60 years of Sussex

Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Sussex – from groundbreaking research to providing our students with an exceptional education, we've helped shape the future for thousands of people.

1961 - 2021

On 16 August 1961, the University of Sussex received its Royal Charter. This was an historic moment, not just for Sussex, but for higher education in the UK. We were the first of seven new universities established after the Second World War and we had the freedom to offer a new type of learning.

On our 60th anniversary, we reflect on this legacy, how it's shaped who we are, and how it's prepared us to look towards the future.


Share your memories

We want to hear from you. If you have a story about your experience at Sussex, we'd love to hear it. 

Support our students

In this special anniversary year, we invite all members of our community to celebrate our legacy and help to support our students.

Your support will help us to continue transforming the lives of future Sussex students, by giving everyone access to a Sussex education – reflecting our shared commitment to social justice, equality and academic excellence.




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