University of Sussex

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The University of Sussex is an English campus university located near the East Sussex village of Falmer, near Brighton and Hove and on the edge of the South Downs. It is the only university in England which is entirely located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and runs entirely on electricity from renewable energy sources. It was founded in August 1961, one of several New Universities to be built in the 1960s.

The World University Rankings, compiled by researchers for the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) and published in November 2004, put Sussex ninth in the UK, 17th in Europe and 58th in the world. The latest Times ranking puts Sussex 37th in the UK, a move of 2 places from the year before.


The university is organized into seven schools following traditional departmental lines:

  • Humanities
  • Life Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
  • Science and Technology
  • The Sussex Institute (postgraduate studies in law, education, social work, and other areas)
  • SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research
  • The Brighton & Sussex Medical School, a joint school with the University of Brighton

This organization was introduced as part of a major restructuring on August 1, 2003. The university also houses several centres of excellence including the Centre for the Study of Evolution co-founded by John Maynard Smith, the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics, and the Genome Damage and Stability Centre.

The university is also noted for its work in molecular sciences, with a faculty that includes Sir Harry Kroto. It is also known for its work in computing, particularly Artificial Intelligence and human-computer interaction. The university is home to the Mass-Observation project and archives.

The university nightclub is called "Hot House", and is one of seven drinking establishments on campus. The Hot House is run Thursday through Saturday evenings, 10pm until 2am, with an entry fee of £3 to holders of a National Union of Students of the United Kingdom ID card.

Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors

The present Chancellor of the university is The Lord Attenborough, who was elected as the university's fourth Chancellor on March 20 1998.

  1. The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (1961 - 1965)
  2. Lord Shawcross (1965 - 1985)
  3. The Duke of Richmond and Gordon (1985 - 1989)
  4. Lord Attenborough (1998 - present)

The university has had six Vice-Chancellors:

  1. John Fulton (1961 - 1967)
  2. Professor Asa Briggs (1967 - 1976)
  3. Sir Denys Wilkinson (1976 - 1987)
  4. Sir Leslie Fielding (1987 - 1992)
  5. Professor Gordon Conway (1992 - 1998)
  6. Professor Alasdair Smith (1998 - present)


Writers, journalists and broadcasters

External links

de:Universität Sussex