University of Sussex
#147 Overall Influence

University of Sussex

University in Brighton and Hove, UK

About This School

How does this school stack up?

By James Barham, PhD

The University of Sussex was established by royal charter in 1961 in the village of Falmer, in the eastern portion of the sprawling South Downs National Park, just north of the seaside city of Brighton, in the county of East Sussex.

From very modest beginnings, Sussex has developed today into a major research university divided into ten schools of study, as well as a respected Institute of Development Studies. It has a student body of more than 21,000.

Sussex is associated with five Nobel laureates, namely,

  • Physicist, Anthony Leggett
  • Chemists, Archer Norman, John Cornforth & Harry Kroto
  • Geneticist, Paul Nurse

Other prominent Sussex--connected people include the following:

  • Philosopher, Margaret Boden
  • Philosopher and intellectual historian, Knud Haakonssen
  • Novelist, Ian McEwan
  • Cosmologists, Martin Reese, John Gribbin & John D. Barrow
  • Physicist, Dimitri Nanopoulos
  • Biochemist, Laurence Pearl
  • Evolutionary biologist, John Maynard Smith
  • Literary scholar, Peter France
  • Literary theorist, Gabriel Josipovici
  • Byzantine scholar, Robin Milner-Gulland
  • Historians, Peter Burke & Maurice Howard
  • Psychologist, Brian Bates
  • Economists, Donald Winch, Mariana Mazzucato, Michael Lipton, Christopher Freeman & Richard Jolly
  • Former Botswanan President, Festus Mogae
  • Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki
  • Current Costa Rican President, Carlos Alvarado Quesada

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#81 World Rank
#87 World Rank
#101 World Rank
#115 World Rank
#122 World Rank
Social Work
#125 World Rank
#132 World Rank
#134 World Rank
#138 World Rank
#141 World Rank
#147 World Rank
#169 World Rank
#174 World Rank
Computer Science
#199 World Rank
Political Science
#206 World Rank
#214 World Rank
Earth Sciences
#221 World Rank
#288 World Rank
#350 World Rank
#366 World Rank
#377 World Rank
Criminal Justice
#405 World Rank
Religious Studies
#487 World Rank
#822 World Rank

Influential People

Who are University of Sussex's Most influential alumni?

University of Sussex's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Biology, Economics, and Communications. University of Sussex’s most academically influential people include Ian McEwan, Peter J. Bowler, and Duncan Campbell.

Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan

British author

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Peter J. Bowler
Peter J. Bowler

Historian of biology, author

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Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell

British investigative journalist

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A. C. Grayling
A. C. Grayling

English philosopher

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Norman Davies
Norman Davies

British historian

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Clive Hamilton
Clive Hamilton

Australian public intellectual

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Paul Gilroy
Paul Gilroy

British sociologist

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Raj Rajaratnam

American businessman

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Albie Sachs
Albie Sachs

South African anti-Apartheid activist leader, author and judge of the Constitutional Court

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Kamau Brathwaite

Barbadian poet

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Kim Newman
Kim Newman

English novelist

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Denise Riley

English poet and philosopher

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