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University of Sussex

2016 League Table Ranking 21
2016 Overall Score 811
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Entry Standards 385 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.01 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,404 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.05 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 765 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 74.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 93.0 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 78.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 51.7 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The University was the first of the new wave of universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in August 1961. The University celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011–12.
  • Over the past 50 years, the University has built a strong reputation for research excellence, internationalism and interdisciplinarity.
  • In 1993, the buildings that make up the core of Sir Basil Spence's original design were given listed building status.

Location and Transport

  • Set in the rolling countryside of the Sussex Downs, the campus is surrounded by the South Downs National Park and is only minutes from Brighton & Hove, one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the UK.
  • Frequent bus services run between campus and Brighton. The train journey to Brighton from nearby Falmer station is eight minutes.
  • Brighton is within easy reach of London and major international airports (Gatwick and Heathrow).

Entry Standards

  • Standard A level offers are between AAA and BBB, depending on degree programme.
  • The University has a tradition of welcoming mature students, and takes a flexible approach when extending offers to such students.

Student Mix

The 13,635 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Sussex degrees are designed flexibly so that students can explore subjects in ways that interest them.
  • Students on most single honours courses choose several modules from outside their discipline. Joint degrees allow different combinations.
  • Most courses offer study-abroad opportunities, and about one in five first degree students spend a term/year abroad.

Teaching Standards

  • Staff have received several National Teaching Fellowship Scheme awards.
  • In the 2014 National Student Survey, 88 per cent of Sussex students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching on their course.
  • Innovative structure to our academic year – two 12-week teaching periods – which has improved how students learn and are assessed on their studies.
  • Academic year structure has enabled students to engage with their subjects in more depth and to consolidate what they learn through the mid-year assessment.

Research Standards

  • In the 2014 REF, 100% of departments at Sussex have world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised research.
  • Sussex had particular REF successes in Psychology (10th overall), Biological Sciences (10th overall and 4th by % of 4*), International Relations (12th overall), Anthropology (10th overall), Area Studies (Politics), English (9th overall), History (1st for outputs), and Media & Film (15th overall).
  • The University of Sussex carries out world-leading research that has a positive impact on people’s lives. In REF 2014, almost all (84%) of our research impact in Psychology was rated as 4* (“outstanding reach and significance”), while Sussex Geography had the most 4* rated impact of any Geography submission across the UK.
  • Particular examples of the impact of Sussex research include changing national policy on how the state supports industrial innovation; delivering treatments for the tropical disease Podoconiosis; transforming contemporary British and international poetry; and creating an improved ethical framework for human tissue donation.

Academic Strengths

  • Our distinguished faculty includes one Queen's Award, 14 Fellows of the Royal Society, 12 Fellows of the British Academy, 9 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences and 15 Academicians of the Social Sciences.
  • Three Nobel Prizes and one Crafoord Prize have been awarded for research conducted at Sussex.
  • As part of our £50m fundraising campaign 'Making the Future' we have announced funding for major research centres at Sussex e.g. Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice; Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science; Sussex Centre for Middle East Studies; and Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption.

Student Facilities

  • The Library – which is open 24 hours a day during term time – contains more than 700,000 volumes and has electronic access to more than 35,000 journals and 50,000 e-books.
  • The Library's Special Collections are housed at The Keep, a state-of-the art new historical resource centre a short walk from campus.
  • The collections include original manuscripts and first editions by Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen and Rudyard Kipling, and the Mass Observation Archive, a unique social history resource.
  • The Careers and Employability Centre is located in the Library to help you build your career, develop the employability skills employers look for, get relevant work experience, internships, placements and it advertises over 4500 vacancies each year.
  • We have invested an additional £1.5m in IT developments – including WiFi provision in all our student residences and double the number of available PCs on campus.
  • IT Services provide over 1000 PCs on campus, many with 24-hour access. Campus is WiFi connected, with free email, file store and internet access.
  • The Student Life Centre is a 'one-stop shop', giving students help with academic issues, funding advice and personal problems.

Students' Union

  • The Union runs two lively bars, providing food and entertainments, as well as two shops. It also supports more than 180 student societies, and 30 clubs and sports teams.
  • The Union's advice centre provides support for students on a range of issues.


  • Excellent Sport and Fitness Facilities including: pitches for outdoor team sports, tennis, two indoor sports halls, squash courts, dance studio and fitness rooms including strength and conditioning and functional fitness rigs.
  • A large programme of over 50 classes a week in activities such as yoga, trapeze, pilates, sports conditioning, boxercise, Zumba, and many more.
  • Sports bursaries offered annually to Sussex sports men and women who are of an international, national or senior county standard.
  • National success in Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Fencing and Women’s Rugby.
  • Consistent Top 50 Ranking in the BUCS National Rankings.
  • A popular social sport programme called Active US offering on and off campus activities such as swimming and bouldering.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • A major new teaching and research centre for the arts – the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts – is set to open in summer 2015, providing a research and teaching base to support creative arts including film, media and drama. Named after Sussex's former Chancellor, Lord Attenborough.
  • Development of a new biomedical sciences building – which will complement our world-leading Genome Research Centre.
  • We expect to begin a major housing development as our old East Slope accommodation (600 beds) starts to be replaced with further new high quality housing, to accommodate the growing campus population.
  • Recent refurbishment of a major social sciences building on campus, dedicated for our School of Law, Politics and Sociology.
  • Dedicated student social space has been created in each of our Schools – providing a physical hub for our staff and students to engage academically and socially.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Careers and Employability Centre advertises part-time, finalist and graduation vacancies.
  • The Centre offers a comprehensive programme of employability events includes our flagship careers fair, skill development, career exploration, job-search workships, employer and alumni events and entrepreneurship.
  • The Centre promotes over 800 temporary and part-time jobs each year, 1000 paid internships, vacation and work experience opportunities and 1600 placements out of the 5000 plus jobs are advertised annually. All opportunities that are advertised are at the national minimum wage and employers are encouraged to set pay at the national living wage.
  • The Centre is also available for use by Sussex graduates up to three years after graduating.

Careers Guidance

  • The team of friendly careers advisers are available for individual consultations to help students to explore career options, find relevant work experience, apply for jobs or courses and learn how to turn higher education experience to career advantage by completing a set of challenges through the Sussex Plus Employability Award.
  • The award prepares students for making career choices, teaches them how to showcase skills and interact with potential recruiters.

Notable Alumni

  • Jamie Shea –Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges, NATO.
  • Helen Boaden – Director of BBC News.
  • Rt Hon Tony Baldry, Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw – three of our seven alumni who are
    currently Members of Parliament.
  • Jeremy Deller – Turner Prize winner and Tate Trustee.
  • Ian McEwan – novelist.
  • Dermot Murnaghan – Sky News presenter.
  • Shamshad Akhtar – Assistant Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations.
  • Julia Somerville – news presenter and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Government Art Collection.
  • Alexandra Shulman OBE – Editor of UK Vogue.
  • Dame Gail Rebuck DBE – Chair and CEO of Random House Group.
  • Zhang Xin – CEO of SOHO China.
  • Mateusz Szczurek – Finance Minister for Poland.
  • Kirsten Brosbøl – Minister of the Environment for Denmark.
  • Alex Ryabchyn – Member of Parliament for Ukraine.
  • Jessie Ware – Musician.
  • Philippa Gregory – Novelist.
  • Daniel Glaser – Director of Science Gallery London at King’s College London.
  • Professor Sir Peter Knight FRS – Physicist.



For further information

  • +44 (0)1273 606755
  • University of Sussex
    Sussex House
    BN1 9RH
UCAS Code S90

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