A selection of published articles and broadcasts from December 2012 that highlights people, research and events associated with the University of Sussex.


Print and web

Quickest way to get corrupt official to change is threat of trial by microblog
Dr Dan Hough (Politics) writes about how to clean up Chinese politics.
South China Morning Post 31/12/12

Why don’t more girls study physics?
Dr Alice Bell (Spru) comments on the culture that prevents girls wanting to study physics.
The Guardian 30/12/12

Mass Observing the season
Fiona Courage, curator of the Mass Observation archive at the University of Sussex, writes about what it’s like to delve into the archives of Mass Observation.
BBC 26/12/12
Press release

Argus Quiz
Among the questions was this one: Which Turner Prize-winning artist delved into the University of Sussex photographic archives to mark its 50th anniversary? The answer was Sussex alumnus Jeremy Deller.
The Argus 22/12/12
Press release

Men seek men for dominant positions: headhunters' 'baleful influence' on equality
In an article about the inequalities in the recruitment of female vice-chancellors, Professor Louise Morley (Education) commented that headhunters inadvertently discriminated against women when formulating interview shortlists.
Times Higher Education 22/12/12

Anti-corruption as the art of the possible
Dr Dan Hough (Politics) writes about new moves in India to tackle corruption.
The Times of India (Education) 17/12/12

Review: Ian McEwan's 'Sweet Tooth' an intriguing story of espionage, romance
Review of McEwan’s latest novel, revealing the fact that the plot involves an academic at the University of Sussex.
Tampa Bay Times 17/12/12

In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller by Kate Bassett – review

A biography of Jonathan Miller references his time at Sussex as a medical researcher.
The Guardian 15/12/12

Fracking for shale gas gets green light in UK
Professor Jim Watson (Sussex Energy Group) comments on the government’s lifting of restrictions on fracking.
The Guardian 13/12/12

Former Brighton Co-op turned into halls of residence for students
Plans to turn the Co-op into accommodation for University of Sussex students have been approved.
BBC Online 13/12/12

Tributes paid to top physicist
Dr Sandy Grassie, who has died at the age of 77, helped to establish science at Sussex.
The Argus 08/12/12
News story

Stars pledge their support to art centre
Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith are among those to have pledged their support for the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.
The Argus 07/12/12
Press release

Tributes to composer
Jonathan Harvey, composer and former Professor of Music at the University of Sussex, was renowned for his experimental works.
The Argus 07/12/12
Press release

Jonathan Harvey: Obituary
As above.
Telegraph 06/12/12

Jonathan Harvey: Obituary
As above.
The Guardian 06/12/12

Random acts of scientific insight
Professor James Wilson (SPRU) reviews Evidence Based Policy, by Nancy Cartwright and Jeremy Hardie.
Times Higher Education 06/12/12

Cycle of domination of top roles by men must be broken
Professor Louise Morley (Education) says there are still too few women in senior academic posts, even though female students outnumber male students in many countries.
Times Higher Education 06/12/12

£1.3m grant to find the secrets of DNA
Dr Matt Neale (Genome Centre) has received a grant from the European Research Council  to look at how genes pass from parents to children.
The Argus 06/12/12
Press release

Scholarships and study in the UK
Sussex is listed among the universities that are popular choices for Indian students.
Times of India 03/11/12

Sunshine Books Art and Coffee
Sussex alumna Kim Clarke interviewed about her new café for book lovers and artists in Hove.
The Argus 30/11/12

TV and radio

Capital bees
Dr Karin Alton (LASI) talks about the impact of 2012’s poor summer on honey bees, and why the University of Sussex’s bee lab is looking at where honey bees feed in London's green areas.
BBC 1’s Wild Weather 30/12/12

New Year Honours: Sussex University chair of governors recognised
Simon Fanshawe is made an OBE for services to higher education.
BBC Online (Sussex) 29/12/12
BBC Surrey
BBC Sussex

Brighton broadcaster Simon Fanshawe honoured for university work
As above
Brighton and Hove News 29/12/12

Christmas coping confessions
Dr Lucy Robinson (History) discussed the contribution that Mass Observation has made to society.
BBC Today Programme 26/12/12
Press release

Reflecting on Christmas through the generations
Dr Claire Langhamer (History) discusses some of descriptions of Christmas past in the Mass Observation archive
BBC Radio 4 Today programme 26/12/12

Italy must move on from Monti, economist says
Professor Mariana Mazzucato (Spru) discusses the prospects for Italy if Prime Minister Mario Monti doesn’t run in his country’s elections in February.
Bloomberg TV  24/12/12

The church is “a necessary evil”
Rev Dr Gavin Ashenden (Chaplaincy) commented on the Census news that Brighton is only slightly less godless than Norwich by saying that Christianity was all about love – and if people understood that they would be more excited about engaging with it.

 News item announcing Jonathan Harvey’s death
BBC Sussex Breakfast show 06/12/12