Our School

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

    One of our key features is a strong collaboration with a range of health, social care and third-sector agencies, in particular Health Education East of England. Our teaching has grown out of working with these partners, and our fellows and honorary lecturers based in practice environments. These partnerships ensure that our courses are professionally relevant, equip our students with relevant competencies and reinforce the importance of personal accountability and values.

    Working in partnership with service users is central to everything we do in our School from curriculum design, recruitment and selection of students to practice placement support.

    We work together with a wide range of organisations within health, social care and the voluntary sector. These include NHS organisations, independent providers, local councils and professional bodies.

  • Our staff

    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.

  • Our values

    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 students with University scholarships available for exceptional postgraduate students.

  • Multi-disciplinary work across our courses

    Alongside our standard foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, we offer degrees in clinical psychology, IAPT, adult nursing, mental health nursing, occupational therapy, oral health, physiotherapy, social work and speech and language therapy.

    We encourage multi-disciplinary working and have a reputation for being at the forefront of training high-quality health care professionals.

  • Bespoke education and learning

    We offer an extensive range of post-registration professional training which not only includes flexible degree pathways for individuals, but also bespoke workshops, modules or collaborative training programmes for health, social care and voluntary organisations.

  • Student satisfaction

    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 students
    • 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: