Development and Alumni Relations

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Alice Jennison (Geography 2010) has been named by the 2 Degrees Network as one of 2014’s Top 25 Under-25s working in sustainable business, in recognition of her work as Environment Advisor & Community Investment Coordinator at Skanska UK

Jeff Richards (English 2011) signed a three-book deal with TicketyBook Press under the pseudonym Jo Marryat with an advance of one gold Mavis Chansovereign to commemorate his great-great-great-grandfather, Captain Marryat, who, in 1833, vowed he would keep the first gold sovereign he earned from the book he was writing.

Mavis Chan (Media Studies 2012) (pictured left) produced a viral video which led to a Burgess Hill-based friend tracking down his biological mother in Hong Kong after a 50-year search.

Congratulations to Alex Ryabchyn (SPRU 2012), who was elected as a member of Ukrainian parliament in October 2014.

Congratulations to Cllr James Butcher (Politics 2010), who won a vote in May to become the youngest ever chairman of Lancing Parish Council at the age of 21.


Brightminded, a Brighton-based software start-up founded by Dan Murray (Philosophy 1994), Cristiano Solarino (Informatics 2001), and Dan Cowan (COGS 1996) was shortlisted for the 2014 IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge.

Meg Heyworth (Managing Voluntary & Community Organisations 2001) belongs to an International organisation called Toastmasters International. An organisation where members improve their speaking and leadership skills. She also writes articles for publication, a particularly popular publication is called D.R.A.M.A and gives advice about speaking in public.

Congratulations to comedienne Sara Pascoe (English 2001), winner of the 2014 Chortle Breakthrough Award.

Carlos Gershenson Congratulations to Dr Carlos Gershenson (Informatics 2001) and colleagues (pictured left), whose operating system for urban mobility won the €100,000 Audi Urban Future Award 2014.

Geoff Dann (Philosophy 2004), one of only two fungi foraging teachers in the UK, featured in documentaries on Japanese and Russian TV about fungi-foraging in the UK, and is planning a forthcoming book on the subject.

Dr Rodreguez King-Dorset (American Studies DPhil 2004), researcher in African Performance and affiliate member at Cambridge University's Centre of African Studies, wrote and narrated Black Shakespeare, a feature-length documentary on the first generation of black British theatre pioneers working on Shakespearean plays in London from the 1950s.

Congratulations to Marianna Charountaki (International Relations 2004), who is now a Post Doctoral Fellow and Sessional Lecturer at Reading University.

Ophelia Lovibond (English 2005) Joined Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as a cast member in popular New York-based CBS crime drama, Elementary.

Congratulations to Kim Sears (English 2007), who has announced her engagement to Wimbledon-winning tennis player Andy Murray.

Congratulations to Linda McVeigh (CCE 2006), winner of the Brighton Prize 2014 for her short story Ordinary Man in Suit.

Jo Roberts (Anthropology 2006) was a nonfiction Runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and a Finalist for the US National Jewish Book Awards, for her book Contested Land, Contested Memory: Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe (Dundurn 2013).

Congratulations to Bianca Miller (Business and Management 2007), who reached the final of BBC TV show The Apprentice.

Ronald AdamteyAlumni Consul for Ghana, Ronald Adamtey (IDS 2007) (pictured left), presented two conference papers at the 45th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners on the theme ‘Management of Cities in Development Economy: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities’.

Congratulations to Claire Le Cras (Physics and Astronomy 2008), recipient of the Institute of Physics Early Career Physics Communicator Award 2014 in recognition of her dance video explaining the life cycle of a star.Amit Choubey

Social activist Amit Choubey (IDS 2009) (pictured right) was selected from a field of one hundred candidates to represent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as a 2014 parliamentary candidate in the Purvi Champaran constituency in Bihar state, India.

Congratulations to Jessica Collier (Physics and Astronomy 2009) and her partner Niall Fealty, who welcomed their first baby into the world in 2014 at their home on campus in Northfield. The couple met at Sussex and graduated together with degrees in Physics last July.

Liam HackettCongratulations to Ditch the Label founder Liam Hackett FRSA (Business and Management 2009) (pictured left) who has been elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to society through national anti-bullying work and interventions. Liam was also the winner of the Young Sussex Businessperson of the Year award at the 2014 Sussex Business awards.


Congratulations to Avri Klemer (ENGAM 1992), who has been named Director of Finance at Surprise Lake Camp, a not-for-profit children's summer camp in New York. The organisation was founded in 1902 and provided over $1m in need-based scholarship assistance this year.

Rosie MeekCongratulations to Lizzie Fincham (EDUCATION 1994), who was shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Poetry Prize.

The newly-founded School of Law at Royal Holloway University of London has appointed Dr Rosie Meek (Psychology 1997) (pictured left) as its Head.

Congratulations to Richard Moross (SOC 1997), CEO and founder of, who was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list.

Luca SpagnaJoanna Hill (CCS 1993) was appointed as Chief Operations Officer at the Start Up Loans Company

John Orr (CCS 1998) retired from his role as Commissioning Manager at HMP Lewes after thirteen years’ service.

Luca Spagna (SOC 1998) (pictured left) founded MYnd SIDE, a new social network based on personality and talents.


Dr Dan Gunn (ARTS 1981) edited The Cahiers Series, which aims to make available new explorations in writing and translating, collaborating with John Tran (EURO 1983) on image sourcing.

Guy Scott (ARTS 1982) was appointed interim president of Zambia following the death of president Michael Sata.

The Mojet, an innovative new ventilation system designed by Fathi Tarada (SCITECH 1984) was installed in a number of tunnels in Norway.

Sheri Desbaux (Politics/International Relations 1984), has recently written her first full play. She had also started a new venture in which vintage dresses and hand-crafted jewellery are available.

Quicksands and Shadows, the latest album by Léanie Duncan (ENGAM 1989), was released under her stage name, Léanie Kaleido.


Linda Seymour and Dave FeintuckCongratulations to Linda Seymour (EURO 1973) and Dave Feintuck (MAPS 1969) (pictured left) on the birth of their first grandchild, William Gilles Buxton Feintuck.

Dame Gail Rebuck (EURO 1970), Chair of Penguin Random House UK, was appointed to the House of Lords.

Wendy Cealey Harrison (ARTS 1971) founded ABACISCUS, a new company specialising in handmade Roman mosaic items.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Sinclair-House (CCS 1971), who received an MBE for Services to Education in the 2015 Queen's birthday honours list.

History was made by HH Judge John Tanzer (ENGAM 1971), who appeared at Croydon Crown Court via Skype, in what is believed to be the first instance of a judge has not being physically present in court to hear a verdict in a criminal case.

tony atcherleyCongratulations to Dr Tony Atcherley (Intellectual History 1973) who has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur for taking part in the Liberation of France 1944.

Congratulations to Becky Reynolds (CCS 1974), who has been named by the Brighton & Hove Independent as one of the 100 people who make Brighton & Hove, in recognition of her work as Campaigns Officer with local cycling group, Bricycles.

Stephen Brown (SOC 1976) directed his first feature film, The Sea, based on John Banville’s Booker Prize-winning novel. The film which was produced by Michael Sackler’s (Media Studies 2005) Rook’s Nest Entertainment.

 Debbie Bond (CCS 1978) embarked on an extensive tour of the US throughout 2014 with her band, the TruDats.


Andrew DoubtDr Andrew Doubt (MAPS 1963) (pictured left) and his wife have completed the Camino Francès, backpacking five hundred miles from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela.

Congratulations to Mo Foster (MAPS 1964), who received a 2014 BASCA gold badge in recognition of his outstanding contribution to British music.

Congratulations to Professor Sir Julian Le Grand (SOC 1964), who was awarded a knighthood for services to social Pramesh Kapoorscience and public service in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list.

A second general election campaign beckons for Malcolm Fincken (CCS 1965), who will stand as the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for Braintree this year.

Professor Pramesh Kapoor (SCITECH 1966) (pictured left) is the Honorary President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, North India Section.

Annabel GregoryDavid Hallam (CCS 1967) continues his role as an interim communications director, most recently with a health NGO in Brussels, and is halfway through an MA at Birmingham University.

Annabel Gregory (AFRAS 1968) (pictured left) and her husband have founded The Hedge Press, a small independent publishing company, whose publications have included a wartime diary by Dr Anthony Ryle, former head of the University Health Centre.



peter hollowayPauline PlummerDancing with a Stranger (pictured), the debut collection of short stories by Pauline Plummer née Hughes (EURO 1965), was published by Red Squirrel Press in December 2014.

Frederick Toates’ (SCITECH 1967) book, How Sexual Desire Works: The Enigmatic Urge, which looks at the biological and psychological bases of sexual desire, was published by Cambridge University Press.

Peter Holloway’s (EDUC 1968) book, HMS Wasp (pictured), which reflects on the opportunities that came to young working class men as a result of National Service in the Royal Navy, was published in July 2014 by Book Guild Publishing.

Two books by Dr Andrew Spicer (ENGAM 1972) on cinema have recently been published: The Man Who Got Carter: Michael Klinger, Independent Production and British Cinema, 1960-1980 and an edited collection, A Companion to Film Noir.john murray

Reading the Gaelic Landscape by John Stuart-Murray (BIOLS 1973) (pictured), a comprehensive guide to Mina Toksozthe highland landscape through place names, was published by Whittles Publishing.

Oxford University Press have published Jad Adams’ (CCS 1973) latest book, Women & the Vote: A World History, the first global history of how women got the vote. 

Mina Toksoz (ARTS 1974) explores the factors involved in cross-border business in her new book, The Economist Guide to Country Risk (pictured).

Richard Jones (BIOLS 1976) charts the history of domestic intruders in his latest book, House Guests, House Pests: A Natural History of Animals in the Home, published by Bloomsbury.steven kay

2014 saw the publication of Steven Kay’s (MOLS 1983) (pictured) debut novel, The Evergreen in Red and White, based on the true story of Rabbi Howell, the first Romani professional footballer.

Caroline DommenCaroline Dommen (EURO 1984) co-authored a series of books about significant figures in theKaren Thoman history of Geneva, the fourth and final of which, Madame de Staël, is due out in May 2015 (pictured).

The debut novel by Karen Thomas (ENGAM 1984), Until our Blood is Dry (pictured), was published by Parthian Books under the pseudonym Kit Habianic.

Dr Anne Beaumont (CCS 1995) revised her PhD thesis into a full-length book, Virtual Women: Ladyboys - changing sex in Thailand.

Patrick HicksDr Patrick Hicks (HUMS 1997) has had a busy year, publishing both his debut short story collection The Collector of Names (Schaffner Press, Inc.) and his latest poetry collection, Adoptable, with Salmon Poetry (pictured).

Carolyn Clarke (CCS 1997) published her second book, Imaginations 2: Relaxation Stories and Guided Imagery for Kids, a collection of visualizations, breathing exercises, and yoga poses for children.Dominic Bliss

University of Virginia Press published Dr Philip Kaisary’s (English 2002) analysis of revolution in Haiti: The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imaginations: Radical Horizons, Conservative Constraints.

Jeff ToddThe debut book by Dominic Bliss (English 2003), Erbstein: the triumph and tragedy of football’s forgotten pioneer , exploring the life and legacy of influential football manager Ernest Erbstein, wasross montgomery published by Blizzard Books (pictured). Read an interview with Dominic here.

alexandra prattThe Man Behind the Bow Tie: Arthur Porter on Business, Politics and Intrigue by Jeff Todd (English 2004) (pictured) was published by Figure 1 Publishing.

Ross Montgomery (English 2005) followed up his Costa Prize-nominated debut children’s book Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door, with The Tornado Chasers, published by Faber and Faber.

Travel writer and journalist, Alexandra Pratt (Politics and North American Studies 1992), drew on her experience of leading expeditions for her first fiction novel, Patriot, published under the name  A.S. Bond, by Castle Books (pictured).    

Julian Sayarer bookLoose Ends and Extas, the final instalment of a trilogy of books by historian, Bletchley Park asa briggscode-breaker and former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Lord Asa Briggs, was published by Frontline Books (pictured). Palgrave Macmillan also published The Age of Asa, a collection of essays analysing the impact of Briggs’ work on numerous academic and cultural spheres.

Julian Sayarer’s (International Relations 2004) book, Life Cycles (pictured), a London bike courier’s Matt Greene bookaccount of his world record-breaking cycling trip around the world, was published by John Blake Publishing.

Matt Greene (English Language 2004) received a prestigious Betty Trask Award, which recognises first novels written by authors under the age of 35 child-narrated novel,  for his child-narrated novel, Ostrich (pictured).

Queer in Brighton Anthology was launched in February 2014, Maria Jastrzębska (Psychology 1973) is one of the editors. The book contains many references by former Sussex students.

George Craig (Faculty member 1966-1996), is one of the editors, and the French translator of The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 3 was released September 2014.

The Flour PeddlerCongratulations to Tommy Muncie (German & Spanish 2002), who self published his first novel Shadow's Talent in June 2014. A work of science fiction with a young protagonist who sets out to be a spacecraft pilot and in doing so discovers far more about his dark family history than he might of wished for.

Matthew Karikari-Ababio (EDUCATION 2008), synthesized his thesis on education and the econmoy as experienced in Ghana to develop a manuscript published as a book in March 2015.

Congratulations to Joshua Hergesheimer (Human Rights 2004), who published The Flour Patricia le Roy Girl with ParasolPeddler (pictured) in March 2015 with his brother Chris. The book takes readers on a cross-continental journey into the meaning of 'local food'.

A Woman Living in the Shadow of the Second World War: Helen Hall's Journal from the Home Front has recently been released. The book was edited by Linda Grace (Life History Research, vanessa1998).

Patricia le Roy neé Heathcote (EURO 1964) has recently published her ninth novel, Girl with Parasol, which is based on Nazi art theft in World War II.

Congratulations to Yin Mon Vanessa Han (Development Studies 2010) on the publication of A Burmese Heart, which she co-authored with her grandmother, Tinsa Maw-Naing. The book is a historical memoir of twentieth century Burmese (Myanmar) history told through her grandmothers eyes.

Myths and Legends, an introduction to Norse, Celtic, and Greek mythology for aspiring artists and Myths and Legends by John Paul de Quaydesigners by John Paul de Quay (Biology 2006), will be published in November 2015.

Long Time, No See by Hannah LoweHannah Lowe's (EAM 1994) memoir Long Time, No See, which references her time at Sussex, was published in July 2015 and featured as Radio 4's Book of the Week.

Island Journeys: The Impact of the Island Way of Life at Home and Abroad by Carlisle Island Journeys by Carlisle RichardsonRichardson (International Relations 2007) was published in July 2015.

The Inifinity Pool by Jessica NorrieThe Infinity Pool, the first novel by Jessica Norrie (EURO 1977), was published in Kindle and paperback editions in July 2015.

Belonging, the debut novel by Umi Sinha (Creative Writing 1994) will beBelonging by Umi Sinha published by Myriad Editions in September 2015.

Winegarden, a novella by Anthony Ferner (ARTS 1972), is published by Holland Park Press on 8 October 2015. The book narrates the life of Jacob, an agnostic Jewish professor of theoretical physics who uses unconventional thought experiments to cope with the burdens of love and grief.

Professor Paul Coates (SOC 1963) has been investigating sensory consciousness in an AHRC funded project on Phenomenal Qualities. Collected papers derived from the final international conference were published in August this year by Oxford University Press, in a volume entitled: Phenomenal Qualities: Sense, Perception, and Consciousness, edited by Paul Coates and Sam Coleman.

Anthony Ferner WinegardenIf you have a book coming out next year please email to let us knowPhenomenal Qualities: Sense, Perception, and Consciousness by Professor Paul Coates


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