University of Sussex

2014 League Table Ranking 31
2014 Overall Score 752
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Entry Standards 403 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.1 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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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 1,060 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 4.04 Help
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Facilities Spend 452 Help
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Graduate Prospects 61.5 Help
Graduate Prospects
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Degree Completion 92.4 Help
Degree Completion
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Good Honours 79.6 Help
Good Honours
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Green Score 36.5 Help
Green Score
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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

  • 55% of students are female, 45% male; 70% are home students, 30% are from overseas; over 3,500 international students from over 120 countries.
  • 17% of our undergraduate students are mature students (over 21 on entry).
  • Applications to places ratio was just over 6:1 in 2012.

Course flexibility

  • Sussex degrees are designed flexibly so that students can explore subjects in ways that interest them.
  • Students on most single honours programmes choose several courses from outside their discipline. Joint degrees allow different combinations.
  • Many programmes offer study-abroad opportunities, and 20% of first degree students spend a term/year abroad.

Teaching standards

  • Staff have received National Teaching Fellowship Scheme awards annually for the past four years – a record matched by only a handful of other universities.
  • In the 2012 National Student Survey rankings, nearly 90 per cent of Sussex students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching on their course, keeping us in the top 20 universities across the UK for teaching satisfaction.
  • Sussex teaching ranks among the leading universities in the Russell Group of research-intensive universities.
  • Following extensive consultation and discussion, we introduced a new structure to our academic year for 2012 onwards – with two twelve-week teaching periods which, among other things, introduces a new mid-year period of assessment that will improve how students learn and are assessed on their studies.
  • We think it will enable students to engage with their subjects in more depth, and to consolidate what they learn through the mid-year assessment.
  • Alongside this, we completely reviewed all of our courses for 2012 across all schools – so that they are all up to date, and use best practice approaches to managing and delivering study material, and for conducting assessment and feedback throughout each module within the course

Research standards

  • In the 2008 RAE, 100% of departments at Sussex have world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised research, confirming the University among the leading 30 research universities in the UK.
  • As part of our £50-m 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 has included three Nobel Prize winners, 13 Fellows of the Royal Society and six Fellows of the British Academy, and a winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • The newly refurbished library – which is open 24-hours during term time – contains more than 750,000 volumes and has electronic access to more than 20,000 journals.
  • The library's archives include original manuscripts by Virginia Woolf and Rudyard Kipling, and the Mass Observation Archive, a unique social history resource.
  • We have by end of this year invested an additional £1.5m in IT developments – including complete wifi provision in all our student residences and double the number of available PCs on campus
  • IT Services provide over 800 PCs on campus, many with 24-hour access. Campus is wi-fi connected, with free email 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 160 societies, teams and clubs.
  • 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, and 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 won the 2011–12 BUCS National Indoor and Outdoor Championships – for the second time running – and includes many members of the GB team.
  • 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 are soon to be completed, adding 320 more bed spaces.
  • The £30-m 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 catering outlets overhauled with a new Bar Centre, Café Central and Restaurant Centre – in Bramber House at the centre of the campus.
  • Expected to open in 2013–14 is a major new teaching and research centre for the arts – 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 spacehas been created ineach of our 11 schools – providing a physical hub for our staff and students in the school to engage academically/socially
  • Refurbishment of a major social sciences building on campus, dedicated for our School of Law, Politics and Sociology for 2013
  • 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 3,000 temporary and part-time jobs each year.
  • Students in Brighton have the highest wages in the UK during term time (on average £128 per week according to the NatWest annual poll, 2009).

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.
  • 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.

For further information

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

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