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.

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%).

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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 2022).

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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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.


World's first global podoconiosis map

Dr Kebede Deribe, an epidemiologist at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, has been leading efforts to create a global map of podoconiosis.

The Global Atlas will provide public health officials and policy makers with vital information needed to treat patients.


Computers that could change our lives

Scientists at Sussex have developed the world’s first blue print for building a quantum computer.

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The art of wood engraving

Dr Bethan Stevens has made the artistry of the Dalziel brothers' wood engraving available to wider audiences.

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