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What happened at graduation

More than 3,500 degrees and diplomas were awarded at the University's Winter Graduation ceremonies this week on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 January. 

Students from 43 different nationalities ranging from 21 to 76 years old, celebrating their achievements, mainly at Masters and PhD level. 

Chancellor, actor and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE and Sussex Provost Saul Becker presented almost 2,000 students with their certificates in person across six ceremonies at the Brighton Centre. 

This year, the ceremonies also included more than 70 students from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) as well as those from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

257 Masters students graduated from IDS who, in partnership with the University of Sussex, is ranked number one in the world for Development Studies in the QS World University Rankings.  



The University also awarded four honorary degrees in recognition of groundbreaking research, public engagement or advocation for important causes. This has been a tradition for the University for more than five decades, as a way to recognize extraordinary achievements and to inspire graduating students.  

Those who received awards at Winter Graduation included:  

  • Professor Kent Berridge, one of the world’s most renowned neuroscientists whose work explores how sensations of pleasure and desire are generated in the brain  

  • Professor Gail Cardew, an internationally recognized expert in the public engagement of science 

  • Alan Milburn, former Labour cabinet minister and champion for social mobility and widening participation  

  • Professor Naila Kabeer, a feminist economist who has spent her career trying to understand social change from the perspectives of individuals and groups on the margins of society in South Asia  

On social

Over the past seven days, Sussex social media content has had a potential reach of 15.1 million. Outside the UK, our #SussexGrad hashtag received most engagement in the United States, Nigeria and Japan. On Facebook, our videos were viewed over 20,000 times - and we also received this lovely piece of feedback on Twitter:

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By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Friday, 24 January 2020