Place Category: Traditional
Situated a couple of miles from the large market town of Colchester, the University of Essex is a research-intensive, campus-based university with a semi-rural feel. It was established in the 1960s and has an enviable reputation particularly in the social sciences, notably politics and sociology, as well as a strong reputation across the physical sciences.
Essex University is notorious for its student activism. In the 1960s in particular the University was the centre of student protests against the Vietnam War in the UK and it also saw large-scale demonstrations against right-wing politicians such as Enoch Powell and agains chemical and biological weapons.
The University has two smaller campus presences in Southend-on-Sea and Loughton (North London).