1965 - ?

University of Essex

The University of Essex at Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex was established by royal charter in 1965 and is one of the seven original 'plateglass' universities established between 1961 and 1965. In October 1964, the first students arrived with 28 teaching staff in three schools Comparative Studies, Physical Sciences and Social Studies. Wivenhoe Park, the home of the primary campus, was painted by landscape painter John Constable in 1816 and houses the main 1960s buildings along with Wivenhoe House, an 18th-century mansion that also features in Constable's painting. The Edge Hotel School was originally a partnership between the university and the Edge Foundation and is now a department of the university. It is the UK's first working hotel school dedicated to the development of future leaders of the hotel, events, and hospitality industry. The landmark buildings include the residential towers, The Hexagon and the Albert Sloman library and has one of the few remaining still operating continuous loop paternoster lifts in the country. It also has a campus at Southend and at Loughton.