50 years

August 1989 - July 1990

  • The VC reiterates that interdisciplinarity is a key aspect of the Sussex offering and goes on to say that the schools of study are key to this interdisciplinarity, which has led to totally new areas of study including artificial intelligence (language, maths, philosophy and psychology) and media studies (part of a broader development in the creative performing arts). In science too, interdisciplinary research is gaining ground
  • Antonia Fraser and Harold Pinter are made honorary graduates
  • At the Winter Graduation ceremony five Sussex professors are given honorary degrees in recognition of their careers at Sussex: Roger Blin-Stoyle, Colin Eaborn, Sir John Lyons, Martin Rees and Hans Singer
  • Plans are developed to build accommodation for nearly 600 students; the most ambitious building programme since the 1960s
  • Funds are raised to buy around 60 small houses in Brighton to provide reasonably priced rented accommodation
  • The Chemistry Department find a new area of carbon chemistry, Buckminster Fullerenes, proving Harry Kroto's conjecture
  • CCE celebrated its 21st anniversary. Its activities have increased ten-fold since its beginnings in 1969. Twenty-five courses ran in 1969; 300 now run. The Centre is involved in the planning of provision explicitly aimed at providing access to full-time education particularly for non-traditional students
  • The first Masters in Computer Technology in Manufacture is awarded jointly by the University and Brighton Polytechinc to five graduates in January 1990. This is been followed by an MSc in Management of Technology in January 1990 and a Diploma in Social Work under a tripartite agreement between Sussex, the Polytechnic and East Sussex Social Services Department. The PG Dip in History of Art and Design includes the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and Polytechnic as partners
  • Sussex PG student and Member of University Court David Belotti becomes MP for Eastbourne
  • UG applications for 1990 rose by more than 20 per cent and were at an all-time numerical high
  • For the second year running Sussex came second for the number of British Academy Research Awards in the humanities
  • A new computer system is installed for teaching and research: 200 personal computers and 50 workstations are purchased