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University of Sussex

2015 League Table Ranking 38
2015 Overall Score 748
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Entry Standards 406 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.5 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.61 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,265 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 4.03 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 625 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 54.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 90.5 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 76.3 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 36.5 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 20% of first degree students spend a term/year abroad.

Teaching Standards

  • Staff have received several National Teaching Fellowship Scheme awards.
  • In the 2013 National Student Survey, 89 per cent of Sussex students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching on their course.
  • Innovative structure to our academic year – two twelve-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 2008 RAE, 100% of departments at Sussex have world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised research, placing the University among the leading 30 research universities in the UK.
  • 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. 

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.

Student Facilities

  • The recently refurbished Library – which is open 24 hours a day during term time – contains more than 700,000 volumes and has electronic access to more than 30,000 journals.
  • 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 recently 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 140 clubs and societies, and 25 sports teams.
  • The Union's advice centre provides support for students on a range of issues.


  • There are excellent facilities for tennis, rugby, soccer, cricket and hockey, as well as two sport halls with well-equipped fitness rooms.
  • A well rounded sports programme offers 30 classes/courses a week in activities such as yoga, trapeze, sports conditioning, boxercise, circuit training, salsa, swing, ballet and capoeira.
  • Sports bursaries are offered annually to Sussex sports men and women who are of an international, national or high county standard.
  • Sussex's ultimate frisbee team have won women’s, men’s and mixed national tournaments in the past few years, winning both mixed indoor and women’s titles three years running from 2011-13.
  • In the 2013-14 BUCS national rankings, Sussex came 49th overall. Sussex reached its highest-ever position – 41st – in the BUCS national rankings for 2011–12.
  • There is a therapy room offering a sports-injury clinic, sports massage, relaxation massage, reiki, reflexology and hot stone massage.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Northfield, the university’s flagship housing complex at the north end of campus, opened in 2010 offering 777 en-suite bed spaces. Further phases of construction have been completed since, adding 320 more bed spaces in 2013.
  • The £30m Jubilee building opened in 2012, housing the School of Business, Management and Economics, teaching space, 500-seat lecture theatre and café.
  • Major new Co-op supermarket opened in the refurbished Bramber House.
  • All eight university catering outlets on campus underwent a facelift in 2013, with brand new menus in every cafe and restaurant. Sussex’s catering facilities are provided in partnership with Chartwells.
  • Expected to open at the end of 2014 is a major new teaching and research centre for the arts – the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts based in the refurbished former Gardner Arts Centre – which will provide a research and teaching base to support creative arts including film, media and drama. Named after Sussex's former Chancellor, Lord Attenborough.
  • 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.
  • Refurbishment of a major social sciences building on campus, dedicated for our School of Law, Politics and Sociology for 2014.
  • 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.
  • Beginning of construction for our new biomedical sciences building – which will complement our world-leading Genome Research Centre.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Careers and Employability Centre advertises part-time, finalist and graduation vacancies.
  • The Centre can also help with CV preparation and job hunts, and hosts careers events, skills workshops and fairs.
  • The centre promotes over 600  temporary and part-time jobs each year and 300 vacation and work experience opportunities as well as 231 paid internships out of the 4500 jobs we advertise annually. All opportunities that are advertised are at the national minimum wage and we encourage employers to pay the national living wage!
  • The Centre is also available for use by Sussex graduates up to three years after graduating.

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.
  • Bob Mortimer – comedian.
  • Alexandra Shulman OBE – Editor of UK Vogue.
  • Dame Gail Rebuck DBE – Chair and CEO of Random House Group.
  • Zhang Xin – CEO of SOHO China.



For further information

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

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