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Human Resources

University of Essex


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 access-related information.

Gender equality

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.

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