University of Essex

2015 League Table Ranking 39
2015 Overall Score 731
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History

  • We’re turning fifty.The first students arrived at the University of Essex in 1964 and our Royal Charter was granted in 1965, which means that this year we’ll celebrate five decades of achievement, world-class research, and academic excellence.
  • We’re world leaders. Essex has an international reputation for excellence in both research and teaching, particularly in the social sciences.
  • We’re proud to be diverse.From the outset, Essex has embedded internationalism in its DNA – both through student and staff body and academic programmes offered.
  • We’ve got the royal seal of approval. Essex was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize: Human Rights (2010) and the Queen’s awards for enterprise: Sustainable Development (2008).
  • We’re flying high. In 2012, we were ranked in the top 50 in the world for universities under 50 years old.
  • We’rehome to some very happy students.Essex students enjoy their time here so much that last yearwe were voted 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction (mainstream universities NSS, 2013).
  • We’re prize-winners.We are proud to have been awarded the 2013 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Students for our unique placement scheme, frontrunners.
  • We’re inspiring.The University’s largest campus, on the edge of Colchester, is set in historic Wivenhoe Park, which was originally landscaped in the eighteenth century and painted by celebrated artist, John Constable.

Location and Transport

  • Our Colchester Campus is set in 200 acres of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town and former Roman capital.
  • The campus at Colchester is built around five compact and bustling, inter-linked squares, which encourages our academics and students from different departments to work together, nurturing the interdisciplinary nature of our teaching and research.
  • The world is your oyster. Transport links to Colchester are excellent, with a good road (A12) and several train stations (Colchester station is just 50 minutes away from central London, with trains up to every 15 minutes). Both Stansted and Southend airports, as well as the ferry port of Harwich, are nearby too.
  • Southend Campus, adjacent to the Southend Central railway station and Southend High Street, is our most recent multi-million pound campus.
  • There are also great transport links to Southend. A train to London will take around 50 minutes, and Stansted and Gatwick airports are just over an hour away. Southend airport is only three miles from the campus, with a range of flights to European destinations.
  • Loughton Campus is home to East 15 Acting School. At just a five minute walk away from the nearest London Underground station, Debden, you can be in central London within 40 minutes.

Entry Standards

  • Essex’s general entry requirements are A levels and a range of other qualifications that we regard as equivalent.
  • When we make you an offer, it will normally be expressed in the form of three A level grades, although some specific subjects do also ask for individual course requirements.
  • All our schools, departments and centres accept either A level General Studies or A level Critical Thinking as one of your three A levels.
  • Essex accepts applicants with non-standard qualifications.

Student Mix

  • 12,074 students across all three campuses: 8,760 undergraduates and 3,314 postgraduates.
  • 3,100 international students, with over 135 nationalities represented.
  • Roughly 50/50 men and women.
  • Applications to places ratio ranges greatly from course to course.

Course Flexibility

  • Take your learning to the next level. Essex champions research-led teaching as part of our commitment to excellence in education. But what does this mean for you? You’ll receive a combination of traditional teaching methods, and state of the art technology. You’ll be learning from academics at the forefront of their field,sharing the most cutting-edge information available.
  • Try something new. We offer a broad first year with opportunities to try new subjects that you may not have encountered before.In your subsequent years, you will have the chance to tailor your course to suit your own developing interests, to ensure you get the most out of your Essex education.
  • Benefit from interdisciplinary study. At Essex, we believe in pushing boundaries, which is why we’ve got lots of undergraduate courses that allow you to study a combination of two or three subjects. Our flexibility means that often you are able to study two courses that might not seem immediately related.
  • Essex Abroad. Most of our courses offer the chance to spend a year studying, working or volunteering abroad with the added bonus of no tuition fee charge for that year. It’s a fantastic opportunity to enrich your learning and widen your career prospects.
  • Don’t get tied down.If you decide you’d like a change of direction, you’ll have the chance to switch degree scheme at the end of your first year.
  • Varied learning.You can expect to attend a mixture of lectures, classes, seminars, laboratory practicals and field trips, depending on the subject area.
  • Skills forlife. Our teaching focuses on both subject knowledge and the important skills sought by employers. We aim to give you the courage and power to challenge, question and explore, and ultimately change the world around you.
  • Take your pick.Our broad subject areas include: accounting, finance and banking; acting and theatre studies; actuarial science; American (US) studies; art history; biochemistry; biology and ecology; biomedical sciences; business and management; computational finance; computer science; creative writing; criminology; drama; economics and econometrics; electronic engineering and telecommunications; English language; English language teaching; European studies; film studies; health and human sciences; history; hospitality; human rights; Latin American studies; law; liberal arts; linguistics; literature; marketing and entrepreneurship; mathematical sciences; modern languages; nursing; occupational therapy; oral health sciences; philosophy; physiotherapy; politics and international relations; psychoanalytic studies; psychology; sociology; speech and language therapy; sports and exercise science.

Teaching Standards

  • We’ve performed consistently well in the National Student Survey and last year we were ranked a fantastic 2nd in the UK for overall satisfaction, with93% of students expressing overall satisfaction with their course.
  • 15 of our 16 schools, departments and centres that were covered by the National Student Survey achieved overall satisfaction of 90% or higher, while the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering; the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies; the Department of Sociology; the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies; and East 15 Acting School achieved 95 per cent or above.
  • 12 of the 30 subjects covered by the NSS were ranked in the top ten. Computer Science was ranked top, Drama ranked second, and Sociology ranked third.
  • Our Languages for All programme gives all students the chance to learn a modern foreign language at no extra cost alongside your studies.

Research Standards

  • Essex was ranked ninth in the UK for the outstanding quality of our research in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008). The results of the RAE showed that 93% of our research activity is rated ‘internationally recognised’ and 22% as ‘world leading’.
  • The RAE re-confirmed our position as the UK’s leading social science university, with politics and sociology top, economics third and linguistics fourth.
  • Essex also scored highly in other fields in the RAE, featuring in the UK’s top ten for more than half of our 14 submitted subject areas. This included being second in the UK for history and for accounting and finance, ninth for art history and tenth for philosophy.
  • In 2013, our Department of Government was awarded the only Regius Professorship in Political Science in the UK, marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and recognising our outstanding achievements over the last 50 years.
  • We house several major Economic and Social Research Council funded projects: the UK Data Archive (the largest depository of computer retrievable information outside the USA) and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER). ISER runs Understanding Society, a major study which captures economic and social information every year from 40,000 different households.

Academic Strengths

  • In 2012, Essex was ranked in the top 50 in the world for universities under 50 years old.
  • Essex was ranked ninth in the UK for research excellence in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), a ranking that re-confirmed our position as the UK’s leading social science university, with politics and sociology top, economics third and linguistics fourth.
  • We also scored highly in other fields in the RAE. This included being second in the UK for history and for accounting and finance, ninth for art history and tenth for philosophy.
  • Essex is home to one of just 21 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK. This allows us to offer fully-funded ESRC studentships, across numerous doctoral pathways, and cements our long-standing reputation as a world-class centre for social science research. We also house Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence, environmental research and the arts and humanities.
  • Essex courses in biomedical science are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, resulting in accelerated career progression within the NHS for graduates.
  • Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering was ranked amongst top organisations in the world in artificial intelligence, based on citation counts in the last five years, placing us 33rd above Cornell University, California Institute of Technology, and the University of Cambridge (Microsoft Academic Research, December 2011).
  • Drama students at Essex make great use of our Colchester Campus Lakeside Theatre, so work with an extensive range of notable freelance practitioners.
  • Film studies students at Essex can use our brand new, fully-equipped media production facilities, which include late-night access for students.
  • Oral health Science courses at Essex have a 100% success rate in employability for students upon graduation.
  • Our world-leading Human Rights Centre helped the University to win the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2010, recognising our work in advancing human rights across the globe.
  • The School of Law offers qualifying law degrees that enable our graduates to progress to the professional stage of training to become a barrister or solicitor.
  • Undergraduate courses within our Department of Psychology are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society. This means graduates with a second-class honours degree or above are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is essential if you wish to practise as a chartered psychologist in areas such as clinical, educational, or forensic psychology.
  • Undergraduate courses offered by our Centre for Sports and Exercise Science are endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. All our graduates are eligible to be listed on the Skills Active register of exercise professionals.

Student Facilities

  • As an Essex student, you will have access to a wide range of resources and facilities to help you during your studies. A network of professional student services offers information, advice, practical help, and specialist resources to enable you to take full advantage of the opportunities offered at undergraduate level.
  • We provide access to computer facilities in our library, and numerous open access labs. This includes over 650 PCs at our Colchester Campus, many of which are available 24 hours a day, perfect for any last-minute essay-writing, and more than 130 at our Southend Campus.
  • Over six floors, our library at Colchester provides a congenialatmosphere for study, containing e-resources, research resources (including thesis binding), specialist materials, and more than 1.7 million books, pamphlets, e-publications and microfilms. It has long opening hours, a total of 84 hours over seven days a week during term-time, and has a 24-hour reading room too.
  • Our library contains short loan and students collections for books in high demand – 34,000 extra copies in all.
  • The brand new building at Southend, the Forum, is an integrated municipal and academic public library, home to over 140,000 books with access to 52,000 e-books and 33,000 e-journals online, as well as a stimulating research and learning environment for our Southend Campus, and a modern teaching facility for South Essex College.
  • We offer vibrant, social spaces, such as the Orangery and the Limehouse, perfect for working on group projects, with interactive boards and a coffee by your side.
  • Our extensive online study support and resources includes our myEssex student portal. This provides a personalised online dashboard for each student with specific information relating to living and learning at Essex and our Course Material Repository (CMR) that houses all course-related materials for our students.
  • Missed something in a lecture? Need to revise a topic? Our ‘Listen Again’ service makes MP3 recordings of lectures, allowing you to improve your understanding of your subject area, as well as aiding revision by letting yourevise at a time and place that is most convenient for you.
  • Our Employability and Careers Centre was shortlisted in the National Placement and Internship Awards 2013, for our outstanding work to support students to achieve their aspirations.
  • Our Big Essex Employability Award helps you promote the skills you have gained through volunteering, work experience and many other activities to employers, and have these recorded on your degree transcript.
  • Our Internships Team help you find paid work experience with external employers, both during your studies and for up to three years after graduation. Internships can be part-time while you study, or full-time outside of term and on graduation, and vary from six weeks to 12 months.
  • We know how competitive the graduate job market can be, which is why we have designed the Essex CV pack, which takes you through the CV-writing process from beginning to end, helping you get the best start in the graduate job market and capitalise on your experiences at Essex.
  • If English isn’t your first language, our pre-sessional language programmes could be exactly what you need. They enhance your English language proficiency and use of English for academic purposes. In addition, our in-sessional programmes offer free English support classes for students taking a full-time academic course.
  • Our University Skills Centre has a learning resource room open to all students as a reference and lending library, and as a relaxed place to study. You can also book one-to-one sessions with our team of expert study skills advisers to help you with a wide range of study skills including everything from managing reading lists, increasing academic style and improving note-taking to planning essays, referencing and bibliographies and help with seminar presentations.
  • We are the only UK university to have our own theatre at each of our three campuses. We are also home to a renowned art gallery and an internationally important collection of art from Latin America.
  • Next year we will open our new £21-million centre for student services, which will include a one-stop-shop for accommodation, payments, registration and student welfare; an integrated learning centre for creative and group working; new IT facilities including touchdown access and a new helpdesk; a state-of-the-art media centre; a 24-hour reading room; an archive and special collections book store; a 24-hour postgraduate study area; additional study spaces and library shelving; and an expanded student book collection.
  • This year will also see the opening of a new building that will house Essex Business School at our Colchester Campus. Located next to our new Knowledge Gateway research park, this building will include sustainable design throughout, such as low and zero carbon technology, and feature a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, dedicated space for MBA students and facilities for flexible group learning and ICT.

Disability Services

  • We have a strong tradition of encouraging and supporting disabled students, including those with mental health or specific learning difficulties. We are committed to creating an accessible and enabling environment for everyone.
  • Our provision includes: advice on Disabled Students’ Allowance, assistance booking needs assessment, study strategies mentoring, learning support (e.g. note-takers), individual exam arrangements, and allocation of accessible accommodation.
  • Applicants are encouraged to contact our Disability Team, within Student Support, to discuss individual needs and access requirements.

Students' Union

  • University shouldn’t just be about studying, and at Essex, we like to work and play. Alongside your academic studies, you’ll have the chance to get involved in activities to improve your CV, your student experience, and the world around you! These range from a whopping 165active sports clubs and societies, arts and music events, and volunteering projects. There’s truly something for everyone.
  • At Essex, you’re not just a student, but a member of a global community. We’ll help you grow, and give you the confidence and skills to challenge convention and shape what goes on around you.
  • In addition, our Students’ Union has been awarded a prestigious Investors in People Gold Award and was one of only a handful of universities to receive an NUS Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative Award.
  • Our Colchester Campus is home to a number of bars, and our award-winning University Nightclub, Sub Zero, which has a 1,000-plus capacity, and won Best Student Venue in the UK in 2006.
  • Our full calendar of events each term range from current music acts to themed nights to buffets. Recent guests include Florence and the Machine, Faithless, Zane Lowe, and Example, as well as club nights by the Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, and BBC 1Xtra.
  • We also hold our annual Christmas Ball, and the biggest event of the year, the Summer Ball, where everyone comes together to celebrate the end of the year.
  • If you fancy stretching and developing yourself, then our Students’ Union vTeam is for you. It offers hundreds of great ways to volunteer and get involved in the campus and community life. Over 700 students undertake voluntary work with our vTeam.
  • Our Students’ Union runs three award-winning media channels to broadcast the latest student news, opinion and entertainment. This includes our fortnightly newspaper,The Rabbit, our SX:TV channel, and our radio station, RED Radio.
  • Our Students’ Union provides assistance throughout your time at Essex. Our network of student course representatives makes sure you receive support at every stage of your studies, while our confidential Advice Centre offers free, impartial help. We also find students the perfect place to live when they move out of University-provided accommodation with our SU lettings agency, Student Lets.

Sport

  • Essex runs over 45 sports clubs, covering familiar sports such as football, rugby and hockey, to new activities that you might not have tried before, like gliding, sub aqua, and lacrosse. You certainly don’t have to be an expert to get involved, as all our clubs are open to all levels of ability, with minimal costs.
  • In 2012-2013, we were ranked 42 out of over 150 institutions in the national BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) league.
  • We’re kitted out for pretty much any activity.At our Colchester Campus, our £1.4-million sports centre includes a 130-station gym offering state-of-the-art fitness technology in light, spacious, and air conditioned comfort, an 8m high climbing wall, three tennis courts, five glass-backed squash courts, an 18 hole Frisbee golf course, three trampolines, seven football and two rugby pitches, a flood-lit synthetic turf pitch, a grass cricket pitch, plus an artificial cricket wicket and nets, and jogging and orienteering routes. Colchester students also have access to a wide range of water sports at nearby Brightlingsea.
  • At our Southend Campus, our new Evolve gym boasts state-of-the-art fitness equipment and an activity studio. We also have an arrangement with Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre to provide sporting facilities, including badminton, five-a-side football, basketball, netball, tennis, and table tennis. Southend caters for a range of sporting activities, and facilities are available for gold, tennis, cricket, fishing, swimming, cycling, football, rugby, and many more. Seven miles of coastline offer water sports from sailing to kitesurfing, and the Southend Marine Activities Centre allows those on a budget to try their hand.
  • We run coaching courses through our SPACE (Sports Participation and Coaching Education) programme, which allows you to gain coaching and officiating experiences, as well as feeding into a number of local organisations to get hands-on coaching work.
  • Our Human Performance Unit provides sports and exercise science support, and laboratory and field testing to a wide range of professional and amateur athletes.
  • To continue improving sporting performance, we employ a full-time Sports Development Officer to target specific clubs and individuals with the potential to excel. We also employ volleyball and basketball performance coaches.
  • We offer sports scholarships to help talented student athletes realise their potential, while balancing academic study with the demands of elite sport.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In 2010 we developed and opened new buildings at our Southend Campus. This included refurbishing our Clifftown Studios to include new theatrical space, and opening our new student accommodation, University Square, featuring 561 rooms with many green and sustainable features.
  • At our Colchester Campus, we recently opened a new £5-million Teaching Centre (October 2010), offering high quality, modern teaching space, and further improved student facilities with the development of the Limehouse, a cutting-edge space with PC-equipped learning group pods and two new seminar rooms, and Fusion, a restaurant offering fresh street-style food fromacross the globe(both 2012).
  • Last year we were pleased to announce the opening of our new accommodation at our Colchester Campus, the Meadows. It boasts an additional 648 student bedrooms and a social pavilion with a common room, launderette and shop, and is just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of campus.
  • The brand new building at Southend-on-Sea, the Forum, was opened in 2013. It has created an integrated municipal and academic public library, home to over 140,000 books with access to 52,000 e-books and 33,000 e-journals online, as well as the Learning Hub; a stimulating research and learning environment for our Southend Campus, and a modern teaching facility for South Essex College.
  • We are now forging ahead with developments costing more than £200-million, in the run up to our 50th Anniversary.
  • Next year we will open our new £21-million centre for student services and library extension, which will include a one-stop-shop for accommodation, payments, registration and student welfare; an integrated learning centre for creative and group working; new IT facilities including touchdown access and a new helpdesk; a state-of-the-art media centre; a 24-hour reading room; an archive and special collections book store; a 24-hour postgraduate study area; additional study spaces and library shelving; and an expanded student book collection.
  • This year will also see the opening of a new building that will house Essex Business School at our Colchester Campus. Located next to our new Knowledge Gateway research park, this building will include sustainable design throughout, such as low and zero carbon technology, and feature a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, dedicated space for MBA students and facilities for flexible group learning and ICT.
  • We now have students studying at Edge Hotel School, based within the beautiful and historic Wivenhoe House on our Colchester Campus. This unique opportunity for those wishing to study hospitality is the only Hotel School in the UK based in a commercial hotel, and sees students form part of a team running the hotel. Wivenhoe House underwent a £10-million refurbishment to be restored to its eighteenth-century splendour, with the addition of a contemporary garden wing. Re-opened in September 2012, it has already been awarded four stars by the AA, and two AA rosettes for its fine dining restaurant.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • We actively encourage our students to develop skills and experience through part-time work, alongside their academic studies.
  • Our Employability and Careers Centre offers JobsOnline, a vacancy service for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities, both on and off campus.
  • Frontrunners, our unique student placement scheme, helps students prepare for competing in the graduate job market. Frontrunner placements are paid opportunities on campus, based within academic departments or centres, or administrative sections. The flexible hours offered are a great way to gain real work-based experience of graduate projects, as well as develop skills through training opportunities.
  • In addition, the University has a well-developed Student Ambassador scheme, and our Students’ Union offers a range of part-time job opportunities in roles across our campuses.
  • Many volunteering opportunities are available through the Students’ Union vTeam.

Notable Alumni

  • The Rt Hon John Bercow MP – Speaker of the House of Commons.
  • Christopher Pissarides – Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and winner of 2010 Nobel Economic Prize.
  • Dr Oscar Arias Sanchez – Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Costa Rica.
  • Daniel Libeskind – world-renowned architect and master-planner for the new World Trade Centre site in New York.
  • David Yates, BAFTA–award-winning film and television director, and director of the Harry Potter films.
  • Baroness Virginia Bottomley – former Secretary of State for Health and for National Heritage.
  • Blake Harrison – Neil from The Inbetweeners and graduate of East 15.

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