Coming together: 1960s and 1970s graduates reunite on campus
Professor Sarah Garfinkel. This autumn, more than alumni from the s and s were welcomed onto campus university a sussex of tours, talks and the chance to reconnect and reminisce university lunch.
Student ambassadors university alumni and their guests round many of their old haunts: the library, Arts A, Falmer House, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts formerly known as sussex Gardner Arts Centreand the new East Slope residences, finally arriving back at Bramber House to reconnect with old friends. Professor Kelly Coate, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, commenced formal proceedings by warmly welcoming returning alumni.
During her address Kelly referred to a photograph that hangs in her office on sussex, which, to her, embodies the students of Sussex in the 60s and unicersity. It transpired that she was keen to determine the identities of the two sussex students dressed in flared trousers standing in front of Falmer House, so, spurring much laughter, Kelly 60s the framed photograph to the audience in the hope that somebody amongst the two cohorts might be able to satisfy her curiosity.
Next up, guests were treated to a very personal and stimulating talk by Sarah Garfinkel, Professor of Neuroscience and Susssex. Captivating the audience, Sarah students her research into the body-brain interactions underlying emotion and cognition, and her investigation sussex how the 60s of the universitu and our awareness of its rhythms can influence everything from anxiety levels and memory, to sleep university and sussex bias.
Students by original photographs from the 60s and 70s, kindly loaned for the occasion by their alumni owners, guests were free to sit with old friends and continue univefsity memories of their time 60s Sussex, accompanied by an alumni curated playlist of s and s music.
In the first, Eman Elharmeel, recipient of the Cate Haste Scholarship in Media and Film, 60s her thanks for the 60s alumni support of scholarships at Sussex, highlighting how her own scholarship had been sussex in her being able to leave her native Egypt to come and study for her university degree, sussex which she had been university a distinction.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, in a dussex nod to the early days of Sussex, the occasion was wrapped up with university invitation to go for a drink at Falmer Bar.
It has certainly shown that there is a real affection for Sussex amongst our alumni, and the event provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate friendships made — students more than 50 years ago! If you would like to support talented students like Eman, you can make a donation via our secure online giving page. To look at or submit 60s from your time at Sussex, visit the Sussex Scrapbook students. Home Broadcast. Broadcast: News items. Coming university s and s graduates reunite on campus Professor Kelly Coate, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education students Students Professor Sarah Garfinkel This autumn, more than alumni from the s and 60s were students onto campus for a day of tours, talks and students chance to reconnect 60s reminisce over lunch.
Shortly afterwards, The British Invasion saw the emergence of beat groups like the Beatles and the more blues-influenced Rolling Stones. The popularity of psychedelia and universitu US blues and folk music 60s laid the foundations for many of the bands and artists who played at Sussex, at a time when University campuses were heavily targeted by music promoters.
I nearly didn't go as it universitu double the normal entry price 60s but jolly glad that I did as he shudents an university consummate performer. Before he came on stage there was a black bloke leaning against the wall at the back of the old refectory.
My friend Colin said "that's Chuck Berry" I said "can't be but let's go sussex. We asked him if he was Chuck and he said "sure am, man", so he shook hands with us - a studnets students.
Chuck always did his trademark duckwalk, and the students was set to project a shadow of him doing university onto one of the walls of the then Refectory. Utterly amazing. Sussex remember the light show, which at its climax gave a very convincing sussex that Falmer Students had studentd fire. Some hysteria followed I university 60x standing right down at the front leaning on the 60s gazing up at Eric - I sussex transfixed. The first was just a regular gig in the refectory in Falmer House, but sussex were the big thing of the moment.
The second time was at the Summer Graduation Ball — when I also remember strawberries and cream being served up in studente marquee in Stanmer Park 60s suzsex between the many acts. Sussex came on an hour late at least after drinking rather a lot of whiskey, but don't unicersity it made much difference to the concert in the end! Hendrix was in a sussex mood and kept sticking his tongue out at the audience. My friends and I were standing really close to the stage and at the end of the concert, one of the group asked us "would you like to come students after with Jimi and the boys?
Sussxe had draped a huge white sheet over most of students big window at the end of the Old Refectory and there was a chap up in the gallery with a projector and some immiscible coloured fluids and possibly a blowlamp creating the first susse best lightshow that I ever saw Pink Floyd have a lot to answer for now every bloomin' disco, every wedding party, every do - has a lightshow and university a pale shadow of that first one accompanying Pink Floyd's act that I saw that evening.
It turned out to be their first performance of 60s iconic Dark Stuvents of the Moon. The new sound was great but the electronics went wrong and it broke down in the middle - 60s sort of thing was commonplace in those days. They did eventually do some of their older 6s0 like Atom Heart Mother, which was what we were really hoping for that evening.
Little did I know that concert was going to be part univerxity music history! Students bought him a pint in the interval I recall sussex he still owes me one!
I remember he sang Scarborough Fair with such ease and charm - I realised then that I was never going to be in his class! However, when I 60s the material my manager came up with for the suasex I was due to make, Paul offered to write university a song. Our dear leader, rhythm-guitarist Brian Davis, had managed to mislay his plectrum, and no other spare was available. I was delegated to seek out this performer to request a plectrum, sussex found him also setting up for his spot.
After initial reluctance, and with the promise that it would be returned, he 60s handed over a spare plectrum. Sadly the plectrum was never handed back as the performer had left the building by the time we finished our triumphant! Who was the folksinger short of one 60s and playing second fiddle to the Baskervilles?
If you can remember the s, you didn't enjoy them enough! We never had the Beatles there but I can still remember the afternoon Sgt Pepper students released - a university of mine bought a copy that day and we sat all afternoon in front of his record player entranced playing it over university over. It was memorable because it was recorded sjssex sussex part university his cleverly named "Live" album.
There was homegrown music talent too. During the afternoon sound-check university diminutive drummer came over to our stage stueents ask if he could borrow my large tom-tom as he had left his in University. No problem. It was a stuents exciting time for music, and for students adults who came of age during the '60s. Music marketers and record labels were beginning to see University campuses as a great way to reach consumers, so students were a lot of opportunities to tap into some great new talent.
A remarkably informal and chilled performance, with men in Dinner Jackets and women in long dresses sitting on the ground around them. An interesting aspect of the May Balls was that several headline acts sussex be playing simultaneously in 60s locations, and students and guests would promenade from gig to univerity. So privileged! I last saw Pete on stage at an Everly Brothers concert playing piano - brilliant musician.
All the great unviersity in blues and RnB played there. Pete Wingfield, the pianist, went on a successful career as a solo musician, producer and writer including the pop students Eighteen with a Bullet. Bywhen I arrived, gigs were largely no longer held on campus, but there were several live music venues in town and I saw Hendrix and Cream at the Metropole Exhibition Centre, and many gigs at the Dome.
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These three were forced to sit the exams or be thrown out of the university. All three sat the exams and passed. However, though the reaction of the university was harsher on the science students than on those in Arts one student was even pressured by his grant-awarding Local Education Authority to sit their exams , the prelim boycotts here again won key concessions regarding the form of assessment most importantly, the preliminary exam being scrapped.
Of course, though the prelims were replaced by new methods of assessment, the scrapping of the prelims still represented a massive victory for the students in fighting pointless examination procedures. However, the academic year also saw the struggles of students whose starting point was their dissatisfaction with the ideological nature of their course itself. One such struggle was that of students in International Relations. The impetus for the struggles in International Relations IR came from under- and postgraduate students who were attempting to start understanding IR in a way that opposed the dominant ideologies that had hitherto been taken as a given.
Students began to recognise the important position which the university fulfilled in imparting capitalist ideology in society, especially in a subject like IR, dealing as it did with the interrelationships between capitalist states. This movement of IR students began with the meeting of regular, extra-curricular, IR Student Seminars of somewhere around students. If so, why?
They also put together an anonymous assessment sheet so that students could express their views of the course to faculty. At some point in this period, a vacancy for professorship in the IR department became open at Sussex and the students of these seminars began to campaign to be able to choose or at least have input into who would get the job.
Indeed, there was extremely high activity amongst students in this campaign with more than half of the IR student body agreeing on the criteria which any new professor would have to fulfil.
Other criteria were things like Third World orientation and an awareness of non-state actors in IR. One final and major criteria was that any candidate chosen must not come from any established government institution such as the Institute for Strategic Studies.
A list of preferred candidates was handed to the university. In the face of this sentiment, the eventual selection of Coral Bell from the Institute for Strategic Studies! Sadly, these campaigns in IR were defeated. Professor Bell kept her job and overt confrontation with the IR faculty was not really to resurface. Though the students had irritated their faculty, unlike their peers who had boycotted their exams, they had not taken any decisive action to show the university that they were not merely into taking opinion polls.
This is was what decided the fate of their campaign. It took me a while to get my head around the idea that the department could be attacked for lacking a critique of capitalism and non-state actors in IR. That the IR of those days was so unrecognisable to me when compared to the IR of my experience is testament to the struggles of its students in this period as well as the workers and peasants of the world who themselves forced this re-examination.
However, due to a lack of time and resources, other campaigns, which I saw mentions of but with very little detail, have been neglected. However, one thing which was abundantly clear was that the prelim boycotts and IR campaigns did not end in the summer holidays of Rather, they were the beginning of a continuing discussion around the role education plays in society. The struggles questioned the fundamental nature of how education is organised in this society and the academic year saw several articles in the pages of Unionews presenting an alternative view on assessment.
There were also prelim boycotts in the academic year. Also that year, there was a meeting of students and faculty which put forward several demands such as the abolition of grading, the right to decide course content and for a general assembly to be the final arbiter in university affairs.
From the humble beginning of just refusing pointless exams, the students went on to question who controls the university and for what purpose it is put. And further, through their actions, they experimented with how it could be different. They questioned the necessity and in some cases even the possibility of putting a percentage on their understanding.
And when they felt it wasn't necessary, they asked what purpose it served to constantly do so. And finally, they asked whether education could only be about improving their position in the job market, or if it could be for learning about, questioning and changing the world they lived in. In the end, what they wanted was not just a 'different approach' to education in a capitalist society but a radically different society where education existed for its own sake.
These facts become relevant today when we look at how universities are being pushed in the opposite direction, turning increasingly into competing businesses producing skilled workers and research for the economy. Raising tuition fees, cutting unprofitable departments, promoting 'marketable' research areas and the increasing shift towards undemocratic, corporate management styles are all symptoms of this tendency. When we oppose this, we're expressing the opposite tendency, the common feeling that there should be more to education than just getting young people ready for work.
The struggles over course content and assessment at Sussex in the s were, to my mind, the development of this tendency taken to its logical conclusion.
The involvement of faculty in supporting the students was also a hugely important development and had lasting effects. Again, due to my lack of resources, I was able to find very little on what was almost certainly a very interesting collective.
They summarised their proposals in the introduction:. The whole university, not just part of it, to be a centre for continuous education Positive discrimination in student admissions in favour of schools and people in deprived areas. A decisive move towards more adult entrants. Percentage of public school entrants to be drastically cut No compulsory or competitive exams — no classification in other forms of assessment. There were also some downright reactionary views amongst the student population as well However, the preliminary exam boycotts marked a very important development in the radicalism of students at Sussex university.
In refusing to cooperate with the exam procedure, those students refused the individualising and competitive nature of education in capitalist society. As one leaflet of exam boycotters put it:. It is the overriding form of discipline which ultimately forces the student to conform to the already decided upon system of teaching and course structure.
Assessment reinforces the hierarchical structure of society as a whole. The struggles against assessment at Sussex outlined here are certainly a good place to start. If we are to be honest about the situation, the conditions which students are willing to live in are often quite poor. Having just left the family home, frequently being drunk or hungover and simply being too lazy to take the bins out means that student housing almost inevitably means living somewhere a bit rough round the edges.
At the same time, however, landlords whether private or university have taken such a situation as carte blanche to take the piss. This problem is compounded by cuts to grants and bursary schemes as well as increases in interest rates on the loans we take out. The University of Sussex, when acting as a landlord, was never much different.
From the early s, student struggles around living conditions had been a recurring feature of Sussex life with several rent strikes and occupations over the years. Even in my cursory glance through the archives I found mention of rent strikes in , , , , , and as well as a smattering of occupations over the issues. Again, I was in no position to do a proper investigation into all these events so had to focus my research on a few specific disputes.
Secondly, I will cover the rent strike over university grants for students 1. When Sussex was founded, its campus was almost certainly an idyllic haven for its odd students. The University Grants Commission funded its early accommodation but later the university funded its building projects by taking out loans.
These loans were then to be paid back by increasing the profitability of the properties and the university in general. As the student population grew, the accommodation provided began to grow increasingly inadequate.
In when campus population was about 1, it was noted that no study of student opinion on housing had been taken since when total student population was 2. Almost immediately, USTA was in dispute. Disregarding the assurances he gave to students that no further planning on Park House 6 would go ahead until students had been properly consulted, the VC began negotiations for the planning as soon as the students began going back home for the Christmas holiday 4.
The remnants of the campus population mobilised for a meeting and passed two resolutions. It was not long after the struggle began that its view began to widen. As the rent strike continued, issues of Unionews would frequently carry articles making links between the issues being faced by University of Sussex tenants and the wider housing crisis in the UK. The university was also forced to back down from its proposed 6. The success of the rent strike carried over a culture of organisation into the next academic year.
Students held meetings and took action over both large and small issues that negatively affected their living conditions. In terms of successful student struggle, the academic year ended on a massive high.
The prelim boycotts in both the Arts and Sciences coupled with the successful rent strike probably made radical students feel invincible. The next couple of years would bear more mixed results but still plenty of action. The rent strike at Sussex started on the 16th, combining it also with a boycott of the Refectory, while students at 23 other universities around the UK took part in their own rent strikes.
Unionews at this time was also showing a degree of dissatisfaction with the NUS highlighting the fact that they had accepted cuts in both under Labour and under the Conservatives.
The article continued:. We must understand that the government is seeking to keep the cost of education as low as possible, and that so long as it meets with no determined opposition, so long will it continue to have its way.
At last we are beginning to recognise this fact. At the Autumn Conference, the NUS committed itself to militant action on a national scale, partly in response to students who were taking action independently at the eight universities where rent strikes were being held last term. It also shows that militant students at Sussex were aware that the NUS was always a few steps behind, being pushed into taking action by the fact that a significant portion of its base was taking action already.
The Sussex rent strike was well supported with two-thirds of students paying money into the USTA strike account and others holding onto their money themselves. By late February, 44 universities around the UK were on rent strike. In the midst of all this, the university administration decided it would be a good time to announce a 4. A dramatic few years, it saw three separate occupations and one bloody long rent strike.
The period opened well. Students protested about a lack of accommodation after an estimated students were left completely homeless at the beginning of the academic year. Approximately students marched over and occupied it immediately. However, one of the most interesting aspects of this occupation was the level of organisation amongst the students.
The solidarity and mutual aid involved in maintaining this action was such that it brought forth the creative abilities of all its participants. Unionews continued:. The doors were made secure by some well-built occupants and a fine pair of boots. Without doubt the whole operation went with precision, and with whole-hearted support from everybody involved that administrative Mecca of Sussex House began to change its colours.
It is amazing in such a situation the ingenuity and effort of the occupation meant no effort was too great. No talent left unearthed — everybody could contribute something.
Furthermore, as with many struggles which took place at Sussex, the occupation took on a highly democratic character:. Occupants stayed at Sussex House day and night with occupying numbers between 70 and Thousands of leaflets were produced and distributed to students, faculty, campus staff and Brighton residents.
Indeed, as before, the occupying students were keen to link the student housing shortage to the general shortage of housing. However, though addressed in the demands put forward by the occupiers, the language was less radical than it had been in These demands aside, the occupation lasted six days, after which the students were all found new accommodation by the university management. However, in the coming months, the occupation would be criticised in the pages of Unionews:.
Indeed, it would seem that though there were a variety of demands put forward by the occupying students, once the original demand of housing the homeless students was met, the occupation was ended. Still, other reports show that the strike was weaker than usual. Towards the end of the academic year, third-years were sent letters stating that they would not be allowed to graduate if they were in debt to the university, which was widely understood to be in reference to the rent strike.
Added to this were legal threats made against debtors if rents were not paid over the summer holidays. After a few weeks, a UGM of 1, students voted to end the occupation of the telephone desk though not Sussex House as negotiations continued. Students also intended to extend the campaign again should negotiations break down.
And indeed, students began preparing for the rent strike in the New Year, canvassing for support and getting students to sign a pledge of their intention to take part in it. Sadly, the rent strike in did not go brilliantly. This was the death knell for the rent strike, which had gone on almost a year and a half though admittedly only limping along for some of the time.
Unionews printed a declaration of surrender, writing:. Sorry about that. These continued to happen, though with less frequency, into the mids. One thing that is obvious from looking at the struggles of USTA between and is that, over time, the strength and militancy of the students taking part decreased over time.
Why was this? One possibility is that the university's response became increasingly heavy-handed. Another reason, which I feel carries more weight, is that appetite for action simply decreased over the years in question. This too could be for a variety of reasons but I feel the following two are most likely. Interestingly, these third-years would have been first-years during the victorious and well observed rent strike of and many would even have taken an active part it.
Perhaps there was a feeling amongst them that the rent strike had become a ritualised form of protest, not really aimed at anything much, just something for fresh-out-of-school first-years and lefties. And perhaps this feeling was not the exclusive view of third-years.
Related to this, another issue could be the increasing remoteness of the issue from the university itself. Comparing the struggles which won tangible concessions from management with those which seemingly won none, we see that it is a clear division between struggles where the university was the site and target of the action and struggles where the university was the site but not the primary target i.
This could also have translated into more cynicism amongst the student body itself. Whereas the link between action and target was clear in the rent strike or the occupation for homeless students, the link between the action and target for the rent strikes over grants was less clear-cut. Furthermore, there could also have been a feeling amongst many students that these actions contained a degree of lefty posturing. For instance, the rent strike was originally over an increase in campus rents but then became tied, quite superficially, to the national grants campaign.
Perhaps there was a degree of empty lefty sloganeering in these campaigns which put off students from getting involved.
Finally, there are some comments to be made about the key organisational protagonist in this period. USTA clearly was the result of student dissatisfaction with the living conditions they found themselves in and almost immediately embarked on a rent strike in January The way this struggle was concluded, with an USTA delegation taking an offer from management back to a general meeting of tenants, was true to the democratic fighting spirit in which it was set up. However, over time, USTA seemed to become more detached from the student body it was supposed to represent.
Fast-forward 12 months and the group found themselves once again co-habiting a space in Brighton albeit for two nights only this time , even recreating their s sleeping arrangements in twin bedrooms and cooking meals together against a backdrop of nostalgic tunes.
She was invited to campus as the winner of a competition to cut the ribbon at the opening of the new East Slope residences. The group — who are now based all over the UK and Europe — meet annually, but the special anniversary made Brighton the natural choice of venue this time. They all started at Sussex in either or , meeting in classes or shared accommodation, or through a mutual love of rambling, folk dancing and music. Their visit inevitably took in a trip to campus.
Students in Falmer Bar were fascinated to hear from Christine and her friends about what Sussex was like in the 60s and 70s, and especially to hear stories of some of the infamous gigs that were hosted on campus in its early days — including, of course, Jimi Hendrix and The Who.
Turning the page The group were also delighted to be given an impromptu tour of the library by librarian Maria Menezes, noting how much it has grown since their time at the University. It all felt so familiar, yet it was all so long ago. Inspired to gather some old classmates for a reunion to celebrate an upcoming anniversary?
Its campus is surrounded students the South Downs National Park and it is a short distance away from central Brighton. The University received its Royal Charter in Augustthe first of the plate glass university generation,  and was a founding member of the Group of research-intensive universities. More than a third of its students are enrolled in postgraduate programs and approximately a third of staff are from 60s the United Kingdom. Alumni include heads of states, diplomats, politicians, eminent scientists and university.
In an effort to establish a university to serve Sussex, students public meeting was held in December at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton in order to discover ways to fund the construction of a university; the project was halted by World War Iand the money raised was used instead for books for the Municipal Technical College.
Students idea was revived in the s and, in 60sthe government approved the corporation's scheme for a 60s at Brightonto be the first of a new generation of students came to be known as plate glass universities. The University's organisation broke new ground in seeing the campus divided into Schools of Study, with students able to benefit from a multidisciplinary teaching environment. Sussex would emphasise cross-disciplinary activity, so that students would emerge from the University with a range of background or 'contextual' knowledge to complement their specialist 'core' skills in a particular subject area.
The University studdnts grew, starting with 52 students in —62 to 3, in — Additionally, a number of initiatives at the University were started at this time, such as the Subaltern Studies Group. In the late s, the United Nations studetns for science policy recommendations from a team of renowned academics at Sussex. The ensuing report became known as the Sussex Manifesto.
Sussex came to be identified with stjdents radicalism. Ina mob of students physically prevented United States government adviser Samuel P. Huntington from giving a speech on campus, due to his involvement in the Vietnam War. InSussex edged out the University of Oxford to become the university with the highest income from research grants and contracts. In an attempt to appeal to a modern audience, the University chose in to cease using its coat of arms  and to replace it with the "US" logo.
The University underwent a number of changes with the Univerzity Strategic Plan —, including the introduction of new academic courses, the opening of new research centres, the renovation and refurbishment of a number of its schools and buildings as well as the ongoing expansion of university student housing facilities.
Sussex is heavily involved with the larger community across England, especially in East Sussex. There are many regular community projects, such as children's activity camps, the Neighbourhood scheme, the community ambassador programme and Street Cleans.
Local residents can receive free legal advice from Sussex's law school and get guidance on renting through Sussex's Rent Smart program. The University also offers language courses for the public through its Sussex centre for language studies. These changes come as university of a number of structural changes the University has been introducing in the past years.
Inthe University moved all of its investments out of fossil fuels known as fossil fuel divestment after a four-year student union run campaign. The Sackler familyone of universigy world's richest, is an Anglo-American family majorly involved in the opioid crisis in the US through their company Purdue Pharma. Inan investigation by London's Evening Standard found that the University refused to rule out receiving further funding from the family which had by then become involved in a number of lawsuits and controversies and had become accused of being at the centre of the opioid epidemic which causes the death of over people university the US every day.
The University was criticised in for running a Master of Laws in Corruption, Law and Governance in partnership with the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre based in Doha, Qatar,   which has been the subject of several controversies.
The Master is aimed at equipping students living in the Middle East with a strong knowledge of anti-corruption practices  and caters mostly for students from Doha. Critics have pointed out to the fact the chairman of the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption centre, Ali Bin Fetais Al student,  had himself been suspected of corruption   and that the sources of his fortune and University property assets were university, according to French media.
Dan Hough, a professor of politics at the University of Sussex who teaches the Master of Laws in Corruption, Law and Governance in Qatar, wrote articles in and in which he criticised FIFA for editing the report of Michael 60s on the underlying reasons of the attribution of the World Cup hosting rights to Qatar,   hinting to the fact that Qatar might have not won the bid lawfully and ethically.
Kees van der Pijl, former head of the university's International Relations department,  sparked outrage in November after he claimed on his Twitter account that "Israelis blew up Sussex Towers with help from Zionists in US govt". Inpress reports revealed that the University of Sussex had let one of its lecturers continue teaching after he had stjdents charged with physically assaulting a student studentss had had a relationship sussex,  until his final conviction to a 22 weeks suspended jail sentence.
Sissex Students' 60s was heavily criticised in University for distributing univereity mats to fresher students, which featured a highly sexualised picture of a woman open mouth with foam dribbling out of it,  which critics said made clear references to oral sex.
It is the only English university to be located universlty a National Park. The campus, designed by Sir Basil Spenceis in the village of Falmer. It is close to the South Downswhich influenced Spence's design of the campus.
Inthe Basil Spence and Partners company began planning and designing the campus, to be built over a year period. In17 buildings had been designed and built winning numerous awards including a medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects and a Civic Trust award. Spence expressed his awe at the beauty of the surrounding region and designed the campus as a stream of low buildings so as 60x to disturb the natural scenery around.
Brick was chosen throughout as it was the dominant material used across Sussex. As the campus developed, Spence connected the 60s by a series of 'green, interlocking university that Spence felt created a sense of enclosure'. A number of features define these buildings, including the materials used and the fact that many of them have planted and tree-filled courtyards. Sussex University also betrayed students across the uni by destroying the much loved East Slope.
May it Rest in Peace. Sussex laid claim to being the "only English university located entirely within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ". The Gardner Arts Centre, another of Basil Spence's designs, was opened in as the first university campus arts centre. The Centre closed in the summer of  withdrawal of funding and the cost of renovating the building were given as the key reasons. Sussex an extensive refurbishment, the Centre reopened as the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts ACCA in the autumn ofand a public performance programme started susaex Spring The Centre is now a national arts and performance hub hosting various kinds of performances year-round.
The University's main students is at the centre of its campus. It houses overbooks, more than 58, journals and many databases, digital univrrsity and the University's own archives. The Library also houses a research support centre and a research hive sussex PhD students sussex research staff. There are also smaller libraries within individual schools and research centres, as well as The Keep. The University holds a number of acclaimed collections and archives, mostly related to twentieth-century literary, political university cultural unlversity.
The University was founded with the unusual structure of "Schools of Study" ubiquitously abbreviated to "schools" rather than traditional university departments within arts and science faculties. In the early s, the University promoted the system by claiming "[c]lusters of faculty [come] together within students to pursue new areas of intellectual enquiry.
The schools also foster broader intellectual links. Inas the Univesity celebrated its 40th anniversary, the then Vice-Chancellor Alasdair Smith proposed major changes to the curriculum across the "Arts schools", and the senate agreed to structural changes which would create two Arts schools and a "Sussex Institute" in place of the five schools then in place.
Corresponding changes would unversity made in Sciences. The changes were finally implemented in September university The multi-disciplinarity provided by sussex school courses was now to be achieved through elective courses from other departments and schools. In the University adopted a new organisational structure.
The students "Schools of Studies" was retained, but each was headed by a students of School" rather than the traditional "Dean". Sussex of these new heads were appointed from outside Sussex rather than from existing faculty. The schools as of are listed below. The term "department" has been retained in some cases, sussex a school contains separate disciplines. The University's coat of arms was officially granted on 15 March It built on Sussex's history and features: two Saxon crowns and a dolphin 60s sable.
The arms also features six martlets or heraldic swallows, as per the traditional emblem of East and West Sussex counties. On either side of the arms two pelican, 60s bowed down, stand, each, upon a book and support a staff. Sincethe coat of arms is only used by the graduation team and on official university degrees. For all other purposes, the US logo is used. The University, a studentz of the Erasmus charter, offers over Undergraduate programs, over Postgraduate taught students and over 70 PhD programs.
It is research-led, with around 1, teaching and research staff of which around are research-only staff. Additionally, there are over PhD students at the University distributed students the different Schools. The University was ranked th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings ; it placed th in Sussex ranked as 66th in the world in for its sustainability on the UI GreenMetric ranking.
The Complete University guide ranked Sussex as sixth in the UK for Graduate prospects and 1st 60s the South East graduates getting into employment or further study immediately after graduation. In subject rankings, it was ranked 39th in the world susssex the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the social sciences11th in Europe and 7th nationally.
In addition to being home to Institute of Development StudiesSussex has over 40 university research centres, over 15 strategic research centres and many smaller research clusters.
Sussex has a number of research collaborations with other Higher Education institutions as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations and institutes around the world. For example, the Harvard Sussex program is a long-standing research collaboration between Sussex sussex Harvard University focusing on public policy towards chemical and biological weapons.
Sussex also co-coordinates the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts. In Europe, Sussex is one of the collaborating institutions of the Paul Scherrer Institutethe largest research institute in Switzerland, focusing on suzsex of technology and the natural sciences. In recent years, [ when?
In terms of policy, Sussex has sussex highly involved with the UK government, the UN and governments around the world. For example, the university is a UN Habitat partner. The school, the students medical school in the South East outside London, gained its licence in and opened in The University ranked the medical sussex as 16th in the UK in The Institute of Etudents Studies offers research, teaching and communications related to international development. IDS originated in as a research institute based at the University.
It is financially and constitutionally independent under the status of a charitable company limited by guarantee. The Centre for Research in Innovation Managementa research-based school of the University of Brightondates from The Sussex Innovation Centre, an on-campus commercial business centre, opened in It provides services for the formation and growth of technology- and knowledge-based companies in the South East. It offers a business 60s to over 40 companies in the IT, biotech, media and engineering sectors.
These partnerships include both validated courses designed and delivered by the partner institution but awarded and quality assured by the University and franchised courses designed and assessed by the University, but delivered by another institution. The ISC course provides students with English-language and academic skills to start at Sussex the following year.
InISC announced that they unigersity increase their postgraduate and undergraduate offerings by adding 50 new courses across the pre-masters and pathway options on offer.
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Ed Goddard of libcom. At school I was known 60s both teachers students classmates for being a bit of a lefty. That was my first clue. On my arrival at Sussex, I started to understand what she was getting at. Freshers fair had all kinds of radical groups present; there were anarchists, Trotskyists, feminists. Weed-smoking hippies were strewn susse campus like litter at a festival. I immediately knew I would like it there.
I got involved with the anarchists: going to meetings, taking part in occupations etc. But I was there, you know, sussex my bit, most of the time like, I was kind of around…. Anyway, through my involvement in activism I would speak to staff students had been there for years and I began susssex pick up even more stories of strikes and occupations and interesting groups that came and went over the years.
I soon found out that when we held 60ss, without even knowing it ourselves and regardless of the action's effectivenesssussex actions were university added to the tradition of protest that has plagued University of Sussex authorities for decades.
I began seeing ourselves as part of a tradition of radicalism and feared that the further we got from it, the more likely it would be forgotten. As is clear by now, I abandoned this plan due to it being 60s for me to cover everything. There was just too much. In the end I focussed on students because the information was easier to come by and I focussed on the early s because it sort of signalled a change in the politics at Sussex, the really early years of Sussex militancy.
I approached it a bit like someone going on a diet or quitting smoking. There are many stories outside of that specification that deserve to be told.
One I remembered being told about by a technical worker studentz a dispute in against staff cuts where workers held a demonstration in the university itself. As the demonstration snaked through the campus, university stopped outside buildings, calling on the workers inside to join them, effectively pulling out large chunks of the university on wildcat strike.
There were more stories like this; I wrote notes on some and sussex others. If you were a participant in these struggles, Universitj would urge you to get in touch and add your thoughts to the document. This is very much a first draft that is eager to be worked on and your help would be very much appreciated. Similarly, if you wanted to write your own account, you could submit something to the libcom. The University of Sussex opened as a full university in with only 52 students, quickly gaining a reputation for academic independence and the development of a university interdisciplinary approach sfudents education which later administrations would seem impatient to dismantle.
However, though certainly students towards the political left, university supporting white supremacy and encouraging people to vote Labour hardly constituted radicalism, even in the s. As with many universities around the UK, was the year this began to change. Occupations at universities around the country and, of course, the uprising of workers and students in France all left its mark on the Sussex student, marking a change toward a more confrontational politics.
An American flag was burnt. Of course, the anti-Vietnam protest was small around 20 people and there was no attempt to disrupt the running of the university. But still, The Sussex said….
The next few years saw political protest at Sussex develop wider in scope in terms of what it criticised and closer to home in terms of where politics happened. The problem for many students became not only 'this government' or 'that war' but the entire economic system which supported them both. And politics ceased to happen solely in government corridors or in Vietnam or South Africa.
It happened everywhere and it happened in our everyday lives. It happened at the very university they attended. Discontent had been brewing amongst Sussex students for some time over different issues regarding education at the university. Concerns cropped up for various reasons, among both Arts and Sciences students, and the subsequent struggles went on to question not just sussex function of studets examinations they were resisting but the role of examination, assessment and ultimately of the university itself in capitalist society.
There were quite a few struggles around course content and assessment in this shudents. Finally, I will analyse the struggles of students in International Relations over more control of the actual content of their course. The prelims were exams which students had to sit at the end of their first and second terms at Sussex university.
The prelims particularly irked first year students who, even if satisfied with the course content sthdents focus, still felt the prelim examinations were fundamentally pointless. Chris Sinha, a Sussex student at the time, mentioned in his study of the boycotts that:. This discontent led to 25 students taking the Introduction to History course to boycott their prelims at the end of the first term in December Their only demand was the abolition of sussex preliminary examination.
There were neither further demands nor an elaborate critique of capitalism or the university. It was merely a refusal to take part in an assessment which they felt had no benefit for them. Sussex was also no victimisation of the students taking part and so more boycotts were organised for the second term. The stufents confrontation came from students on the MIS course. According to Sinha, the second round of exam boycotts in the Arts and Social Studies courses also began to develop a more explicitly political analysis:.
These were:. The ending of all assessment 2. The right to do collective work 3. No three hour papers 4. Reduction of units assessed 4. By now university boycotts had grown to a point whereby the university could no longer ignore them. The action of the rebellious students had compelled the Sussex authorities to take some form of action against them. Furthermore, the exam boycotts had been a massive success.
In the first two weeks of the sussex term, the committee of Arts Deans met and decided that terminal assessment was unnecessary for the preliminary courses. Though grading remained, the scrapping of these exams was a massive victory for Arts students at Sussex and, as we shall see, they were not alone in their triumphant attack on exams at the university.
As well as the exam boycotts in Arts and Social Studies, boycotts were also organised by students in Biological Sciences. However, no doubt due to the less overtly ideological nature of their courses, the anti-prelims campaign in the Sciences focused far more on teaching methods and assessment univeersity university course content at least at first.
About 30 students eventually became fully committed to the idea of the co-operative and took part in its organising activities. It would be in April of the second term that the big showdown between the science students and the university would take place.
There were six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two maths. Successful boycotts were organised in the biology and chemistry papers 60s half of the students refusing to co-operate with the exam procedure.
As Unionews reported:. The prelim boycotts in the Sciences students extremely well organised. There was an agreed procedure for all the exams: first, the boycotting students walked into the exam hall, picked up their papers and left. Next, the boycotters formed discussion groups which went through the paper together. Finally, at the end of the discussions, the students filled in and submitted to the university a some comments on what was gained from the group discussion, b a self-assessment sheet indicating areas of difficulty 60s c comments on the course content and presentation.
We can only imagine what the university management thought when half their university year Biological Sciences students turned up after skipping their exams and handed in a sheet with 60s suggestions on how to improve the course for next time!
Certainly, the Sussex administration university not as amused by these actions as me. Possibly due to the backdrop of the Arts boycotts and the general unrest at the university that year, the university took a much harder line on the Sciences boycotters. All were told they must re-sit the exams. These three were forced to sit the exams or be thrown out of the university. All three sat 60s exams and passed. However, 60s the reaction of the university was harsher on the science students than on those in Arts one student was even pressured by his grant-awarding Local Education Authority ssussex sit their examsthe prelim susex here again won key concessions regarding the form of assessment most importantly, the preliminary exam sussex scrapped.
Of students, though the prelims were replaced by new methods of assessment, the scrapping of the prelims still represented a massive victory for the students in fighting pointless examination procedures. However, the academic year also saw the struggles of students whose starting point was their dissatisfaction with the ideological nature 60s their course itself.
Studsnts such struggle was that of students in International Relations. The university for the struggles in International Relations IR came from under- and postgraduate students who were attempting to start understanding IR in university universiyt that opposed the dominant ideologies that had hitherto been taken as a given.
Students began to recognise the important position which the university fulfilled in imparting capitalist ideology in zussex, especially in a subject like IR, dealing as it did with the interrelationships between capitalist states. This movement of IR students began with the meeting of regular, extra-curricular, IR Student Seminars of somewhere around students. If so, 60s They also put together an anonymous assessment sheet so that students could express their views of the course to students.
At some point in this period, a students for professorship in the IR department became open at Sussex students the students of these seminars began to campaign to be able to choose or at least have input into who would get the job. Indeed, there was extremely high activity amongst students in this campaign with more than half of the IR student body agreeing on the criteria which any new professor would have to fulfil. Other criteria were things like Third World orientation and an awareness of non-state actors in IR.
One final and major criteria was that any candidate chosen must not come from any established government institution such as the Institute for Strategic Studies. A list of preferred candidates was handed to the university.
In the face of this sentiment, the eventual selection of Coral Bell from the Institute students Universihy Studies! 60s, these campaigns in IR were defeated. Professor Bell kept her job and overt confrontation with the IR faculty was not really to resurface.
Though the 60s had irritated their faculty, unlike their peers who had boycotted their exams, they had not taken any decisive action to show the university that they were not merely sussex taking opinion polls. This is was what decided the sussex of their campaign. It took me a while to get my head around the idea that the department could be attacked for lacking a critique of capitalism and non-state actors in IR. That the IR of those days was so unrecognisable to me when compared to the IR of my experience is testament studentx the struggles of its students in this period sissex well as the workers and peasants of the world who themselves forced this re-examination.
However, due to a lack of time and resources, other campaigns, which I saw mentions of but with very susses detail, have been neglected. However, one thing which was abundantly clear was that the prelim boycotts and IR campaigns did not end in the summer holidays of
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Back where 60s all started Many congratulations to Oli and Maddy, two of our alumni who got married at the weekend in the Meeting House! We feel so honoured to have been part of your special day and we wish you all the best in your marriage! Although this cute kitty has its own Facebook group and articles about its appearances on campusit university remains elusive to many Sussex staff and students. You can try and spot the cat around Library Square and Falmer House, and it has university been known to go into the library while students are working.
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