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A campus-based university with its home in the city of Colchester, the University of Essex was named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018. The social sciences are a particular strength, with a top 40 ranking in the QS world rankings for both Politics and Sociology.

Key Facts


  • #56 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
  • #30 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2024
  • #32 in the Complete University Guide 2024
  • #10 for Liberal Arts (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024)

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 11,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 3,500

Year founded

  • 1963

  • It holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) Gold Award. 
  • The university received the only Regius professorship in political science in the awards to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee. 
  • The courses available are organised into three faculties: humanities, science and health and social science. Within these three faculties there are 20 different schools and departments.
  • Essex counts two Nobel Laureates, as well as filmmaker David Yates, author Ben Okri and architect Daniel Libeskind, as alumni. 
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