Profile - Overview:
Mission Statement: The purpose of the University is to extend and deepen the fund of human knowledge and pass the benefits on to others. Our mission is to be a globally competitive, research-intensive, student-focussed university that takes seriously its economic, social and cultural responsibilities to the Eastern region, the UK and the world.
Location and Transport:
• Colchester Campus is set in 200 acres of parkland on outskirts of Colchester.
• Good road (A12), rail (Colchester main line station, 40 minutes from London) and airport links (Stansted airport), port of Harwich also nearby
• Southend Campus, adjacent to the Southend Central railway station and Southend High Street, is in a new multi-million pound campus.
• Loughton Campus is the home of East 15 Acting School and is a five-minute walk from the nearest London Underground station, Debden, at the east end of the Central Line and 35 minutes by tube, from Liverpool Street.
• The UK's most internationally diverse campus university, with students from over 130 countries.
• The University of Essex was founded in 1964 and received its Royal Charter in 1965. It has grown in both reputation and size since then. There are now over 10,000 students across the University's three campuses.
• The University has central open-access computer labs on campus that provide over 400 Pentium PCs seven days a week, with over 100 accessible 24 hours a day.
• 37th in the UK in 2011
• The University of Essex was ranked 10th out of 136 UK universities in the last Research Assessment (RAE), with many of its departments rated as 'outstanding' by international standards.
• It was ranked 7th in the UK in the latest Teaching Assessment by the QAA, with many departments scoring 24/24.
• It is also a Leading Social Science university. Only the University of Essex obtained the maximum 5-star grade for its Sociology, Government and Economics Departments. Government and Sociology have since been given 6* grade.
• University of Essex Scholarships support talented postgraduate students, particularly PhD students, to study at the University. In 2009-2010, scholarships worth a total of more than £723,000 were distributed. Each department has a share of the scholarship fund which it can use to support students.
• There are three types of scholarship awards which are listed below. These are awarded for each year of study during the standard minimum period of enrolment for your degree, subject to satisfactory progress.
- £10,000For research students only. This £10,000 scholarship will be increased for overseas research students studying for a lab based research degree to ensure that it will covers full tuition fees.
- £5,000 For research or Master's students
- £2,000 For research or Master's students
• British Chevening Scholarships: These scholarships are usually for taught Masters degrees and are offered by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK Universities. For more information please visit the British Cheveningwebsite.
• Commonwealth Scholarships: Commonwealth scholarships cover Masters degrees and Doctoral study. Find out more on the Commonwealth Scholarship Foundation website.
Support to International Students:
• The University runs a meet-and-greet coach service from the main London airports to the Colchester campus at the start of the first term, and also organises a programme of activities for new students. These are varied and range from academic events to campus tours.
• There are social events to enable new international students from over 120 countries represented at the University to meet.
• All registered students are automatically members of the Students' Union. The aim of the Union is to support and enhance the educational, social, cultural and recreational activities and opportunities of the student body. The services offered range from academic support and representation to society activities and entertainment, as the Students' Union runs four bars and a nightclub on campus.
• There are numerous cafes, an art gallery and theatre on site. Colchester itself is an exciting modern town while London is only 45 minutes away.
• The Union's dedicated International Students' Officer is responsible for campaigning on international students' issues both at the University and at national level, and for ensuring that students have full access to the facilities of the Students' Union.
• The Advice Centre helps with such issues as accommodation, immigration, visa renewal, loans and finance. The Students' Union has over 100 different clubs and societies including social, political, cultural, academic and sporting.
• The University is a multi-faith community with a wide variety of religious faiths represented on campus. The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre is open for use by all members of the University who wish to pray, meditate or spend some time in quiet reflection. Many special events are organised by the different religious groups, as well as communal acts of prayer or worship. The Centre has a Religious Studies Library and all members of the University are welcome to borrow books, and to visit the Centre at any time.