We are ranked in the top 20 in all three major UK league tables and over 75% of our research activity is categorised as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

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University league table rankings

Graduate prospect rankings

World rankings

In the QS World Rankings 2017, we have been:

  • ranked 187th in the world
  • rated number one in the world for Development Studies
  • highly rated for research.

Student survey and guide ratings

In the National Student Survey 2016, our results included:

  • 89% for student satisfaction
  • 92% said staff are good at explaining things
  • 90% said they have been able to contact staff when they need to
  • 91% said the library resources and services are good enough for their needs.

In The Which? University Guide, we were rated at:

  • 87% (highly rated) for student satisfaction
  • 87% (highly rated) for diverse local nightlife
  • 87% (highly rated) for rich political scene.

In a survey by accommodation providers Student Living by Sodexo, Brighton was ranked the happiest city in England for students, with 93% of University of Sussex and University of Brighton students surveyed saying they’re ‘very happy’ with their education and city life.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Sussex is a leading research university, as reflected in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Over 75% of research activity at Sussex is categorised as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 

Individual highlights of the REF 2014 results include: 

  • Sussex History was the highest rated History submission in the UK for the quality of its research outputs 
  • the Sussex English submission rose from 31st to 9th across the UK since the last research assessment exercise in 2008
  • 84% of the University’s research impact in Psychology was rated as the top possible grade, 4* 
  • Sussex Geography had the most 4*-rated research impact of any Geography submission across the UK.

Overall, the University was placed 36th (of multi-disciplinary institutions) by grade point average (GPA).

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