Development and Alumni Relations

Upcoming events organised by the Development and Alumni Relations Office for alumni and friends of the University

Sussex Conversations 2017: Demockery and the media in a post-factual age

What if we can’t believe anything anymore?

Certain stories have a tendency to catch on more than others and go viral. Stories feeding on anger or fear often enjoy more social transmission than stories with ‘boring’ or depressing content. Meanwhile, stories correcting, explaining or adjusting facts, fictions and forecasts have a hard time getting traction, not just on social media but increasingly on ‘mainstream’ media too. What goes viral is not necessarily true, and whatever is true doesn’t necessarily get a viral life.
As Brexit and Donald Trump have demonstrated politicians win (or at least get to run for President) by getting feelings and narratives right, without worrying too much about facts.

The World Economic Forum has declared misinformation to be among the great challenges of our time: “The global risk of massive digital misinformation sits at the centre of a constellation of technological and geopolitical risks ranging from terrorism to cyber attacks and the failure of global governance.”

So how do you solve global challenges that require co-operation and co-ordination in a post-factual democracy where voter maximisation is key? And where politicians are distrusted and increasingly ignored.

Date: Wednesday 3 May 2017
Arrival time: 6.00pm. Doors close promptly at 6.20pm
Location: The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS 
Ticket price: £10 each. This price includes a post-event reception with drinks and canapés

Tickets can now be purchased on the door at the event. Please arrive by 6pm to allow enough time.

Panellists include:

Neil Breakwell, London Bureau Chief, VICE News
Ivor Gaber, Professor of Journalism, University of Sussex
Kerry-Anne Mendoza, Editor-in-Chief, The Canary 
Ella Whelan, Assistant Editor, Spiked Online 

Chaired by Clive Myrie Presenter, BBC News (Law 1985)

Alumni reception in Chicago 

Chicago - Credit Roman BoedCredit: Roman Boed

All alumni are welcome to join us for this alumni reception in Chicago. This event is kindly hosted by Stephen Bridges, Consul General in Chicago. The event will be an opportunity to meet the Vice-Chancellor, Adam Tickell, and other members of University of Sussex staff, as well as make new friends in the area, share anecdotes about campus life, and hear about the latest developments and news from the University.

Venue: British Consulate-General - Chicago, 625 N Michigan Ave #2200, Chicago, IL 60611
Date: Monday 22 May 2017 ***(Please note this is a new date, previously advertised as Tuesday 23 May)***
Time: 6.30pm

Book your place via the following link: alumni.sussex.ac.uk/chicago2017

Alumni reception in New York: ‘Britain and Europe – how we got here and where we go next’

Johnathan FaullJohnathan Faull

All alumni are welcome to join us at our next alumni reception on the East Coast of the USA. 

We are immensely proud to be welcoming alumnus Jonathan Faull. Formerly the European Commission’s most senior British official, Jonathan retired in January after a 38 year career that included four different director-general posts since 2000. More recently he was head of the European Commission “Brexit” taskforce dedicated to the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership of the bloc. As our special guest speaker for this New York event, Jonathan will be speaking on the topic of ‘Britain and Europe – how we got here and where we go next’.

We are grateful to alumnus Ahmet Aydin (Engineering 2007) for hosting us at this venue which has breath-taking views of the Hudson river.

Venue: FDM Group Inc, 31st Floor, 14 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
Date: Thursday 25 May 2017
Time: 6.30pm
Guest Speaker: Jonathan Faull (Law 1973)

Book your place via the following link: alumni.sussex.ac.uk/new-york-reception-may-2017

East Slope Alumni Farewell Party

East Slope April 1975Image: Ian Sommerschield

Join us for chance to relive your memories of East Slope at the Alumni Farewell Party, East Slope Bar, Saturday 24 June 2017.

The party will be a great opportunity to let your hair down, have a few drinks and reminisce about your fond memories of East Slope with friends and former flatmates.

Plenty of photos have been taken throughout these much-loved buildings’ history which will be displayed during the evening. A resident DJ of the famous Brighton nightclub Patterns will be spinning many classics from the 70s, 80s and 90s. We will also be having East Slope-themed cocktails and a photo booth.

The East Slope accommodation and bar are scheduled to be replaced with new housing, Students' Union building and shops, with completion planned for 2020. More details can be found here.

This is a fantastic chance for alumni to say farewell to East Slope and we would love to share those fond memories with you.

Date: Saturday 24 June 2017
Times: 8.00pm to 2.00am
Location: East Slope Bar, University Of Sussex, Refectory Rd, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RP
Ticket price: £20 each. This includes a complimentary drink on arrival. All profits from the sale of tickets will be put into the Sussex Fund.

Book your place online here!

Accommodation on campus is also available for the night if you are planning on travelling from afar. If you would like to book a room click here.

Save the dates

5-9 September 2017 - Brighton & Sussex Science Festival

See other listings of forthcoming events organised by the University or past alumni events.