Happy 60th birthday to US 

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 could – and did – design our own academic structure, including pioneering the notion of ‘interdisciplinarity’ by combining separate but related subject areas into the curriculum. This is now the standard for universities.

As well as intellectual freedom, we offered a bold new environment shaped by Sir Basil Spence’s daring architecture, the natural beauty of the Sussex countryside, and the emergence of Brighton as one of the hippest towns in Swinging Sixties Britain.

Things have changed – but not a lot. We still have one of the UK’s most vibrant student communities, with individuals whose compassion, energy and commitment leads them to make real and positive change beyond Sussex.  Our cool campus is perennially adored and revered. And our researchers and educators never stop pushing at and crossing intellectual boundaries – from the development of quantum technology to advancing the most effective and innovative ways to save our planet.

For our diamond jubilee year we’re planning a range of live and streamed public events to celebrate our great achievements and those who helped make them. And we’re looking ahead to what we can do to be a better university for a better world.

Our journey continues. Join the ride. 


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University of Sussex
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