Students Staff

22 December 2015

Review of the year 2015





  • Essex Business School student Kieran Lang and Sport and Exercise Science student Jaina Modasia took part in BBC Young Dancer 2015.
  • The QS World Rankings put the University in the top 50 for Sociology, and top 100 for Economics and Politics and International Studies. 


  • University students played a key role in the ITV News election night coverage.
  • Thanks to investments in sport, the University saw new levels of participants in sporting activities and greater success in the British Universities and Colleges Sports league. 


  • Essex alumna Dr Aisha Gill was awarded a Celebrating Impact Prize by the Economic and Social Research Council for her work on countering ‘honour’ crimes and forced marriages.
  • The University’s Chancellor Shami Chakrabarti launched our Women of the Future appeal to fund 25 scholarships for women around the world to study at Essex. 



  • Essex Business School student Hiva Rafiei gave a speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York after being selected as one of the winners of the United Nations Academic Impact Global Essay Contest.
  • The annual National Student Survey showed 100% of students are satisfied with their US Studies course, making Essex the highest ranking US Studies provider in the UK. 


  • Dr Gavin Grindon curated the Museum of Cruel Designs for renowned artist Banksy’s controversial show Dismaland.
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities graduate Ralph Baker was one of only three successful candidates selected for the HarperCollins’ 2015 Graduate Scheme. 


  • Plans have now been submitted for a new state-of-the-art £13.7m teaching centre for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.
  • Dr Ahmed Shaheed, of our Human Rights Centre, was one of the recipients for the 2015 Leo Nevas Human Rights Award, for his work as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran. 



  • The latest edition of the annual compilation of interesting policy relevant research using data from Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, was published.
  • A project between the University and two local authorities to transform community services won £2.2 million Catalyst funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

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