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University of Sussex

University in Brighton and Hove, UK
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

From Wikipedia

The University of Sussex is a public research university located in Falmer, East Sussex, England, it is mostly within the city boundaries of Brighton and Hove but spills into the Lewes District in its eastern fringe. Its large campus site is surrounded by the South Downs National Park and is around from central Brighton. The University received its Royal Charter in August 1961, the first of the plate glass university generation, and was a founding member of the 1994 Group of research-intensive universities.

Source: Wikipedia

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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 History, Sociology, and Economics

Matt Rodda

Member of Parliament for Reading East, UK

Hélio Oiticica

Hélio Oiticica

Brazilian visual artist

Gail Rebuck

Chair, Penguin Random House UK

Emily Buchanan

British journalist

Elizabeth F. Churchill

Elizabeth F. Churchill


Michael Attenborough

English theatre director

Richard Appignanesi

Richard Appignanesi


Georgina Mace

Georgina Mace

British ecologist

Philip Gould, Baron Gould of Brookwood

British political consultant

Deborah Cadbury

Author, producer

Savenaca Siwatibau

Fijian civil servant

Jamie Shea

NATO official