University of Sussex

University of Sussex, Sussex House, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH, United Kingdom sussex.ac.uk study@sussex.ac.uk +441273606755

“It is absolutely clear to me that the urgent action needed to address the daunting challenge of global climate change cannot be achieved without the expertise and collective voice of the world’s universities. Sussex is in an extremely strong position to lead this charge.”

Adam Tickell, Vice Chancellor

Environmental Pledges & Initiatives

The University provides an annual budget for the purpose of sustainable and environmental development and is committed to reducing the environmental impact of university life via their Environmental Management System (EMS). We also host a variety of sustainability debates, talks and events and also employ a professor of Climate Change and Society, Dominic Kniveton.

The University is proud to present the initiative Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), the director of which, Joseph Alcamo, is the former UN Environment Chief Scientist. SSRP projects aim to address the individual UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as the interactions between them (e.g. ‘The intersection between migration, food security, environmental challenges and livelihood strategies’)


All paper used by staff is made of recycled material

Special recycling bins for hot beverage cups – the only paper cup recycling scheme in the UK

Reuse and recycle equipment on campus and in local community with the Warp It

(Waste Action Reuse Portal) which has removed over 23,000kg of Co2, 9 tonnes of

Waste and saved more than £56,000

Food waste café on campus – utilising food waste to create delicious meals

University shop sources bottled water from a single local and sustainable supplier

Transport and Energy:

Paper towels have recently been replaced with efficient hand dryers

3,000 solar panels power the campus with renewable energy – the largest solar

Project in the UK higher education sector

Sustainable Transport Policy – supporting environmentally friendly methods of travel

Ample bike racks around campus

Charging points for electric vehicles available, and use of electric vehicles by grounds staff on campus

Available Eco Courses


Key Courses Available

Life Sciences (with foundation year) BSc (Hons) Undergraduate
Ecology, Conservation and Environment BSc (Hons) Undergraduate
Ecology and Conservation BSc (Hons) Undergraduate
Zoology BSc (Hons) Undergraduate
Food and Development MA Postgraduate
Environment, Development and Policy MA Postgraduate
Climate Change, Development and Policy MSc Postgraduate
Conservation Biology MRes Postgraduate
Ecology and Conservation MSci Postgraduate
Ecology, Conservation and Environment MSci Postgraduate
Evolutionary Biology MRes Postgraduate
Global Biodiversity Conservation MSc Postgraduate
Sustainable Development MSc Postgraduate
International Development (Global Studies) PhD PhD
Science and Technology Policy Studies PhD PhD

Project Highlights

The Sussex Sustainability Assembly (SSA) (February 2020) – looking at what the university is already doing and what they could being doing more of to address the climate emergency

Go Greener Campaign initiated in the summer of 2017 (reduce plastic use, waste, carbon emissions and non-renewable energy sources) Light bulbs have recently been replaced with LED lights and smart metres installed as part of the programme

Carbon reduction programme – to drastically reduce emissions by more responsible use of water, food and energy on campus

The Green Impact scheme – a scheme for students and staff to help make their workplace a more sustainable and environmentally responsible (focussing this year on the UN Sustainable Development Goals)

Participate in the EcoCampus environmental management scheme, which provides a framework for reducing the environmental impact of higher and further education institutions. Aim to obtain a platinum accreditation from the scheme

Project to restore a 2 hectare area on campus with a ‘living lab’ for the purpose of rewilding, increasing biodiversity and student-led scientific study

Inter-disciplinary research programme, Climate@Sussex, in collaboration with the
Institute for Development Studies (IDS), informs best policy and practice with the aim of a net-zero carbon economy

The Sussex Roots Programme – centred around the theme ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, an allotment for growing plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables, with homemade compost bins. Coffee waste from Eat Central café is mixed with soil and used in the ‘Sussex Roots’ allotments to put vital nutrients back in to the ground

Online blog detailing sustainable trips and research as part of the SSRP

We run a Cycle to Work scheme for students and staff, and The Bike Shack’ rents out and fixes bikes on campus, supporting our Sustainable Transport Policy

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Key Lecturers

You can read more about the people listed below by visiting their profiles on the University of Sussex staff bios page here.

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Joseph Alcamo

Director of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme, Professor of Environmental Systems Science (Geography)
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Fiona Marshall

Professor of Environment & Development (Science Policy Research Unit), Professor of Environment & Development
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Chris Sandom

Senior Lecturer in Biology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment)
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Jorn Scharlemann

Professor of Conservation Science (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment)
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Martin Todd

Professor in Climate Change (Geography)
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Fiona Hurd

Sussex Sustainability Research Programme, Programme Manager

Related Student Societies

Amnesty International Society

BAME Society

Biology Society

BSMS Students for Global Health

Climate Action Movement

Extinction Rebellion Society

Food Waste Cafe Sussex

GeogSoc – Geography Society

Global Justice Now Youth

Green Party Society

Leave No Trace Society

Oxfam Sussex Society

Rewilding Sussex

Sussex Second Hand Society

Vegetarian and Vegan Society

Walking and Hiking Society

Wildlife and Conservation Society

Other Important Information

  • We are lucky to be situated amongst the Sussex Downs; the grounds staff are committed to maintaining a biodiverse and rich environment and we were presented with a Green Flag Award in 2017 for the university’s environmental conservation efforts and high-quality maintenance of the grounds.
  • Our University has an active Fairtrade status.