Our philosophy

Where we're heading

We are a university going places. 50 years ago, our founding vision was to be "freer, more daring, more experimental", a principle to which we still hold true. Our bold agenda, set out in our Strategic Plan, focuses on a very clear mission: to contribute to society through excellence in education and excellence in research.

We will judge our success against our goal of being placed in the top 25 of UK universities and to have all our subjects in the top 20% of their discipline within the UK by 2019, and to have grown in size and student numbers by 50%.

Our ambitions are being realised through the commitment and dedication of every member of the University community, and we celebrate our most recent achievements in our Year of Success video.

What we believe

We believe a person's potential is not simply defined by grades or background but by an attitude of mind: a willingness to question, to collaborate and to push at the frontiers of knowledge.

These are the kinds of staff you will work with and students you will encounter at Essex. There is more to learn than we can ever be taught, so we want our staff to inspire our community to want to explore and embrace new ideas and values.

Working at the University