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Big rise in demand for places at Sussex

* 5 November 2003 *

Big rise in demand for places at Sussex

Record numbers of high-calibre students are flocking to join the University of Sussex. 

Among the 2000 or so new UK undergraduates who have taken up places, there has been a further leap in quality measured by A level results, with the average grades for first-year undergraduates now as high as ABB.

These excellent figures are based on a rise of 18 per cent in undergraduate applications earlier this year - which was five times the national average - and the fact that the university did not enter clearing to fill any first-year places

The same story is mirrored at postgraduate level, where total numbers are up by 15%, including a massive 40% increase in new PhD students.  Overseas student numbers are also up by 21% overall, with strong growth at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Vice-chancellor Professor Alasdair Smith said: "We have put a lot of thought in recent years into what Sussex offers, and how we present ourselves, and these admissions figures - which we think are better than those of most universities this year - show that we are on the right track.  Students can see that Sussex is a great place to be."

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