Students Staff

05 December 2014

Which? recognises Essex’s politically-minded students

The University of Essex has been ranked one of the UK’s top political universities by students.

Essex, which is internationally-recognised for its top quality research and teaching in political science, is ranked alongside Oxford and Cambridge in the Which? University list of top political universities.

Students at a Think Seminar

Students listening to Gavin Shuker MP at a recent THINK! seminar

Students voting in the annual Which? Student survey were asked if there were lots of different political groups and activities, such as meetings and demonstrations, and whether politics is a visible part of their university experience.

Chantel Le Carpentier, President of the University of Essex Students’ Union, said: “We have more than 15 political, or political-related societies on campus, and we encourage all our members to take control of their futures by embracing local, national and international political issues.

“This award is proof that even if students join us apathetic, they have every opportunity not to leave that way. Our students started being political in 1964 and have never stopped challenging.”

Professor Todd Landman, Executive Dean Social Sciences, added: “This is really exciting news, and is especially welcome in our 50th anniversary year when one of the research areas we are celebrating is politics. Our Department of Government is the only UK political science department to hold a Regius Professorship, and we have consistently been ranked top in the country for the quality of our research, so it’s great to receive recognition that this is impacting the transformative student experience we offer our students.”

Based on the views of more than 12,5000 undergraduate students, the annual Which? University student survey outlines the top-rated universities for sports local nightlife, creative and political scenes and a variety of student union activities.


More information

For further information please contact the University of Essex Communications Office, telephone: 01206 873529 or email:

Essex is one of 11 universities listed in the Which? list of top political universities. The full list is:
SOAS, University of London
London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
University of Sussex
University of Oxford
Goldsmiths, University of London
University of Cambridge
University of Glasgow
University College London, University of London
University of Essex
University of Edinburgh
University of Manchester

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