Department of Mathematics

Practical information

See our guide of key information for the Department of Mathematics.

School Office information

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Opening times

If you are not sure where to go for something, ask at the School Office first.

The office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00-17:00 in term time.

During vacations the office closes for lunch from 13:00-14:00 daily.

Letter requests

You can request a letter from the School Office, to confirm your registration as a student here. Please visit the School Office counter and complete one of the letter request forms. Letters are usually ready for you to collect within 48 hours.


Examination and Assessment information is posted next to the School Office in the main foyer of Pevensey 2.

There are a range of other noticeboards of interest to students along the ground floor level by the student study spaces.

Handing in coursework

Due to Coronavirus, all coursework submissions have been moved to Canvas and deadlines have been changed. Please ensure you check your Sussex Direct account for your new deadlines and allow yourself extra time to submit work online to make room for any technical issues you may experience.

What to do if you have an e-submission error and are unable to upload your work on time:

  1. Email with your work as soon as possible and explain you need an application to replace an e-submission file.
  2. The School Office will email you back with the form and you must fill this out as soon as possible and return it to 
  3. The form will be sent to the Director of Teaching and Learning for consideration and you will recieve a repsonse as soon as possible. 
  4. If you application is sucessful, your work will be sent to the module convenor and they will upload your mark to Sussex Direct, not Canvas, therefore please check Sussex Direct.

How to hand in coursework to the School Office:

  1. Check on Sussex Direct for the deadline of the module coursework that you are submitting. (This is the system deadline and any other deadlines will not be applied. Any other deadline on printed sheets is not accepted unless the office staff have been informed by the appropriate lecturer beforehand.)

  2. Always check with the office staff if you observe any discrepancy regarding a deadline.

  3. When bringing work to the counter to hand in:

    • Bring your student card - this is scanned in order to submit your work
    • Put your candidate number on the work
    • Put the full name of the module on the work ie: Numerical Analysis 1
    • Put the Sheet Number on the work ie: no 3 and the date it is due.
    • Staple your work together
    • Attach a cover sheet. MPS Coursework Submission Coversheet [PDF 63.63KB]

    Please make sure that you complete all of the above at the submission desk, away from the counter. This is to avoid any queues building up at the counter. We also provide a stapler and hole punch at the submission desk.

    Please make sure that your writing is legible

  4. The Drop Box:

    You can still submit your work after office hours. There is the drop box to the left hand side of the Counter and another by the Kitchen near the study rooms. Please make sure that your work is stapled together and your Name and Candidate Number, Title of the work and the sheet number are written in a legible manner. If you need to use a Cover Sheet please make sure that you fill in all the information on the front of the Cover Sheet. Cover Sheets can be found on the table to the left of the counter/ right of the Submission table.

  5. At the Counter:

    Make sure that you arrive at the counter in good time and before the deadline. Deadlines are normally at 12.00noon, 14.00hours or 16.00 hours, although they can vary. Arrive early so that you can submit your work on time even though there might be a queue.

  6. Late work:

    Work is late at 1 second past the deadline. So 12.00noon is on the deadline but 12.00.01 is late. There are no exceptions. Please do not embarrass the staff by requesting leniency. Once the deadline has passed, the system automatically logs the work in as late. Similarly once the 24 hour late deadline has passed the system will automatically reject any work that you are trying to submit and the mark for your work is automatically ‘0’. If you still want your lecturer to look at the work and give you feedback then you can ask your lecturer.

  7. Missing Sheets:

    If after handing in your work you discover that you still have a page that you should have attached to your work, then you will need to come to the counter to un-submit your work, re-attach all the pages and then resubmit your work.  It the deadline has already passed then the work will be submitted ‘late’, which will incur a 5% penalty unless you choose to leave the page out. In which case the work will not need to be un-submitted.  However you need to be aware that sometimes the work has already been collected before the 24L deadline has expired and therefore you will not be able to add any extra pages.

Lost property

If you have lost something in the building, check with the School Office first.

Lost property may be taken to the Porters Office in the Richmond building.

If it was lost elsewhere on campus, check with the porters or at the School Office in that building.

All Lost Property ends up at York House Security Office, but items of clothing are not retained.


List of academic staff

Visit the faculty contacts page to find a complete list of teaching faculty in the Department. All your lecturers are based in Pevensey II and III buildings. There is a photo board next to the School Office with all the lecturers’ names and office numbers. If you are not sure where to go, please ask at the School Office.

Senior Tutors

Mathematics Senior Tutors:

Foundation Year and BSc/MMath years 1-2 - Professor Peter Giesl  E T 01273877442 (Pevensey 3 5C1)

BSc/MMath years 3-4 - Professor James Hirschfeld E T 01273678080 (Pevensey 2 5A42a)

Campus address

The telephone number for the School Office is 01273 873254.

The main campus address for the building is:

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QH

Term dates
How we contact you

Our first point of contact for you will be via your email and you should check this every day for urgent messages such as a re-arrangement of timetabled sessions or a request to contact their Academic Advisor.

Email protocol [PDF 550.94KB]

Changing your Address

It is your responsibility to keep your home and term-time addresses up to date on Sussex Direct, under the Personal tab. Formal letters will be sent by post to your local address and to your pigeonhole in term-time. In the vacation, messages will be sent to the permanent home address that is on Sussex Direct.

Support for students

University services

Please visit the Support webpage to find about a wide range of support and advice from health to wealth available in the University.

Senior Tutors

Mathematics Senior Tutors:

Foundation Year and BSc/MMath years 1-2 - Professor Peter Giesl  E T 01273877442 (Pevensey 3 5C1)

BSc/MMath years 3-4 - Professor James Hirschfeld E T 01273678080 (Pevensey 2 5A42a)

Student Mentors
Mentoring is currently not running.
Student study space

In the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, we have organised facilities for our students. We currently have student study areas in the 'Gauss House' and the 'Worm Hole', ground floor Pevensey 3 and  the foyer area in Pevensey 2. There are Windows PCs, plus student printers. All printing is charged to your own printing account.

The Gauss House also has a large number of core text books available, and other books of interest.

Tea and coffee are supplied for free in the kitchen during term time, and there are some basic facilities for students to use for preparing snacks.

Careers and Employability

The department has a dedicated employability officer, Emma Hallat, who sits in-house with contact office hours for students.

Emma looks after placements, site visits, employer talks, mock interviews as well as getting employers in the curriculum.

Student responsibilities

Your learning

Students have the responsibility for their own learning, just as faculty have the responsibility to provide teaching. Studying for a degree should be regarded as occupying as much time as a full-time job: around 40 hours per week. You should make sure that you do enough work each week to keep up with all your modules. This includes submitting all the work set for each module, whether assessed or not.


Attendance at lectures and workshops is an important part of the learning process. Attendance records are kept, and your attendance is monitored.

If your attendance drops below a certain level for a sustained period of time, you may be invited to the School Student Progress Committee (which has the authority to restrict future registrations).


Absence and illness


If you know in advance that you are going to miss a session where attendance is recorded please let the School Office know ( If you can't tell us in advance, please let us know as soon as possible thereafter. You don't need to send a separate notification for each session. One notification per day is sufficient. (If you know that you'll be absent for multiple days then one notification for the period is fine, but please send a follow up email when you are back to normal attendance.)

If you'd rather not disclose the reason(s) why you are absent, to that's absolutely fine. However, if you end up not being able to attend for a week or more, please let the Director of Student Experience (DoSE) know the reason why. They will be better able to direct you to specialised support on or off campus ( All communications with the DoSE are confidential.

Once you are back to normal attendance, make sure you catch-up on the lectures and other work you've missed as soon as possible. Mostly you'll be able to do that using the resources available on Canvas, but we also suggest you visit your module convenors during their office hours if you have missed two or more sessions.

Exceptional circumstances

If you believe that your late or non-submission of assessed work, or absence from a test/examination, is due to medical or other acceptable mitigating circumstances, you can submit an Exceptional Circumstances claim (EC)

This should be done as early as possible as you must start the claim with 7 days of the assessment deadline. 

Start the claim from your Sussex Direct pages by going to the "Study" tab and then "Exceptional circumstances".

Medical certificates or other relevant evidence must be obtained. Such certificates must be signed by a doctor, nurse or other professional person (self-certification will not be accepted).

The following common problems will not be accepted as an exceptional circumstance:

  • Transport delays, either to public or private transport.
  • Postal delays.
  • Failure of a third party, such as a typist or messenger, to complete tasks
  • Failure of computers, floppy disks, printers, photocopiers or binders.

Further guidance on Exceptional circumstance claims can be found on the Student Life Centre pages.

Health and safety

All members of the University are responsible for ensuring their health and safety.

Please refer to the MPS Health and Safety Handbook for full details.

You should familiarise yourself with the fire exits when in lecture theatres, seminar rooms,  halls of residence and student study spaces.

First aid assistance is required - who do I call?

For all first aid emergencies dial 3333, or 01273 873333.

This call will go through to the Security Office who will alert the University’s First Aiders, if an ambulance is required Security will also arrange this.

Fire procedures

If you notice a fire, sound the nearest alarm, and get yourself to safety.

If you can, call 01273 873333 to notify the Security Office about the fire.

If you notice anything is unsafe, please notify a member of staff.

Students studying in labs will undergo a lab safety session before they begin.

See the Health and Safety page for further guidance

Student participation

Students' Union and Student Reps

Information on the Students’ Union can be found on the University of Sussex Student’ Union website

Nominations and voting to be a Student representative can be done through this web site. Student reps are democratically elected to represent their peers. They enable a useful and effective communication link between staff and students. They provide helpful feedback to staff on modules and courses; raise concerns in a constructive manner; give feedback to other students on why particular decisions are made; and can help to pre-empt concerns becoming serious issues.

Student reps take part in the Departmental Joint Committee and the School Student Experience Group.

Elected student reps are trained and supported by both the University and the Students' Union staff team. Posters displaying the dates for nominations and voting will be displayed throughout the Department and the University, please look out for posters.

Student reps also attend the Department’s Board of Study which looks at the curriculum matters.

Mathematics Staff-Student Committee

This committee meets every term to discuss issues local to the department of study.  The committee membership is made up of the elected student reps, and every year a student member is appointed as the Chair of the Committee. They meet to consider feedback on modules as well as any other source of concern to students. The Senior Tutor and Head of Department are members and take advice from the DJC (Physics) and MSSC (Maths).

School Student Experience Group (SSEG)

This committee meets termly and brings together the student reps from both Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy. The membership includes the Head of School, Heads of Department, School Directors of Teaching and Learning and Student Experience, and Senior Tutors. This committee considers issues common to all the undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Student societies

There are a multitude of societies at Sussex, related to sport, leisure and common interests. The Student Union's societies webpages contain more details on the University-wide societies.

In the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, there are two societies:

  • QSoc – Physics and Astronomy students
  • SUMS – Sussex University Mathematics Society

The societies organise social events, trips and talks. Look out for more information.

Department of Mathematics

School Office, 3A20 Pevensey 2 Building, University of Sussex, Falmer Campus, Brighton BN1 9QH

T: 01273877345
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