Gongs and greats
From a host of renowned honorary graduates to celebrity Chancellors and Nobel Prize winners, we've attracted some great people to Sussex over the last 60 years. See our timeline of achievements below.
1964 and 1967
First graduation takes place in Refectory House. Leonard Woolf, Dame Marie Rambert and actor Albert Finney are the first honorary graduates.
Renowned historian Asa Briggs appointed as Vice-Chancellor.
Richard Attenborough’s Oh! What a Lovely War was released, featuring Sussex students as extras, including novelist Ian McEwan.
1970 and 1973
Sussex is featured in a film made by the Foreign Office, Portrait of a People, to promote Britain abroad (see Focus magazine). The world's first transatlantic email is received in the Richmond Building during a conference.
1975 and 1976
Professor John Cornforth is awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Sussex graduate Brendan Foster competes in the Montreal Olympics, winning Bronze in the 10,000 metres.
Sir Paul McCartney and Bodyshop founder Anita Roddick receive honorary degrees.
Sussex tops league for Development Studies for fifth consecutive year.