Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom
Arts
777 views
777 views

Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom

Jude Whiley - October 21, 2019
Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
4536 views
4536 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018
CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite
#CINECITY
1684 views
1684 views

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite

Emma Nay - November 11, 2018
New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
2164 views
2164 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018
Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
1358 views
1358 views

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018
1105 views

Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018
1277 views

The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018
De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground
Arts
1462 views1
1462 views1

De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground

Hal Keelin - October 18, 2018
Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
1366 views
1366 views

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018
Sexual assault in the US government
Comment
1352 views
1352 views

Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018
What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
1280 views
1280 views

What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018
Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
1765 views
1765 views

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018
University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
Arts
1403 views
1403 views

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018
Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
Interview
1444 views
1444 views

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018
Why we should all embrace drag
Features
1678 views
1678 views

Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018
In Conversation with Alannah Myles
Arts
4072 views
4072 views

In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018
Brighton Needs You!
News
1484 views
1484 views

Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018
Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
1598 views
1598 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
France in Fine Fettle
Sports
1332 views
1332 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
1490 views
1490 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
1553 views
1553 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
Cultural Bite – rice burger
Culture
30 views
30 views

Cultural Bite – rice burger

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019
741 Views
2 Comments

Student Life Centre – first impressions

Are students being helped properly?

It was the most devastating blow of the savage cuts announced by management last autumn. The University of Sussex, it was declared, was simply spending too much money on its advice and support services. And so the axe fell on our student advisers, with the scheme declared too costly to continue.

This provoked an outcry from the student body and a fierce backlash from ‘Stop the Cuts’: individual advisers who were being made redundant became active within the campaign group and student activists composed a blog comprising of student testimonials, which detailed anonymous experiences of student advisers and the help received from them.

Many contributors attested that without the aid of their adviser, circumstances would have forced them to withdraw from the university: “I would almost certainly not still be here ready to sit my final exams if it wasn’t for my student adviser,” reads one such entry. “Her advice and understanding has been invaluable. When I first went to student support I was ready to leave my degree due to the stress and hardship I was under.”

Certainly, Sussex’s welfare and support services were particularly highly regarded. This excellent reputation was supported by the fact that between the establishment of the student adviser scheme just over five years ago and its abolishment several months ago, student drop-out rates halved. Despite this statistic, Jenni Grundy, former Head of Student Support and Experience, denied there was a strong or convincing link between student advising and ‘retention rates’: the measure of the degree to which students withdraw from or remain at the university.

“Although anecdotal evidence indicates that the service is good,” she said, “further examples suggest otherwise.”

Senior management seemingly shared these sentiments, maintaining that Sussex was out of step with the approach of its peer institutions, which it was claimed place more emphasis on the provision of light-touch information, advice and guidance services. The visibility of the resources was also criticised, with it being argued that they were too dispersed and as such, inaccessible.

Regarding expenditure, management put forward that Sussex was subject to too high a relative cost per student compared to other universities and that it was not financially viable for the support services to continue in the manner that they did.

However, the stance broadly adopted by the student body was that, regardless of the financial difficulties faced by the university, high-quality service is worth investing in; many students found it difficult to accept that eleven student adviser redundancies and reduced numbers of support staff would not impact the quality of the crucial care that the university provides.

Whilst the university claimed to collaborate with the Students’ Union throughout the reform process, the planned redundancies proceeded against the advice of the Union and Student Reps. The University maintained that the void would be filled by their new proposal, The Student Life Centre (SLC), which was launched this term.

The SLC – based on the ground floor of the Chichester 1 building – represents “a major reshaping of student advising arrangements in terms of cost, visibility, location and service structure,” providing a “single point for non-academic information and advice to students,” with a  newly composed team comprising of a range of support staff – including some Student Advisors that avoided redundancy – trained to deal with a wide variety of problems that students face.
The university believes that “the SLC has improved how services are provided.

“In bringing the advising team into a single location, it has been able to provide services throughout the day and for longer hours than was typical for the individual student advisers across campus and has begun the process of improving the range of information available.

“The SLC has already provided advice and guidance to hundreds of students on campus and the feedback overall has been positive.”

However, the university may need to accept that, at the very least, the SLC has been experiencing some teething problems.

A first-year Biology student, who wishes to be identified as James, required the assistance of the SLC last week due to troubles relating to housing.

“I was affected by the housing crisis,” he says, “so had to find off-campus accommodation. However, I am unhappy living with my flatmates as they are heavy cannabis smokers and keep trying to pressurise me into taking drugs.

“I went to the SLC to talk my problem over with someone. It was generally okay but there was a lengthy waiting time and the lady I spoke to had no idea what she was doing; she had to keep asking her colleagues what to do, even though they were in the middle of dealing with other students.

“I was alarmed at how little discretion there was; privacy just didn’t exist. I didn’t want my flatmates to find out that I had been to the SLC so it was far too lax for my liking. When I mentioned my concerns, she iterated that there was room for improvement in the format and structure of the SLC as there have been student complaints, with some saying that they have been misinformed.”

When asked how his problem was dealt with James replied: “I was eventually sent to the Housing Office and given the number of some housing advice and counselling service which can help with situations like mine. I phoned it and the number was no longer in service! Unbelievable! What a horrible start to my first year!”

Another student, who wishes to be identified as Julia, has also had a bad experience with the SLC.

“I failed my year for the second time and wanted to transfer onto another course,” she explains. “But I simply received a letter advising me that the examination board recommended that I be withdrawn and wishing me good luck in whatever path I choose to pursue. This was terrifying; I have used the student adviser scheme extensively in the past and was told that I would probably be able to transfer if the worst came to the worst.

“Under the old scheme, in that situation I would have approached my adviser directly. But as this system is no longer in place, I wasn’t sure what to do. At a loss, on the day of the resit results, I approached the Progress and Assessment Office where I had to proactively ask what I should do. They recommended that I visit the SLC. However, there’s no policy of, ‘if you fail – go to the SLC’.

“When I reached it, I was very distressed and the tense environment there did not make me feel comfortable. It’s exposed, clinical and desolate so actually reminded me of an airport with a big open space and a desk, no cubicles and no privacy.

“I approached the staff and the man seemed surprised I’d turned up and after I explained my situation, he almost laughed at me! He was very unsympathetic, just like check-in staff when you’ve missed your flight by three seconds or whatever and he asked if I had any friends in the department which I wanted to change to who could speak to the tutors for me. When I said I didn’t, he simply replied, ‘then this is pretty much the end of the road for you.’ However, I now have a place on an alternative course so this was clearly untrue.

“At the time, though, there seemed to be no hope. Lots of people were crying because they had failed their course; one girl was totally breaking down but was left abandoned. I suppose they were busy that day.

“However, no-one even talked me through my options. In that situation, lots of people would have given up and left.

“That’s exactly what I was about to do when I saw my student adviser, who had escaped redundancy and was given another role within the SLC. She arranged a meeting and provided me with honest encouragement, totally going against what the ‘check-in man’ had said and telling me to try my best to secure a place on another course by contacting various departments directly. I received a fast reply from the convener of the one I was most interested in. He was very positive and I was eventually accepted onto the course.

“The staff at the SLC had a gross lack of vital student compassion and did not seem qualified to handle delicate situations like mine. I don’t want to be unfair to them; maybe I just had a bad experience because they were busy that day. But in the future, I will be very hesitant to seek support from the SLC and will email my old student advisor directly.”

Management believe that the SLC is an improvement to the previous scheme as it is more visible but Julia shares the concerns of many students who feel that a faceless, centralised service compromises the discretion present in the old system. “Talking about one’s problems requires privacy and understanding,” reads one of the testimonials. “An adviser needs to have a personal understanding of a situation within the right context for the best solutions to be found.”

“The SLC lacks the familiarity of my student adviser,” attests Julia. “It needs to be more private and personal and the staff need to be more welcoming and supportive. The waiting time was also an issue. Having used the old scheme extensively, I  can confidently say that in no way is the SLC an improvement; it is much better to operate via the same adviser who will have a personal understanding of your problems.

“The university is perfectly happy to take my money but they are not willing to help when things go tits up! They have enough money for new buildings and a swanky café yet they can’t afford decent student support.”

Despite Julia’s concerns, the university has insisted that “the creation of the SLC was not focused on reducing spending, but on improving the way in which services are organised and provided. We believe that the level of resources provided is appropriate – and the fact that so far there is not a waiting time to see an adviser in the SLC suggests that we have got that judgement about right.”

When confronted about the issue of student complaints about the SLC, Clare Mackie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor responsible for Teaching and Learning and chair of the working group for the development of the SLC, said, “If people do have concerns as the new services are established we will listen and respond to those – but the overwhelming evidence so far is that the SLC is doing a good job in helping and supporting our students.”

Lita Wallis, Students’ Union Education Officer says, “I was very concerned last year when it was proposed to make such drastic changes to the provision of advice to students. However, Clare Mackie has been working with the Students’ Union to try and address problems with the SLC as they arise. It is of great concern to the Students’ Union if students feel that they are not receiving an adequate level of support from the SLC, and we encourage anyone who feels that things should be different to contact either myself or Jo Goodman, the Welfare Officer, so that we may propose  suggestions to the university, and make sure action is taken.”

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam
Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom
Arts
777 views
777 views

Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom

Jude Whiley - October 21, 2019
Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
4536 views
4536 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018
CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite
#CINECITY
1684 views
1684 views

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite

Emma Nay - November 11, 2018
New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
2164 views
2164 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018
Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
1358 views
1358 views

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018
1105 views

Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018
1277 views

The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018
De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground
Arts
1462 views1
1462 views1
Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
1366 views
1366 views

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018
Sexual assault in the US government
Comment
1352 views
1352 views

Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018
What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
1280 views
1280 views

What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018
Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
1765 views
1765 views

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018
University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
Arts
1403 views
1403 views

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018
Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
Interview
1444 views
1444 views

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018
Why we should all embrace drag
Features
1678 views
1678 views

Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018
In Conversation with Alannah Myles
Arts
4072 views
4072 views

In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018
Brighton Needs You!
News
1484 views
1484 views

Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018
Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
1598 views
1598 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
France in Fine Fettle
Sports
1332 views
1332 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
1490 views
1490 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
1553 views
1553 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
Cultural Bite – rice burger
Culture
30 views
30 views

Cultural Bite – rice burger

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019
Put The Colour Back Into LGBTQ+
Culture
31 views
31 views

Put The Colour Back Into LGBTQ+

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019
Green spaces in Brighton
Lifestyle
27 views
27 views

Green spaces in Brighton

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

2 Comments

  1. Kieran has done the campus community a great service with this report, which highlights serious problems with Student Life Centre. Judging by his account the SLC is failing in exactly the manner predicted by anti-cuts campaigners last year. There is no pleasure to be taken in being proved right when students’ welfare is being affected, but surely the university ought now to admit the SLC project has failed and urgently implement substantive changes to ensure no student has to suffer the insensitive treatment described by those quoted here.

    What is the ‘overwhelming evidence’ Clare Mackie refers to, on which basis she claims the SLC is doing a good job?

    Reply
  2. Thank you very much for your comments, Tom.

    Unfortunately, in the quote that Clare Mackie provided, she did not elaborate to explain what this “overwhelming evidence” might be; however, in the statement I received from the university, it is claimed that: “the SLC team are developing and introducing feedback mechanisms for students” so I can only assume that this is where she is taking this viewpoint from.

    On another note, I also want to iterate that this article was not intended in any way to be an attack on the staff of the SLC as a whole; as I understand it there has been a certain degree of confusion about this. Judging from the student accounts in the article, the conduct of some individual staff members has of course been very insensitive and I make no apologies for reporting this to be the case; thanks to the ‘help’ of one staff member, Julia was quite unnecessarily on the verge of throwing the towel in altogether.

    However, in general, I feel that the staff receive quite a mixed review — Julia’s old academic adviser being a member of staff at the SLC — and I attempted to balance the article out with statements from the university who claim that the feedback has been positive.

    The “overwhelming evidence” in my opinion is that the staff as a whole are dreadfully overworked. This in no small part can be attributed to any problems that might have arisen in regards to the SLC. I tried to reflect this in the article by reporting that ‘Stop the Cuts’ was concerned about the redundancy of 11 staff members since it was not convinced that this would not impair the standard of support received and I also think that Julia’s account reflects the fact that staff are over-burdened.

    Nonetheless I regret very much the perception, however small, that I am even slightly attributing the failure of the SLC to the staff that work there. Ultimately, the responsibility for this shambles lies with the university management alone.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

Another Wave of Strike Action to Hit Sussex Campus
Campus News
48 views
Campus News
48 views

Another Wave of Strike Action to Hit Sussex Campus

Becca Bashford - November 18, 2019

  By Heather McKnight. Sussex University and College Union (UCU) members are among those at sixty UK universities to vote for another wave of industrial action. Unless…

‘Numb’ and ‘Three Fifths Human’ – Black History Month poems by Shaznay Martin
Arts
144 views
Arts
144 views

‘Numb’ and ‘Three Fifths Human’ – Black History Month poems by Shaznay Martin

shaznaymartin - October 22, 2019

‘Numb’ I’m numb at this point Literally, I can’t feel my joints. My body is an empty vessel My mind is absent - I’m tired of the…

Sussex’s student-led campaigns making a difference right now
Campus News
270 views
Campus News
270 views

Sussex’s student-led campaigns making a difference right now

Chris Ahjem - October 21, 2019

With over 20,000 students enrolled at the University of Sussex, it’s not surprising that many of them take an interest in changing the world around us -…

Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom
Arts
777 views
Arts
777 views

Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom

Jude Whiley - October 21, 2019

The last time I was in Lewes, somebody attempted to blind me. Looking for friends at the Bonfire festival, and exhausted by miles of walking, I’d crouched…

‘Stand-Up History Brighton’ – A Review?
Arts
191 views
Arts
191 views

‘Stand-Up History Brighton’ – A Review?

Jude Whiley - October 8, 2019

I feel a particular ambivalence toward review and criticism. While I have used them in the past to filter my consumption, I’ve also found myself incredulous at…

Katy Perry’s latest controversy captures contemporary Pop’s key problems
Comment
257 views
Comment
257 views

Katy Perry’s latest controversy captures contemporary Pop’s key problems

Gemma Laws - October 4, 2019

In July, a six-year-old song struck a chord in pop culture for all the wrong reasons. Following a four-year legal battle, a Los Angeles jury declared that…

‘We’re Bringing our Worlds to an Audience’ – Rokia Traoré on the Brighton Festival
Music
1146 views
Music
1146 views

‘We’re Bringing our Worlds to an Audience’ – Rokia Traoré on the Brighton Festival

Lara Antoine - February 15, 2019

We are nearing that time of year where Brighton is flooded with arts and culture festivals. Following shortly after the Fringe, Brighton Festival runs from 4th- 26th…

Christmas Queens: Spilling the tea with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kameron Michaels and Asia O’Hara
Interview
3542 views
Interview
3542 views

Christmas Queens: Spilling the tea with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kameron Michaels and Asia O’Hara

Chris Ahjem - November 27, 2018

Tis the season, to indulge in some incredible drag performances! Iconic queens spanning many series of RuPaul’s Drag Race will grace the Brighton Dome on December 3…

Remakes and Reimaginings: Suspiria (2018)
#CINECITY19
2081 views
#CINECITY19
2081 views

Remakes and Reimaginings: Suspiria (2018)

Yazz James - November 13, 2018

Suspiria is a surprising and radical reimagining of Dario Argento’s 1977 film. The story is centred around Susie Bannion (Jessica Harper/Dakota Johnson), a young American, who moves…

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
4536 views
Arts
4536 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018

We got the chance to talk to Catherine from Brighton & Hove’s local organisation, Little Green Pig, who work with young people to unlock their imaginations and…

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite
#CINECITY
1684 views
#CINECITY
1684 views

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite

Emma Nay - November 11, 2018

I did not always believe in the magic of cinema. Sitting in one of a thousand identical cinemas, looking at the waves of unoccupied seats, can make…

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
2164 views
Arts
2164 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018

On the 30 November it was the last Tuesday of the month, meaning, of course, I was at The Hope and Ruin ready for Hi Zero, as…

Poets and Musicians Against the Arms Trade Preview
Arts
1590 views
Arts
1590 views

Poets and Musicians Against the Arms Trade Preview

Emma Nay - November 6, 2018

On the 10th of November in Falmer Bar’s own Room 76 a series of musicians and poets are coming together to protest against the arms trade. The…

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: 50th Anniversary
Arts
1570 views
Arts
1570 views

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: 50th Anniversary

Hal Keelin - November 2, 2018

As one of the best things to come out of the 20th Century nears its 50th anniversary, it is a chance to look back at Laurie Lee’s…

Self-Representation – Women of Colour in Publishing Event
Arts
1437 views
Arts
1437 views

Self-Representation – Women of Colour in Publishing Event

Florence Dutton - October 29, 2018

Over recent years, relentless injustice has caused a surge in female self-reclamation, especially across the media. More and more women from marginalised communities and backgrounds are coming…

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
1358 views
Arts
1358 views

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018

On Sunday evening, The Haunt welcomed a trio of poets from America and Canada as part of Neil Hilborn’s UK tour, treating guests to an uplifting night…

Top Stories
1105 views

Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018

Finding your feet in a brand new city can be overwhelming and confusing at first, however Brighton offers a range of alternative travel options to satisfy all…

Freshers 2018
1277 views

The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018

As we begin a new school year, this is a great time for Sabrina Edwards, the new Science editor, to reflect on the best scientific breakthroughs of…

De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground
Arts
1462 views1
Arts
1462 views1

De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground

Hal Keelin - October 18, 2018

Upon my transfer to Sussex University, I found Robert Cowen’s Common Ground a particularly comforting read. After nearly a year out from academic study, I was finally…

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
1366 views
Arts
1366 views

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018

Striking up laughter in cinema screens once again, Rowan Atkinson may have given up playing lovable Mr. Bean, but he hasn’t retired as Johnny English just yet.…

Sexual assault in the US government
Comment
1352 views
Comment
1352 views

Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018

“I believed he was going to rape me.” are the stand out words in Christine Ford’s final testimony at the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh as an…

What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
1280 views
Arts
1280 views

What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018

  All you need to know about autumn at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts If you have not seen the ACCA’s new autumn programme, you…

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
1765 views
Arts
1765 views

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018

In celebration of Black History Month, Sussex Student Union organised a number of interesting talks and events across October. One of these exciting opportunities was a chance…

Review: Suzanne Ciani & Martin Messier at the ACCA
Film & Theatre
1466 views
Film & Theatre
1466 views

Review: Suzanne Ciani & Martin Messier at the ACCA

Anonymous - October 10, 2018

At the outset, Mr Messier’s FIELD at once invoked The Matrix and Daedalus’ Boiler Room set.  The basic concept of this mixed media performance relies on transducer…

Shelf Help: The Organisation Encouraging Self-Development
Arts
2178 views
Arts
2178 views

Shelf Help: The Organisation Encouraging Self-Development

Kate Dennett - October 10, 2018

To commemorate to this year’s Mental Health Awareness Day, I found it increasingly difficult to draw attention to just one book of relevance in recognition of this…

Freshers’ Week from a second year perspective
Campus News
1719 views
Campus News
1719 views

Freshers’ Week from a second year perspective

Chris Ahjem - October 9, 2018

Annually, the University of Sussex welcomes thousands of new students to our Falmer campus and every year the Student’s Union and Brighton based clubs and businesses increase…

National Badger Day: 10 fun facts you might not have known
News
3262 views
News
3262 views

National Badger Day: 10 fun facts you might not have known

Chris Ahjem - October 6, 2018

To celebrate National Badger Day here are 10 fun facts about our animal kingdom namesake Badgers can run up to 16-19 miles per hour which is the…

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
Arts
1403 views
Arts
1403 views

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018

This coming week marks the celebration of Libraries Week, an event solely dedicated to praising the work of libraries across the UK. This annual event is taking…

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
Interview
1444 views
Interview
1444 views

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018

The young star is often a tricky title to navigate. There are the big names, who explode into the world with noise, bright light, a big record…

How Fenty Beauty changed the face of the makeup industry
Lifestyle
2417 views
Lifestyle
2417 views

How Fenty Beauty changed the face of the makeup industry

Rachel Badham - October 3, 2018

Fenty Beauty, launched in September last year, is a makeup line created by global superstar Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as Rihanna. It’s not uncommon for celebrity…

Why we should all embrace drag
Features
1678 views
Features
1678 views

Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018

Once an art form disregarded by many, 2018 bears witness to the continuous rise of drag as a legitimate, celebrated art. Spearheaded by RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag…

In Conversation with Alannah Myles
Arts
4072 views
Arts
4072 views

In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Alannah Myles, the 1991 Grammy winner for best female rock vocal performance for her outstanding vocal abilities for the…

Brighton Needs You!
News
1484 views
News
1484 views

Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018

Brighton is a vibrant and thriving city that many students at Sussex are lucky enough to call home. But there are many in the area in need…

Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
1598 views
Arts
1598 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018

Starting university comes with both exciting but potentially daunting changes, with both moving away from home and studying at degree level posing to be two new challenges.…

INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist
Film & Theatre
1422 views
Film & Theatre
1422 views

INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist

Olek Młyński - September 18, 2018

One key film in the development of anyone who grew up in the early 2000s was The Incredibles (2004). It’s comedy, vibrancy, and general sense of fun…

France in Fine Fettle
Sports
1332 views
Sports
1332 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018

Prior to the start of the quadrennial tournament this summer, football fans across the world grew sceptical over Russia’s credentials and ability to host the most prestigious…

Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
1490 views
Arts
1490 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018

Boredom is impossible when you throw yourself into everything this weird and wonderful city has to offer. The specific and unique cultural wonders of Brighton are indeed…

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
1553 views
Arts
1553 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018

During this year’s Pride Festival, Brighton had the honour of welcoming international pop star and voice of the early 2000s, Britney Spears, to the main stage. Undoubtedly,…

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate
Campus News
3671 views1
Campus News
3671 views1

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate

Jordan Wright - April 27, 2018

Written by the News Team. Student society Liberate the Debate’s most recent event was cancelled over a lack of compliance with the Students' Union's (USSU) requirement for…

Cultural Bite – rice burger
Culture
30 views
Culture
30 views

Cultural Bite – rice burger

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Vanessa Hung   If you are getting tired of normal burgers and craving for Japanese food at the same time, the rice burger would be your…

Day tripper’s spotlight – Hever Castle
Lifestyle
26 views
Lifestyle
26 views

Day tripper’s spotlight – Hever Castle

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Josh Talbot   Dating back to the 13th century, Hever Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother…

Put The Colour Back Into LGBTQ+
Culture
31 views
Culture
31 views

Put The Colour Back Into LGBTQ+

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Ahmed Negm   Brighton is often described as one of the most diverse and tolerant places within the UK. People from all around the world come…

Green spaces in Brighton
Lifestyle
27 views
Lifestyle
27 views

Green spaces in Brighton

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Joshua Talbot   Brighton is a beautiful city that gives off many lovely vibes, but what is even more wonderful is the presence of green spaces…

Getting Involved in the Brighton Music Scene
Lifestyle
29 views
Lifestyle
29 views

Getting Involved in the Brighton Music Scene

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Connor Langham It’s no secret that the music scene in Brighton is thriving. You only have to sit on the throne in any pub toilet to…

Year in the industry
Lifestyle
29 views
Lifestyle
29 views

Year in the industry

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Joshua Talbot More and more employers require experience in the industry as well as qualifications, so how does the University of Sussex help its students to…

Nights out on campus
Lifestyle
29 views
Lifestyle
29 views

Nights out on campus

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Joshua Talbot When it comes to nights out Brighton has a lot to offer, so when you’re planning your evening, usually heading into the city centre…

Burgers of Brighton
Lifestyle
35 views
Lifestyle
35 views

Burgers of Brighton

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Joshua Talbot When you think of meals to get when you eat out, somewhere on that list is probably a burger and chips. If not, why…

Lifestyle
34 views

The importance of maintaining a work-life balance as a student

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Mehek Shahzad Beaches, bars, an endless array of restaurants and an abundance of galleries and museums – what more could you want from a student city?…

Badgers centre stage: Showcase!
Arts
51 views
Arts
51 views

Badgers centre stage: Showcase!

Jess - November 19, 2019

For some of you last week may have been time of peacefulness and calm, yet on campus it was a whirlwind of drama, courtesy of SUDS. They…

Giselle: A review
Arts
39 views
Arts
39 views

Giselle: A review

Jess - November 19, 2019

Dada Masilo’s Giselle presents the fourth reinterpretation of a ballet classic by the female choreographer, following her reimagining of Romeo and Juliet (2008), Carmen (2009) and Swan…

Whitehawk FC nominated in the sports awards 2019
Sports
40 views
Sports
40 views

Whitehawk FC nominated in the sports awards 2019

Melissa Rosalind White - November 18, 2019

By Patrick Isitt In their final home game before the Sussex Sports Awards on Friday, Whitehawk FC comfortably saw off Whitstable Town in a 3-0 victory at…

Want to oust the Conservatives? Vote where it matters.
Comment
107 views
Comment
107 views

Want to oust the Conservatives? Vote where it matters.

Jude Whiley - November 18, 2019

As I write, a sound dances on my ear drums, stirs my attention. I look out the window and see snowflakes. The sound persists. I’m disturbed. Is…

Rising sea temperatures are turning baby sea turtles female
News
39 views
News
39 views

Rising sea temperatures are turning baby sea turtles female

Becca Bashford - November 18, 2019

  By Angel Woo. With the temperature of the global climate rising, the number of female baby sea turtles is increasing. The temperature during incubation has the…

Researchers discover new way to detect breast cancer five years before clinical signs show
News
36 views
News
36 views

Researchers discover new way to detect breast cancer five years before clinical signs show

Becca Bashford - November 18, 2019

  By Joel Renouf-Cooke. Researchers from Nottingham University have unveiled the results of a study that claims to be able to detect the onset of breast cancer…

Parents vote against academisation at Moulsecoomb Primary School
News
38 views
News
38 views

Parents vote against academisation at Moulsecoomb Primary School

Becca Bashford - November 18, 2019

In June, more than 2,500 people signed a petition protesting against the proposed academisation of Moulsecoomb Primary School in Brighton.  The school was ordered by the government…

Global cities risk being submerged due to rising sea levels
News
35 views
News
35 views

Global cities risk being submerged due to rising sea levels

Becca Bashford - November 18, 2019

  By Ben Jones, Staff Writer. Recent studies into rising sea levels have predicted that cities across the globe could be submerged within the next 30 years. …

Dominic Cummings, Russia, and a concealed government report
National News
38 views
National News
38 views

Dominic Cummings, Russia, and a concealed government report

Becca Bashford - November 18, 2019

  By Tom Chesley. Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry has written to Dominic Raab to express concerns over  Dominic Cummings relationship with Russia, after a whistle-blower came…

Dresden has declared a “Nazi Emergency”
News
62 views
News
62 views

Dresden has declared a “Nazi Emergency”

Becca Bashford - November 18, 2019

  By Venice Hancock. The city of Dresden, situated in Eastern Germany, officially declared a state of “Nazi Emergency” on October 30th.  Dresden has a long history…

Calls for Boris Johnson to remove Alun Cairns as Tory candidate
National News
37 views
National News
37 views

Calls for Boris Johnson to remove Alun Cairns as Tory candidate

Becca Bashford - November 18, 2019

Boris Johnson is facing calls to remove Alun Cairns as a Conservative candidate after it was revealed that Mr Cairns was aware of his former aide Ross…