University of Sussex | Wikipedia audio article

University of Sussex | Wikipedia audio article

October 11, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The University of Sussex is a public research
university located in Falmer, Sussex, England. Its campus is surrounded by the South Downs
National Park and it is a short distance away from central Brighton. The university received its Royal Charter
in August 1961, the first of the plate glass university generation, and was a founding
member of the 1994 Group of research-intensive universities. More than a third of its students are enrolled
in postgraduate programs and approximately a third of staff are from outside the United
Kingdom. Sussex has a diverse community of over 17,000
students, with around one in three being foreign students, and over 2,600 academics, representing
over 140 different nationalities. The annual income of the institution for 2016–17
was £286.1 million with an expenditure of £270.4 million. In 2017, over 32,000 students applied to the
University of Sussex, with around 5,000 joining the institution. The Times Higher Education World University
Rankings 2018 placed Sussex 147th in the world overall, 39th in the world for Social Sciences
and 49th globally for Business and Law studies. Sussex is particularly known for its Humanities
and Social Sciences departments, with its Development studies program being placed at
number 1 globally in the QS World University Ranking.Sussex counts 5 Nobel Prize winners,
15 Fellows of the Royal Society, 9 Fellows of the British Academy, 24 fellows of the
Academy of Social Sciences and a winner of the Crafoord Prize among its faculty. By 2011, many of its faculty members had also
received the Royal Society of Literature Prize, the Order of the British Empire and the Bancroft
Prize. Alumni include heads of states, diplomats,
politicians, eminent scientists and activists.==History=====20th century===
In an effort to establish a university to serve Sussex, a public meeting was held in
December 1911 at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton in order to discover ways to fund the construction
of a university; the project was halted by World War I, and the money raised was used
instead for books for the Municipal Technical College. The idea was revived in the 1950s and, in
June 1958, the government approved the corporation’s scheme for a university at Brighton, to be
the first of a new generation of what came to be known as plate glass universities. The university was established as a company
in 1959, with a Royal Charter being granted on 16 August 1961. This was the first university in the UK since
the Second World War, apart from Keele. The university’s organisation broke new ground
in seeing the campus divided into Schools of Study, with students able to benefit from
a multidisciplinary teaching environment. Sussex would emphasise cross-disciplinary
activity, so that students would emerge from the university with a range of background
or ‘contextual’ knowledge to complement their specialist ‘core’ skills in a particular subject
area. For example, arts students spent their first
year taking sciences while science students took arts. The university quickly grew, starting with
52 students in 1961–62 to 3,200 in 1967–68. After starting at Knoyle Hall in Brighton,
the Falmer campus was gradually built with Falmer House opening in 1962. Its campus was praised as gorgeously modernist
and groundbreaking, receiving numerous awards. Its Student Union was quite active, organising
events and concerts. Performers like Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and
Chuck Berry repeatedly performed at the University Common Room, giving the university a reputation
for Rock and Roll.Academically, Sussex was home to figures such as Lord Asa Briggs, Helmut
Pappe, Gillian Rose, Jennifer Platt and Tom Bottomore. In its first years, the university attracted
a number of renowned academics such as Sir John Cornforth, John Maynard Smith, Martin
Wight, David Daiches, Roger Blin-Stoyle and Colin Eaborn. Similarly, renowned scholars like Marcus Cunliffe,
Gabriel Josipovici, Quentin Bell, Dame Helen Wallace, Stuart Sutherland and Marie Jahoda
also became central figures at the university and founded many of its current departments. Additionally, a number of initiatives at the
university were started at this time, such as the Subaltern Studies Group. In the late 1960s, the United Nations asked
for science policy recommendations from a team of renowned academics at Sussex. The ensuing report became known as the Sussex
Manifesto.Sussex came to be identified with student radicalism. In 1973, a mob of students physically prevented
United States government adviser Samuel P. Huntington from giving a speech on campus,
due to his involvement in the Vietnam War. Similarly, when the spokesperson for the US
embassy, Robert Beers, visited to give a talk to students entitled ‘Vietnam in depth’ three
students were waiting outside Falmer House and threw a bucket of red paint over the diplomat
as he was leaving.In both 1967 and 1969, Sussex won the UK University Challenge.In 1980, Sussex
edged out the University of Oxford to become the university with the highest income from
research grants and contracts.===21st century===In an attempt to appeal to a modern audience,
the university chose in 2004 to cease using its coat of arms and to replace it with the
“US” logo.2011 marked Sussex’s 50th anniversary and saw the production of a number of works
including a book on the university’s history and an oral history and photography project. The university launched its first major fundraising
campaign, Making the Future, and gathered over $51.3 million.The university underwent
a number of changes with the Sussex Strategic Plan 2009–2015, including the introduction
of new academic courses, the opening of new research centres, the renovation and refurbishment
of a number of its schools and buildings as well as the ongoing expansion of its student
housing facilities. The university has spent over £100 million
on-campus redevelopment, which is ongoing with £500 million planned to be spent by
the 2021.Sussex is heavily involved with the larger community across England, especially
in East Sussex. There are many regular community projects,
such as children’s activity camps, the Neighbourhood scheme, the community ambassador programme
and Street Cleans. Local residents can receive free legal advice
from Sussex’s law school and get guidance on renting through Sussex’s Rent Smart program. The university also facilitates volunteering
opportunities for a number of local and international organizations. The university also offers language courses
for the public through its Sussex centre for language studies. The university runs the Sussex Conversations
program, a media platform seeking to disseminate research to the wider community.In 2015-16,
the university generated more than $573 million to the UK economy, with over $140 million
in tax receipts.In September 2017, the University appointed Saul Becker as its first Provost
and Jayne Aldridge as its first permanent Director for the Student Experience. These changes come as part of a number of
structural changes the university has been introducing in the past years.In 2018, the
university moved all of its investments out of fossil fuels (known as fossil fuel divestment)
after a four-year student union run campaign.===Controversies=======Sackler family donations====
The Sackler family, one of the world’s richest, is an Anglo-American family majorly involved
in the opioid crisis in the US through their company Purdue Pharma. The family has granted money to a number of
cultural and educational institutions in both the US and the UK. In the UK, Oxford University is the highest
recipient of Sackler money, followed by Sussex. At Sussex, this money has been used, amongst
others, to build the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. In 2018, an investigation by London’s Evening
Standard found that the university refused to rule out receiving further funding from
the family which had by then become involved in a number of lawsuits and controversies
and had become accused of being at the centre of the opioid epidemic (which causes the death
of over 200 people in the US every day). In 2019, the university failed to rule out
further Sackler funding again.====Links with Qatar====
The university was criticised in 2019 for running a Master of Laws in Corruption, Law
and Governance in partnership with the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre based in
Doha, Qatar, which has been the subject of several controversies. The Master is aimed at equipping students
living in the Middle East with a strong knowledge of anti-corruption practices and caters mostly
for students from Doha.Critics have pointed out to the fact the chairman of the Rule of
Law and Anti-corruption centre, Ali Bin Fetais Al Marri, had himself been suspected of corruption
and that the sources of his fortune and European property assets were unknown, according to
French media. Ali Bin Fetais Al Marri has also defended
the life imprisonment of a Qatari poet and human rights campaigner.Dan Hough, a professor
of politics at the University of Sussex who teaches the Master of Laws in Corruption,
Law and Governance in Qatar, wrote articles in 2015 and 2017 in which he criticised FIFA
for editing the report of Michael Garcia on the underlying reasons of the attribution
of the World Cup hosting rights to Qatar, hinting to the fact that Qatar might have
not won the bid lawfully and ethically.====9/11 conspiracy theory and anti-Semitic
comments====In November 2018, the university came under
fire for its links with Kees van der Pijl, following a statement he made on the 9/11
terrorist attacks. Kees van der Pijl, former head of the university’s
International Relations department, sparked outrage in November 2018 after he claimed
on his Twitter account that “Israelis blew up Twin Towers with help from Zionists in
US govt”. The tweet was heavily criticised for its “anti-Semitic”
character. Previously, Kees van der Pijl had reportedly
claimed that the state of Israel should disappear for the sake of peace. Following the controversy, the University
of Sussex was asked by a Jewish association to strip the professor of his emeritus title.====Sexism and physical abuse====
In 2017, press reports revealed that the University of Sussex had let one of his lecturer continue
teaching after he had been charged with physically assaulting a student he had had a relationship
with, until his final conviction to a 22 weeks suspended jail sentence. The victim of the incident, a student at the
University of Sussex, criticised the university for not responding appropriately to the incident
and ignoring her messages. A report commissioned later by Sussex university’s
vice chancellor found that the university had not fulfilled its duty of care towards
the victim of the incident.The Students’ Union was heavily criticised in September 2018 for
distributing beer mats to fresher students, which featured a highly sexualised picture
of a woman open mouth with foam dribbling out of it, which critics said made clear references
to oral sex. The image was dubbed inappropriate and sexist
by many, who compared it to “pornography”.==Campus==Sussex is situated near the city of Brighton,
and surrounded by the South Downs National Park. It is the only English university to be located
in a National Park. The campus is also close to Hove and Lewes
and is under one hour away from central London.The campus, designed by Sir Basil Spence, is in
the village of Falmer. It is close to the South Downs, which influenced
Spence’s design of the campus. In 1959, the Basil Spence and Partners company
began planning and designing the campus, to be built over a 15-year period. In 1971, 17 buildings had been designed and
built winning numerous awards including a medal from the Royal Institute of British
Architects and a Civic Trust award.Spence expressed his awe at the beauty of the surrounding
region and designed the campus as a stream of low buildings so as not to disturb the
natural scenery around. Brick was chosen throughout as it was the
dominant material used across Sussex.As the campus developed, Spence connected the buildings
by a series of ‘green, interlocking courtyards that Spence felt created a sense of enclosure’.Today
the campus is self-contained with facilities, eights cafes/restaurants, a Post Office, multiple
Co-op Food stores, a market, a bank, a bookshop, a pharmacy, a health centre (including a dentist)
and childcare facilities. Spence’s designs were appreciated by architects;
many of the campus buildings won awards. A number of features define these buildings,
including the materials used and the fact that many of them have planted and tree-filled
courtyards. The gatehouse-inspired Falmer House won a
bronze medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Another campus building, The Meeting House,
won the Civic Trust award in 1969. In 1993, the buildings which made up the core
of Spence’s designs were given listed building status, with Falmer House being one of only
two buildings to be given a Grade 1 status of “exceptional interest”. A number of the original buildings are now
Grade I listed buildings, the first time university buildings in England become listed.Sussex
laid claim to being the “only English university located entirely within a designated Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. It is now entirely surrounded by the newly
founded South Downs National Park. The Gardner Arts Centre, another of Basil
Spence’s designs, was opened in 1969 as the first university campus arts centre. It had a 480-seat purpose-built theatre, a
visual art gallery and studio space, and was frequently used for theatre and dance as well
as showing a range of films on a modern cinema screen. The Centre closed in the summer of 2007: withdrawal
of funding and the cost of renovating the building were given as the key reasons. Following an extensive refurbishment, the
Centre reopened as the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) in the autumn
of 2015, and a public performance programme started in Spring 2016. The Centre is now a national arts and performance
hub hosting various kinds of performances year-round. The campus has facilities such as the Genome
Damage and Stability Centre; the medical imaging equipment at the Brighton and Sussex Medical
School (BSMS); and the University’s Library, until 2013 the home of the Mass Observation
Archive, which relocated to The Keep, a purpose-built facility nearby.===Library===The university’s main library is at the centre
of its campus. It was opened by HRH [Elizabeth II]] on 13
November 1964. It houses over 600,000 books, more than 58,000
journals and many databases, digital archives and the university’s own archives. The Royal Literary fund office is based at
the Library, providing support for students around academic writing. The Library also houses a research support
centre and a research hive for PhD students and research staff. There is also a Skills Hub, training facilities,
a support centre, a cafe and a Careers and Employability Centre. There are also smaller libraries within individual
schools and research centres, as well as The Keep. The university holds a number of acclaimed
collections and archives, mostly related to twentieth-century literary, political and
cultural history. Collections include original manuscripts and
first editions by Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen and Rudyard Kipling as well as The New Statesman
Archive and the Mass-Observation Archive. Sussex also has a number of collections, such
as the archival collection of CBW related documents on chemical and biological weapons
disarmament (SHIB – Sussex Harvard Information Bank).==Organisation and administration=====
Schools of Studies===The university was founded with the unusual
structure of “Schools of Study” (ubiquitously abbreviated to “schools”) rather than traditional
university departments within arts and science faculties. In the early 1990s, the university promoted
the system by claiming “[c]lusters of faculty [come] together within schools to pursue new
areas of intellectual enquiry. The schools also foster broader intellectual
links. Physics with Management Studies, Science and
Engineering with European Studies, Economics with Mathematics all reach beyond conventional
Arts/Science divisions.” By this time the original schools had been
developed somewhat and were: African and Asian Studies (abbreviated to
AFRAS) Biological Sciences (BIOLS)
Chemistry and Molecular Sciences (MOLS) Cognitive and Computing Sciences (COGS)
Cultural and Community Studies (CCS) Engineering and Applied Sciences (ENGG, formerly
EAPS) English and American (ENGAM or EAM)
European Studies (EURO) Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Social Sciences (SOC)There was also the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). In 2001, as the university celebrated its
40th anniversary, the then Vice-Chancellor Alasdair Smith proposed major changes to the
curriculum across the “Arts schools”, and the senate agreed to structural changes which
would create two Arts schools and a “Sussex Institute” in place of the five schools then
in place. Corresponding changes would be made in Sciences.The
changes were finally implemented in September 2003. After discussion in senate and the schools,
disciplinary departments which had been located across the different schools, were located
firmly within one school, and undergraduates were offered straightforward degree subjects. The multi-disciplinarity provided by the school
courses was now to be achieved through elective courses from other departments and schools. In 2009 the university adopted a new organisational
structure. The term “Schools of Studies” was retained,
but each was headed by a “Head of School” rather than the traditional “Dean”. Many of these new heads were appointed from
outside Sussex rather than from existing faculty. The schools as of 2009 are listed below. The term “department” has been retained in
some cases, where a school contains separate disciplines. School of Engineering and Informatics (two
separate schools before 2011) School of Life Sciences (includes Biology,
Environmental Science, Chemistry and Biochemistry and houses the Centre for Genome Damage and
Stability) School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
(MPS) (includes Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy) School of Psychology
School of Education and Social Work (ESW) School of Global Studies (includes Anthropology,
Geographym International Development and International Relations, as well as interdisciplinary programmes
in Development Studies) School of Law, Politics and Sociology (LPS)
School of English (including Drama) School of History, Art History and Philosophy
(HAHP) School of Media, Film and Music (MFM)
University of Sussex Business SchoolThe changes did not affect the Brighton and Sussex Medical
School (BSMS). The Doctoral School supports PhD student and
Post-docs across all schools and departments and supports PhD students and Post-Docs through
the Sussex Research hive, the Researcher Development Program, funding schemes as well as its own
partnerships.===Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors===The current and fifth Chancellor of the university
is Sanjeev Bhaskar, who succeeded Lord Attenborough in 2009. The university has had eight Vice-Chancellors:===
Coat of Arms===The university’s coat of arms was officially
granted on 15 March 1962. It built on Sussex’s history and features:
two Saxon crowns and a dolphin naiant sable. The arms also features six martlets or heraldic
swallows, as per the traditional emblem of East and West Sussex counties. On either side of the arms two pelican, head
bowed down, stand, each, upon a book and support a staff.Since 2011, the coat of arms is only
used by the graduation team and on official university degrees. For all other purposes, the US logo is used.==Academic profile==
The university, a member of the Erasmus charter, offers over 350 Undergraduate programs, over
210 Postgraduate taught programs and over 70 PhD programs. It is research-led, with around 1,000 teaching
and research staff of which around 300 are research-only staff. Additionally, there are over 1200 PhD students
at the university distributed across the different Schools. The university fees are at £9,250 per year
for home fee status undergraduates, the highest a university can charge in the United Kingdom===Reputation and rankings===
The University of Sussex was ranked 62nd in Europe and 147th in the world by the Times
Higher Education World University Rankings 2018. The university was ranked 228th in the world
according to the QS World University Rankings 2018; it placed 187th in 2017. The university was ranked 205th the 2018 CWTS
Leiden Ranking. Sussex ranked as 66th in the world in 2016
for its sustainability on the UI GreenMetric ranking.The Complete University guide 2018
ranked Sussex as sixth in the UK for Graduate prospects and 1st in the South East (graduates
getting into employment or further study immediately after graduation). SubjectIn subject rankings, it was ranked
39th in the world in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the
social sciences, 11th in Europe and 7th nationally. It ranked as 49th in the world for Law and
48th for Business and Economics. In the same year, it ranked 4th in the UK
for Sociology, 7th for Geography, 4th for Politics and International Relations, 10th
for psychology and 2nd for Communication and Media Studies by the Times Higher Education
rankings by subject.The university also ranked in the top 100 in the world for the social
sciences in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2016 and in the top 150 in the world for Social Sciences
ARWU 2016 and 90th best in the world for Psychological Sciences in the U.S. News & World Report.The
QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2016, 2017 and 2018 placed the university
1st in the world for Development Studies. Further, it ranked in the world’s top 100
for Anthropology, Sociology, Politics and International Studies, History, Geography,
English Language and Literature and Communication and media studies in the QS 2018 rankings. Other top 150 subject rankings in the world
include Education, Economics and Psychology.Out of the 20 universities which offer the discipline
in the UK, American Studies is ranked as 1st in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide
(2018); 3rd in the Complete University Guide (2018) and 4th in the Guardian University
Guide (2018).===Research===
In 2017, Sussex’s research income was around $90 million. This primarily came from funding body grants
and research grants and contracts. In addition to being home to Institute of
Development Studies, Sussex has over 40 university research centres, over 15 strategic research
centres and many smaller research clusters. IDS is ranked as 1st in the UK, 2nd International
Development Think Tank and 4th university affiliated Think Tank in the world (out of
8,000 think tanks ranked) by the University of Pennsylvania Global Go To Think Tank Index
Report 2017.Sussex research centres include SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit, which
is ranked as 3rd best Science and technology Think Tank in the World (out of 8,000 think
tanks ranked by the University of Pennsylvania Global Go To Think Tank Index Report 2017)
Other notable centres include the STEPS Centre, the Centre for American Studies and the Sussex
European Institute. The university is one of the UK ESRC’s 21
Centres for Doctoral Training, the only institutions accredited in 2010 and capable of receiving
ESRC doctoral studentships and funding. The system was updated in 2016 and Doctoral
Training Partnerships were established to replace the DTC. In this respect, Sussex is now a member of
the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts-South East England (CHASE) and the South East Network
for Social Sciences.The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 show that 98% of
research activity at Sussex is categorised as ‘world-leading’ (28%), ‘internationally
excellent’ (48%) or ‘internationally recognised’ (22%) in terms of originality, significance
and rigour.Sussex has a number of research collaborations with other Higher Education
institutions as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations and institutes around the world. For example, the Harvard Sussex program is
a long-standing research collaboration between Sussex and Harvard University focusing on
public policy towards chemical and biological weapons. The CBW Conventions Bulletin is a quarterly
newsletter published by the HSP. Sussex-Cornell Partnership, the Sussex-Bocconi-Renmin
Intrapreneurship Hub and the Sussex-Lund Partnership in Middle Eastern and North African Studies
are recent examples. Sussex also co-coordinates the Consortium
for the Humanities and the Arts. Sussex is also one of the eight universities
of the Tyndall Centre network.In Europe, Sussex is one of the collaborating institutions of
the Paul Scherrer Institute, the largest research institute in Switzerland, focusing on issues
of technology and the natural sciences. Sussex is involved with many projects with
the EU and with European countries. For example, BAR research is an Anglo-French
collaboration between the Sussex, the East Sussex County Council and three French universities.Nationally,
Sussex is involved in a number of partnerships including the Nexus Network (A partnership
between Sussex, University of Cambridge and East Anglia University) and CIED (a collaboration
between Sussex, Oxford University and University of Manchester). The university is also a partner of the Metropolitan
Police, with Demos (UK think tank) and Palantir Technologies.In recent years, the institutes
for the study of consciousness science, Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT),
the institute for the study of corruption and the Middle East studies institute were
opened at the university. The university also has a Genome Damage and
Stability Centre, a nuclear magnetic resonance facility and a purpose-built apparatus in
cryogenic research.In terms of policy, Sussex has is highly involved with the UK government,
the UN and governments around the world. For example, the university is a UN Habitat
partner. Nationally, the UK Trade Policy Observatory
was set up at the University to offer the UK government, the UK industry as well as
the public advice in addressing trade issues resulting from Brexit. The university is also one of the UK government’s
partner institutions on the Arctic Research Program. Similarly, SPRU and IDS are involved in policy
recommendations with countries on all five continents.In 2016, the Transformative Innovation
Policy Consortium (TIPC) was set up as a collaboration between the university and the governments
of Sweden, Norway, Finland, South Africa and Colombia to research social and economic issues.The
university is also home to a number of the world’s top academic journals from the IDS
Bulletin to The Journal for Ethnic and Migration studies, journal of Experimental Psychopathology,
The World Trade Review, Journal of Banking and Finance, International Journal of Innovation
Management, Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, European Journal of International
Relations and the Child and Family Social Work Journal, among many others.===Admissions===
New students entering the university in 2015 had the 47th highest UCAS Points in the UK
(and the 6th in the South East) at 366 points (the equivalent of BBC at A Level and BC at
AS Level). According to the 2017 Times and Sunday Times
Good University Guide, approximately 12% of Sussex’s undergraduates come from independent
schools.===Educational partners===
Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) results from a partnership between the University
of Brighton and the University of Sussex. The school, the first medical school in the
South East outside London, gained its licence in 2002 and opened in 2003. The Guardian ranked the medical school as
16th in the UK in 2018. The Institute of Development Studies offers
research, teaching and communications related to international development. IDS originated in 1966 as a research institute
based at the university. It is financially and constitutionally independent
under the status of a charitable company limited by guarantee. The Centre for Research in Innovation Management,
a research-based school of the University of Brighton, dates from 1990. It is located in the Freeman Centre building
with the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) on the campus. The Sussex Innovation Centre, an on-campus
commercial business centre, opened in 1996. It provides services for the formation and
growth of technology- and knowledge-based companies in the South East. It offers a business environment to over 40
companies in the IT, biotech, media and engineering sectors. Nationally, the university has a number of
partner institutions across the UK including Bellerbys College, British and Irish Modern
Music Institute (BIMM), University Centre Croydon (UCC, also known as Croydon College),
Highbury College Portsmouth, International Study Centre (Study Group), Roffey Park Institute,
University of Brighton and West Dean College. These partnerships include both validated
courses (designed and delivered by the partner institution but awarded and quality assured
by the university) and franchised courses (designed and assessed by the university,
but delivered by another institution).Study Group works in partnership with the university
to provide the Sussex University International Study Centre (ISC). It offers a course of academic subjects, study
skills and English-language training for students who wish to study a degree at the university
but who do not yet possess the necessary qualifications to start a degree. The ISC course provides students with English-language
and academic skills to start at Sussex the following year. In 2018, ISC announced that they will increase
their postgraduate and undergraduate offerings by adding 50 new courses across the pre-masters
and pathway options on offer.The British and Irish Modern Music Institute offers BA courses
in Modern Musicianship – validated by the university – at its centres in London, Berlin,
Hamburg, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham.Internationally, the university
has over 160 partner institutions including the University of British Columbia, University
of California, George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill,
University of North Carolina at Asheville, University of Pittsburgh, Purdue University,
University of Rochester, State University of New York, University of Texas at Austin,
University of Washington, Kyoto University, Peking University, Korea University, National
Taiwan University (NTU), Université Grenoble Alpes, Aix-Marseille Université, Paris-Sorbonne
University, Sciences Po Aix, Sciences Po Paris, University of Strasbourg, Freie Universität
Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. These are institutions where there are formal
agreements for student exchange, research collaborations, staff and faculty mobility
and study abroad schemes.==Student life==The Sussex Student Union is the main body
responsible for the representation of Sussex students. It runs a number of restaurants, schemes (such
as the buddy scheme) and projects (such as the role model project). There are 261 student clubs and societies
at Sussex, all functioning under the Student Union. Students are also supported through the university,
for example through the Student life centre which covers problems ranging from financial
difficulties to psychological ones.Sussex is a few minutes away from central Brighton,
referred to as “Soho by the sea,” and many of its students live in the city. Students are highly involved in Brighton’s
life, from its cultural scene to community service. In 2016, Sussex won the AGCAS award for Student
engagement.In 2017, Sussex was ranked as top in the UK for political scene (tied with Cambridge,
Oxford, Manchester, Goldsmith and LSE).===Student research===
Sussex runs a Junior Researcher scheme in which undergraduate students can receive funding
and spend 8 weeks during their summer vacation doing researcher alongside Sussex researchers
and academics. Additionally, a number of independent bursaries
for undergraduates to conduct research projects exist within Schools and research centres. In parallel, a competitive International Junior
researcher scheme exists to allow students from Sussex’s institutional partners, such
as Georgetown University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong,and the University of California,
Santa Cruz.) to receive funding and come to Sussex to work on research projects alongside
researchers and academics.Additionally, a number of research groups and networks incorporate
advanced undergraduate students into their projects offering them the opportunity to
both shadow and actively participate in ongoing research at the university.At Postgraduate
level, Sussex offers MA, MS, MRes, PGCert, PGDip, CLNDIP and LLM degrees. All master’s degrees are research based and
master students are incorporated with PhD students in the different research centres,
clusters and networks across the university and many master’s degrees are based in research
centres instead of being based in University departments. Further, student research mobility schemes
are in place to allow students to conduct research at other institutions across the
world. The university has a number of research-oriented
funding schemes (scholarships and fellowships) for Master students, including a Sussex Graduate
Scholarship for current undergraduate students at the University. There are also country scholarships for postgraduate
students applying from India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Malaysia and Vietnam===
International students and opportunities===In 2016–2017, there were 17,319 students
at Sussex, with under 12,000 undergraduates and over 5,000 postgraduates. In total, there are around 5,000 students
from outside the EU, the majority of whom are postgraduates. It also has many students from mainland Europe. One in five of its undergraduates study abroad
at some point of their education: the majority of its undergraduate courses offer a study
abroad year and/or placement. Sussex students may also spend a year abroad
as part of their degree, in a variety of European institutions through the ERASMUS programme,
as well as North America, Asia, Central and South America, Australia and North Africa.The
university runs the first generation scholars scheme, an award-winning initiative, to support
students from lower-economic backgrounds as well as students who are the first to pursue
higher education in their families. In 2017, Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy
Corbyn met the first generation students during his visit to the University.In the OFFA last
ranking (2016) Sussex ranked as second in the South east (after Oxford) and sixth in
the UK in expenditure on widening participation. Support at Sussex includes a work-study programme
to help students earn money, funded work placements and three years’ aftercare for graduates
to help them find a suitable career. The Sussex Plus programme documents and credits
students’ extracurricular skills.English Language courses for speakers of other languages are
provided by the Language Institute. “English in the Vacation” gives intensive
practice in spoken and written English. An International Foundation Year offered by
the ISC (Sussex University International Study Centre) offers direct routes to Sussex degrees.The
Sussex International Summer School runs for four and eight weeks starting in July, providing
intensive courses. It is predominantly attended by foreign students. The ISS trips office provides excursions to
prominent cities, theatres, and activities. Sussex is also home to the Fulbright Sussex
Summer institute, a four-week academic program on British culture designed for American Students.The
International Study centre at Sussex offers international “foundation courses” and an
“international year 1” scheme to allow students from various backgrounds to join the University. The centre also offers a “Pre-masters” degree
for international students.The Sussex Student Union also runs a series of events in support
of international students at Sussex. The union has a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
policy in all its shops, bars and cafes.===Housing===Accommodation on campus was expanded in the
1970s with the construction of the unusual split-level flats of East Slope. This development also has a social building
with a porter’s office and bar. As of 2017, East slope is set for demolition
to be replaced by new housing facilities.In the 1990s, as student numbers rose, further
developments were constructed in the corner of campus between East Slope and Park Village. Brighthelm and Lewes Court were constructed
in public-private partnership funding arrangements with the Bradford & Northern and Kelsey Housing
Associations. Two newer accommodation areas were completed
recently: one next to Falmer railway station, named Stanmer Court, and the other next to
East Slope, opposite Bramber House, known as Swanborough. During the start of 2019, East Slope accommodation
has been under extensive renovation and expected to be completed by 2021. It includes almost 5,000 new housing units
as well as a new social space. The total build has a budget of £150 Million. Prices are expected to start of £165 per
week. daNorthfield were constructed at the top end
of campus, beyond Lewes Court, which opened in September 2011. A few years after, they followed by Swanborough
accommodation.In 2017, work to build over 2000 new student houses to be completed by
2020 began as part of the University’s plan to build a student village on its Falmer campus.Overall,
there are nine on-campus university managed accommodations, two off-campus university
managed flats, two off-campus university managed study lodges and a number of University homes
scattered across Brighton and the surrounding villages.In 2016, there were over 5000 students
living in university accommodation, including all first year students (who are guaranteed
accommodation).===Sport===
The university has two sports centres on its campus: the Sussex Sports Centre and the Falmer
Sports Complex. There is also one sports shop within the sports
centre and one in the Falmer sports complex. The Falmer sports centre alone has over 40
acres of playing field. The university also has agreements with freedom
Leisure, granting its students access to sports centres across West Sussex. The university competes in the following sports,
usually with both men’s and women’s teams: Team sports: basketball, cricket, football,
field hockey, Lacrosse, netball, American Football, rugby union, ultimate frisbee, rowing
and volleyball. Racquet sports: tennis, table tennis, badminton
and squash. Individual sports: archery, fencing, swimming
and trampolining. Outdoor pursuits: sailing, mountain biking,
mountaineering, skiing and snowboarding, sub aqua, surfing and windsurfing. Martial arts: mixed martial arts, kickboxing,
Shaolin Kung Fu, aikido and sport aikido. The Falmer stadium, home to the Brighton & Hove
Albion F.C., is located near the Sussex campus. A mutual relationship of benefits, including
potential usage of the stadium’s sporting facilities by the university, was established
very early on.In 2018, the university had 42 sports teams competing in the BUCS.The
Sussex Sports centre also runs a number of courses, from Yoga to Cycling challenges,
as well as fundraisers, children’s activities and specialized workshops for students and
staff. The university also offers sports scholarships,
including ones for basketball and Hockey.===Campus media===
University Radio Falmer (abbreviated to URF) was one of the first student radio stations
in the country, founded in 1976. It now broadcasts via digital audio broadcasting
and via the internet. The station has a daytime schedule, and during
the evening offers a range of genre programming, all from Sussex students. URF also runs a news service. It won a bronze award in the “best scripted
programming” category in the 2008 UK Student Radio Awards. The station also holds the former BBC Radio
Director Helen Boaden and Sky News journalist Kit Bradshaw among its alumni.The Badger is
the Union’s fortnightly newspaper and is written and designed entirely by Sussex students. The paper is available to students and staff
during term-time, covering news and sport on campus, as well as comment pieces, features,
lifestyle and arts coverage. It also publishes content online. The Badger began in October 1995, having formerly
been known as Unionews since the 1970s. The paper has since covered a variety of stories,
including several on-campus occupations and the expulsion of five Sussex students for
involvement in protests.University of Sussex Student Television (abbreviated to UniTV)
is a student television channel, launched in September 2010. UniTV is a member of NaSTA (National Student
Television Association) and has won 7 NaSTA awards in the past three years.==Notable people=====
Notable alumni======Notable
staff===In the sciences, Sussex counts among its past
and present faculty five Nobel Prize winners: Sir Anthony Leggett, Sir Paul Nurse, Archer
Martin, Sir John Cornforth and Sir Harry Kroto. John Maynard Smith, FRS, founding father of
Sussex Biology was honoured with the Crafoord Prize and the Kyoto Prize for his contributions
to Evolutionary Biology. The university has 15 Fellows of the Royal
Society. These include Geoffrey Cloke (Inorganic Chemistry);
Michael F. Land (Animal Vision – Frink Medal); Michael Lappert (Inorganic Chemistry); Alan
Lehmann (Genetics and Genome Stability); John Murrell (Theoretical Chemistry); John Nixon
(Inorganic Chemistry); Laurence Pearl (Structural Biology) and Guy Richardson (Neuroscience). Additionally, two of its faculty have received
the Leontief Prize: Michael Lipton and Mariana Mazzucato. In the Humanities and Social sciences, there
are ten members of faculty who have the distinction of being Fellows of the British Academy. Staff with FBAs include Donald Winch (economics),
Jonathan Gershuny, Peter Burke (historian), Craig Clunas, Knud Haakonssen, Peter France,
Barry Supple, Margaret Boden, Pat Thane, John Barrell.Other prominent academics on the staff
of the university have included; Geoffrey Bennington; Homi K. Bhabha (postcolonialism);
Ranajit Guha (founder of Subaltern studies), Jonathan Dollimore (Renaissance literature,
gender and queer studies); Katy Gardner (social anthropology); Gabriel Josipovici (Dante,
the Bible); Jacqueline Rose (feminism, psychoanalysis); Roland Dore (Sociologist); Nicholas Royle
(modern literature and theory; deconstruction); Alan Sinfield (Shakespeare, sexuality, queer
theory); Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow (Cosmologist); Brian Street (anthropology);
John D. Barrow(Cosmologist); Leon Mestel (Astronomer); Gavin Ashenden (Senior Lecturer in English,
University Chaplain, broadcaster and Chaplain to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II);, Keith
Pavitt (science and technology policy), and Christopher Freeman (Economist). Current notable staff (in addition to a number
of those mentioned above) include economist Richard Tol, psychologist Andy Field (academic),
biologist Dave Goulson, sociologist Gerard Delanty, development economist Sir Richard
Jolly, astrophysicist and writer John Gribbin, historian Robin Milner-Gulland, scholar Edward
Timms, author Gabriel Josipovici, geographer Melissa Leach, psychologist Dame Leslie Fallowfield,
Brian Bates (psychologist), biologist Laurence Pearl, historian Maurice Howard, Sociologist
Jennifer Platt, Dame Denise Holt, policymaker Andy Stirling and political economist Mick
Moore