The Exchange

The Exchange is an initiative from the University of Sussex to encourage free expression, lively debate and the exchange of thoughts and ideas.

The Exchange: A place to share ideas

Through live events and digital content, The Exchange will invite energetic and diverse voices from within and outside our University community to spark discussions and offer fresh perspectives on the issues they care about.

The Exchange is the University of Sussex at its very best: challenging convention, thinking critically, changing minds - and having our own minds changed. It is the Sussex spirit we experience every day on our campus.

Ideas are tested, expanded, cut back, challenged, considered and even rejected. Ideas are how change happens and society advances. But before that can happen, they need to be shared.

The Exchange – a place to share ideas.


Upcoming events

Can veganism save the planet?

Thursday 21 February 2019, 6pm, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Book your tickets now

Who’s responsible for combating climate change?

Is a plant-based diet really the answer to saving the world? Or can the environmental impact of industrial farming outweigh the benefits? Can we still consume meat and dairy products in a sustainable way? What should governments and businesses do to promote sustainable living? When should environmental concerns limit individual choice?

Join our panel of speakers as they share their views on food production, sustainable living, individual responsibility, and whether adopting a particular diet is enough to secure our planet’s future. Put your questions to the panel and take part in an evening of lively discussion.

Tickets cost £5 (£3 concessions) and are available from the Attenborough Centre box office.


The Exchange on Medium

31 October 2018

Post by Adam Tickell (Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Sussex)

We need to talk about snowflakes...

We need to talk about ‘snowflakes’

If you believe some commentators, we are witnessing a widespread chilling of free speech on university campuses, driven by a ‘snowflake’ generation who are too delicate to hear discordant opinions. So, does ‘generation snowflake’ exist? Read more.

19 October 2018

Post by Izzy Langstone (Media and Communications BA at Sussex)

Are you as hard as ice or a total melt?

Too sensitive? Lacking resilience? Maybe you care too much?

With almost daily newspaper headlines about the banning of clapping, the boycotting of events featuring controversial speakers and the offence caused by…well just about everything — we students come under a lot of criticism in the snowflake debate — but is there any truth to it? Read more.

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Any questions?

Please email theexchange@sussex.ac.uk if you have any comments, questions or suggestions.