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Universities in Brighton Brighton is home to two highly popular – but relatively new – universities and a student population of more than 30,000.

The University of Sussex [map] was the first of the new wave of universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in August 1961. Now, some 40 years on, the university is a leading teaching and research institution with an international reputation for its innovative style.

It has academic links with every continent along with more than 2,300 international students from 100 countries, and teaching staff from 40 nations. In addition to this one in seven of all Sussex undergraduates spend a year of their degree outside the UK.

Along with its academic and research qualities, Sussex is the only university in England that is entirely located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) , which makes it a wonderful place to study. Situated on the edge of the Sussex Downs in Brighton, the campus is like a large, self-contained village, with lecture theatres, seminar rooms, libraries, labs, accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops and sports facilities all within easy walking distance.

Not far from this university but closer to the city centre you’ll find the main campus of the University of Brighton [map] on Lewes Road. This university is home to more than 21,000 students and dates back to 1859 when the School of Art opened in the Royal Pavilion kitchens with just 110 students.

In 1897 the Municipal Technical College opened in Brighton with 600 enrolled students and just over a decade later, in 1909, the city’s Teacher Training College opens was founded.

For the following 60 years the two institutions worked separately until 1970 when Brighton Polytechnic was established through the merging of the College of Technology and School of Art. Then in 1992 Brighton was named as one of many UK polytechnics to be given university status – and so the University of Brighton was born.

These days there are hundreds of courses for students to choose from, with a lot of emphasis on the sciences and medical teaching, particularly since 1994 when the Sussex and Kent Institute of Nursing and Midwifery became part of the university.

University of Brighton
University of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4AT
+44 (0)1273 600900
www.brighton.ac.uk

University of Sussex
University of Sussex, Falmer House, Brighton, BN1 9RH
+44 (0)1273 606755
www.sussex.ac.uk

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