• Established between 1961 and 1965
  • Established through £1million+ Appeal Fund
  • Expansion of university from 1964 through inclusion of the three schools: Comparative Studies, Physical Sciences and Social Studies. Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Government, Sociology, Literature, Mathematics and Economics opened along with the Language Centre (later the Department of Language and Linguistics) and the Computing Centre (later the Department of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering)
  • Establishment of the UK Data Archive (formerly, the SSRC Data Bank) in 1968
  • demonstration of Vietnam War protests in May 1968
  • The departments of philosophy, school of law, human rights centre and the department of biological sciences were opened between the 1970s and the 1980s. The University encountered financial problems and continued their ramifications throughout 1970s-1980s era
  • Essex Business School, East 15 Acting School and the School of Health and Social Care opened
  • In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II conferred upon the university the Regius Professorship, recognizing “50 years of excellence in research and education in political science at Essex.”
  • In March 2019, Essex joined seven other universities across European to form the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) Alliance.  In June 2019, the European Commission announced YUFE was one of 17 projects that will receive funding for a three-year pilot under the European Universities Initiative funded by the Erasmus+ programme.


 LOCATION: Colchester, Essex, UK




Complete (2020) = 44

Guardian (2020) = 66

Times / Sunday Times (2020) = 37

Global rankings:

Academic Ranking of World Universities (2019) = 501–600

QS World University Rankings (2020) = 355

Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2020) = 251–300

British Government assessment:

Teaching Excellence Framework = Gold



Young European Research University Network (YERUN)

Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE)

Shanghai University of Finance & Economics

Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing and

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Kaplan Singapore & Kaplan International Pathways

Chulalongkorn University in Thailand

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore

Tavistock& Portman NHS Foundation Trust

University of East Anglia and the University of Kent

Knowledge Gateway research and technology park

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships



Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies &Acting School

Philosophy and Art History



Biological Sciences

Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Health and Social Care

Mathematical Sciences


Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Science



Language and Linguistics


Business Management & Administration





  • Indian sub-continent Regional Scholarship
    (Undergraduate) – scholarship worth £4,000
  • International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship (Undergraduate) – scholarship of £2,000
  • The Essex MBA Dean’s Award
  • Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship – scholarship worth upto £5,000
  • Essex Global Partner Scholarships (Undergraduate) – scholarship worth upto £3,000
  • Essex Global Partner Scholarships (Postgraduate) – scholarship worth upto £2,000
  • British Council Scholarships for International students
  • Chevening Scholarships for International eligible students
  • Civil Society Leadership Award for International students
  • Commonwealth Masters Scholarships for International students
  • Essex Global Partner Scholarship (Postgraduate) – scholarships worth upto £2,000