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Colchester Campus
Saturday 20 September 2014 (booking now)
Saturday 25 October 2014 (booking now)
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Saturday 11 October 2014 (booking now)
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Wednesday 5 November 2014 (booking now)

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Celebrating 50 years

Book for Homecoming

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We want to invite all our alumni, students, staff and members of the public to the launch of our 50th anniversary celebration at our massive Homecoming Weekend starting Friday 12 September 2014. Book your place to make sure you don't miss a thing.

In 1964, 122 students arrived at a new university built upon a bold vision. We were small, with big ambitions. Over five decades we have more than fulfilled our potential, becoming one of the UK’s leading academic institutions.

Today, we are a truly global community producing impactful research, with members who thrive on critical thinking, creativity and challenging established conventions to improve the world.

This year we’re celebrating our collective achievements, reflecting on our founding years and reminiscing about our evolution. We're exploring six research topics that offer an insight into the scope of the outstanding work our researchers undertake. A special exhibition will look into how the architecture and the people shaped Essex’s unique living and learning environment.

Events and activities take place at each of our three campuses and around the world, and we invite all our members, friends and community to join in. Celebrations begin in mid-September with Homecoming Weekend, we look forward to seeing you.

In 2014 we are:

Events calendar

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Come along to one of our many 50th anniversary events and activities running throughout the year that showcase our ground-breaking history and world-renowned research.

Video memories

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Watch original video footage of the University from years gone by in this 50th anniversary playlist, including graduation in 1967 and Brian Hanrahan in 1989 presenting a history and vision for the University.

Anniversary exhibition

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The Something Fierce exhibition celebrates the bold, 'brutalist' sixties architecture of the Colchester Campus, as well as the unique academic vision and vibrant community of scholars and students in those early years.