Development and Alumni Relations

What is the Sussex Fund?

The Sussex Fund provides financial assistance through hardship bursaries, encourages excellence via scholarships, and offers opportunities that students might not have had otherwise. We are committed to widening participation and to enhancing the student experience at Sussex, helping those who need it most. This is only possible thanks to the generous support of our alumni, staff and friends of the University of Sussex.

"I cannot express how thankful I am to have benefited from such generosity and solidarity. Life is not always easy and some things simply cannot be planned for, but I am so grateful that the Sussex Fund is there for students. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Harry  Hardship award recipient (Global Studies BA)

Over the past two years, alumni, staff and friends have given over £500,000 to help our brightest, most deserving students, and those who have no one else to turn to for support. 

Gifts of all sizes are welcome – they add up to make a real difference and we are grateful for each and every one of them. Please make a gift to the Sussex Fund today. Your generosity and kindness can help change someone’s future, creating opportunities for Sussex students who need them the most.

By making a gift to the Sussex Fund you will allow us to support these three vital areas:

"Being independent from the age of 15, I have supported myself through school, college and university. This generous award will now allow me to focus on my postgraduate studies. In doing so, I hope to inspire my four younger siblings to fulfil their potential through education as well. Thank you so much!"

Lana  Scholarship recipient (International Relations MA)

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How is the money raised?

Gifts are made to the Sussex Fund by our alumni and friends of the University of Sussex whom we contact by email, letter and telephone. Our telephone appeal is especially popular as it gives people an opportunity to hear from current students and to pass on their memories of Sussex.

Does the University qualify for Gift Aid?

Yes, as an exempt charity the University can claim back 25p for every pound you give, as long as you are a UK taxpayer. You can find more information about Gift Aid here.

Will my gift be acknowledged?

All supporters will be thanked in our Roll of Donors and will receive a regular e-newsletter, unless we are instructed otherwise.

Are one-off gifts more useful, or does the University prefer regular donations?

We are grateful for all support that we receive, although regular donations do allow us to plan for the future more effectively, safe in the knowledge that we have a reliable source of income that we can depend on. This allows the Sussex Fund to be more ambitious with the initiatives that we support, which in turn benefits our students.

Other ways of supporting Sussex

For a confidential discussion about making a gift to Sussex in your will, please contact:

Ben Loxton
Regular Giving and Legacy Manager
Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO)
+44(0)1273 872820