University rankings

18th in the UK overall

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017

7th overall for graduate prospects

The Guardian 
University league tables 2017

23rd in the UK overall

149th in the world

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016–17

87% (highly rated) for student satisfaction

87% (highly rated) for diverse local nightlife

87% (highly rated) for rich political scene

The Which? University Guide

Research Excellence Framework – REF 2014

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), over 75 per cent of research activity at Sussex is categorised as world leading or internationally excellent 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 per cent 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 GPA.

Read the full breakdown of REF results.

National Student Survey 2016

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

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, puts Sussex in the 151–200 globally, and within the top 18–21 in the UK.

QS World Rankings 2016-17

187th in the world

Rated number 2 in the world for Development Studies

Highly rated for research

QS World University Rankings 2016-17