Research and enterprise
The University of Essex consistently ranks in the UK’s research elite. The
international quality of our research was recognised by the Research
Excellence Framework 2014 with the majority of our research rated as 'world
leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).
The Faculty of Science and Health has around 200 academic staff,
publishing about 700-peer reviewed papers and other publications per year,
and over £10 million in research income. Our research is funded by bodies
including the EU, EPSRC, NERC, the Wellcome Trust and national and local
charities. Research is based in departments and centres, with Research
Directors leading on support for early career researchers.
Our scientists and engineers are active in the University-wide Global Challenges initiative which focuses University research capacity on four major problems
facing the world. Researchers within our
Ageing and Assisted Living Network are working on lifelong health and
healthy ageing, age-related disease and assisted living, developing new
tools and technologies which enable the elderly, disabled and those with
long-term conditions to live independent lives. We also work with industry
and government, from multinationals such as BT to regional health
organisations - whilst we continue to encourage curiosity-driven, discipline
Some examples of our research include:
Research Funding: The University is part of a £175,000 research
project funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) into heart disease.
Working with scientists from the University of Warwick and Aston University
Birmingham, the team from Essex, led by Professor Chris Reynolds, will
research a small protein in the heart and circulatory system which could
feed into future research to develop new medicine for cardiovascular
Exer-gaming - a new approach to rehabilitation: Researchers at
the University of Essex have found that the Nintendo Wii Fit can prove an
effective method of helping improve the mobility of elderly people who are
partnership with charity to help develop robotic wheelchair: A
project to design a high performance low-cost robotic wheelchair at the
University of Essex has received a £10,000 boost from the Colchester
nature is good for you: The University has proved the mental
and physical health benefits of exercising outdoors in rural and green
Conserving Corals: The University’s flagship Coral Reef
Research Unit has opened a unique, tropical aquarium to address issues key
to the survival of the world’s coral reefs and is featured in a
on National Environment Research Council's website PlanetEarth online
Playing music just by thinking: A ground-breaking collaboration
between scientists from the University of Essex and the University of
Plymouth could have a real impact on improving the quality of life of people
who are trapped by their severe disability.
becoming weaker says research: A worrying new study, published
in journal of child health Acta Paediatrica, has found that children’s
strength is in decline.
for early clues to breast cancer: Scientists from the
Department of Biological Sciences have received a £205,000 grant from Cancer
Research UK to investigate the early reversible changes in the genes
associated with breast cancer development.