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Essex University

We’re a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected.

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 ranked 56th in the global Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023, which ranked more than 1,400 universities around the world.

Motto "Thought the harder, heart the keener"
Type Public research university
Established 1964
Chancellor Dr Sarah Perry
Vice-Chancellor Anthony Forster
Academic staff
Undergraduates 15,348
Campus Urban
Nickname The Essex Blades
Colours red, grey, black
Location EssexEngland
Affiliations AMBA, Eastern ARC
Mascot Pebbles the Cat


In 1964, 122 students arrived at our University for the very first academic year, attracted by its bold vision. Over the next five decades close to 100,000 students from more than 140 countries have graduated, and inspired by the inquisitive and ambitious Essex Spirit, they have gone on to make a difference in the world.

We have a proud tradition of encouraging students to challenge convention and think differently, such as our graduate, Nobel Prize winner and economist Professor Chris Pissarides.

Our academics have produced work which has inspired entire generations and helped establish Essex’s reputation for research in the UK, particularly in the social sciences. This ranges from pioneering work on poverty and inequality by Professor Peter Townsend, to the development of the world’s first publicly available computer language by Professor Tony Brooker. We continue to push the boundaries – from promoting human rights around the world to pioneering the use of big data in developing countries.

Available University Degree Programs:


  • BA (Hons) in English
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