Human Resources


University gains three bronze awards

Congratulations to the School of Psychology and the Department of Mathematics on their bronze departmental awards in the April 2016 submission round.  The University was also successful in renewing its institutional bronze award.

Twelve Women in Academia Exhibition

A photography exhibition by Miss Aniela celebrating women working in Higher Education (June 2016). 

Congratulations to Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences has been awarded a departmental silver award in the November 2015 round of Athena SWAN submissions. 

Congratulations to BSMS and Engineering and Informatics

BSMS and the School of Engineering and Informatics have been awarded departmental bronze awards in the November 2014 round of Athena SWAN submissions.

Researcher to present 'girls better at programming' findings at major conference

Dr Judith Good presents her findings on the computer programming skills of girls at a major conference in Holland.  The full news item can be found at:

Academics in Informatics discover that girls are better than boys at making story-based computer games

Dr Judith Good and Dr Kate Howland asked secondary school pupils to design and program their own computer game using a new visual programming language.  They found that the girls wrote more complex progams in their games than the boys, and also learnt more about coding compared to the boys.  The full news item can be found at:

Congratulations to Life Sciences and Physics and Astronomy

The School of Life Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy have been awarded departmental bronze awards in the latest round of Athena SWAN submissions (April 2014). The full news item can be found at:

Awards ceremony November 2014

Physics and Lifesciences bronze awards

Royal Society fellowship brings particle physicist to Sussex

Dr Lily Asquith, a researcher in particle physics, joined the University in October 2014 as one of an elite group of nine new Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows appointed by the Royal Society.  The scheme is designed to help outstanding early career scientists and engineers to progress to permanent academic positions and is aimed at researchers who require flexibility in their working patterns.  The full news item can be found at: Further details of the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme can be found at:

Daphne Jackson Fellowships

The University of Sussex has announced the sponsorship of four Daphne Jackson Fellowships for 2014/15. The Fellowships will be hosted in the Schools of Engineering and Informatics, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Psychology.  The full news item can be found at:  Information on the scheme can be found at:

Masterclass for Women in STEMM at Sussex

On 16 July, the University held a masterclass in communication and media skills for senior women in the STEMM disciplines. The masterclass was delivered by Screenhouse Training and was led by inspiring space scientist and presenter of the BBC’s The Sky At Night, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE. Fifteen senior women from across the STEMM disciplines attended the masterclass which was designed to equip them with a range of skills and techniques for communicating their research and maximising its impact.

STEMM Masterclass

Royal Society Diversity Day

Find out more about the recent Royal Society Diversity Day and view the photo gallery.

NASA scientist Chryssa Kouveliotou

Photograph of Dr Chryssa KouveliotouNASA scientist and Sussex alumna Dr Chryssa Kouveliotou, one of the world's leading authorities on gamma-ray bursts, was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Sussex on Thursday 10 July 2014. Dr Kouveliotou, who was presented with Doctor of Science for her services to science, studied for a Masters in Astrophysics at Sussex following gaining a Diploma in Physics from the University of Athens in 1975. She went on to gain her PhD from the Technical University of Munich and Max-Planck Institute of Extraterrestrial Physics in Munich, – using data from the International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 – to study gamma-raybursts; the sudden explosions of extremely high energy that come from supernovae, neutron stars, and other super-hot regions of space.

While on a sabbatical at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in 1985, she identified what was later dubbed a Soft Gamma Repeater (SGR), which had also been seen by other satellites, and became part of the SGR discovery team.
In 1994 she took on a full-time post at the Universities Space Research Association. There she discovered the first optical counterpart of a gamma-ray burst, magnetars, and expanded her research to all high-energy transients.
She received frequent promotions, reaching the level of the Director of the Huntsville USRA Astronomy program. Dr Kouveliotou also co-founded and deputy-directed the co-operative agreement between the Universities of Alabama Consortium and Marshall Space Flight Center from 1995-2000.

In 2000 she joined NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and worked in various departments including the Science Mission Directorate. She was the principal investigator of Xenia, a new cosmology mission proposed to the Decadal Survey Astro2010. Dr Kouveliotou is a member of many committees and boards, and has undertaken senior positions in the astrophysics divisions of various scientific societies. In 2013, she was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences.

She once said in an interview: “I'm still working on gamma-ray bursts. They still intrigue me just like those falling stars did when I was a child. I've always loved to look at the Universe, at how nature expresses itself. I live for the unexpected joy of finding new things, solving mysteries, and understanding the world. And each time I learn something new, I realize how little I know!”