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See your latest updates from your Elected Officers and their meetings with the University.

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Latest Covid-19 Updates

As your officers, we regularly meet with the University to represent all students and lobby for your rights. To keep you updated, we're posting quick meeting summaries whenever we can.

As your Students' Union, we're separate from the University. Meeting with University management is one way for us, as officers, to ensure your voices (particularly those of the most vulnerable students) are heard and responded to by the University. Have a look at our archive for previous meeting notes.

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URGENT - Regarding all Sports Clubs…

Published on 8th October 2020 at 16:36.

We have recently received this statement from the General Counsel's Office within the University.

Weekly report from the Student Voice team

Published on 7th October 2020 at 14:33.

Your weekly update from the Student Voice team, looking at the issues affecting students across the UK Higher Education sector.

Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC) National Day of Protest in Support of International Students

Published on 6th October 2020 at 17:11.

Universities Resist Border Controls (URBC), with the help of the Officer team, is organising a national day of action tomorrow, Weds 7 Oct, in solidarity with Tier 4 International Students who are in precarious study and fee conditions.

Statement on the Gender Recognition Act reform announcement

Published on 30th September 2020 at 12:48.

We want to offer our solidarity to transgender and non-binary people who have been hurt by this government’s refusal to reform the Gender Recognition Act (GRA).

Joint Unions victory: Two of our demands have been met!

Published on 29th September 2020 at 17:13.

Bigs wins this week for the unions on campus, including on-campus testing and open communication about positive test numbers.

Response to University’s message about student behaviour

Published on 24th September 2020 at 16:52.

Our response to the University's communication from Kelly Coate, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, which highlighted the potential consequences of students going against Covid-19 regulations.

Your questions answered: Access and returning to university

Published on 24th September 2020 at 11:02.

On Friday 18 and Monday 21 September 2020, we held two open discussions on access and returning to university. This was for students to raise concerns and questions about accessing online and ‘blended’ learning, social aspects of University life, financial concerns, moving around campus - and anything else you wanted to bring up.

Brighton & Hove Council launches Covid-19 ‘escalation tool’ with young people’s safety in mind

Published on 17th September 2020 at 09:46.

Brighton & Hove City Council has asked us to circulate information about their new ‘escalation framework’, which has just been introduced to keep everyone updated on the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the city.

Officer update - On reopening campus

Published on 11th September 2020 at 17:24.

We want to clarify that the University is still planning to go ahead with a blended learning approach.

Officer video update - Statement on reopening campus

Published on 11th September 2020 at 09:59.

The Officers explain their position on reopening campus and moving to online teaching.

Open letter from a collective of Sussex academics and student-supporting professional services staff

Published on 10th September 2020 at 10:38.

A group of academics and student-supporting professional services staff have collaborated in writing an open letter to students, explaining their position on teaching in the new term.

Joint statement by University of Sussex campus unions on reopening for teaching this term

Published on 8th September 2020 at 15:54.

We believe that the University's currently advertised plans are inadequate to ensure a safe reopening.

Officer update - 2 September

Published on 2nd September 2020 at 15:21.

See what your fabulous Officer team has been working on over the past week!

Officer update - debrief from their latest meeting with University management

Published on 24th August 2020 at 15:27.

Includes: Safe return to campus, extra support/extensions, No Detriment policy.

Officer update - 21 August 2020

Published on 21st August 2020 at 18:00.

Your new Officer team has been busy! Find out what they’ve been up to in the past weeks:

Celebrating all the charity fundraising efforts of our student societies and clubs!

Published on 20th August 2020 at 13:05.

Well done to our clubs and societies for all the money you have fundraised for charities this year!

Survey: Online learning and Covid-19

Published on 19th August 2020 at 15:34.

We’d like to hear your experiences of online learning and your thoughts about returning to campus in the context of Covid-19.

Our statement on A-level results

Published on 14th August 2020 at 14:02.

At Sussex Students’ Union we want to offer solidarity to all those who had their A-level results unfairly downgraded.

Meet your new full-time Officer team

Published on 12th August 2020 at 15:59.

Introducing the new team representing the voice of Sussex students for the year ahead

Statement on Anti-Semitism

Published on 7th August 2020 at 16:13.

We were horrified by the recent antisemitic statements made by Grime artist Wiley. We stand in solidarity with our Jewish students. We oppose all forms of antisemitism and understand that it is pervasive and systemic in our society, and works to affect students’ lives at University, as well. As an organisation that is committed to being anti-racist, we will work with our Jewish students and others to bring to light the ways in which antisemitism functions at Sussex and work to end it.

Update regarding Sussex alumnus immigration situation

Published on 31st July 2020 at 17:05.

Joint statement from your Officers, the We Stand with Goodluck campaign and Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC) updating on Sussex alumnus, Anugwom Izuchukwu Goodluck's immigration issues.

Officer update: Monday briefing with University management

Published on 27th July 2020 at 17:00.

In their meeting with University management today, the Officer team covered the following points: #WeStandWithGoodLuck, Plans for next term, Study & social spaces, Covid planning

Statement on recent ableist comments from University staff

Published on 22nd July 2020 at 17:00.

We recently became aware of comments made by a professor at the University. Access Sussex believes that these comments are ableist, which is something the University should take extremely seriously. These comments refer to a tweet from the professor, who we are not publicly naming for legal reasons. In the tweet, they write about being ‘shocked’ by certain reasonable adjustments.

Support new students & become a Buddy

Published on 21st July 2020 at 16:00.

New students arriving in September will need you more than ever. University life is likely to be very different from normal, and the Buddy Scheme is still here to support all students and we need your help! Given the current situation, your experiences will be invaluable to new students! By signing up to be a Buddy you will be matched with a new student to help them to adjust into life at University and Brighton.

Goodbye to our amazing Officer team of 2019/20

Published on 17th July 2020 at 14:36.

To Becky, Filip, Ijlal, Chris, Niina and Benjamin ... Thank you. You've led us through a year of strikes, Coronavirus and more. You did a brilliant job and we will miss you. Here is our video tribute to our full-time Officer team of 2019/2020 and all the great things you achieved.