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About us

Literature was one of the founding subjects at the University of Essex and our Department built its reputation on scholarly and critical achievements across English, comparative and world literature.

The addition of Centres for Creative Writing, Theatre Studies, and Film and Screen Media further expanded our range, and combined with journalism, a new subject area, give our Department its uniquely diverse and interdisciplinary character.

Research-led education

Our research directly informs our teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and our students benefit from the broad range of expertise and experience of our academic staff who include leading specialists in literature, film and theatre, as well as novelists, poets, playwrights, filmmakers, screenwriters and journalists.

Three-quarters of our research is rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).


Throughout the year, we run an exciting programme of events, including research seminars, symposia, and conferences, with speakers invited from across the UK and from abroad, as well as film screenings introduced by our academic staff, and writers' talks as part of our Writers at Essex series.


Our University’s Lakeside Theatre runs a diverse programme of plays, live art, and comedy and has a fully-equipped 200 seat auditorium and an experimental studio laboratory. You can also join our Lakeside Theatre Company which runs weekly workshops offering training for developing performing arts skills. There are also opportunities for gaining work experience by becoming involved in the theatre’s front of house and behind the scenes operations.

We have a dedicated 120-seat film theatre for use in teaching and our weekly film screenings and our students also have access to our University’s Media Centre which is equipped with state-of-the-art studios, cameras, audio and lighting equipment, as well as professional editing facilities.

Art works on our website

We would like to thank Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) for permission to reproduce the following artwork from their collection on our website:

Our academic staff

Our academic staff

Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their expertise across literature, film, creative writing and drama. Find out more by reading their staff profiles.

Lakeside Theatre

Lakeside Theatre

Our University's Lakeside Theatre runs an exciting programme of plays, music, comedy and workshops, as well as offering voluntary and paid work experience opportunities to our students.

Vimeo showcase

Student operating a film camera

Our film studies students run and work on individual film projects. To showcase their work, we set up a Vimeo channel. Have a look at what they have produced and get some ideas for future projects of your own.

Research excellence

Research excellence

Three-quarters of our research is rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014). We do both creative and critical work across genres and media forms using a distinctly comparative approach.