Students Staff
University of Essex

November 30, 2018

We’ve been awarded the accolade of University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards

I am delighted to let you know that the University of Essex was awarded the accolade of University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards presentation last night.

The judges said that our University had been “unabashed in its strategy to recruit students on the basis of potential rather than just prior achievement, and it has helped them to fulfil that potential. It has delivered on its pledge to value staff in concrete ways, including a systematic decasualisation of its workforce, through pay equality and with staff contracts for graduate teaching assistants. What are universities, if not communities of talented, committed people? By putting those people – both staff and students – first, the University of Essex has every right to its claim to be a ‘home for staff and students who want to make the world a better place’. It is also our University of the Year.”

You can read more on the news page of our website.

This award recognises the impact of the work of our amazing staff and students, the quality of our relationship with our Students’ Union and the strength of our regional, national and global partnerships in delivering our mission.

Our Students’ Union President Tancrede Chartier joined me in collecting this prestigious award. Tanki said: “This award recognises the incredible qualities and achievements of Essex students, past and present, and the unique partnership between the Students’ Union and the University, to put student success at the heart of everything that happens at Essex. We are all feeling justifiably proud the University has received this award.”

I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone in our community. Your commitment to the University and our mission is the reason why we received this recognition – and I wanted to say thank you and very many congratulations.

We will be sure to find opportunities for staff and students to celebrate this award in the coming weeks.

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