Making a difference

Arts at Essex

Omeros at the Lakeside Theatre

Our commitment to the arts includes our theatres, Latin American art collection and our galleries. Our work has been supported by many donors, helping us nurture the next generation of artistic talent.

Every member of the Essex community - staff, students, alumni, friends and neighbours - can help us to make a difference, to change the world. That can mean a donation, but there are many ways to help.

Giving time

Friends of Essex across the world can give time and expertise, which are enormously valuable to us. Our alumni, in particular, can:

  • help us recruit new students in their home countries
  • provide internships for recent graduates
  • mentor students
  • join our networking events
  • support our employability and entrepreneurship programmes
  • champion our Essex values of inclusivity and internationalism

Philanthropy at Essex is about connection. About being part of something bigger than yourself. Your support changes students’ lives – and they make a difference across the world.

Thank you

We are a strong community whose tenacious, bold and challenging spirit has made amazing things happen over the last 50 years. Every part of the Essex story changes lives, from our world-class education and research to our global outlook and our iconic architecture.

Thanks to our supporters, Essex is making a difference throughout the globe. With your help, our education and research can change even more lives. Please get in touch.

Research and education

Diver looking at a coral reef

Excellence in research and education is at the heart of everything we do at Essex. Our research has an impact around the world and our educational opportunities change lives.

Our community

American football player

Essex was founded on the principle of living and learning and we now have a global community of thought leaders. Our alumni support the societies, sports, arts and events that makes campus life special.

Our campuses

Silberrad Centre

Essex was built on philanthropy. The site for our first campus was gifted by the council and construction was thanks to a public appeal. Today we continue to provide iconic new buildings for our staff and students.

Global outlook

Santander scholarship recipients

Internationalism is central to life at Essex and we're a hub for scholars from around the world. We make a global impact, from research that changes policy to scholarships to support our international students.