The University of Essex

A public research university with campuses in Colchester, Southend-on-Sea & Loughton

University of EssexThe University of Essex is a public research university with campuses in Colchester, Southend-on-Sea and Loughton. With an enviable reputation for research, the University is in the top 20 in the UK for research excellence, with almost a quarter of its research rated as world-leading.

The University has particular research strengths in artificial intelligence, dig data analytics, robotics and other specialisms which are likely to be of particular interest to companies in the following sectors:

  • Software development, telecommunications and technology
  • Market research, survey design and data analysis
  • Marketing, PR and publishing
  • Legal, professional and business services
  • Health and social care
  • Assisted living
  • Social enterprise, governmental and non-governmental organisations
  • Agritech

Business consultancy and support

University of Essex ParksideThe University’s consultancy service gives companies the opportunity to tap into areas of academic expertise to support projects, and to help improve profitability, productivity and competitiveness. With a strong focus on supporting growing businesses, teams work with companies to add value and boost business innovation through:

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Collaborative research
  • Access to expertise through consultancy
  • Support for growing businesses and start-ups
  • Innovation voucher scheme
  • Management training and executive education
  • Extensive conference facilities
  • Office accommodation and start-up space on the Knowledge Gateway
  • Student and graduate placements and internships
  • Research facilities

Top ten for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

University of Essex studentThe University of Essex is currently in the top 10 in the UK for KTPs and first in the southeast of England, including London, and working with more companies and organisations than any other institution in the region on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) to help businesses to innovate and grow.

KTPs are a three-way partnership between a university, a company, and a high-calibre graduate. Projects typically last from six months to three years and they are designed to help companies solve strategic problems, with the scheme being sponsored by Innovate UK, Research Councils and other bodies.

“KTPs are an excellent route into working with the University and developing a long-lasting collaboration – the KTP scheme offers a lower-risk approach for businesses looking to innovate and scale up.”

Robert Walker, KTP manager, University of Essex

Excellent location

University of EssexThe University of Essex is ideally located for access to UK and international markets. Its Colchester Campus is on the eastern fringe of the town with excellent transport links:  

  • By road 60 miles from central London on the A12
  • By rail 46 minutes from London Liverpool Street
  • By air 30 miles to London Stansted Airport and 44 miles to Southend Airport
  • By sea 30 minutes to Harwich and accessible to ports via Dartford Crossing

Find out more

The University of Essex Knowledge Gateway

The University of Essex

David Rooke
David Rooke

Location Services Director

+44 (0) 7989 380435


In a career spanning over 30 years David’s experience includes large-scale factory management and 17 years in inward investment. David has worked with a wide range of major corporates and organisations in the UK and overseas, advising on inward investment projects, business relocations, expansion and consolidation projects.