdom
Hatfields, Rectory Lane, Loughton IG10 3RY, United Kingdom