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). Research at Essex

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 based research.

Some examples of our research include:

Heart 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 disease.

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 recurrent fallers.

New 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 Catalyst Charity.

Dose of nature is good for you: The University has proved the mental and physical health benefits of exercising outdoors in rural and green areas.

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 podcast 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.

Children 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.

Looking 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.

Health@Essex

Health@Essex

We work at a national and international level on health-related education, research and innovation. Our research covers a huge range of issues from breast cancer to human genomics and from independent living to understanding autism.

Research

Research

Our research has an impact around the world. We have around 200 academic staff, publishing about 700-peer reviewed papers and other publications each year, and attracting £10 million in research income.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate

Studying at Essex offers you the chance to work closely with our world-class researchers. We also offer you excellent research facilities, a wide choice of research areas and high-quality skills training.

Departments

Departments

Our Faculty brings together five schools and departments covering biological sciences, computer science, electronic engineering, health and human sciences, mathematical sciences and psychology.