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"The University of Essex was born during a rare moment of national hope and enthusiasm in the early 1960s, when everything seemed possible and new departures seemed essential." Professor Hugh Brogan

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Title: Troubles - Creating a University episode 10

Troubles - Creating a University episode 10

July 1st, 2013

The telegram of support from Jean-Paul Sartre has long since been lost, but many still remember the student uprisings of the late 1960s and early 70s,… Go to Episode

Big Essex Celebration 2013

June 11th, 2013

Our students came together to celebrate their success through our new Big Essex Award and we also presented awards to 10 students for their significant… Go to Episode

At the cutting edge - Creating a University episode 9

June 3rd, 2013

“A primary function of a university must be to engage in research. It can discharge its responsibility to train future researchers only if it is itself… Go to Episode

Derek Walcott and the University of Essex

May 3rd, 2013

For the past four years Derek Walcott has developed an ever closer relationship with the University of Essex culminating with the world premiere of his… Go to Episode