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Communication at Sussex


There are various methods of communication at Sussex, so make sure you know how to use them. You will be offered IT training to help you develop basic computing skills. The most common methods are:

University email

You will be provided with a university email address. Email is the main way people communicate within the university, so make sure you check your university email regularly.

Sussex Direct

This is the portal that gives you access to the information and facilities you need. Here you will find information about your course, reading lists, timetables, marks and final degree result. You also use it to access your email account. You will be given your Sussex Direct login when you register.


Canvas is a virtual learning environment (VLE) used at Sussex to support teaching and learning. Tutors use Canvas to sharemodule resources such as lecture notes, handouts and reading assignments. They may also use it for assessments and other activities. Many courses will have a forum where you will be able to ask questions and contribute to topic-related discussions.


Pigeon holes

These are located in your school and are used for paper communications. Marked work may be left in your pigeon hole for you to collect. The pigeon holes are in alphabetical order and you'll share with other students. Check your pigeon hole weekly.


Academic staff generally use noticeboards to post messages, result lists etc. Make sure you check the board regularly.


There are many opportunities for you to receive face-to-face support and advice about your studies. These vary between subjects, so find out what is available to you. See also People to talk to.

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