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Make a difference to Essex

Our University was built on a vision that our people, and our work, could change the world for the better. Essex would be freer and more daring than the rest. This founding ideology remains at the heart of everything we do.

Philanthropy has been at the heart of the University of Essex since our very creation: we were founded on the support of nearly 700 donors and that support continues to make a real difference today. From educating the next generation of talent to pioneering research, state-of-the-art facilities and campus activities; we have built an institution that is known for its excellence in research and excellence in education, for its bold people and for its hunger to make a difference.

Your support, ideas and insight all form a crucial part of the Essex Spirit - providing the margin of excellence, improving and transforming lives around the world. With your help, we can address some of the biggest problems our community is facing, from protecting the human rights of the most vulnerable to caring for an ageing population and conserving our natural environment.

How your support can help make a difference to our University

Thanks to our supporters, we are a strong community with a tenacious, bold and challenging spirit to make amazing things happen.

Excellence in research and education

Today, our research has an impact across the globe. With your help, we are able to solve more problems on a larger scale with our research and educate a greater number of people who are hungry to learn. 

Our community

Today, communities around the world are supported by Essex. We now have a global community of thought leaders breaking new ground and continuing to challenge conventions.

With your help we can continue to nurture the next generation of researchers and policymakers and continue to improve the lives of communities throughout the world.

Our global outlook

With your support, we can continue to foster our international community and global outlook.

Arts and culture

With your help, we can continue to nurture the next generation of artistic talent and offer a high-quality artistic experience for our community.