Student life

Our students make us who we are – over the past 60 years they've stood up for what they believe in, driven new ways of thinking and even won University Challenge (twice!). See our timeline of our students' many achievements below.

Black and white photo of female students in the Library, wearing 60s-style clothes and hair.

First cohort of 52 students, 17 men and 35 women, start studying at Sussex. Fees are £55, including Students’ Union membership.

First edition of the Student Union paper The Wine Press is printed.

University of Sussex wins University Challenge.

Richard Attenborough’s Oh! What a Lovely War released, featuring Sussex students as extras, including novelist Ian McEwan.

The Who drummer playing at campus gig.

The Who play at Falmer House.

The Students’ Union and University of Sussex launch the Mandela Scholarship.

The ‘Former Sussex Students Association’ is launched, with its newspaper Falmer News.

Interior of East Slope Bar in the 00s.

East Slope Bar opens.

A Sussex student – 81-year-old James Thornley – graduates with a doctoral degree in Development Studies, the oldest person to do so in the UK at the time.

Students’ Union has first all-female executive.

Students’ Union magazine The Pulse wins The Guardian/NUS Student Magazine of the Year.

Radio Falmer declared the Best Student Union Radio in the UK in the BBC Radio 1 Awards.

Student Kevin Apps co-discovers a new planet.

Large sheets of paper with the protest demands of Sussex students written on them.

Students occupy Falmer House in protest over the introduction of tuition fees.

Students ban Coca Cola from campus.

The Library pilots 24-hour opening.

Close up of student-created mural.

Students create a new mural of campus, inspired by John Upton’s Christ’s Entry into Brighton.

Dissertation submissions moved to School offices, sparking discussion on how to keep the traditional Sussex ‘Dissertation Dash’ to Falmer House alive.

Student Poppy Joshi breaks record at World Powerlifting Championship.

Student Lucy Hughes is photographed holding sustainable materials that go into her invention, MarinaTex.

Student Lucy Hughes wins James Dyson International Award with MarinaTex.

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