At the University of Essex we have a diverse, international and multicultural
community and we're proud of our record in the area of equality and diversity.
Our staff are from many backgrounds and nationalities, over 35% of our student
body are from outside of the UK, and there are over 125 countries represented on
campus. We aim to continue to attract staff and students from many backgrounds
and racial groups, and to carry on improving facilities in order to maintain our
position as a University of choice.
We are proud to be a Disability
Confident Employer and have agreed to take action
to meet the commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career
development of disabled employees. Our commitment is to guarantee an interview to all
applicants who have a disability who meet the essential requirements as outlined in the
person specification for the job.
We continue to make improvements in all strands of equality and diversity and
are encouraged that the percentage of our female professors has risen year on year
since 2008 and is significantly above the national average
The facilities for religious observation include a Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and
several religious and cultural student societies.
We continue to improve access on our campuses and there is an ongoing
programme of improvements to provision and support for disabled students and
staff. Information related to access, including detailed advice for current and
prospective staff and students, can be found on the
Access@Essex web site. For a guide to the accessibility of various locations
at each of our three campuses please visit
DisabledGo, one of the largest disability
organisations in Europe, with whom we are working to continually improve our
We are also working hard to further gender equality at the University. As holders of an
Athena SWAN Bronze Institution Award we are
taking action to address the challenges faced by women working in science, technology,
engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).
The Athena SWAN Charter promotes and rewards good employment practice in the recruitment, retention and progression
of female academics in STEMM areas. Our STEMM Departments/Schools include Biological Sciences, Computer Science
and Electronic Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Maths and Psychology. We joined the Charter in
February 2011 and gained our Bronze Institutional Award in September 2013.