Sir Albert's plans were seen as so ground-breaking that he was asked to give the BBC's prestigious Reith Lectures in 1963, the year before we opened. The flagship lectures were a chance to explain how Essex was going to break the mould and challenge expectations about what a university could be.
Our three faculties oversee teaching, academic development and research in our departments and schools while developing strong partnerships with business and industry.
The dedication to offering to the students a transformational education has led to Essex being awarded the highest rating of Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
The UK Government introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching, and ensure that prospective students can make informed choices.
The TEF Panel judged the University of Essex delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and is of the highest quality found in the UK.
The Employability and Careers Centre can provide you with help and advice, as well as the chance to develop your employability through some fantastic and unique experiences and opportunities.
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Essex has a wide range of support covering academic and health and wellbeing issues. The friendly and professional staff will be able to guide, advise and assist you during your time at Essex.
Essex has a range of accommodation options to suit different needs, preferences and budgets, all within walking distance of the academic departments and campus facilities. We also have adapted rooms and shared accommodation available.
With three libraries and 24/7 study facilities, the library is there to make sure everything is at your fingertips. With dedicated quiet study spaces, out of hours chat, one-to-one slots to meet librarians and online resources, the library will help you through your degree no matter what.
Our Southend Campus is based in the heart of this vibrant and modern seaside town.
With its lively, state-of-the-art facilities and a close-knit international community, Southend is the perfect environment for living and learning.
University of Essex has something for everyone from informal drop-in Active sessions, easy to follow learn-to sports courses, a high-tech gym, over 200 monthly fitness classes, indoor and outdoor courts and pitches, and much more. You’re sure to have fun and make a load of new friends along the way.
From the departmentally-focused and culturally-based, to the downright weird and wonderful (Harry Potter Society, anyone?), there's an SU society for everyone. Whether you enjoy cringing through those 'so-bad-they're-good' films, have a passion for cheese and wine, want to gain even more support and experience in your subject, or just want to see some friendly faces from your home country, the chances are there'll be a club or society for you to join.