The University of Essex is an award winning public research university with campuses in Colchester, Southend-on-Sea and Loughton. With an enviable reputation for research, the University is in the top 20 in the UK for research excellence, with almost a quarter of its research rated as world-leading. The university was named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2018.

The University has particular research strengths in artificial intelligence, dig data analytics, robotics and other specialisms which are likely to be of particular interest to companies in the following sectors:

  • Software development, telecommunications and technology
  • Market research, survey design and data analysis
  • Marketing, PR and publishing
  • Legal, professional and business services
  • Health and social care
  • Assisted living
  • Social enterprise, governmental and non-governmental organisations
  • Agritech
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Business consultancy and support

The University’s consultancy service gives companies the opportunity to tap into areas of academic expertise to support projects, and to help improve profitability, productivity and competitiveness. With a strong focus on supporting growing businesses, teams work with companies to add value and boost business innovation through:

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Collaborative research
  • Access to expertise through consultancy
  • Support for growing businesses and start-ups
  • Innovation voucher scheme
  • Management training and executive education
  • Extensive conference facilities
  • Office accommodation and start-up space on the Knowledge Gateway
  • Student and graduate placements and internships
  • Research facilities
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Top Ten for knowledge transfer partnerships

The University of Essex is currently in the top 5 in the UK for KTPs and first in the southeast of England, including London, and working with more companies and organisations than any other institution in the region on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) to help businesses to innovate and grow.

KTPs are a three-way partnership between a university, a company, and a high-calibre graduate. Projects typically last from six months to three years and they are designed to help companies solve strategic problems, with the scheme being sponsored by Innovate UK, Research Councils and other bodies.

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“KTPs are an excellent route into working with the University and developing a long-lasting collaboration – the KTP scheme offers a lower-risk approach for businesses looking to innovate and scale up.”

Robert Walker
KTP manager
University of Essex

Excellent location

The University of Essex is ideally located for access to UK and international markets. Its Colchester Campus is on the eastern fringe of the town with excellent transport links:

  • By road 60 miles from central London on the A12
  • By rail 46 minutes from London Liverpool Street
  • By air 30 miles to London Stansted Airport and 44 miles to Southend Airport
  • By sea 30 minutes to Harwich and accessible to ports via Dartford Crossing
University of Essex


Find out more about the award winning university here: The University of Essex 

Read about Knowledge Gateway here: The University of Essex Knowledge Gateway