The University of Sussex initially began as an idea for the construction of a university to serve Brighton. In December 1911 there was a public meeting at the Royal Pavilion in order to discover ways in which to fund the construction of a university. The University of Sussex is an English campus university situated next to the East Sussex village of Falmer, within the city of Brighton and Hove.
The University of Sussex was the first of the new wave of universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in August 1961. Nearly 50 years on, the University has become a leading teaching and research institution.
In the 2010 Times Higher Education magazine’s World University Rankings, Sussex is ranked 8th in the UK, 16th in Europe and 79th in the world, setting up alongside some of the world’s most prestigious institutions. Sussex is also a founder member of the 1994 Group of research-intensive universities.
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From its foundation, Sussex has had an international perspective to its academic activities and its outlook. The University attracts staff and students to its campus from over 120 different countries across the world. Nearly a third of staff comes from outside the UK. 10,500 students at Sussex, around a quarter are international. The University includes people from many different religious and cultural backgrounds. There are several places for religious worship on campus.
Sussex has one of the most beautiful campus locations in Britain. Situated in rolling parkland on the edge of Brighton, the campus combines award-winning architecture with green open spaces. The campus is surrounded by the South Downs National Park, but just a few minutes away from the lively city of Brighton and Hove. Surrounding the campus you’ll find stunning views, quiet walks and plenty of opportunity for hiking, mountain biking or paragliding. The rural setting means you can enjoy the best of both worlds – peace and tranquillity while you study, but with the buzz of Brighton and London within easy reach. Designed by Sir Basil Spence, the buildings that make up the heart of the campus were given listed building status in 1993. Falmer House is one of only two educational buildings in the UK to be Grade I listed in recognition of its exceptional interest.
Regular train services from Falmer (our campus station) mean it’s easy to reach Brighton – and from there you’ll find rail connections to:
- Central London (fast service 51 minutes)
- Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport (two hours, changing in London)
- Gatwick, the UK’s second largest airport (fast service 26 minutes)
Our campus is also linked to Brighton by the city’s award-winning bus service, which runs 24 hours a day and seven days a week – so it’s easy to get home after a night out in the city.
Brighton was found to be the UK’s ‘healthiest’ city, and cycling is central to the city’s transport planning. In fact, Brighton has been selected as a national Cycling Town from 2009-2011. You can ride from the city centre to the campus in around 30 minutes using the cycle paths, and cycle stands are available on campus.
In the sciences Sussex counts among its faculty two Nobel Prize winners, Sir John Cornforth and Professor Harry Kroto. Sir Harry, the first Briton to win the chemistry prize in over ten years, received the prize in 1996 for the discovery of a new class of carbon compounds known as the fullerenes.
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