Organisational Development

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Find out more about what's available to you across the campus

Please click on the areas below to find out more.

Staff Reward and Benefits

We provide a range of benefits that enable our colleagues to make the most of their money, and take advantage of the opportunities that we have access to as a large employer.  

On this page you will find direct links to some of the most significant benefits that you are entitled to. This includes life assurance, confidential employee assistance, discounts on major retail brands, leisure activities, travel to work and more. If you have any specific questions relating to pensions, please contact

Staff EDI Networks

The University has a number of EDI staff networks including:

Neurodiversity Staff Network

BAME Staff Network

Disability Staff Network (find us on facebook)

Trans and Non-binary Staff Network

LGBT+ Staff Network

Graduate Associates Staff Network

Long COVID Staff Support Network  

Sussexsport for Staff

Our sports facilities and services are based in the Falmer Sports Complex and the Sussex Sports Centre and include two sports halls, two fitness rooms, a dance studio, squash courts and outdoor pitches.

There are discounted memberships for staff members, as well as dedicated staff sports programmes.

You can take part in our weekly exercise and course programme which includes activites like yoga, pilates, dance, circuit training, conditioning, spin and mountain biking. The therapy room offers massage, reflexology, sports injury and chiropractic treatments.

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

The University's Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) is a part-time Masters level professional development qualification available to staff of the University and its partner institutions who have responsibility for teaching, or supporting learning in student-facing roles that include a group training element.

Please check our web information for eligibility requirements. There is no charge for participating in the PGCertHE but your line manager must agree to your participation. Successful completion of our PGCertHE also confers Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. We offer both taught and portfolio pathways depending on level of experience and learning preference.

Association for University Administrators (AUA)

The AUA is a professional association for university administrators.AUA Logo

Joining your professional association makes a statement.  It says you are an engaged HE professional and demonstrates a commitment to your career development. It also does so much for you.  It connects you to a wider community of like-minded professionals and opens up opportunities that will broaden, support and encourage your professional interests and development. Please follow the links below to learn more:

Sussex Centre for Language Studies (SCLS)

The SCLS offers open courses in Modern Languages with discounted prices for Sussex staff. The department also offers the English Language for Academic Study service to support students to improve their academic English and their understanding of British academic culture.

Educational Enhancement

Educational Enhancement is comprised of the Academic Developer and Learning Technologist teams.

Our Academic Developers work in partnership with the school clusters. Alongside providing leadership on institution-wide projects and bespoke projects the ADs offer pedagogic advice and support for curriculum design and innovation in teaching, learning and assessment. They are also involved in supporting the development of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning across the university.

Our Learning Technologists focus on appropriate uses of digital technologies as they work in partnership with each school cluster to provide pedagogic advice and support for teaching practice, curriculum design and innovation in teaching, learning and assessment. The team offers an institutional source of expertise in effective educational practice using technologies and members are involved in educational enhancement projects at School, cluster or institutional level.

If you’d like any support with these areas then please get in touch with the Academic Developer and Learning Technologist from your cluster or contact us at

The Library

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The Library offers a wide range of services for staff and students.

Our main website is available here:

You’ll find our library search, with access to all our books, articles and databases, as well as subject guides for each department. The Library is running services rather differently in light of the current pandemic, so the first tabs on our home page detail our current services, with a range of FAQs. Library chat is also available here, if you want to talk to a human.

If you are a module convenor, you might find our reading list support materials helpful: There is everything here you need to get started building or amending your lists and advice on what to do if ebooks are not available for your chosen text.

If you are a researcher, you’ll find everything you need here: We offer a range of teaching and 1-2-1 support, as well as advice on open access and our Research Information System, Elements.

If you want to be able to point your students to useful resources, try our Skills Hub: Students can access support on referencing, academic writing aand access a range of workshops. Our Digital Tuesday sessions are especially popular.

There are many ways to get in touch with us – the afore mentioned library chat, open from Monday to Friday 9am till 5pm and currently at weekends 10-4pm. But you can also email us at

Careers and Employability Centre

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The Careers and Employability team are here to support students with anything careers related.

We offer 1:1 appointments for students and recent graduates and run a variety of events, such as interview techniques or preparing your CV, as well as inviting various employers in to talk to students.  

If you are teaching students, do come and talk to us about supporting the development of employability skills within your curriculum.

You can find out more and access all our resources at the following link:

Research at Sussex

The University has an outstanding reputation for creating impact with our research.

Research takes place across all Schools and Departments at Sussex and most of our academic staff are contracted to spend 40% of their time on research – equal to their time on teaching.  We also have over 500 people contracted to work on research for 100% of their time.

We pursue research for its own intrinsic merit and not just to contribute to research income – as evidenced by the short research film you can watch below.

The Research Staff Office provides support for research staff and research staff managers.

Finance Division

Finance DivisionThe Finance Division is led by the Director of Finance and comprises some 80 staff who provide high quality finance and procurement functions.

The Division provides advice and information on all financial matters to all Schools and Professional Services at the University of Sussex.

The Division plays a key role in managing budgets, forecasting and reporting as well as supporting the development of the University’s existing capital and service portfolio.

The Division is continually renewing itself and its ambitions to provide consistently high quality services to the University, equipping staff across the University with excellent financial literacy, capability, competence and confidence and supporting the achievement of value for money through improved processes and support, better access to suitable suppliers and improved commercial terms.

To find out more and how we can support you as a member of staff, please visit our web pages:  


Working at Sussex

Find out more about the benefits of working at Sussex, including advice on housing, childcare and healthcare.

Staff Wellbeing

You can find a range of tools and resources to support Sussex staff to look after their mental, physical and financial wellbeing on our Staff Wellbeing Hub.


Mentoring at Sussex

We have an active central mentoring programme open to all staff at the University. Mentoring is a powerful method of professional development; it can benefit individuals across all job roles and functions, within any department or discipline. More information can be found on our Mentoring pages.

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Learn Another Language!

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Sussex Centre for Language Studies offers 10-week online courses for staff at discounted prices