University of Essex2016 League Table Ranking 34
2016 Overall Score 758
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- WE’VE BEEN BREAKING THE RULES SINCE 1964. Ever since opening our doors fifty years ago, we’ve been pushing boundaries, asking difficult questions and challenging the status quo. We’re rebels with a cause.
- WE’RE WORLD-LEADERS. We’ve got an international reputation for excellence in research, and excellence in teaching. In 2014 we were ranked in the top 20 for our world-leading research, coming a fantastic top 5 for social science.
- WE ARE THE WORLD IN ONE PLACE. From the outset, we’ve embedded internationalism in our DNA, and with over 12,000 students from more than 130 different countries, we’re one of the most internationally diverse universities on the planet.
- WE’VE GOT THE ROYAL SEAL OF APPROVAL. We were awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize: Human Rights (2010) and the Queen’s awards for enterprise: Sustainable Development (2008).
- WE’RE HOME TO SOME VERY HAPPY STUDENTS. They love us so much, they voted us top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction three years in a row. We're now 2nd for student satisfaction!
- WE’RE PRIZE-WINNERS. We’re proud to have been awarded the 2013 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Students, for our unique placement scheme, Frontrunners.
- WE OFFER LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES. Fancy studying abroad for an entire year? With Essex you can, and the best bit? We’ll cover your tuition fees whilst you’re away.
Location and Transport
- SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. We’re split over three campuses, each with a unique student experience.
- COLCHESTER. Set in 200 acres of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester Campus is built around five compact and bustling 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 (hop on a direct train from London Liverpool Street and you can be in Colchester in under an hour!). Plus, with Stansted Airport and the ferry port of Harwich nearby, travelling abroad is easy too.
- SOUTHEND. Live and learn in the lively seaside town of Southend-on-Sea. With cutting-edge learning facilities, including the brand new Forum at Southend, high-quality accommodation just minutes away from Campus, allocated just off the High Street, it’s a brilliant place to be a student.
- THE WORLD ON YOUR DOORSTEP. A train to London will get you into the city in around 50 minutes, and Stansted and Gatwick airports are just over an hour away. Southend Airport is only three miles from campus, and offers direct flights to a whole host of European destinations.
- LOUGHTON. Home to East 15 Acting School, Loughton is the ideal setting for acting and theatre students. With fully-equipped studios for dance, technical theatre and radio, rehearsal spaces, and costume and prop shops, there’s everything you’ll need to prepare you for a career in the performing arts. What’s more, with Debden underground station just a couple of minutes’ walk from campus, you can be in central London in no time!
- 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.
The 13,980 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:
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- 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 FOR LIFE. 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; actuarial science; American studies; art history; biochemistry; biological sciences; biomedical science; business and management; computational finance; computer science; criminology; drama; economics; electronic engineering; English language and linguistics; European studies; film studies; genetics; history; hotel management; human rights; journalism; Latin American studies; law; liberal arts; literature and creative writing; marine biology; marketing; mathematics; modern languages; nursing; oral health sciences; philosophy; physiotherapy and occupational therapy; politics; psychoanalytic studies and therapeutic care; psychology; social work; sociology; sports and exercise science; sports therapy.
- We perform consistently well in the National Student Survey, we’re second for student satisfaction (NSS 2015, mainstream universities.
- Our Languages for All programme gives you the chance to learn a modern foreign language at no extra cost alongside your studies.
- We were ranked in the top 20 in the UK for the outstanding quality of our research in the most recent Research Exercise Framework (REF 2014).
- The REF reconfirmed our position as one of the UK’s leading social science university, coming fourth overall for our social science research, ranking in the top 5 for economics, and owning the top politics department in the UK (again!).
- Essex also scored highly in other fields in the REF, featuring in the UK’s top 10 for art history, and top 20 for law and human rights, philosophy, sociology, criminology, psychoanalytic studies and therapeutic care, and sports and exercise science.
- 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.
- We’re an elite research institution, which challenges convention and makes a real impact. In fact, we’re top 20 in the UK for our trailblazing research, coming top 10 in six subject areas.
- 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).
- We’re the only UK university to have a theatre on each of our campuses. Drama and theatre students at Essex are able to 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.
- Students on our BA Multimedia Journalism course have the opportunity to graduate with a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the industry-standard qualification in the UK.
- As an Essex student, you have access to some of the best resources and facilities available. Lucky you! A network of professional student services offers information, advice, practical help, and specialist resources to help you take full advantage of the opportunities offered at undergraduate level.
- You’ll have access to computer facilities in our library, as well as plenty of open access labs, which are generally open 24 hours a day – perfect for any last-minute essay-writing (but of course, you’re far too organised for that, aren’t you?).
- The Albert Sloman Library, at our Colchester Campus, provides six floors of e-resources, research resources (included 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 it has a 24-hour reading room as well.
- Our library contains short loan and students collections for books in high demand – 34,000 extra copies in all.
- The brand-spanking 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 you revise 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’re also home to a renowned art gallery and an internationally important collection of art from Latin America, ESCALA.
- 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.
- 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.
- We’re famous for our Students’ Union at Essex, and for good reason, it’s completely different to anywhere else. We promise to help you get an amazing degree and job, give you a kick-ass membership, shape everything around you, and benefit all students.
- 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.
- University shouldn’t just be about studying, and here, we like to work hard and play hard. 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 over 150 active sports clubs and societies, arts and music events, and volunteering projects. There’s truly something for everyone.
- 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.
- 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.
- The SU is here to help you. It 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.
- We bet you want to find out more. Head to essex.su to discover all the great stuff we’re doing right now. We’re famous for our Students’ Union at Essex, and for good reason, it’s completely different to anywhere else. We promise to help you get an amazing degree and job, give you a kick-ass membership, shape everything around you, and benefit all students.
- Essex runs over 45 sports clubs, with everything from football to fencing, and squash to sub-aqua. You don’t need to be an expert to get involved – all our clubs are open to every level of ability, with minimal costs. Now’s your chance to pick up an old hobby, or try your hand at something new!
- We compete in the national BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) league and this year, we’ve entered 73 teams into the competition.
- 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
- Our most recent addition is the Forum at Southend, which opened in 2013. This brand new building 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; an exciting research and learning environment for our Southend Campus, and a modern teaching facility for South Essex College.
- This year will see the opening of a two major new buildings at our Colchester Campus.
- This summer, the landmark building that will house Essex Business School at our Colchester Campus will be opening its doors to students. 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.
- The £21-million Silberrad Student Centre will also open this year. The centre for student services and library extension will include a one-stop-shop for accommodation, payments, registration and student welfare; an integrated learning centre for creative and group networking; 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.
- In 2013, we announced the opening of the Meadows, our newest accommodation at our Colchester Campus. The Meadows boasts an additional 648 student bedrooms and a social pavilion with a common room, a launderette, and a shop, just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Campus.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- We actively encourage our students to develop their skills and experience through part-time work, alongside their academic studies.
- Our award-winning 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.
- If you’re after an exciting opportunity to volunteer, get involved with our SU’s vTeam, and make a difference to the world around you.
- Our award-winning Employability and Careers Centre is here to ensure you graduate with the best chance of success.
- Shortlisted in the National Placement and Internship Awards for outstanding work to support students in 2013, they’ll provide you with help and advice, and the chance to develop your employability through some truly fantastic and unique experiences and opportunities.
- Take part in a CV-writing workshop, attend a networking event, learn how to develop your job-hunting skills, or listen to speakers from some of the biggest businesses in the world and gain invaluable contacts, knowledge and experience.
- If you’re looking for some brilliant work experience, Essex Interns can help you find a paid placement with a local or national employer. Alternatively, our innovative frontrunners scheme offers paid placements within the University.
- You can even study or work abroad as part of your course. Not only will it look great on your CV, but it’ll be a life-changing experience and a lot of fun too! Plus, if you choose to go for an entire year, you won’t have to pay tuition fees whilst you’re away. Find out more about Essex Abroad.
- Showcase all of your extra-curricular achievements with the Big Essex Award. Complete challenges and tasks including volunteering and extra-curricular experience, and discover, evidence and successfully sell the skills graduate employers are really looking for. Then, once you complete the award, we’ll record it on your degree transcript, and you’ll even be invited to the annual Award Celebration.
- Head to www.essex.ac.uk/careers to find out more.
- We’re proud to have been awarded the 2013 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Students, for our unique placement scheme, Frontrunners, which provides paid, on-campus employment for students looking to develop the higher-level skills needed for the best jobs. We all need a bit of support and guidance from time to time. That’s where our friendly Student Support staff can help. They offer free, confidential advice and information on all kinds of welfare issues. Whether you’re worried about money, need guidance on immigration, or are struggling with your studies, Student Support are always on hand to help during your time with us.
- We have plenty of help available for our students with disabilities, learning difficulties, and long-term illnesses – whatever your needs, we’ll aim to support you as best we can.
- If you’d like to receive advice and information on the kinds of ways we can help, find out more here.
- We’re always happy to discuss any queries or worries you might have, so feel free to get in touch with us at email@example.com or phone us on 01206 872365.
- No matter which of our three campuses you study at, you’ll enjoy a student experience like no other
- Our unique combination of living and learning is what makes us popular. So popular, in fact, that our students have voted us into the top 10 for satisfaction (National Student Survey) for two years in a row! This is your chance to join some of the happiest students around.
- Our award-winning Students’ Union is extra special. Why? Because here you’re not just a member of a normal Students’ Union, you’re part of a family. We believe every single Essex student has the power to change the world, to make it a better place, and that by working together we can achieve amazing things.
- University isn’t just about studying, and here, we like to work hard and play hard. 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 over 150 active sports clubs and societies, arts and music events, and volunteering projects. There’s truly something for everyone.
- The beauty of our compact and sociable campuses means that you’re never far away from fantastic facilities. At our Colchester Campus you’ll find shops, cafés, restaurants, bars, a gym, art gallery, theatre, post office and even a hairdresser on-site, and in Southend and Loughton, our campuses are in the heart of bustling towns – with everything you need so nearby, it’s impossible to get bored here!
- Join Nobel Prize-winners, award-winning directors, presidents, well-loved actors, astronauts, and over 75,000 other alumni who have gone on to shape the world and share the Essex spirit.
- 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.
UG Open Days
- We’d love to meet you. Why not join us at one of our Open Days and get to know us better?
- Essex Open Days are like no other. As well as having the chance to grill our academics, chill with our students, and take a relaxed tour around the grounds, there’ll also be a few exciting and unexpected treats to make the day extra special.
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