THE University of Essex today sets out an ambitious plan for its future, creating 100 new academic and 50 new professional posts, the largest expansion of staff in its 55-year history.
Announcing the development, Essex Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster said: “Our new Strategic Plan sets out our ambition to grow the University to 20,000 students and 1,000 researchers by 2025. We know that our staff are our most valuable asset. In the year we were awarded Times Higher Education University of the Year, I am immensely proud that we are prioritising investment in staff. This will further enhance the educational experience that we offer to our students as well as boost the research power of the University of Essex. We know students want us to invest in staff and that’s what we have announced today.
“This announcement reflects our confidence in who we are, what we stand for and the future we wish to create for ourselves at Essex,” added Professor Forster.
“In response to record levels of interest from applicants in securing undergraduate and postgraduate places at the University of Essex, combined with an increase in externally-funded research and our overall financial health, the University is investing in a step-change in staffing to support our mission of excellence in education and research.
“We are a University that puts student and staff success at the centre of what we do. We want to attract outstanding scholars who share our values, who want to work in a University equally committed to excellence in education and research, and are excited about offering a transformational education to our students.
“The University has a proud history of making change work for our staff and students and I am delighted that we are seizing the opportunity to shape our future.”