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History of the Sussex sociology department

posted on 2023-06-08, 07:00 authored by Luke MartellLuke Martell
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University of Sussex, a special commemorative book has been commissioned telling the story of the University and how it has evolved over the last five decades. In 1961 the first 52 students and nine members of faculty started at the brand new University of Sussex. From the beginning, the University set out to break the mould of traditional higher education and to redraw the map of learning. As John Fulton, the first Vice-Chancellor, remarked, Sussex was about ‘making the future’. Over the subsequent five decades, the University has made a remarkable contribution to research and higher education teaching and learning in the UK and internationally. Making the Future, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University of Sussex, includes specially commissioned essays exploring the core business of the University – making knowledge and disseminating understanding – as well as varied pieces on the glorious architecture and landscape of the campus and the colourful history of Sussex student protest. The book is richly illustrated with numerous photographs, most never published before, and also tells of the unique personal experiences of the some of the people who have worked or studied at Sussex.


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University of Sussex

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Making the Future: a history of the University of Sussex

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  • Sociology and Criminology Publications

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