The University of Essex has had a fantastic year, welcoming a record number of students and receiving exciting levels of research funding. It's now capped off 2018 with one final incredible achievement: winning the prestigious University of the Year award!
At the recent Times Higher Education Awards — often referred to as the 'Oscars of higher education' — Essex took home the biggest award on offer. The University of the Year accolade goes to the university that has most impressed the panel of judges each year, and in 2018, that included some tough competition!
In fact, the judges noted that this year's entries for University of the Year were the strongest they could remember, underlining the significance of Essex's achievement.
The University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Foster, said:
"This award recognises the impact of our amazing staff and students... Founded as a progressive university, at Essex we are prepared to stand out from the crowd, and challenging convention is in our DNA. We are a community of talented, committed people, a university that is putting our staff and students first, and home to those who want to make the world a better place."
There are a number of reasons for the University of Essex's success this year. One is that it achieved excellent results in the annual university rankings, and recognition in both teaching and research.
2018 also saw the University make progress in fighting the gender pay gap, innovate in its approach to working with businesses, and become the first university to appoint a Chief Scientific Adviser to a county council.
From everyone at Kaplan, a big congratulations to the University of Essex on such a fantastic accomplishment!