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Engage for Change: Sussex staff and students make their voices heard through Brighton and Hove Citizens

Staff and students from the University of Sussex joined forces with people across Brighton and Hove on Monday 29 April to attend the first assembly meeting of Brighton and Hove Citizens.

The assembly took place at BHASVIC on Dyke Road, Brighton, and brought together nearly 200 residents and representatives from community groups and organisations.

Local Councillors, Daniel Yates (Labour), Tony Janio (Conservative) and Phelim Mac Cafferty (Green) heard directly from residents the concerns they have about mental health and housing provision, weekend homeless drop-in services and the importance of accessible toilets at the Old Shoreham Road Municipal Cemetery North. Each Councillor, who was running in the 2 May election, was asked to respond to the issues and explain what they would do to make improvements for the benefit of the city.

Professor Saul Becker, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University, has been instrumental in helping to establish the University as a founding member of Brighton and Hove Citizens. The University of Sussex is one of seven founding members, alongside:

  • University of Sussex Students’ Union
  • Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC)
  • Brighton Table Tennis Club
  • Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue
  • One Church Brighton
  • Diocese of Chichester.

Saul spoke about the assembly meeting: “I’m really proud of how the University has worked together with Brighton and Hove Citizens in taking steps towards making the city a better place to live for everyone. This activity is a key part of Sussex 2025, supporting our aims for Engage for Change. It’s great to see organisations and community groups coming together all motivated by an ambition to make a positive difference.”

Further meetings will be arranged and details will be promoted. To stay in touch with the University’s involvement in Brighton and Hove Citizens and receive updates about future events, please email

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 3 May 2019


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