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University launches bold academic recruitment campaign

* 10 February 2004 *

University launches bold academic recruitment campaign

A further stage in a programme of major academic recruitment was launched by the University of Sussex this week, as part of  its continuing investment in the future development of the University.

Nearly 50 posts in a wide range of disciplines have been advertised together to bring new high-quality research and teaching staff to Sussex for the 2004/05 academic year. A double-page advert ran today (February 9) in the Guardian and will be repeated in this week's Times Higher Education Supplement (February 13), giving high-profile attention to the recruitment plans.

The University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alasdair Smith, described the move as "a bold public statement of the University's plans". He added: "We are investing in areas where we are academically strong and where we see opportunities for growth. This is about developing our excellent research base and improving still further the high-quality programmes and teaching we provide for our students."

The vacancies represent investment by the University across the arts and the sciences. There are new or replacement posts in areas ranging from law and education, to anthropology and politics; and from American studies, English and history, to psychology, computing and engineering. The University is also developing its management and business programmes, with new appointments being made in SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research.

This investment comes after extensive strategic review of the University's activities and follows a first round of new appointments made in 2003. The investment also relies in part on the additional funds that the Government's reforms of higher education funding should deliver in future.

Director of Human Resources, Barbara Bush, commented: "Sussex is a very attractive place to work. We expect this recruitment drive to yield some excellent applications and top-quality appointments and show Sussex as an ambitious and forward-looking institution."

* Notes for editors *

  1. More information about the jobs on offer, including a full list of posts, can be found at:
    The appointments will come into effect from October 2004.
  2. Press Office contacts: Jacqui Bealing or Alix Macfarlane, University of Sussex,
    Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, or

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