Working at Sussex

There are a range of staff benefits at Sussex, including access to world-class resources, discounted gym and sports memberships, interest-free season ticket loan and staff activities throughout the year.

A University of Sussex lecturer gives a seminar

Campus life and facilities

Just nine minutes by train from Brighton & Hove, Sussex has one of the most beautiful campus locations in Britain.

Situated in rolling parkland on the edge of Brighton, the campus combines award-winning architecture with green open spaces.

There are also a range of shops and cafés on campus, including:

  • a Co-op supermarket and post office (Bramber House)
  • a John Smith academic bookshop
  • Students’ Union shop
  • student bars
  • nine cafés and restaurants
  • a Barclays bank at Sussex House.


Our sports facilities and services are based in the Falmer Sports Complex and the Sussex Sports Centre and include two sports halls, two fitness rooms, a dance studio, squash courts and outdoor pitches.

There are discounted memberships for staff members, as well as dedicated staff sports programmes.

You can take part in our weekly exercise and course programme which includes activites like yoga, pilates, dance, circuit training, conditioning, spin and mountain biking.

The therapy room offers massage, reflexology, sports injury and chiropractic treatments.

Family-friendly policies and childcare

We recognise the importance of supporting and retaining you through periods of maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

We have a range of family-friendly policies and childcare services including:

  • nursery service – you can apply to use the nursery (for children aged four months to three years) and preschool (for children aged three to five). Places can be booked in multiples of half days. Email to apply.
  • a salary sacrifice childcare voucher scheme to help working parents pay for the care of children up to 16
  • children's holiday and activity camps (for children aged seven to 16). These run during half term, Easter, summer and Christmas vacations, and are organised by Sussexsport.

Travel loans

You can benefit from interest free loans for bus and rail season tickets, and bicycles.

The payments are deducted directly from your salary over a 12-month period. Contact the Payroll Office at Sussex House for more information.

Staff development

We encourage you to take part in staff development activities which are relevant to the needs of the University and to your future or existing work.

Where appropriate, we may be able to provide financial assistance and day release facilities. New staff are invited to our Induction Programme.

Modern language courses

You can attend discounted courses in languages such as French, German and Italian, run by the Sussex Centre for Language Studies.

There are also facilities to follow self-instruction courses in over 40 other languages and language courses during lunch hours (term-time only).

Trade unions

  • University & College Union (UCU)
  • Unite
  • Unison.


As a staff member, you can attend evening lecture programmes which take place each term.

Professorial Lectures are given by Sussex academics, and other talks are given by visiting lecturers and speakers. 


Library facilities are available to all staff. The Library is open during term-time, and you need your staff ID card to enter the Library and borrow or return items.


As a staff member, you have access to health facilities including:

  • our NHS Health Centre
  • an NHS dentist
  • a pharmacy.

Moving to Sussex

If you come to work at Sussex and you need to move house, you can find accommodation by:

University-managed accommodation on campus and in Brighton is only available to students, although you can book on-campus accommodation during the summer.

If you live more than 20 miles from the University, we may reimburse you for certain expenses incurred in the process of moving to the area, subject to the conditions set out in the Removal Expenses policy.

The maximum amount payable is normally £2,500.

If you leave within three years you must repay the expenses on a sliding scale.

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