The Students’ Union exists to represent students’ interests both within the University and the wider community and campaigns on relevant local, national and international issues. We want to support students in creating the change they want to see. This is why we encourage autonomous student-led campaigning. We support students to campaign on issues that affect them through providing advice, resources and access to funding.
Campaigning is about mobilising people and power in order to achieve change. Campaigns often organise collective actions and events in order to highlight and challenge an issue in society. A campaign is not just about raising awareness, it is about making a tangible change to policy, law, practice or behaviour.
Sussex is your community so you are in the best position to notice what needs to change.
Students have power and the ability to make a difference whether that is on campus, locally or nationally, from academic issues to environmental and social justice. Joining or starting a campaign is also a great way to meet new people as well as to learn and strengthen a wide range of skills.
Sussex students are currently running campaigns on a variety of issues:
Sweatshop Free Sussex - aiming to persuade the university to join Electronics Watch and to raise awareness of workers’ rights abuses in the electronics industry.
Ecosia on Campus - Campaigning to make Ecosia the default search engine for the University of Sussex.
Decolonise Sussex - raising awareness of and challenge the complex and varied legacies of racism, imperialism and colonialism within all spheres of our university. Decolonise Sussex aim to ensure and lobby that the university of Sussex is aware of and actively dismantling structural inequalities rather than perpetuating them.
Late Again B&H - lobbying B&H buses to tackle the punctuality, frequency and capacity of bus routes to the University
Access Sussex - campaigning to enable all students to access the University of Sussex campus by ensuring that students with disabilities (visible or invisible) do not face discrimination and raising awareness amongst all students and staff about disability and the issues and access requirements students face in their everyday life at Sussex.
Safe Nights - campaigning to improve students' safety on nights out in Brighton as well as on campus.
Living Wage Campaign - campaigning to ensure students can work and study without extra financial stress and receive fair wages.
Plastic-Free Sussex - lobbying both the Students' Union and the University of Sussex to commit to eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics.
Student Minds - campaigning for more than just raising awareness, we aim to affect change through promoting meaningful dialogue, education and using students' experiences to improve mental health on campus.
Free Bus Sussex - campaigning to get Sussex University to provide free buses to and from campus for Sussex students.
Sussex has a long-standing history of student campaigning and activism. In the past, Sussex students have achieved small and big changes on campus and beyond.
Is there something you'd like to see changed at Sussex? Don't keep it to yourself. Chances are other students are frustrated by the same thing and would like to see it changed too. Come talk to us, we'd love to help you connect with like-minded people and provide you with advice. or come and find us in the Campaigns and Representation office (Falmer House, first floor)
We can also help you take your campaign further by helping you become a union-recognised campaign which will enable you to have access to more support including staff support, access to our campaign fund and other resources.
Campaigns and Representation office (Falmer House, first floor)
Student Campaigns Toolkit »
Visit our campaigns toolkit for more resources including how to start and build an effective campaign and how becoming a union-recognised campaign.