The University of Essex is a British public research university whose original and largest campus is near the town of Colchester,England. It was established in 1963 and received its Royal Charter in 1965.
The university's main campus is located withinWivenhoe Park in the English county ofEssex, less than a mile (1.6km) from the town of Wivenhoe & 2 miles (3.2km) from the town of Colchester. Apart from the Wivenhoe Park campus, there is a rapidly developing campus in Southend-on-Sea (Essex's largest town), and the East 15 Acting Schoolis based in Loughton. The University's motto,“Thought the harder, heart the keener”, is adapted from the Anglo-Saxon poem The Battle of Maldon. The university enjoys collaborative partnerships with a number of institutions across the eastern region. These are University Campus Suffolk,Colchester Institute, Kaplan Open Learning (KOL), South Essex Collegeand Writtle College.
The university exhibits an international character with 132 countries represented in its student body. The latest Research Assessment Exercise(RAE) in 2008 ranked Essex ninth in the UK for the quality of its research with more than 90% of research recognised internationally for its quality, with 22% of research rated as 'world leading'. The university is referenced by QS World University Rankingsas a world leader in social science, with internationally-recognised strengths in the humanities.
Sanda University and University of Essex formally established friendly relationship in 2006, mainly focusing on the training of teachers. Now there are two teachers studying for their doctorate in the University of Essex.