The University of Essex is one of the best universities in the UK, consistently ranked among the World's Top Universities. Granted Royal Charter in 1965, Essex is one of the UK's leading research institutions and is a member of the 1994 Group.

World Rankings:

- ranked as a Top 300 University in the world! According to the Times Higher Education – QS World University Rankings 2008, it is placed 258th globally. It is also rated 123rd in the world for Social Sciences.

- 31st among World Top 50 Universities in the International Staff indicator, and in 21st among Top 50 Universities in the International Students indicator (THES Rankings 2007).

- placed in the rank range of 303-401st globally in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2008.

National Rankings:

- 30th nationally in the Complete University Guide 2010 (placed 25th in 2009).

- 48th in the Guardian University Guide 2010 (placed 36th in 2009).

- According to the Times Good University Guide, it is placed 36th in 2008, 42nd in 2009 and 43rd in 2010.

- Outstanding Performance in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008:
- ranked 9th best university in the UK for the quality of its research in The Times, The Guardian and The Independent newspapers.
- top in the social sciences with Politics and Sociology ranked 1st in the nation, and Economics in 3rd position nationally.
- The Essex Business School was rated 2nd in the UK in the Accounting and Finance subject area, while History was also in 2nd position, Linguistics 4th, and Art History 9th in the nation.
- A top ten research universities in the UK, placed 10th out of 136 universities in the Research Assessment Exercise 2001, published by the Times Higher Education Supplement.

- 14th for Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Guardian 2008).

- 19th for Economics (The Times 2009 and Complete University Guide 2009).

- 39th in the Sunday Times University Ranking 2008, moving up from 40th in 2007.

- 29th in the Times Ranking of Top Accounting and Finance Programs in the UK in 2008.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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