Our research

Research is at the heart of our academic activity at Sussex, and the rich diversity of our work is reflected across a wide range of disciplines.

Interdisciplinary approach

Our interdisciplinary approach brings innovative solutions to real-world  problems, and our growing investment in excellence has enhanced the impact of our work on economic progress and the well-being of society worldwide.

World-leading excellence in research

Our research is highly respected nationally and internationally. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15, Sussex is ranked amongst the top 15 universities in the UK, and joint 34th globally for research influence.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), over 75 per cent of research activity at Sussex is categorised as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 

Individual highlights of the REF 2014 results 

  • Sussex History was the highest rated History submission in the UK for the quality of its research outputs 
  • The Sussex English submission rose from 31st to 9th across the UK since the last research assessment exercise in 2008
  • 84 per cent of the University’s research impact in Psychology was rated as the top possible grade, 4* 
  • Sussex Geography had the most 4* rated research impact of any Geography submission across the UK.

Overall, the University was placed 36th (of multi-disciplinary institutions) by GPA.

Read the full breakdown of REF results.