'When the University of Sussex was founded, our first Vice-Chancellor, Lord John Fulton, declared that education at Sussex was ‘making the future’. That pioneering spirit and sense of optimism continues to guide us today and into the future.'
Professor Michael Farthing, Vice-Chancellor
The University of Sussex was the first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in August 1961. From its inception Sussex has taken a world view and worked across boundaries, emphasising creative thinking and discovery. We pioneered new models of learning and continue to lead the way in interdisciplinary teaching and research. Sussex has built and maintained an outstanding reputation for freedom of thought, social change and world-leading research.
In its relatively brief history, the University has produced Nobel Prize winners, politicians, business leaders, artists and social activists – who have all gone on to shape the world we live in.
Strength and excellence
To mark the University’s 50th Anniversary, we launched ‘Making the Future’ - a major new fundraising campaign. We now need the support of the University community to help us on the next phase of our journey. You can play a part in creating an even better learning and teaching environment, a place that will inspire our staff and students as we explore new ways to extend the boundaries of knowledge and its application.
Central to this journey is our aim to seek support for research in key areas of strength and excellence where Sussex is best placed to make a significant impact on society. Our jubilee year may have passed, but the vision, ambition and opportunity to transform the world around us remain.
What will Sussex achieve over the next 50 years?
Watch our Campaign film to find out more!