The only thing about the University of Sussex that i look back on with fond memories is the people i met, the connections i made, and the time I had with them in the beautiful Sussex campus, the great social scene, and the countless interactions with some great, insightful and at the least entertaining people.
The management is a joke. They are not just incapable, but also self obsessed. They are extremely intolerant, arrogant, and unsupportive. They are almost disdainful of the academic departments, with a very step motherly attitude towards what one assumes would be the most important aspect of running a University. The management is instead mostly concerned about administrative tasks as an end in itself, and maintains an arrogrant and bloated administration department.
Great staff and colleagues. Horrible management.
“Stuffy and uncomfortable working environment.”
Pros: The academics are top-notch and the other lecturers are all on top of their game. Students mostly feel welcome here and it reflects in their grades.
Cons: It is very different for the employees though. Lecturers and admin staff have to share offices and this becomes a problem during exam time when peace and quiet is needed to mark papers. There is a lot of un-pleasantries from the managers towards the ground staff which we don’t really understand. The managers just seem to dislike everyone by nature. This could be a great university if not for them.
Unusual thing: The staff have their own food quarters and do not have to eat food at the campus cafeteria.
The University of Sussex was the first of the new wave of universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in August 1961. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, Sussex has become a leading teaching and research institution. Sussex is a leading research university, with over 13,000 students, of which over a third are postgraduates. Creative thinking, pedagogic diversity, intellectual challenge and interdisciplinarity have always been fundamental to a Sussex education. Our goal is to deliver teaching and learning programmes that are informed by current research, are attractive to students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, and which deliver skills for life. Sussex has developed a reputation for innovation and inspiration, and attracts leading thinkers and researchers. We have over 2,100 staff, including around 540 teaching and research staff, and 270 research-only staff. We have counted three Nobel Prize winners, 13 Fellows of the Royal Society, six Fellows of the British Academy and a winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize on our faculty. The University attracts staff and students to its campus from over 120 different countries across the world. Nearly a third of staff come from outside the UK. Sussex has one of the most beautiful campus locations in Britain. We are surrounded by the South Downs National Park, but just a few minutes away from the lively city of Brighton and Hove.