How to choose a degree certificate of University of Essex. Founded in 1965, the University of Essex is now one of the leading institutions of higher learning in the UK for teaching and research. In the quality assessment of education and research in the UK, Essex University has been included in one of the 12 best universities in the UK with its outstanding research achievements. The University of Essex ranked ninth in the 2008 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise). The University of Essex performed well in the evaluation of teaching quality and research quality in 2003, with economics, electronic systems engineering, philosophy, politics, accounting, finance and management, and law ranking first. The University of Essex is located in the town of Cox, on the outskirts of London, less than an hour’s drive from London. The campus is situated in more than 200 acres of greenfields. Including teaching buildings, student residences, shops, banks, lakeside theatres, art galleries, stadiums, cafes.