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.
Our researchers are daring, visionary thinkers, constantly asking difficult questions and providing answers that give insights into your life.
We look at issues that affect you both now and in the future - from how your online footprint affects your human rights to how we can feed the world's growing population. Our research shapes thinking and influences policy. We've helped governments model the effects of their economic policies and shaped the global debate on mental health law reform.
Our Employability and Careers Centre helps you make the most of your Essex experience.You don't need to have your future all planned out before you see us. We offer friendly, professional support and one-to-one advice to students and Essex graduates. We aim to help in enhancing your employability, directing you to exciting opportunities to develop your skills, improve your CV and gain valuable experience.
Your Student Services Hub is the place to go for the information you need. Your question matters and you’ll get answers from experts. Drop us a line or pay us a visit, you’re always welcome.
There are three different enquiry desks in the Hub, all staffed by our knowledgeable team of advisers. We also have confidential meeting rooms for appointments with our specialist teams.
If you are looking for the best university accommodation for you, then look no further. We offer a variety of exciting and comfortable accommodation choices, such as studios, single ensuite rooms, retro Towers, and Townhouses to suit all your needs. All this as well as a vibrant, inclusive campus for living and learning.
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.
Got a problem with your laptop? Can’t connect your smartphone to our campus wireless network? Want to get your hands on some free software? Our friendly IT Helpdesks are here to make sure you get the best from all the IT resources we have available.
We can provide you with support and advice to help you to stay healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. Please make sure you register with a doctor while studying with us. The NHS also provides lots of other services to support you.
All three campuses of the University of Essex – at Colchester, Southend-on-Sea and Loughton – are friendly and supportive communities; special places where you're free to pursue excellence in your studies, make friends, embrace new interests and enjoy yourself.
Sport has wider benefits too. Our research here at Essex shows that exercise can have a positive effect on your mental well-being and can boost your employability skills. That’s why we’ve made Essex Sport available for everyone.
We cater for a diverse range of people, from occasional exercisers to international athletes. Plus, through the UNIversal Gym Scheme, we're able to offer our student Annual Gold Members gym access to over 50 universities across the UK. And with low cost memberships for students, staff and members of the local community, we’ll make sure your health is at the core of everything we do.
There are seven convenes in the societies guild, which gather together different types of societies. The convenes are activities, arts, cultural, departmental, musical, political & representation and religious.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.