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International Development Society (DevSoc)

Welcome to the Sussex International Development Society!

Our society aims to bring people interested in International Development together to have fun whether you are a student or not, network and learn about current topics in a friendly and welcoming setting. Everyone is welcome!  

This year we will be organising many events, such as film screenings, debates, conferences and socials.

Feel free to email us if you have any questions!  


DevSoc Committee:

President: Kieran Wilkie

Vice-President: Amy Stephens

Treasurer: Sara Campanella

Social Secretary: Laura Sharples & Lea Carle

Academic Secretary: Camilla Brotons & Isaac Kaparelis

Communications Officer: Victoria Marie

Welfare Officer: Dalila Ibrahim

Undergraduate Ambassador: Steph Hunt

Postgraduate Ambassador: Robert Dickinson


If you are interested in taking part in the Global Health and Development Conference 2018, email info@corbissussex.org.


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Not a Student?

If you are not a student at the University of Sussex, but you are still interested in our society, there are many ways to get involved! Follow us on Facebook or join our mailing list to receive regular updates about our events. Most of our academic events are open to non-students as well. 

Every year we choose a charity to support through our fundrasing events. If you represent a local charity and are interested in teaming up with DevSoc, drop us a message!

If you are an academicphd student or professional and you have a great idea for an event, we want to hear from you! We are always looking for people who are passionate about International Development and want to help us put together new and interesting events. 



DevSoc is committed to creating a safe, tolerant and inclusive environment at our meetings, social events and academic events. We wish to ensure equal participation in the society's activities for every member, and challenge any discriminatory and oppressive behaviour.

If you want to know more about Safer Space Policy, visit https://www.sussexstudent.com/about-us/policies/safer-space/



If you have any questions regarding Safer Space Policy or any concern about inclusivity and discrimination, get in touch with our Welfare Officer, Dalila Ibrahim. Our Welfare officer is responsible for ensuring that every member is equally represented in our society, and that our events can get as many students involved as possible. 


Leaf Awards

What is the Leaf Scheme?
Leaf awards reflect contributions of the society or sports club towards its members, the University of Sussex Students’ Union, the University of Sussex, the local community and the public. Leaves can be attained at bronze, silver or gold levels by meeting three, six or nine criteria. Leaves apply for an academic year as a symbol of what the present committee have achieved.

Groups can work towards nine leaves:

Below are the Leaves we have achieved so far this year:

Inclusivity Leaf

The Inclusivity Leaf is awarded to groups who have taken positive steps to increase the diversity of their membership and include as many members as possible. They have made specific efforts to include students that don’t traditionally engage, without ignoring or neglecting their current membership or other student groups.


Social Leaf

The Social leaf is awarded to groups who have taken active steps to include as many members as possible and regularly engage in various social activities, including those organised by - and with - other societies/sports clubs.


Community Leaf

The Community leaf is awarded to groups taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change. This can be through involvement with activities and events on campus, but they will also have made an impact on the wider community by engaging with activities, campaigns and events at a local, national or international level.


Development Leaf

The Development leaf is awarded to groups who have taken active steps to develop themselves, offer development opportunities to their members, build on the successes and failures of previous years and/or worked to maintain the high standards of previous years.


Fundraising Leaf

The Fundraising Leaf is awarded to groups who dedicate their time to organising a variety of different fundraisers. Groups who have achieved this leaf will have raised money for their own group or another group at Sussex to help fund themselves to expand and develop, as well as for local, national & international.


In 2016/17, DevSoc have achieved the following leaves: 

DevSoc have been awarded the Bronze development leaf award by the Students’ Union in recognition of their efforts to develop themselves as a society, build on the successes and failures of previous years and offer new exciting opportunities for Sussex students (2016/17)

DevSoc have been awarded the Bronze academic leaf award by the Students’ Union in recognition of their efforts to promote extra-curricular academic activity to their members (2016/17)

DevSoc have been awarded the Bronze events leaf award by the Students’ Union in recognition of their exceptional ability to organise and hold events (2016/17)

DevSoc have been awarded the Bronze inclusivity leaf award by the Students’ Union in recognition of their positive efforts to increase membership within their society and include as many members as possible (2016/17)


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