Professional services

Professional Services aims to provide the best possible support in delivering the University of Sussex's strategy across its mission for teaching, research and enterprise. We provide support to Schools and departments, and services directly to students; alumni and staff; to other clients of the University, including the local and regional community; and to our range of partners, friends and supporters.

Professional Services quick links

Academic Registry


Development and Alumni relations


Health, Safety and Wellbeing



  • IT Services (email, phones, software, training, Sussex Direct, networks, file storage, HPC)
  • IT Help

Planning, Governance and Compliance

Research and Knowledge Exchange

Residential, Sport and Trading

  • Campus trading (shops and banks open times)
  • Housing (on campus, off-campus, support, policies)
  • Sport (exercise classes, facilities, bursaries, intra-mural)

Student Recruitment and Marketing

Student Services

Sussex Estates and Facilities

Sussex Food

The Registrar & Secretary is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for Professional Services - comprising all of the University's support services other than Finance and the Library. The directors of each of the Professional Services report directly to the Registrar & Secretary.

The Registrar & Secretary is Secretary to the University's Court, Council and Senate. He attends or is a member of all key policy-making committees such as Performance Committee and is a member of the Vice-Chancellor's Executive Group (VCEG).

Registrar and Secretary: John Duffy

John Duffy

Mr Duffy has been Registrar and Secretary at Sussex since November 2009. Prior to his appointment he had been Director of Administration at St George's, University of London (SGUL) since September 2004, and was previously Head of Administration of the joint Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences between SGUL and Kingston University.

He has held management posts in a number of higher education institutions including the universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Sheffield and the Institute of Cancer Research.

Mr Duffy gained an MBA from City University London in 1991. He has an MA in American History from the University of Glasgow and was an exchange student at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

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