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.
Reunion of 1961 Sussex undergraduates
Sunday 3 October from 19:00 until 20:30
An online reunion for the University's first cohort of students, kindly organised by Naomi Stadlen née Jacoby
From Bystander to Participant: The Victim Journey
Monday 11 October from 18:30 until 19:30
University of Sussex Campus
We are delighted to welcome Dame Vera Baird QC - Victims’ Commissioner (VC) for England and Wales to give our Issues in Criminal Justice Lecture 2021.
University of Sussex launches fundraising appeal to help support arriving Afghanistan students
The University launches appeal raising funds to support a dozen new and returning students from Afghanistan who are beginning their studies this week.
“Education is the thing Afghans need”
Naimat Zafary, from Afghanistan, is about to start at Sussex as Chevening scholar. He hopes his Sussex education can help his country.
Development and Alumni Relations enquiries:
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University of Sussex