Education plans

Update: On 26 November, we wrote to all students to let them know that the University will be delivering teaching in the final week of term (7 –11 December) entirely online. Assessments that currently have a deadline within week 11 (7 – 11 December) will have those deadlines extended by seven days. Assessments submitted after this date will be subject to the standard late penalties.


Blended learning

We have reviewed all of our courses to ensure that students will get the best possible learning experience through the delivery of a blended learning approach. This means that students' learning will be both classroom-based and online to start with. Any classroom-based teaching on campus will adhere to social distancing guidelines, as the health and safety of our students and staff is paramount.

Interactive learning

Alongside many other forms of learning, students will receive at least 11 hours of live interactive teaching per module, across the semester, either on campus or online. These sessions will enable students to engage with their tutors in real time and learn together.

We are working hard on timetabling all the different modules and we will have more information for our students closer to the start of term.  

Field trips, group projects and study abroad 

COVID-19 unfortunately remains with us, and so this means we have to put field trips, certain group projects and study abroad on hold. We will be continuously monitoring the situation and, when it is safe to do so, these activities will be re-instated.

Students unable to travel to campus at the start of the academic year

If the COVID-19 situation means a student’s arrival to campus in the autumn will be delayed and they cannot arrive at Sussex for the start of term, we will explore alternative remote study and housing arrangements for them. 

Postgraduate researchers

We acknowledge that researchers are a distinct group of people at Sussex and we have provided a broad range of information and guidance for them.

Will there be a change to tuition fees?

The University is continuing to provide all of its students with their courses and, although the mode of delivery has moved online, we are delivering on the learning outcomes of courses and ensuring students can progress with their education.

As such, the normal tuition fee arrangements still apply. 

Summer graduation

It was with great sadness that the University made the difficult decision to postpone our summer 2020 graduation ceremonies, which were due to take place in July.

This decision was made due to the continuing situation around COVID-19 and our primary concern for the health, safety and wellbeing of all our students, their guests, our staff, and the wider community. 

This has not affected students’ opportunity to graduate and you can visit our summer graduation webpage to see how students celebrated.

Life on campus

Life on campus didn’t stop with the lockdown; in fact, hundreds of students have continued to call campus home, with the support of our Student Support and Estates teams – who have made sure that they’ve been kept safe and well. These teams are now working on our plans for when we open in the autumn and  they will continue to make sure that students can enjoy living and studying on campus as well.

Additionally our library facilities, shops, bars and restaurants will all be open, adhering to the health and safety standards you would expect. Our on-campus pharmacy and doctor’s surgery will be re-opening at the end of August.