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

Is It Still A Man's World?

Thursday 5 March 2020, 6pm, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Are we in a golden age of successful, strong and powerful women, who have finally broken the glass ceiling? Are women being treated and viewed equally to men or is there still a long way to go?

‘Gender issues’ have become a hot topic in recent years, with many women now feeling more empowered to call out male chauvinism and demeaning behaviour – particularly in the workplace, a sphere traditionally dominated by men. But has the 2017 #MeToo movement, and associated press attention, really done anything to improve a woman’s lot in life?

In support of International Women’s Day and the continuing importance of highlighting equality, the next Exchange event will be exploring these dilemmas from many different viewpoints. Our panel of experts will try to determine whether this new spotlight on female empowerment has resulted in significant changes to the lives of ordinary women? Or whether not very much has really changed.

Sussex academic, Professor Lucy Robinson, will Chair. Lucy is a Professor in Collaborative History at the University of Sussex and an expert in pop-culture, sexual identity and feminism. She’ll keep the debate moving along and provide plenty of opportunities for a range of views to be heard.

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The Exchange on Medium

10 December 2018: Why are we kind?

Post by Jo Cutler (Doctoral Tutor, Psychology, University of Sussex)

My PhD uses techniques from psychology and neuroscience to better understand altruism and the factors which make us more or less likely to give. Combined with research from labs across the world, we can identify a number of possible motivations for kindness. Read more.

31 October 2018: We need to talk about snowflakes...

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

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: Are you as hard as ice or a total melt?

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

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 — 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.