Responding to Covid-19

The University of Sussex is supporting efforts to address the current and future challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s happening in September 2020?

Although the current situation in the UK is subject to change, we are currently expecting to welcome thousands of students to our campus and Brighton accommodation during Welcome Weekend in September (Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 September 2020). Please be assured that our first priority is to make sure that our Sussex campus will be a safe place to live and study.

Read our advice and information for applicants and those interested in applying.

We’re getting ready to welcome you in September

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    As our campus begins to reopen, we’re getting ready to welcome you. We’ll be offering a mix of learning.

    Whilst much will be online at first, there will be classroom learning too.

    We’re prioritising what we know works best in the classroom, like small group learning, tutorials and seminars. And we’re combining these with other ways of remote learning, so you can learn at a time that best suits you.

    Where it’s safe, we’re making sure campus facilities are open. This includes carefully managed access to our wonderful library, where we have a new click-and-collect service. So you’ll never be without the books you need.

    Our facilities are right on your doorstep. You can safely get your clothes cleaned, buy fresh bread, visit the pharmacy or see the doctor all on campus. Even the local supermarkets and takeaways deliver here!

    We know that the past few months have been really tough, and we understand you might have some concerns about starting University. But our advisors in all of our student support services are here to help, and talk through anything that’s worrying you. For new students, our Pre-Welcome programme 'Get Ready' launches shortly after you receive your results and our Welcome Week 'Get Settled' includes activities to help you find out everything you need to get started. At Sussex you never need to feel alone.

    We’ve adapted seminar rooms, labs and study spaces.

    And we’ll be regularly deep cleaning our buildings and equipment. Our management teams will be a very familiar sight on campus! We’ve installed hand sanitiser stations too. And our Estates Team have working to manage pathways, to give you the freedom to move around campus safely.

    Face masks will be available for everyone, when they need to be worn inside. We’re all in this together.

    We understand the importance of getting to know people and Covid has taught us new ways of doing this. Even with social distancing in place, loads of societies will be open online with many others, like our popular dog walking society back up and running as soon as possible.

    Our brilliant sports facilities will be open too. So if you’re keen to keep fit, have a kick about, or do the occasional yoga class, we’ll make sure there’s something for you.

    The Student Union will also be here for you every step of the way. They’ll help you settle in, provide platforms for debate and discussion – and have some fun too!

    There will be so many ways to enjoy Sussex from day one. We can’t wait to welcome you!


The Vice-Chancellor welcomes new students to Sussex

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    Hello, I’m here in our Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, one of my favourites places on campus. It’s just one of our buildings in the middle of our beautiful campus in the South Downs National Park and on the doorstep of Brighton, one of the UK’s most vibrant and colourful cities on the Sussex coast.

    It is a lot quieter now than usual, but we are looking forward to the start of the academic year and welcoming thousands of students to the campus during Welcome Weekend in September. And you can be assured that our brilliant Estates and Student Support teams will have thought of everything so that Sussex will be a safe place to live and study for you. Your learning will be a blend of in-person teaching in classrooms, laboratories and remote learning - and if social distancing rules are still in place we will have set up all the safety measures that we need. This blended learning will allow you to discuss, debate and explore the subjects you choose to study with your lecturers and fellow students – offering a really modern way of learning.

    There has never been a better time to study. Over the past few months you have experienced the most significant change to society, that people the world over, have seen decades. Now is the time to harness your experiences to find the answers to your questions and ignite your passion for learning to achieve your true potential by studying at Sussex.

    Of paramount concern to us is your health and safety. It is our responsibility and we are putting all the measures in place, so you don’t have to worry. If you are in a classroom or the library, the right social distancing measures will be in place and we will have organised our spaces to ensure that everyone is able to move around the campus in a way that adheres to the guidelines. There will be an even greater emphasis on extra and more regular cleaning too. Of course there is a lot to think about, and we have a tremendous team of experts, including our very own scientists, who are making all this possible by looking at every single detail.

    When we recently asked our staff and students what they feel is the most important value to define us, they unanimously agreed, it was the spirit of kindness. And it is with kindness that we will welcome all our students onto our campus and into our community next year. We know the past few months will have been difficult for so many of you and we will all be here to support you every step of the way.

    So join us and be part of the next generation of University students who are ready to meet new people, discuss ideas and work together to create a better world.

Contact

Please email cv19taskforce@sussex.ac.uk with any new requests or ideas for providing assistance related to Covid-19.