News

A new look for our website

If you've visited www.sussexstudent.com recently you have probably noticed our brand new website. Read about the recent changes and what's to come here!

 
Statement on the Vice-Chancellor’s email on ‘respecting different opinions and voices’

As the Students’ Union we support the right of all students to express their views and to be free from harassment, discrimination and abuse of any kind. We reaffirm the right of all students to stand up against any discrimination they or others experience on the basis of their identity.

 
Open letter to Jewish students at Sussex

The Students’ Union executive team would like to reaffirm the Students’ Union’s commitment to do everything that is in our power to make each and every Sussex student feel welcome and safe on campus and in every activity organised by the Students’ Union and its clubs and societies. We are here to support you.

 
Road to Varsity: Sussex Men's Football

Our 'Road to Varsity' series spotlights some of the sports teams who will be competing to win Sussex a potential 4th successive Varsity crown against Brighton University in March. This week, we take a look at the Mens' Football 1st team to discuss the league, current form and their expectations for the big day.

 
Statement on increasing fees for Home and EU students at the University of Sussex

As a Students’ Union we would like to reaffirm our opposition to rising tuition fees, for Home, EU and non-EU International students here at the University of Sussex. We welcome the increased transparency of the University of Sussex in showing more clearly how our tuition fees are spent but ask for greater transparency in how international student fees are set and spent.

 
A Success for Teaching Contracts for Associate Tutors

The students, along Postgraduate Education Officer, set up a petition voicing concerns about the terms of the new Tutor Contracts and requested a meeting with Vice Chancellor, Adam Tickell, to discuss what could be done. Thanks to the generosity of the University the hour cap has been removed until September whilst they review further.

 
Sussex Womens' Basketball - The Road to Varsity
Basketball

Our 'Road to Varsity' series spotlights some of the sports teams who will be competing to win Sussex a potential 4th successive Varsity crown against Brighton University in March. This week, we take a look at the Womens' Basketball 1st team to discuss the league, current form and their expectations for the big day.

 
Students graduating with non-academic debt

We are very pleased to announce that students completing their studies with less than £500 of non-academic debt will able to graduate without any problem. In previous years students who had accumulated any amount of debt would have been handed a letter rather than a certificate at graduation. This was a completely unfair practice and should not have been occurring on a day reserved to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of Sussex students.

 
Make Change Happen 2017

At Sussex, we are a part of a rich legacy of pioneering social justice work, of students and faculty standing up for a better world. This is a place where we don't just talk about wanting to make change happen. In the last few years, our community of students and faculty have come together many times, to unite against sexual violence, to protest campus privatisations, and to demonstrate solidarity with students in danger of deportation.

 
Go Green Week
Go Green Week

From 13 to 17 February 2017 Sussex is celebrating ‘Go Green Week’! Go Green Week is a student-led initiative designed to showcase the University of Sussex and Students’ Union’s commitment to the environment and sustainability on and off campus. Sussex students are hosting many events and activities around campus for you to get involved in!

 
Mental Health - Awareness is one thing, now it's time for action.

On this year's #TimeToTalk Day: Grainne, Welfare Officer, discusses mental health awareness, along with the importance of keeping up with the demand for services for those experiencing mental health issues.

 
Statement on hate incident on campus

Stickers featuring Nazi imagery have been found on campus. We condemn this action in the strongest terms and reiterate the importance of inclusivity and opposing discrimination that students have long supported at Sussex.

 
LGBTQ+ History Month Event Listings
LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month starts on the 1st of February, and the Students' Union alongside the LGBTQ+ Society have put together a great selection of events spanning the whole month. Check here for the full programme.

 
Student Community & Go Green/Fairtrade Fortnight Funds Announced

This term: Sarah, Society and Citizenship Officer, has announced two brand new funds to help you organise an event or project to benefit communities in need, or raise awareness of Go Green week and Fairtrade Fortnight.

These funds could provide you or your society with the springboard needed to start something amazing. So get involved, be part of engaging your local community!

 
Students arrange for change to be made available across campus

Ever struggled to get change for the bus, launderette or a parking meter on campus? thanks to the efforts of students: Sussex Estates and Facilities have agreed to make cash available at York House.

 
Rent guarantor pilot scheme to launch
Rent Guarantor Scheme

Following some great work done by elected officers: the University has agreed to pilot a scheme that could provide guarantors for students looking to rent in Brighton who may otherwise be unable to secure housing.

 
Statement on the Westmarland review

Content note: Domestic violence & sexual violence. The review by domestic violence researcher Professor Westmarland into how the university dealt with the case of a member of University staff convicted of violently attacking his student partner has been published

 
Why Sussex Uni students went to protest at Yarl’s Wood

On the 3rd of December, Sussex students with friends from Brighton and LGSM (Lesbians and Gays support the migrants) took a coach to protest at Yarl’s Wood detention centre

 
Sussex Student Union Officer Joins NUS Zone committee

Sussex Student Union’s Full-Time Welfare Officer, Grainne Gahan, was elected to be part of an NUS (National Union of Students) committee, to help shape the NUS welfare work.

 
Changes to Resit Proposals

New changes to exam resit regulations benefiting students with an option to resit earlier in the year than the summer assessment period.

 
Students’ Union officers Welcome Senior Equality and Diversity Appointments

Students' Union Officers have welcomed Equality and Diversity appointments after lobbying for the University to have a representative in this leadership role. Working closely with all parts of the University, the posts are dedicated to the development and delivery of the Equality and Diversity strategy.

 
Lowering Your Printing Costs

Full-Time Officers and student representatives have been addressing the cost of printing and how it affects students. Cost of printing is set to go down, another win for Sussex Students' Union lobbying.

 
Statement on University of Sussex and the Teaching Excellence Framework

We call on University Council to support our campaign by saying ‘TEF OFF’ to the Higher Education Bill, not opting in for year 2 and not raising fees further.

 
Academic Cost Hardship Fund

Students' Union Education Officers have allocated funding to help to support students who are struggling to cover costs such as printing, textbooks, dissertation binding and academic trips.

 
Statement on Sussex UCU and Sussex Students’ Union Current Industrial Action

This statement calls on the University of Sussex to reallocate all strike monies from the three days of strike action at Sussex last spring, to be deducted from employees wages to the Student Hardship Funds.

 
Training in Equality: Reasonable Adjustments Panel takes big leap forward

Two years ago the University’s Reasonable Adjustments Panel was set up to approve adjustments for students with disabilities. The project stems from finding inconsistencies in understanding what reasonable adjustments should be made for students  when it was the school’s responsibilities to decide the adjustments.

 
Epona, NUS and Me - Sarah's Trip to India

Sarah, Society and Citizenship Officer, has recently returned from a trip to India with the National Union of Students to learn more about Epona: a FairTrade clothing company, to view their manufacturing process first-hand.

 
HMO Forum Meeting: Helping Shape Future Resident Planning Policies

Creating collaborative communities through Purpose Built Student Accommodation in Brighton and Hove, as part of the Students’ Union’s ongoing commitment to support housing options for students.

 
Real Junk Food Cafe

The Students’ Union will be launching a Real Junk Food Project Café on campus on the 7th December.

 
Responses to Prevent Consultation

On the 22nd of September the University invited students to attend a consultation on the proposed implementation of the Governments' divisive Prevent agenda for external speakers on campus. The Students’ Union have already condemned Prevent in the past, and vocally opposed it once more during this consultation.

 
They want to raise tuition fees again?

On Tuesday 6th September it was agreed by the universities watchdog that universities, including Sussex, can raise their fees to £9,250 from 2017/18 onwards.

 
Welcome To The New Officer Team!

Over the past two weeks, The Students’ union has seen a changeover of the full-time elected officers. Four new faces have taken over the officer roles of Welfare, Undergraduate Education, Activities and President following the departure of Rianna, Bethan, Abe and Lyndsay.

 
Your Voice Your Choice Campaign draws to a close

After a number of years of great campaigning and positive changes: the Your Voice Your Choice campaign will be drawing to a close. Over the last two years, this fantastic campaign has worked hard to get students registered to vote, and successfully lobbied the University and setting up a two-click registration process on Sussex Direct for all students.

 
University of Sussex Has Joined TEF

It was confirmed that the University's council meeting the University of Sussex will join the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework), a program introduced by the government and its Higher Education Bill and opposed by the Students’ Union.

 
Postgraduate Taught Tuition Fee Increase

The 2017/2018 University of Sussex Postgraduate Taught (PGT) tuition fees are out and they have only increased 2.8% from last year, another win for Sussex Students’ Union Full-time Officers’ campaigning.

 
Fire alarm safety system for deaf students announced
Deaf Message Service sign

Hearing impaired students, staff and visitors can now opt into a text-messaging service to alert them when a fire alarm is going off in a building they might be in on campus.

 
Why We Should March to Reclaim Our Streets

Join us at 6pm at Brighton station for Reclaim the Night to march through the streets of Brighton, demanding safe streets for everyone and an end to sexual violence. At 8pm there will be an after party at the synergy center, where there will be speakers from a range of organisations, and performances from our very own Sussex students!

 
Get Involved Prize Draw Winner Announced

The Students' Union wouldn't be the same without the hundreds of students who spend their time making it so special. Twice a term we have been sharing stories from students who have given up their time to get involved in the Students’ Union and entered them into a prize draw to win a free membership for the Duke of York's cinema.

 
What kind of Vice-Chancellor do Sussex students want?

Following a consultation period with students and staff, on 3 December the University began to advertise the new Sussex Vice-Chancellor’s job. Throughout this term, the Students’ Union have been finding out what kind of person students want to be in charge of their University.

 
Another Get Involved Prize Draw Winner!

The Students' Union wouldn't be the same without the hundreds of students who spend their time making it so special. Twice a term we have been sharing stories from students who have given up their time to get involved in the Students’ Union and entered them into a prize draw to win a free membership for the Duke of York's cinema.

 
Students’ Union campaign TEF OFF launched against rising tuition fees and debt

The Students’ Union has launched its’ latest campaign against rising tuition fees under the Higher Education Bill and the implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework, TEF, linking excellence teaching to higher fees, determined by inaccurate metrics.

 
Buddy Scheme – applications for spring term still open.

Join the hundreds of students that already part of the Buddy Scheme.

 
Road to Varsity: Sussex Netball

Our 'Road to Varsity' series spotlights some of the sports teams who will be competing to win Sussex a potential 4th successive Varsity crown against Brighton University in March. Last week, we caught up with the Netball 1st team to discuss their cup run, recent form and their chances for the big day.

 
Get Involved Prize Draw Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the Get Involved Prize Draw, Abba Bako!

 
Why we need to decolonize education and liberate our degrees

Today in Britain, many of us want to live in a multicultural society embracing of difference; yet racist, sexist, and cis-heteronormative* attitudes continue to prevail and dominate our cultural norms and assumptions.

 
Rugby Fundraising Calendars for Sale Now

The men's and the women's rugby squads have created a fundraising calendar which is available to purchase now.

 
Spaces Available on the Role Models Project Elective for Spring Term

This module is an exciting partnership developed between the Students’ Union and the School of Education and Social Work, to allow students to participate in researching, designing and delivering workshops to young people in secondary schools exploring personal, social and political issues relevant to their lives.

 
Fossil Free Sussex celebrate after a positive move from the University

Students celebrate their campaign successes and the recent approval of a new ‘Socially Responsible Investment Policy’.

 
Player Profile: Stella Nikolopoulou

As part of "This Sussex Girl Can" week, Stella tells us all about playing Basketball for the University.

 
Player Profile: Alice Torjussen

As part of "This Sussex Girl Can" week, Alice tells us all about playing Badminton for the University.

 
Player Profile: Phoebe Kent

As part of "This Sussex Girl Can" week, Phoebe tells us all about playing Netball for the University.

 
Player Profile: Kajal Modhwadia

As part of "This Sussex Girl Can" week, Kajal tells us all about playing Tennis for the University.

 
Get Involved Prize Draw

The Union is running a prize draw for students to say “Thank You” to all of the students who give up their time to help the Union.

 
Student Rep Roundup 2016

It’s been a busy year for Student Reps, and one that has resulted in some great successes. These successes, and their impacts, have greatly enriched student life for University of Sussex and BSMS students over the academic year, and bode well for the future of the Student Rep scheme.

 
Students’ Union Executive condemns the government’s 'Prevent' agenda
Students' Union logo

The Students' Union Executive opposes the 'Prevent' duty, part of the Government's new Counter Terrorism and Security Act, and strongly believe in fostering a learning environment which allows all students to organise politically, free from harassment.

 
Player Profile: Samantha Dempster

As part of "This Sussex Girl Can" week, Samantha tells us all about playing Hockey for the University.

 
Students’ Union Role Models Project shortlisted for national award

The Students’ Union Role Models Project has been shortlisted for a national award for its work with local young people around sex and relationships education. Students can now sign up to be part of the project during the new academic year.

 
Student Rep conference

The 2016 Student Rep Conference was a huge success and an opportunity for student reps at all levels of study and across all subject areas to get to know each other and to gain valuable skills that will help them with the representation and campaigning work that they do.

 
Statement on the Government’s Higher Education Green Paper
Students' Union logo

The Students’ Union Executive Committee, comprised of all ten Elected Officers, believe a policy document recently released by the Government, known as the Higher Education Green Paper could lead to several important and worrying changes to the way universities are run.

 
Player Profile: Chelsea Cooper

As part of "This Sussex Girl Can" week, Chelsea tells us all about playing Rugby for the University.

 
The hidden financial costs of studying at Sussex

Bethan and Rose, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Education Officers, are reviewing hidden financial costs associated with studying at the University of Sussex . Fill in this survey to create a picture of the biggest financial pressures our students are facing.

 
Student Reps lead the way in Reporting Back

Student Reps from four schools of study at Sussex have created reports assessing the performance of their schools of study over the last academic year.

 
Two referenda announced: Fairtrade clothing & Prevent

Alongside voting for the Full-time Officer, Part-time Officer and other elected roles in a couple of weeks, students will be able to vote in referenda on Fairtrade clothing the government's Prevent legislation?

 
Elections: Tips for campaigning.

Campaigning can be a really rewarding experience, and a little consideration and planning can go a long way. You'll need to consider your manifesto (what you plan on doing if you are elected), the way you’ll communicate your ideas to the student body, and demonstrate your willingness and ability to get things done for students in the role you’re targeting.

 
Player Profile: Beth Lance

As part of "This Sussex Girl Can" week, Beth Lance tells us all about playing Lacrosse for the University.

 
Decolonize Sussex Journal - Call for Submissions

We are producing a journal that will amplify voices of students and academics alike while presenting multi-disciplinary perspectives, ideas, essays, dreams, poetry or/and any creative, academic or political iterations of yourself.

 
Supporting someone having suicidal thoughts

Content note - suicide, mental distress.

We've compiled some resources to help if someone you know is having suicidal thoughts.

 
Students shaping the Language Café
Language Cafe

Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to complete one of our feedback forms; after reviewing all your comments and suggestions here is a summary of what you said and what we did.

 
Deal confirmed for cheaper venue hire with Mercure Hotel

The Students’ Union have finalised a deal with Mecure Hotel, to secure all University of Sussex Students a brilliant deal when they quote SUSUNI.

 
How you can help change things with referenda at Sussex...

"In a similar manner to central government - the Students’ Union offers the platform for students to submit a motion to the student body in an effort to make a definitive change to the way the Students’ Union operates."...

 
The Environmental Leaf

With this week being “Go Green” week – what better time is there to begin working towards the wellbeing and environmental leaf with your society?

Many of the societies on campus have already been awarded the leaf to celebrate their commitment to the well-being of their members and the wider environment.

 
Take Care Taxi Scheme Launched
Brighton pier

The Take Care Taxi Scheme aims to make sure everyone gets home safe when they’ve been on a night out! If you’ve lost your card, don’t have any cash, or feel unsafe walking or getting the bus home, you can use get one of our take care taxis to take you home, and then pay your fare at the students’ union the next day. All you need is your student card!

 
Organising Balls Workshop

The Student's Union will be running a workshop to help society committee members to organise a ball.

 
This Sussex Girl Can

From the 7th – 11th November there will be a series of various events on campus to celebrate girls in sport at Sussex and to inspire more people to get involved.

 
Freshers Revisited: Buddy Scheme Social

Continuing our Freshers Revisited series, a Communications Volunteer, Narmeen, talks about how she found partying with her new Buddy at the Buddy Scheme Social before our end-of-freshers firework display.

 
Election results - autumn 2016

This week 1324 students voted in the Student Rep elections and 284 students voted in the Union Representative elections. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part.

 
Sussex shortlisted for international student support award

The University of Sussex has been highly commended for its arrival and welcome programme for new international students.

 
Students shaping the Language Café
Language Café Logo

Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to complete one of our feedback forms; after reviewing all your comments and suggestions here is a summary of what you said and what we did.

 
Spring 2016 referenda results

Students voted on questions about the European Union referendum and the renewal of Trident, the UK's nuclear weapons system.

 
Five Reasons to Use Sussex Student Lettings

At this time of year lots of students are starting to think about their accommodation arrangements for 2017-18. Fortunately, at Sussex this doesn’t have to be a stressful, fast or costly process, as we have our very own Lettings Agency who are there to be with you at every stage during that all-important house hunt.

 
New year resolution

Thinking of a New Year's resolution?
How about making the world a better place, through donating some money to effective charities? By pledging 10% of your future income you can save a child's life every year and offer 100s of childrens a better education!
--> If given to the Against Malaria foundation, this could distribute more than 600 malaria nets and prevent around 160 cases of malaria, equivalent to saving a child’s life.
More at https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/

 
Self Care During Exams and Assessments

Exams and assessments can be a stressful time of year for students! Trying to balance revision and writing essays whilst still keeping healthy and happy can be tough, especially when there are lots of deadlines in a short space of time. It’s important to make sure you are looking after your mental and physical health during this time, Grainne has put together some tips in coping with stress…

 
Sussex Student Lettings are 5 Stars!

Sussex Student Lettings have been lauded for their great quality customer service, fairness and transparency of late - here's what the tenants and landlords on their books have been saying...

 
Sussex Council - November 7th

Read our Storify of all the action that happened at the first Sussex Council of term!

 
Start of BUCS Season 2016

Wednesday the 12th marks the start of the 2016/17 BUCS season. Having undergone weeks of trials and pre-season training and matches, all of the Sussex Sports teams are ready and raring to go.

 
Freshers Revisited: Welcome To The Jungle.

One of The Students Union's Communications Volunteers, Amira, details her experiences of our 'Welcome to The Jungle' Sunday party, as part of our Freshers Revisited series...

 
WSEN Conference 2016 Roundup

Students at Keele University and the University of Sussex held and organised the 9th annual World Student Environmental Network Summit at the University of Sussex and Keele 25th-29th July 2016 with 75 student delegates from over 25 different countries.

 
Nominations Are OPEN for Students' Union elected positions

The Students’ Union have opened up hundreds of positions for election over the course of the next few months, as we search for a new wave of enthusiastic individuals to get involved with changing the student experience at Sussex for the better.

 
Students shaping the Buddy Scheme
Buddy Scheme Logo

Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to complete one of our feedback forms; after reviewing all your comments and suggestions here is a summary of what you said and what we did.

 
Sussex win Varsity for third successive year

Sussex sports teams retained their Varsity crown over the University of Brighton by winning 11.5 - 9.5 across over 20 events on Sunday 13th March.

 
Autumn 2015 referenda results

Should the role of Students’ Union President be replaced with a full-time Equality and Diversity Officer? The results are in...

 
First issue of Sussex Review online journal released

The first issue of the Sussex Review is now available online featuring essays on a wide range of topics submitted by students.

 
 

Students' Union news

A new look for our website

Fri 24 Feb 2017

If you've visited www.sussexstudent.com recently you have probably noticed our brand new website. Read about the recent changes and what's to come here!

 
Your Voice Your Choice Campaign draws to a close

Fri 24 Feb 2017

After a number of years of great campaigning and positive changes: the Your Voice Your Choice campaign will be drawing to a close. Over the last two years, this fantastic campaign has worked hard to get students registered to vote, and successfully lobbied the University and setting up a two-click registration process on Sussex Direct for all students.

 
Statement on the Vice-Chancellor’s email on ‘respecting different opinions and voices’

Fri 24 Feb 2017

As the Students’ Union we support the right of all students to express their views and to be free from harassment, discrimination and abuse of any kind. We reaffirm the right of all students to stand up against any discrimination they or others experience on the basis of their identity.

 
Open letter to Jewish students at Sussex

Mon 20 Feb 2017

The Students’ Union executive team would like to reaffirm the Students’ Union’s commitment to do everything that is in our power to make each and every Sussex student feel welcome and safe on campus and in every activity organised by the Students’ Union and its clubs and societies. We are here to support you.

 
Road to Varsity: Sussex Men's Football

Fri 17 Feb 2017

Our 'Road to Varsity' series spotlights some of the sports teams who will be competing to win Sussex a potential 4th successive Varsity crown against Brighton University in March. This week, we take a look at the Mens' Football 1st team to discuss the league, current form and their expectations for the big day.

 
Decolonize Sussex Journal - Call for Submissions

Fri 17 Feb 2017

We are producing a journal that will amplify voices of students and academics alike while presenting multi-disciplinary perspectives, ideas, essays, dreams, poetry or/and any creative, academic or political iterations of yourself.

 
Two referenda announced: Fairtrade clothing & Prevent

Thu 16 Feb 2017

Alongside voting for the Full-time Officer, Part-time Officer and other elected roles in a couple of weeks, students will be able to vote in referenda on Fairtrade clothing the government's Prevent legislation?

 
Statement on increasing fees for Home and EU students at the University of Sussex

Wed 15 Feb 2017

As a Students’ Union we would like to reaffirm our opposition to rising tuition fees, for Home, EU and non-EU International students here at the University of Sussex. We welcome the increased transparency of the University of Sussex in showing more clearly how our tuition fees are spent but ask for greater transparency in how international student fees are set and spent.

 
The Environmental Leaf

Tue 14 Feb 2017

With this week being “Go Green” week – what better time is there to begin working towards the wellbeing and environmental leaf with your society?

Many of the societies on campus have already been awarded the leaf to celebrate their commitment to the well-being of their members and the wider environment.

 
A Success for Teaching Contracts for Associate Tutors

Mon 13 Feb 2017

The students, along Postgraduate Education Officer, set up a petition voicing concerns about the terms of the new Tutor Contracts and requested a meeting with Vice Chancellor, Adam Tickell, to discuss what could be done. Thanks to the generosity of the University the hour cap has been removed until September whilst they review further.

 
Sussex Womens' Basketball - The Road to Varsity

Mon 13 Feb 2017

Basketball

Our 'Road to Varsity' series spotlights some of the sports teams who will be competing to win Sussex a potential 4th successive Varsity crown against Brighton University in March. This week, we take a look at the Womens' Basketball 1st team to discuss the league, current form and their expectations for the big day.

 
Five Reasons to Use Sussex Student Lettings

Thu 09 Feb 2017

At this time of year lots of students are starting to think about their accommodation arrangements for 2017-18. Fortunately, at Sussex this doesn’t have to be a stressful, fast or costly process, as we have our very own Lettings Agency who are there to be with you at every stage during that all-important house hunt.

 
Elections: Workshops

Thu 09 Feb 2017

Workshop

Time is ticking on for you to nominate yourself for the Spring-Term elections! Regardless of whether you’ve been ready to go from the start of the year; or are still unsure about putting yourself forward: we’ve developed a programme of informative sessions to help you prepare for your campaign.

 
Students graduating with non-academic debt

Tue 07 Feb 2017

We are very pleased to announce that students completing their studies with less than £500 of non-academic debt will able to graduate without any problem. In previous years students who had accumulated any amount of debt would have been handed a letter rather than a certificate at graduation. This was a completely unfair practice and should not have been occurring on a day reserved to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of Sussex students.

 
Elections: Tips for campaigning.

Mon 06 Feb 2017

Campaigning can be a really rewarding experience, and a little consideration and planning can go a long way. You'll need to consider your manifesto (what you plan on doing if you are elected), the way you’ll communicate your ideas to the student body, and demonstrate your willingness and ability to get things done for students in the role you’re targeting.

 
Make Change Happen 2017

Mon 06 Feb 2017

At Sussex, we are a part of a rich legacy of pioneering social justice work, of students and faculty standing up for a better world. This is a place where we don't just talk about wanting to make change happen. In the last few years, our community of students and faculty have come together many times, to unite against sexual violence, to protest campus privatisations, and to demonstrate solidarity with students in danger of deportation.

 
Students arrange for change to be made available across campus

Mon 06 Feb 2017

Ever struggled to get change for the bus, launderette or a parking meter on campus? thanks to the efforts of students: Sussex Estates and Facilities have agreed to make cash available at York House.

 
Go Green Week

Fri 03 Feb 2017

Go Green Week

From 13 to 17 February 2017 Sussex is celebrating ‘Go Green Week’! Go Green Week is a student-led initiative designed to showcase the University of Sussex and Students’ Union’s commitment to the environment and sustainability on and off campus. Sussex students are hosting many events and activities around campus for you to get involved in!

 
Mental Health - Awareness is one thing, now it's time for action.

Thu 02 Feb 2017

On this year's #TimeToTalk Day: Grainne, Welfare Officer, discusses mental health awareness, along with the importance of keeping up with the demand for services for those experiencing mental health issues.

 
Statement on hate incident on campus

Thu 02 Feb 2017

Stickers featuring Nazi imagery have been found on campus. We condemn this action in the strongest terms and reiterate the importance of inclusivity and opposing discrimination that students have long supported at Sussex.

 
Rent guarantor pilot scheme to launch

Wed 01 Feb 2017

Rent Guarantor Scheme

Following some great work done by elected officers: the University has agreed to pilot a scheme that could provide guarantors for students looking to rent in Brighton who may otherwise be unable to secure housing.

 
LGBTQ+ History Month Event Listings

Tue 31 Jan 2017

LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month starts on the 1st of February, and the Students' Union alongside the LGBTQ+ Society have put together a great selection of events spanning the whole month. Check here for the full programme.

 
Student Community & Go Green/Fairtrade Fortnight Funds Announced

Thu 26 Jan 2017

This term: Sarah, Society and Citizenship Officer, has announced two brand new funds to help you organise an event or project to benefit communities in need, or raise awareness of Go Green week and Fairtrade Fortnight.

These funds could provide you or your society with the springboard needed to start something amazing. So get involved, be part of engaging your local community!

 
Statement on the Westmarland review

Tue 17 Jan 2017

Content note: Domestic violence & sexual violence. The review by domestic violence researcher Professor Westmarland into how the university dealt with the case of a member of University staff convicted of violently attacking his student partner has been published

 
Statement on inaccurate coverage of the Union’s gender inclusive language policy

Sun 01 Jan 2017

Contrary to some press reports, the Students’ Union has not banned the words she/her/he/him or any other pronoun.

 
Why Sussex Uni students went to protest at Yarl’s Wood

Mon 19 Dec 2016

On the 3rd of December, Sussex students with friends from Brighton and LGSM (Lesbians and Gays support the migrants) took a coach to protest at Yarl’s Wood detention centre

 
Students shaping the Language Café

Mon 19 Dec 2016

Language Cafe

Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to complete one of our feedback forms; after reviewing all your comments and suggestions here is a summary of what you said and what we did.

 
University of Sussex Has Joined TEF

Thu 08 Dec 2016

It was confirmed that the University's council meeting the University of Sussex will join the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework), a program introduced by the government and its Higher Education Bill and opposed by the Students’ Union.

 
Postgraduate Taught Tuition Fee Increase

Wed 07 Dec 2016

The 2017/2018 University of Sussex Postgraduate Taught (PGT) tuition fees are out and they have only increased 2.8% from last year, another win for Sussex Students’ Union Full-time Officers’ campaigning.

 
Autumn 2016 referenda results

Fri 02 Dec 2016

Students have been voting this week in five referenda. In total 929 students have voted in the referenda that have now closed.

 
Sussex Student Union Officer Joins NUS Zone committee

Thu 01 Dec 2016

Sussex Student Union’s Full-Time Welfare Officer, Grainne Gahan, was elected to be part of an NUS (National Union of Students) committee, to help shape the NUS welfare work.

 
Changes to Resit Proposals

Fri 25 Nov 2016

New changes to exam resit regulations benefiting students with an option to resit earlier in the year than the summer assessment period.

 
Students’ Union officers Welcome Senior Equality and Diversity Appointments

Tue 22 Nov 2016

Students' Union Officers have welcomed Equality and Diversity appointments after lobbying for the University to have a representative in this leadership role. Working closely with all parts of the University, the posts are dedicated to the development and delivery of the Equality and Diversity strategy.

 
Lowering Your Printing Costs

Tue 22 Nov 2016

Full-Time Officers and student representatives have been addressing the cost of printing and how it affects students. Cost of printing is set to go down, another win for Sussex Students' Union lobbying.

 
New zero tolerance, reporting & discipline procedures launched

Tue 22 Nov 2016

The safety and welfare of Sussex Students’ Union members and staff is something that we take very seriously. In order to ensure that the Students’ Union operates as a safe and accepting place, Students’ Union Council has agreed a number of changes to current policies and procedures. Here is a quick round-up of the key changes and why they matter:

 
Why We Should March to Reclaim Our Streets

Mon 21 Nov 2016

Join us at 6pm at Brighton station for Reclaim the Night to march through the streets of Brighton, demanding safe streets for everyone and an end to sexual violence. At 8pm there will be an after party at the synergy center, where there will be speakers from a range of organisations, and performances from our very own Sussex students!

 
Statement on University of Sussex and the Teaching Excellence Framework

Mon 21 Nov 2016

We call on University Council to support our campaign by saying ‘TEF OFF’ to the Higher Education Bill, not opting in for year 2 and not raising fees further.

 
Academic Cost Hardship Fund

Fri 18 Nov 2016

Students' Union Education Officers have allocated funding to help to support students who are struggling to cover costs such as printing, textbooks, dissertation binding and academic trips.

 
Statement on Sussex UCU and Sussex Students’ Union Current Industrial Action

Mon 14 Nov 2016

This statement calls on the University of Sussex to reallocate all strike monies from the three days of strike action at Sussex last spring, to be deducted from employees wages to the Student Hardship Funds.

 
Training in Equality: Reasonable Adjustments Panel takes big leap forward

Fri 28 Oct 2016

Two years ago the University’s Reasonable Adjustments Panel was set up to approve adjustments for students with disabilities. The project stems from finding inconsistencies in understanding what reasonable adjustments should be made for students  when it was the school’s responsibilities to decide the adjustments.

 
NUS Black Students Winter Conference 2016

Thu 27 Oct 2016

Applications are now open for Students’ Union funding to the NUS Black Students Winter Conference. Black Students Winter Conference is open to any student of African, Arab, Asian or Caribbean heritage and provides training and networking opportunities.

 
Epona, NUS and Me - Sarah's Trip to India

Wed 26 Oct 2016

Sarah, Society and Citizenship Officer, has recently returned from a trip to India with the National Union of Students to learn more about Epona: a FairTrade clothing company, to view their manufacturing process first-hand.

 
Student Rep Welcome Event

Thu 20 Oct 2016

The Student Rep Scheme has already kicked off into the 2016/17 year with a massively successful election held at the end of September – there was a record number of candidates and a huge 1324 students cast votes!

 
WTF is TEF and why is it bad?

Thu 20 Oct 2016

Don’t be deceived by its name; the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), part of the Higher Education Bill, that the government will be introducing in 2017/18 will negatively affect students, academics and universities in numerous ways.

 
HMO Forum Meeting: Helping Shape Future Resident Planning Policies

Tue 18 Oct 2016

Creating collaborative communities through Purpose Built Student Accommodation in Brighton and Hove, as part of the Students’ Union’s ongoing commitment to support housing options for students.

 
How you can help change things with referenda at Sussex...

Tue 18 Oct 2016

"In a similar manner to central government - the Students’ Union offers the platform for students to submit a motion to the student body in an effort to make a definitive change to the way the Students’ Union operates."...

 
Real Junk Food Cafe

Sun 16 Oct 2016

The Students’ Union will be launching a Real Junk Food Project Café on campus on the 7th December.

 
Responses to Prevent Consultation

Mon 03 Oct 2016

On the 22nd of September the University invited students to attend a consultation on the proposed implementation of the Governments' divisive Prevent agenda for external speakers on campus. The Students’ Union have already condemned Prevent in the past, and vocally opposed it once more during this consultation.

 
Election results - autumn 2016

Fri 30 Sep 2016

This week 1324 students voted in the Student Rep elections and 284 students voted in the Union Representative elections. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part.

 
International Students Freshers Feedback

Tue 27 Sep 2016

To ensure that we are providing the best kind of freshers experience for international students, we have created a short survey to let you have your say - it only takes a few moments and all comments and feedback are massively appreciated.

 
Students’ Union campaign TEF OFF launched against rising tuition fees and debt

Fri 09 Sep 2016

The Students’ Union has launched its’ latest campaign against rising tuition fees under the Higher Education Bill and the implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework, TEF, linking excellence teaching to higher fees, determined by inaccurate metrics.

 
They want to raise tuition fees again?

Tue 06 Sep 2016

On Tuesday 6th September it was agreed by the universities watchdog that universities, including Sussex, can raise their fees to £9,250 from 2017/18 onwards.

 
Nominations Are OPEN for Students' Union elected positions

Tue 06 Sep 2016

The Students’ Union have opened up hundreds of positions for election over the course of the next few months, as we search for a new wave of enthusiastic individuals to get involved with changing the student experience at Sussex for the better.

 
Why we need to decolonize education and liberate our degrees

Mon 05 Sep 2016

Today in Britain, many of us want to live in a multicultural society embracing of difference; yet racist, sexist, and cis-heteronormative* attitudes continue to prevail and dominate our cultural norms and assumptions.

 
Statement from the Union’s Full-time Officers on lecturer abuse conviction

Sat 13 Aug 2016

The Students’ Union has a Zero Tolerance policy for abuse and violence, and the welfare of our students is always our top priority. In light of the recent news coverage of the awful case of abuse carried out by a member of staff towards a student, we want to make it clear that we are here to support the former student involved, and all students who have been affected by this case and other cases of domestic abuse.

 
Student Rep Roundup 2016

Tue 09 Aug 2016

It’s been a busy year for Student Reps, and one that has resulted in some great successes. These successes, and their impacts, have greatly enriched student life for University of Sussex and BSMS students over the academic year, and bode well for the future of the Student Rep scheme.

 
Welcome To The New Officer Team!

Tue 19 Jul 2016

Over the past two weeks, The Students’ union has seen a changeover of the full-time elected officers. Four new faces have taken over the officer roles of Welfare, Undergraduate Education, Activities and President following the departure of Rianna, Bethan, Abe and Lyndsay.

 
Sussex shortlisted for international student support award

Thu 14 Jul 2016

The University of Sussex has been highly commended for its arrival and welcome programme for new international students.

 
Statement on the EU referendum outcome

Mon 27 Jun 2016

The Students’ Union Executive are disappointed with the result of the European Union referendum which saw the ‘Leave’ campaign win with 52% of the vote. We must not be disheartened by this result but should instead take it as an opportunity to recognise that we, as students, should take an active role in shaping our future through engagement in politics. We mustn’t miss the chance to bring people together and have our voices heard.

 
Free Shop Thank You!

Tue 21 Jun 2016

We would like to thank all our undergraduate students moving out of halls of residence who took the time to donate their unwanted items to our annual reuse collection scheme!

 
Students shaping the Language Café

Fri 10 Jun 2016

Language Café Logo

Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to complete one of our feedback forms; after reviewing all your comments and suggestions here is a summary of what you said and what we did.

 
Students shaping the Buddy Scheme

Fri 10 Jun 2016

Buddy Scheme Logo

Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to complete one of our feedback forms; after reviewing all your comments and suggestions here is a summary of what you said and what we did.

 
Changes To Discipline Rules Following University Wide Consultation

Fri 10 Jun 2016

Content note: rape, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic abuse

Following consultation with the Students' Union on a new student disciplinary regulation a number of positive changes have been made to the University’s existing procedure.

 
Students' Union Executive Statement on UCU Strike

Tue 24 May 2016

The Students’ Union Executive (6 Full-Time Officers and 4 Part-Time Officers) support the two days of national strike action confirmed by the University and College Union (UCU).

 
Referenda on Part-time Officer roles announced

Mon 16 May 2016

Following a petition from students, all students will be able to vote at the end of the month on two potential Part-time Officer roles to represent First-Generation Scholars and non-EU international students.

 
Student Rep conference

Fri 06 May 2016

The 2016 Student Rep Conference was a huge success and an opportunity for student reps at all levels of study and across all subject areas to get to know each other and to gain valuable skills that will help them with the representation and campaigning work that they do.

 
Spring 2016 referenda results

Fri 15 Apr 2016

Students voted on questions about the European Union referendum and the renewal of Trident, the UK's nuclear weapons system.

 
Fossil Free Sussex celebrate after a positive move from the University

Wed 13 Apr 2016

Students celebrate their campaign successes and the recent approval of a new ‘Socially Responsible Investment Policy’.

 
Full-time Officers statement on protest about the Home Office’s decision to deport Luqman Onikosi

Wed 09 Mar 2016

We support students' rights to protest peacefully about issues that matter to them. We support students' calls for Luqman to be allowed to remain in this country as we fear that if he is forced to return to Nigeria he will be unable to access the vital health care he needs.

 
Have your say on Exceptional Circumstances

Wed 09 Mar 2016

We would like to hear from students who have submitted, or have considered submitting, an Exceptional Circumstances claim (formerly known as Mitigating Evidence) in the last two academic years.

 
Falmer Station ticket office at risk of closure

Mon 07 Mar 2016

Govia Thameslink, who operate Southern Rail, are planning to close the ticket office at Falmer Train Station opposite the University campus, a move likely to result in job losses and affecting thousands of students, visitors and staff.

 
Students' Union election results - spring 2016

Fri 26 Feb 2016

Results for the Full-time Officer, Part-time Officer, Trustee and NUS conference elections.

 
Do a Dissertation for Good at Sussex

Tue 16 Feb 2016

Sussex students can now partner with organisations to collaborate on dissertations into economic, social and environmental sustainability.

 
'To remember the holocaust is important'

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Welcoming speech from the University of Sussex's Holocaust Memorial Day event by Abraham, Union President.

 
Challenging stigma around mental health at Sussex and BSMS

Wed 03 Feb 2016

To coincide with Time to Change's Time to Talk day on Thursday February 4th 2016, the Students' Union is publishing findings from last year's student mental health and well-being survey.

 
Get £15 Student tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion vs Sheffield Wednesday!

Tue 02 Feb 2016

The Students' Union have teamed up with the Seagulls for an exclusive ticket price of just £15, for their upcoming home match Sheffield Wednesday on March 8th.

 
Three students attend NUS Women in Leadership Conference

Mon 01 Feb 2016

Women in leadership documents

On January 26th the Students’ Union sent three students to the National Union of Students Women in Leadership conference in Sheffield. This conference is NUS’ biggest event for women in the student movement and is part of their work to support women’s leadership.

 
Go Green Week

Fri 29 Jan 2016

Go Green Week is a brand new programme of events put together by sussex students to raise awareness and take action on environmental issues on a local, national and global scale.

 
The hidden financial costs of studying at Sussex

Wed 13 Jan 2016

Bethan and Rose, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Education Officers, are reviewing hidden financial costs associated with studying at the University of Sussex . Fill in this survey to create a picture of the biggest financial pressures our students are facing.

 
Fire alarm safety system for deaf students announced

Tue 12 Jan 2016

Deaf Message Service sign

Hearing impaired students, staff and visitors can now opt into a text-messaging service to alert them when a fire alarm is going off in a building they might be in on campus.

 
Tips for getting through the assessment period

Tue 05 Jan 2016

Exams and Assessments

Many students will have assessment deadlines and exams this January. Find out key information about submitting assessments, sitting exams at Sussex and tips for managing your wellbeing over this period.

 
Autumn 2015 referenda results

Fri 11 Dec 2015

Should the role of Students’ Union President be replaced with a full-time Equality and Diversity Officer? The results are in...

 
What kind of Vice-Chancellor do Sussex students want?

Tue 08 Dec 2015

Following a consultation period with students and staff, on 3 December the University began to advertise the new Sussex Vice-Chancellor’s job. Throughout this term, the Students’ Union have been finding out what kind of person students want to be in charge of their University.

 
Holiday opening hours at the Students' Union

Fri 04 Dec 2015

If you’re on campus over the festive season you may find most parts of campus, including the Students’ Union, either closed or operating reduced hours. Here's a helpful guide to opening hours over the winter vacation period.

 
Union Executive statement on Junior Doctor contract changes

Mon 30 Nov 2015

University of Sussex Students’ Union Executive would like to express their solidarity for strike action of any Brighton and Sussex Medical (BSMS) students and the British Medical Association (BMA) due to the proposed changes to Junior Doctors' contracts.

 
An open letter to the University of Sussex's working group on ethical investment

Tue 24 Nov 2015

As public figures, staff members and alumni of the University of Sussex, we are proud to support a world-leading institution, renowned for its constructive engagement with social and political issues and its leading profile on sustainability research.

 
Students’ Union Executive condemns the government’s 'Prevent' agenda

Wed 18 Nov 2015

Students' Union logo

The Students' Union Executive opposes the 'Prevent' duty, part of the Government's new Counter Terrorism and Security Act, and strongly believe in fostering a learning environment which allows all students to organise politically, free from harassment.

 
Statement on the Government’s Higher Education Green Paper

Tue 17 Nov 2015

Students' Union logo

The Students’ Union Executive Committee, comprised of all ten Elected Officers, believe a policy document recently released by the Government, known as the Higher Education Green Paper could lead to several important and worrying changes to the way universities are run.

 
Students' Union statement on burgers sold in our bars

Thu 05 Nov 2015

A recently discovered error on our menus indicated that the beef burgers served in Falmer Bar and East Slope Bar/Hatch since early September were halal when that was not the case. We are deeply sorry for any upset this may cause our members.

 
RifTalk test launch taking place in Brighton

Wed 21 Oct 2015

RifTalk is an alternative, underground, social media experience, where unsigned, emerging bands can connect and interact with music fans…..and we’re testing it, here in Brighton, right now!

 
Reports from Full-Time Elected Officers

Mon 19 Oct 2015

Full-time elected officers publish regular reports to let students know what they're up to and how their work benefits the student body.

 
Apply for University Challenge 2016

Thu 15 Oct 2015

Fingers on buzzers: represent the University of Sussex on the next television series of University Challenge.

 
Union election results

Fri 09 Oct 2015

This week hundreds of students voted in the Union & Student Rep elections. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part.

 
Statement on allegations of misconduct

Thu 01 Oct 2015

Union staff and officers are looking into allegations made about the conduct of a group who had been named online as our men’s rugby club. We have established that the men’s rugby club are not at fault. Investigations are continuing to establish who the individuals involved in this alleged incident are.

 
Black History Month 2015

Wed 30 Sep 2015

October marks a month of celebrations to raise the profile of Black and Ethnic Minority experience, heritage and culture in particular (but not exclusively) African-Caribbean arts, culture and history.

 
Statement on The Badger

Mon 28 Sep 2015

The Badger were asked not to distribute the most recent copy of the newspaper until it had been signed off in the correct way. We are investigating how this occurred so cannot comment further at this point. We hope to resolve this as soon as possible.

 
University Vice-Chancellor to leave in 2016

Mon 21 Sep 2015

The University's current Vice-Chancellor, Michael Farthing, will be leaving his role at the end of August 2016.

 
Campaign to prevent age cap on postgraduate loans launched

Mon 14 Sep 2015

Sussex is joining the national #CapsOff campaign to remove the age cap proposed by the government for taught postgraduate student loans.

 
Student Reps lead the way in Reporting Back

Wed 12 Aug 2015

Student Reps from four schools of study at Sussex have created reports assessing the performance of their schools of study over the last academic year.

 
Statement on the budget & immigration changes

Mon 03 Aug 2015

The Students’ Union’s Full-time and Part-time Elected Officers oppose the brutal attack on young people and students that came in the government's recent budget. We also oppose recent immigration changes for international students.

 
Two new grants for some First-Generation Scholars

Mon 27 Jul 2015

The University of Sussex and the Students’ Union have agreed two new grants for some students eligible for the First-Generation Scholarship scheme.

 
Impact report for 2014-15 released

Mon 13 Jul 2015

The Students’ Union has published its impact report for the past academic year 2014/15.

 
Student Reps recognised by the Reputation Scheme

Fri 03 Jul 2015

A total of twenty Student Reps have been recognised this year for their outstanding efforts to improve the learning experience of their subject peers.

 
University releases new policy on the recording of lectures

Wed 10 Jun 2015

Students sat in a lecture theatre

The new policy will mean that audio and visual recordings of lectures will be more widespread. The University's policy now strongly encourages all staff to record lectures and appropriate learning and teaching activities where recording facilities are available.

 
Statement on recent tweet

Wed 27 May 2015

Last week, the Students’ Union’s Twitter account, @USSU, tweeted about a Students' Union Executive choice that was made prior to a decision being made by the Executive.

 
Your Voice, Your Choice campaign successes

Wed 20 May 2015

Your Voice, Your Choice logo

Our voter registration campaign, Your Voice, Your Choice, achieved a lot in a short space of time; here are some of its successes.

 
Student families trip to Blackberry Farm

Thu 14 May 2015

student parents and children with three llamas

The Students' Union took a group of student parents, their families and children for a free trip to Blackberry Farm

 
Family spring gathering

Thu 14 May 2015

Two children hunting for eggs

Attendees took part in spring crafts and an Easter Egg hunt

 
Brighton & Hove elects new MPs and councillors

Thu 14 May 2015

MPs Caroline Lucas (Green), Simon Kirby (Conservative), and Peter Kyle (Labour) were elected for the

On May 7th, residents from all over Brighton went to the polls to elect local and national representatives.

 
Brighton student housing manifesto - the candidates' views

Tue 05 May 2015

We worked with Brighton Students' Union to create a manifesto to improve student housing in Brighton and asked local parliamentary candidates to support it. Find out how they responded.

 
Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) Scholarship launched

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Changes to regulations in 2012 meant that people with DLR were no longer eligible for receiving student finance and therefore very few were able to afford to pay international tuition fees as well as the costs of living.

 
Government releases new advice on students' consumer rights

Thu 16 Apr 2015

The Competition and Markets Authority has released advice to universities, outlining their responsibilities to students under consumer protection law.

 
Plans agreed for new Students' Union building

Thu 16 Apr 2015

The Students’ Union and University have agreed to develop plans to build a new Students’ Union building on campus.

 
Think you’re funny? Win up to £350’s worth of Ticketmaster tickets!

Mon 30 Mar 2015

Think you’re funny? Prove it and be in with a chance of winning £350’s worth of Ticketmaster tickets to spend on music gigs, live comedy or summer festivals, all in association with WeBuyAnyCar.com!

 
Students' Union Executive election results 2015

Fri 27 Mar 2015

A record number of candidates. More voters than ever. 10 elected officers. 2 referendum results.

 
Brighton & Sussex awarded 15k from Cabinet Office for voter registration event

Mon 16 Mar 2015

The application was accepted on March 12th

 
University to change email system

Wed 04 Mar 2015

The current system has been the source of many complaints by students

The Roundcube email system students use will soon be scrapped and replaced with a more user-friendly email client.

 
Reduction in tuition fee increases for continuing international students

Tue 24 Feb 2015

The Students’ Union (USSU) and the University have agreed annual tuition fee increases for all current international students for the remainder of their course. International students who have started or will commence their course, up to and including the 2015/16 academic year, will be subject to annual fee increases of 2.5% for the remainder of their course.

 
General Election Question Time update

Mon 23 Feb 2015

Following an all student poll, in which 327 students participated, the Students’ Union Executive Committee have voted to withdraw the suggested threshold needed for parties to be represented at the General Election Question Time Event to be held on campus in March.

 
NUS conference and Ethical & Environmental Rep election results

Fri 20 Feb 2015

Hundreds of students voted this week for students to represent them at National Union of Student (NUS) conferences. A number of other students were automatically elected.

 
Statement on Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

Thu 19 Feb 2015

The Students’ Union Executive is aware that on 25th February 2015, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, has been invited to speak at the University of Sussex.

 
Student Reps reputation scheme launched

Fri 13 Feb 2015

Student Reps will now be able to build up points and be eligible for prizes at the end of the year.

The Reputation scheme is an exciting new endeavour to provide Student Reps with opportunities to improve their skills and be rewarded for their efforts.

 
Study abroad developments

Thu 12 Feb 2015

Students studying abroad will now not have their marks reduced

Due to a large volume of complaints, Students' Union Education Officer, Bethan Hunt, has lobbied the University to improve marking practices for students studying abroad. Updated 10 June.

 
Scholarships improvement

Thu 12 Feb 2015

Welfare Officer, Rianna Gargiulo, has lobbied the University to change how students are assessed for the First Generation Scholars and Excellence grants.

 
Mitigating evidence report shows shortcomings of current procedure

Mon 09 Feb 2015

Education Officer Bethan Hunt, and Welfare Officer Rianna Gargiulo have looked at existing procedure

Education Officer Bethan Hunt, and Welfare Officer Rianna Gargiulo have undertaken a study of the mitigating evidence process at Sussex.

 
Blue Monday & the elephant in the room

Thu 05 Feb 2015

The elephant was also seen on Blue Monday giving out free hugs

Last week our Time to Change campaign put on an event for Blue Monday and raised awareness of mental health with the help of an elephant that had started appearing in lecture theaters

 
Statement on student led crowd-funding campaign

Mon 02 Feb 2015

The Students’ Union is excited to announce that after discussions with the University, the University has agreed to match the money raised by a student led crowd funding campaign to pay fees for a student with serious health conditions, currently just over £10,000.

 
Statement on OIA report into student suspensions

Fri 23 Jan 2015

The University of Sussex is to offer a written apology and financial compensation to four students controversially suspended in 2013 for their part in anti-privatisation protests on campus. The report from the OIA shows huge failings from the University administration, overseen by the Vice Chancellor, and we welcome the outcomes it has recommended.

 
New Year's resolutions 2015 - manage your money better

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Part three of our series on how you can effortlessly stick to your New Year's resolutions with our help

 
New Year's resolutions 2015 - be more studious

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Part two of our series on how you can effortlessly stick to your New Year's resolutions with our help

 
New Year's resolutions 2015 - be healthier

Tue 13 Jan 2015

Part one of our series on how you can effortlessly stick to your New Year's resolutions with our help

 
Rate Your Landlord information sheets published

Tue 13 Jan 2015

The Students' Union carries out Rate Your Landlord, an annual survey of students' experience in the private rented housing sector. We've collated feedback provided by students who responded to the 2013/14 survey on the letting agents they most commonly used. This may be of interest to students looking for accommodation in the private rented sector.

 
Students' Union to become a Living Wage employer

Fri 19 Dec 2014

After students at Sussex voted to make the Students’ Union an accredited living wage employer, we're committing to achieve that by 2017.

 
Looking back at 2014

Fri 19 Dec 2014

2014 has been another big year for the Students' Union, here we round up some of the big events and achievements our students, officers and staff have been involved in.

 
Referenda results

Fri 12 Dec 2014

Hundreds of students voted this week on a number of topics in our referenda

 
Your Voice, Your Choice campaign launch

Thu 11 Dec 2014

On December 4 we launched our new Students' Union campaign, Your Voice, Your Choice, in Falmer Bar.

 
Update from Associate Tutor Forum 02/12/2014

Wed 10 Dec 2014

On Tuesday 2 December the Associate Tutor Forum was joined by Pro Vice Chancellor Clare Mackie who discussed the new Associate Tutor contracts.

 
Summary results from Students' Union sexual violence survey

Wed 10 Dec 2014

The survey's results reveal that we still have a long way to go in raising awareness about consent and healthy relationships.

 
Updates from Union Council meeting 10/11/2014

Wed 03 Dec 2014

Union Council met on 10 November and discussed a number of topics including international students' tuition fee increases, issues raised by Student Reps, the Free Education demonstration, UCU's marking boycott and the price of bus travel.

 
Brighton and Hove Buses introduces a £3 student ticket

Fri 28 Nov 2014

Abraham, Students' Union President

We've been lobbying the bus company to reduce the price of travel for students. The bus company will be introducing a £3 day ticket for students, which can be purchased on the app or in store, saving up to £1.70 per day.

 
Update from Student Housing Forum

Wed 26 Nov 2014

Housing

Students' Union President, Abraham Baldry, hosted a Student Housing Forum on 13 November.

 
Students meet University Finance Director about fee increases

Wed 26 Nov 2014

Students & Students' Union Officers met Allan Spencer, the University's Director of Finance, to talk about fee increases and present him with a letter signed by 227 students opposing a recent unexpected increase.

 
Suspension of national UCU staff assessment boycott

Wed 26 Nov 2014

The national UCU assessment and marking boycott that began on 6 November has been suspended.

 
Academic misconduct review highlights areas for concern at the University of Sussex

Wed 19 Nov 2014

Bethan Hunt, Education Officer

A report produced by the Students' Union for the University highlights failures of the academic misconduct process and suggests solutions.

 
University waives fee increases for some international students

Tue 11 Nov 2014

The University is waiving fee increases for international students who were not notified correctly of this following lobbying by the Students' Union.

 
Día de Muertos celebrations

Tue 11 Nov 2014

On Thursday 30th of October, MEXSAS and the Students' Union held their annual Day of the Dead celebrations in Mandela Hall

 
The importance of e-submissions

Thu 06 Nov 2014

Education Officer, Bethan Hunt

Education Officer, Bethan Hunt, tells us why the University's recent move to trialling e-submissions is so significant

 
The Students' Union and South Asian Students' Society hold another successful Diwali celebration

Thu 06 Nov 2014

350 people attended the annual campus Diwali event organised by the the South Asian Students' Society (SASS) in conjunction with the Students' Union,

 
Library purchases braille printer

Thu 06 Nov 2014

The University has recently purchased a Braille embosser to assist blind students with the production of reading materials in Braille.

 
Marking boycott starts today

Thu 06 Nov 2014

Academics and staff at 69 universities will begin a marking boycott today to protest against proposed changes to pensions.

 
Extraordinary Members Meeting outcome

Wed 05 Nov 2014

On Friday 31 October the Students’ Union held an Extraordinary Members Meeting to discuss the removal of the Socialist Worker Party and Socialist Workers’ Student Society from the Students’ Union.

 
Microsoft Office free for current students

Sun 02 Nov 2014

With Office 365, students at the University of Sussex can get Microsoft Office for personally-owned computers and mobile devices at no cost as well as access to online versions of Office products and 1TB of free storage.

 
Annual report on undergraduate degree outcomes released

Thu 30 Oct 2014

A report published by the University shows improvements in overall attainment

 
Brighton student housing report findings published

Mon 27 Oct 2014

Rate Your Landlord

The University of Sussex Students’ Union (USSU) has released the Rate Your Landlord report. This examines students’ experiences before, during and after a tenancy, and identifies both good practice and a range of problems in the sector.

 
University timetabling issues

Thu 23 Oct 2014

Education Officer Bethan Hunt would like to know if any students have been timetabled to have lessons on wednesday afternoons

 
Statement on abuse directed at NUS Black Students' Officer

Fri 17 Oct 2014

Students' Union logo

We, elected officers at Sussex Students' Union, utterly condemn the vile misogynistic, racist and Islamophobic abuse that has been directed at the NUS Black Students' Officer Malia Bouattia.

 
University introduces e-submissions

Thu 16 Oct 2014

computer screen

The University of Sussex has introduced e-submissions for first years

 
'Big Kiss-In' shows support for equality

Wed 15 Oct 2014

Hundreds of people attended our Big Kiss-In to show that Brighton has no tolerance for homophobia

 
Unfair academic regulations changed due to student's complaint

Tue 14 Oct 2014

The University have changed the Engineering and Informatics marking policy due to the work of Education Officer Bethan Hunt & 3rd year student James Bredbury

 
Student Reps 2014-15

Mon 13 Oct 2014

The results of elections for Student Reps were announced on October 13th. Congratulations to all those who were elected. This page also gives details of reps who have been co-opted, usually via the school office, to fill vacancies.

 
Statement on discrimination at Sainsbury's store

Mon 13 Oct 2014

Our response to the homophobic incident involving a Sussex student at a local Sainsbury's store

 
Students now able to report hate crimes to Students' Union

Tue 07 Oct 2014

Some Students' Union Officers and staff have now been trained in taking reports for hate crimes

 
Sussex launches 'find a place to study' service

Fri 03 Oct 2014

New IT service allows students to find and view empty campus teaching rooms

 
Take Care Taxi scheme launched

Thu 11 Sep 2014

Our new scheme allows students to get home safely if they don't have any cash on them.

 
Raising the Bar campaign updates

Fri 05 Sep 2014

Updates from 2013-14 for the Raising the Bar campaign

 
Time to Change campaign updates

Fri 05 Sep 2014

2013 was a year of many successes for the Time to Change campaign

 
The first of 75 gender neutral toilets unveiled in Bramber House

Thu 04 Sep 2014

The Students' Union's Trans* campaign scores a win for equality

 
Satisfaction with the Students' Union on the increase

Tue 12 Aug 2014

Results from the National Student Survey, released today, show that overall satisfaction with the Students’ Union and many of the areas we’re involved in has increased.

 
Full-time Elected Officer statement on the situation in Gaza

Sat 09 Aug 2014

Since July 8th 2014, the Israeli government has engaged in a siege of Gaza. We have Palestinian students and staff at the University of Sussex, as well as a community of individuals who are passionate about social justice. It is for these reasons we believe it is right to make the following remarks.

 
'Pop Up' community event in Brighton

Tue 29 Jul 2014

Children at the pop up event

The Students’ Union took over Jubilee Square in Brighton for a day to showcase the positive contribution students and the Union make to the city and surrounding areas.

 
First issue of Sussex Review online journal released

Tue 22 Jul 2014

The first issue of the Sussex Review is now available online featuring essays on a wide range of topics submitted by students.

 
 

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DevSoc (International Development)
DevSoc Christmas Party

Tue 21 Feb 2017

 
Effective Altruists
New year resolution

Thu 26 Jan 2017

Thinking of a New Year's resolution?
How about making the world a better place, through donating some money to effective charities? By pledging 10% of your future income you can save a child's life every year and offer 100s of childrens a better education!
--> If given to the Against Malaria foundation, this could distribute more than 600 malaria nets and prevent around 160 cases of malaria, equivalent to saving a child’s life.
More at https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/

 
DevSoc (International Development)
Global Eyecare Workshop Discusses The Future of Eyecare Provision

Wed 21 Dec 2016

 
Athletics
ActiveUS Zombie Run

Tue 01 Nov 2016

 
WSEN 2016 Conference
WSEN Conference 2016 Roundup

Mon 26 Sep 2016

Students at Keele University and the University of Sussex held and organised the 9th annual World Student Environmental Network Summit at the University of Sussex and Keele 25th-29th July 2016 with 75 student delegates from over 25 different countries.

 
Football - women
USWFC - Football Vs Homophobia 2016

Mon 21 Mar 2016

Highlights of USWFC's third annual Football Vs Homophobia charity event.

 
 
Athletics
BUCS XC 2016 Report

Tue 16 Feb 2016

 
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* & Queer (LGBTQ)
LGBTQ+ History Month

Fri 29 Jan 2016

Sussex LGBTQ+ have planned a month of activities and events to observe lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender histories, and gay rights and related civil rights movements.

 
Big Band
A Big Band Christmas at East Slope Bar

Thu 31 Dec 2015

 
Sociology
Sociology & Politics Joint Meal

Wed 18 Nov 2015

 
ENACTUS
Enactus Southampton wins #EnactusWorldCup!!

Sat 17 Oct 2015

Finally an United Kingdom team brings home the Enactus World Cup!

The Enactus Southampton gets the title of being the first national champion to take home the world cup for the UK! And we are delighted to see such an incredible organisation representing the whole Enactus UK team so well! Well done Enactus Southampton, you have made us all proud. ?#?WeAllWin?

 
Amnesty
March to Downing Street: Solidarity with Refugees

Wed 09 Sep 2015

#RefugeesWelcome

Sussex people (and everyone) attending Solidarity with Refugees demo on Saturday 12th Sept - the Sussex rendezvous is:
*** 11.30am at Mount Street Gardens, S Audley St, London W1K 2TH ****
This is near to Park Lane so we can walk together to assemble for midday. Tens of thousands expected! Let's stay together. Bring banners, megaphones, placards - Sussex Students in Solidarity
Contact Lyndsay, activities officer, on 07711376844 - this rendezvous is especially for students who may be alone.

 
RE:CYCLE (bike hire)
Who we are?

Tue 08 Sep 2015

 
Christian Union
NEW COMMITTEE

Wed 29 Apr 2015

 
Urban Gaming
You're never too old........

Sun 29 Mar 2015

 
 
Postgraduate Association
Changes to Associate Tutor (AT) contracts

Mon 08 Dec 2014

From next autumn, new Associate Tutors will be employed on different terms.

 
Italian
First Italian Society Film Night!!

Sat 11 Oct 2014

 
Ballroom & Latin Dancing
Sussex Festival 8/10/14

Mon 06 Oct 2014

Come and support our President perform!

 
 
RAG (Raising And Giving)
EAP Volunteer Project review

Thu 25 Sep 2014

 
Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrat Society Welcome!

Sun 21 Sep 2014

The Liberal Democrat Society has it's second welcome night in Falmer House, Room 2, at 7pm this Monday (22nd September).
This is about getting to know a bit about our new members, a bit about the society, a bit about the Liberal Democrat party nationally, and about UK politics generally. Feel free to bring along any food and drink, a biscuit buffet will be provided! :)
See you Monday!

 
RAG (Raising And Giving)
The Great Wall Review

Tue 16 Sep 2014

 
Snow
Sussex Snow Christmas Trip Announced!

Tue 16 Sep 2014

This year, Sussex Snow will be taking 250 students to Tignes for the best week of university!

Only £359 for travel, accommodation AND a 6 day lift pass! All levels welcome whether you have skiied all your life or never even seen snow!

Find out more and get involved> https://www.facebook.com/events/315979505249537/?fref=ts

 
Walking
Walking Soc @ Freshers

Mon 15 Sep 2014

Stanmer park pic

Walking soc's back up and... well walking, with a new committee and a fresh sense of adventure. come see us at freshers fair and join our Stammer Park Taster Walk on Saturday

 
MedSoc
New MedSoc Facebook Page!

Mon 01 Sep 2014

fb logo

Finally it's live! We've been hard at work making sure the new facebook page is nice and shiny for all of our members, have a look and give it a like!

 
Christian Union
CU Committee!

Sun 31 Aug 2014

 
Postgraduate Association
Library opening hours extended for postgraduates

Fri 22 Aug 2014

Great news for postgraduates - the University of Sussex Library? are further extending their opening hours in the run up to dissertation submissions.

 
RAG (Raising And Giving)
A successful year for Sussex RAG

Thu 21 Aug 2014

 
RAG (Raising And Giving)
What to do in and around Brighton

Thu 21 Aug 2014

 
RAG (Raising And Giving)
What to do and How to do it: A Guide to Freshers

Thu 21 Aug 2014

 
RAG (Raising And Giving)
Freshers Packing List

Thu 21 Aug 2014

 
RE:CYCLE (bike hire)
RE:CYCLE expansion

Sat 09 Aug 2014

RECYCLE stall

The Students’ Union is excited to announce the expansion and development of the RE:CYCLE bike hire project.