Students Staff


Planning portal

Planning Sharepont site

Access the rich supply of performance information and sector benchmark data. (Restricted to staff only)

The Strategic Planning and Change Section (SPCS) supports the University in the development, implementation and monitoring of the University’s Strategic Plan and its supporting strategies. Headed by the Director of Strategic Planning and Change, SPCS contains three teams:

Planning and Business Intelligence

Planning and Business Intelligence is responsible for:

  • supporting the University’s annual strategic planning process
  • providing management information to support strategic planning, performance monitoring/management and strategic projects
  • managing the University’s returns to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)


The Governance Office is responsible for:

  • supporting the University’s Council
  • supporting the University Steering Group

Strategic Projects

The Strategic Projects Office has responsibility for:

  • supporting the development of the University’s Strategic Plan and supporting strategies, and ensuring effective co-ordination across these strategies
  • for undertaking and supporting strategic projects as part of the implementation of the Strategic Plan and its supporting strategies
  • leading and developing capacity for the effective management of University change projects and business process reviews

Women of the future

Shami Chakrabarti

With your help, the Women of the Future Appeal will fund 25 Masters scholarships for women to study at Essex and use their knowledge around the world.

Our strategy

Our strategy

We have ambitious plans for the future of our University as we approach our 50th anniversary. Our strategy and vision is to be a university with global impact and an international reputation that is unparalleled for a university of our size.

Key statistics

Key statistics

Key statistics, including student numbers, rankings, and finances.

University projects

University projects

There is a wide range of University projects planned and in progress, many of which are aimed at improving services to students, applicants and/or staff. The University projects web pages include details of these projects and our project management guidelines.