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Success for social sciences at Sussex

* 5 August 2003 *

Success for social sciences at Sussex

The University of Sussex was awarded more research programmes from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the last financial year than any other university.

The success rate of Sussex's applications to the ESRC was 46% compared with a national average of 29%. Of the 13 applications Sussex made, 10 were rated 'alpha' and 6 were awarded.

"These figures reflect the strength of the social sciences at Sussex," says Professor John Holmwood, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies. "The research we do here is of real importance to the voluntary sector, business, government and the public sector, as well as to the wider public. Students benefit from being taught in such an environment."

Sussex was also the biggest recipient of ESRC research expenditure in the country with £6.1m awarded in 2002-03.

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