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  • 18 August 2005
  • High-calibre students snap up their places at Sussex

    The University of Sussex is busy confirming places for more than 2,300 undergraduate students who received their A-level results this week and who will begin their degree courses in October.

    The University has seen a record hike in demand for undergraduate places at Sussex in the past year. At total of 17,500 prospective students have applied to Sussex, an increase of 3,000 on the previous year - meaning an increase of over 20 per cent. The national average increase in undergraduate applications is eight per cent.

    As a result, the scope for Sussex to admit Home and EU students via Clearing is (for the third year running) limited to programmes with a foundation year.

    The University also expects this year's intake to be one of the highest quality too, with a significant further rise in the A level scores of those starting at Sussex, as it attracts increasingly well-qualified candidates.

    The success in securing strong take-up at Sussex is attributed to a variety of factors, including a more dynamic approach to recruitment through open days, campus tours and publishing materials, such as the new-look prospectuses and online resources.

    The 2,300 undergraduate students expecting to start their courses in October (new term begins Monday October 3) can look forward first to an action-packed welcome during Freshers' Week (September 24-30).

    The University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alasdair Smith, says: "I would like to congratulate our new students on their examination results and on their decision to study at Sussex. They can look forward to a stimulating academic experience in one of the country's most vibrant cities. Welcome to Sussex."

    Interest for 2006 entry at Sussex is already strong, as the University continues to develop innovative new degree programmes, such as Engineering for Society, designed to attract more women into engineering and backed by £500,000 support from central government. The next Open Day for the University is Saturday, October 15.



    Notes for editors 

    For further information on student admissions and the Open Day, please visit the Sussex web site at or contact the Press Office. Press officers: Maggie Clune or Jacqui Bealing, tel: 01273 678 888 or email or


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