Benefits

We are committed to providing an excellent working environment for all employees. There are a number of policies, services and terms and conditions of employment which are designed to help maintain and support your general wellbeing and assist work-life balance. These include:

  • competitive salaries which take into account market rates, individual experience, qualifications and contribution
  • USS pension scheme
  • a generous Removal and Relocation Scheme
  • a purpose-built nursery set in the peaceful surroundings of Wivenhoe Park at Colchester offering outstanding day care to children from three months to five years. Rated outstanding by Ofsted inspection, the University of Essex Day Nursery offers a safe, secure, happy, healthy and stimulating environment for every child with significant secure outside play space
  • concessionary course fees
  • University staff can take advantage of the Government’s tax initiative 'Cycle to Work' scheme aimed at encouraging more people to cycle to work
  • interest-free season ticket loans and a range of other optional salary exchange tax benefits

Colchester, Essex and Suffolk

Essex is a county of enormous contrasts and surprising variety, stretching from suburban London in the west to peaceful creeks and estuaries, picturesque sailing villages and popular seaside holiday resorts in the east. It is still a predominantly rural area, with gently rolling countryside interspersed with attractive villages and small country towns. On the border of Essex and Suffolk, Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded town and was once the Roman capital. It has developed in recent years into a regional centre of commerce and high technology, with a population of 180,000. The town’s historical past is evident with the Norman castle keep standing on the visible remains of the Roman temple of Claudius. The Dutch quarter is a living reminder of the influx of Flemish weavers fleeing persecution. The surrounding area inspired famous English landscape artists like nineteenth-century landscape painter John Constable, eighteenth-century artist Thomas Gainsborough and twentieth-century equestrian artist Sir Alfred Munnings. Constable painted Wivenhoe Park – our Colchester campus - as well as many local scenes in the area of outstanding natural beauty around nearby Dedham and Flatford. Colchester’s artistic tradition remains strong today, with the opening in September 2011 of the £28m visual art destination firstsite in the heart of the town and showcases work of regional, national and international artists and also houses a selection of the University’s art collection.

The area benefits from some of the very best state primary and secondary schools in the UK, many in the Colchester area. The 2008 Halifax-Times Higher Education league table rating the quality of life at UK universities ranked Essex fifth. The league table incorporated factors including house prices, crime rates, traffic congestion, and schools in the area, as well as average academic salaries and the proportion of staff on permanent contacts. Many staff live in Colchester or in nearby villages in north Essex and Suffolk, notably Wivenhoe, a village of 7500 people one mile from the Colchester Campus on the banks of the River Colne.

Colchester Campus

Forty-six minutes from London Liverpool Street, Colchester is served by a good road network linking London, Ipswich, Cambridge, and Norwich, Kent and the south east of England. The Channel ports are easily accessible via the Dartford Crossing. London Stansted Airport is thirty miles away and takes under an hour to get to from our Colchester Campus.

Southend Campus

Located in a town of 165,000 people on the Essex coast, the Southend Campus is 40 miles from central London. With seven miles of award-winning coastline Southend attracts more than six million visitors each year. The town has a lively entertainment and cultural scene, with a programme of events throughout the year. London Southend Airport is a regional hub for London with regular flights to major European destinations.

Loughton Campus

Home to East 15 Acting School. Based around Hatfields, a beautiful Georgian dower house, set in five acres of landscaped grounds. The Campus is close to the ancient Epping Forest, and is just five minutes’ walk from the Debden underground station with a fast Central line link into central London.