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Spotlight on Essex: award-winning teaching

31 Oct 2020 - Fiona Raleigh

Studying abroad brings many benefits, including the opportunity to create incredible memories, learn important life skills, and meet people from around the world. The main goal, however, is to gain a fantastic education and feel prepared for the future!

At the University of Essex, staff and students are dedicated to pushing boundaries in education. The University focuses on teaching and research, and it is committed to offering excellence in both areas.

Teaching excellence

The University of Essex has been awarded 2 prestigious teaching accolades. The University received a Gold rating, the highest possible in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), and also won the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year category at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMA).

Teaching at Essex University

The TEF awards were introduced by the UK Government in 2016 to reward excellent teaching, and to help you choose the right university. The independent panel of experts includes academics, students and employer representatives. They judge universities on 3 areas: teaching quality, learning environment and student success.

The judges decided that the University of Essex is outstanding in all 3 of these categories, granting it the prized Gold award. This means that the teaching you’ll experience at Essex is of the highest quality in the UK.

The THELMA award recognises Essex’s efforts to transform your education and student experience. In recent years, the University has introduced a curriculum review, new mentoring schemes, and innovative training to improve student progression. The judges stated that Essex has achieved “impressive results” in terms of the quality of teaching for students.

The University prides itself on challenging traditional teaching methods. The groundbreaking Technology Enhanced Learning programme and in-house Personal Tutor system help you to become a critical thinker and independent learner. Your study experience at Essex will therefore prepare you for life after university.

Great teaching means great rankings

Top 5 in the UK for international outlook

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

Top 20 for research excellence

Research Excellence Framework

Top 40 in the UK overall

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Find out more

If you’re an international student and want to benefit from a great education at the University of Essex, why not get in touch? We can tell you more about the University itself, and how a Kaplan pathway course at the University of Essex International College could help transform your future.

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