We have at our heart a commitment to making a difference to local, national
and international health, social care and voluntary services through education,
research and knowledge transfer. We work with health, social care and
third-sector organisations to continually improve the experience of service
users, carers and those who work with them.
Collaborative work with our partners is critical to delivering our unique
products and ensuring they are fit for purpose. Our innovative teaching and
flexible progression routes ensure we offer a wide entry, not only into an
academic environment but also into a profession.
We offer many of our services from both our Colchester and Southend Campuses,
delivering standard and pre-registration degrees as well as post-registration
education and consultancy.
Working in partnership
Our staff include clinically
qualified lecturers in adult and mental health nursing, oral health,
occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech and language therapy and
sports therapy as well as health psychologists, medical sociologists, social
policy, informatics and management specialists.
Our multi-disciplinary nature generates a dynamic and innovative learning
environment which supports our students and engages them professionally,
preparing them for future employment.
We are committed to embedding the
NHS Constitution and Values (which are strongly reflected in our
University values) into everything we do. They
define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students and
underpin the work we do in the University, clinical arena and other workplaces.
We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the
NHS, but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a
standard and as such we expect that anyone who has any aspect of their work
which ultimately cares for others will aspire to upholding these values.
Research in our School
Our research activities are strongly
focused on current, real-time health and social care issues. We also support a
wide range of health and social care staff via the
NIHR Research Design Service East of England
based within our School in the Kimmy Eldridge building in Colchester.
We have a first-rate research profile and our specialisms include the
application of psychology and sociology to real-world issues, the understanding
of health risks, social exclusion, mental health, learning difficulties,
substance misuse, gerontology, chronic illness, service evaluation, informatics
and evidence-based practice. Our School also hosts a growing number of PhD
scholarships available for exceptional postgraduate students.
Multi-disciplinary work across our courses
Bespoke education and learning
Each year, the University conducts a survey of its students to establish how
satisfied they are with the programmes they are studying through:
- Student Satisfaction Survey (SSS), for first- and second-year undergraduate
- National Student Survey (NSS) for final-year undergraduates
- Postgraduate Taught Experience Satisfaction Survey (PTES)
Areas covered include the quality of the teaching on the programme, the
assessment and feedback arrangements, academic support, organisation and
management, learning resources and personal development. We review the School’s
outcomes, comparing ourselves with the University as a whole but in particular
within our Faculty of Science and Health.
Find out more in our summaries and School's responses to the surveys: