Our 50th Anniversary

  1. So how did a radical 20th century university which wanted to break the mould end up being built at the centre of historic parkland once painted by Constable? Professor Jules Lubbock explains how Russia's success in the space race originally inspired the push for a university in Essex and how new ideas about higher education started to influence its direction. Find out more about the exhibition Something Fierce: University of Essex Vision and Reality at: essex.ac.uk/fifty/exhibition

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  2. Our first Vice-Chancellor Albert Sloman was determined to forge a new university. Here Professor Jules Lubbock explains some of his founding ideas. Find out more about the exhibition Something Fierce: Vision and Reality at: essex.ac.uk/fifty/exhibition

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  3. The Albert Sloman Library is now seen as an icon of 20th century design. It as a symbol of founding Vice-Chancellor Professor Albert Sloman's commitment to expanding the scope of learning. Find out more about the exhibition Something Fierce: Vision and Reality at: essex.ac.uk/fifty/exhibition

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  4. The Hexagon is one of the special buildings created to have an impact. It was created to be a jewel within the campus and the design is inspired by a quartz crystal. Find out more about the exhibition Something Fierce: Vision and Reality at: essex.ac.uk/fifty/exhibition

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  5. The Towers became a symbol of the University. They could be seen from miles around and competed against other tall buildings on the Colchester skyline. They also provided living space which brought people together and created an incredibly tight and close knit community. Find out more about the exhibition Something Fierce: Vision and Reality at: essex.ac.uk/fifty/exhibition

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Our 50th Anniversary

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In 2014 the University of Essex celebrates its 50th birthday. Watch original footage of the university from years gone by in this playlist.

To find out more about our 2014 celebrations go to: essex.ac.uk/fifty

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