Research at Sussex

Our research is contributing new knowledge, ideas and solutions, which is leading to real change in the world and making a difference to people’s lives.

Centres of Excellence

At Sussex, we support a diverse and multidisciplinary research environment where researchers can truly believe a challenge is only impossible until it’s done. 

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Changing the future with development research

We are delighted to be ranked number one in the world for Development Studies for the sixth year running (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

The interdisciplinary nature of our research embraces our pioneering spirit, as we tackle the new and emerging challenges facing us all. This research shapes the student experience as we all seek to make change.

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REF 2021

We’re proud of our performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) – 89% of research activity submitted was categorised as either ‘world-leading’ (40.6%) or ‘internationally excellent’ (48.4%).

See our REF 2021 results, learn the basics and discover our stories.


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Quantum scientists make computing breakthrough to solve big challenges of our time

Sussex researchers demonstrate how quantum bits can directly transfer between microchips.

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Shining a light on the impact of pesticides on bees

Professor Dave Goulson’s research into the impact of pesticides on bumblebees has been widely cited in the media, and has led governments to take action to better protect insects.


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