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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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Rent, sport, mental health services: Your officers meet with University management

Published on 4th March 2021 at 16:51.

This week, Students’ Union officers have had a series of meetings with the University senior management team. We have tried to incorporate as many of your questions and concerns that were gathered through the student reps network, connectors, committees, social media and group chats.

Spring Referenda announcement!

Published on 2nd March 2021 at 14:53.

From 15th - 19th March, you have the chance to vote to change things at the Students' Union in three referenda - read on to see what they are!

University Committee Update: Student Experience Forum

Published on 24th February 2021 at 09:00.

Student Experience Forum is a space for student reps to raise students’ concerns with university staff and management. The Forum takes place once a term.

University Committee Update: Senate

Published on 24th February 2021 at 09:00.

Senate is a high level committee that is responsible for the academic standards and the direction and regulation of academic matters of the University.

Blog: Read Roseanne’s round-up! (Jan- Feb edition)

Published on 23rd February 2021 at 10:00.

Get an insight into Roseanne's role as your Student Living & Sustainability Officer with a focus on the beginning of this year!

University Committee Update: Doctoral Studies

Published on 22nd February 2021 at 15:17.

The Doctoral Studies Committee deals with facilities for postgraduate research students (PGR) and considers a range of issues relating to the research student experience.

Officer update - Weekly Meeting with Jayne Aldridge and Graeme Pedlingham

Published on 22nd February 2021 at 09:00.

Your officers regularly meeting with the University management. This time we talked about the hardship fund and block grants

University Committee Update: Exam and Regulations (EAR)

Published on 19th February 2021 at 09:49.

The Exam and Regulations (EAR) Committee oversees university rules for taught awards and ensures academic standards across these courses.

Statement on rent rebate and lockdown extension

Published on 12th February 2021 at 17:09.

Students in University-owned accommodation recently received an email from the University explaining how rent reductions for the lockdown period would be applied. This is our statement to that email.

Officer update - Weekly Meeting with Jayne Aldridge and Graeme Pedlingham

Published on 8th February 2021 at 17:16.

Your officers regularly meeting with the University management. This time we talked about students on campus, hardship funds, exceptional circumstances, and no detriment policy.

Update regarding this year’s No Detriment policy

Published on 29th January 2021 at 15:11.

The University has not yet finalised the details of their No Detriment policy to us, although they have said that students can expect an update very soon. In the meanwhile, here is what we can share with you.

Officer update - Weekly Meeting with Jayne Aldridge and Graeme Pedlingham

Published on 22nd January 2021 at 13:19.

Your officers regularly meeting with the University management. This time we talked about student parties on campus, no detriment, rent strike, private renters and issues with Panopto

Update from Officer meeting with University management, Thursday 7 January

Published on 8th January 2021 at 14:32.

Your Officers met with University management on Thursday, 7 January and discussed: No Detriment, Online teaching, Assessments, Exceptional circumstances, Rent strike, Rent reduction, Student parents during lockdown, and Trans and Non-binary students & email structure.

Happy New Year and an update on the new term

Published on 5th January 2021 at 16:21.

It’s fair to say 2021 is not off to the best of starts. Solidarity and sympathy from everyone at the Union. We wanted to get in touch to outline news about the new lockdown restrictions, pass on a message from the Sussex Renters’ Union about the Rent Strike and share an open letter from the Save Our Grades campaign for no detriment.

A video message from your Officers

Published on 18th December 2020 at 16:00.

Watch this video message from your Officers, as they wrap up 2020!

Officer update - Weekly Meeting with Jayne Aldridge and Graeme Pedlingham

Published on 17th December 2020 at 17:34.

Your officers regularly meeting with the University management. This update includes answers and discussions on rent strikes and academic debt; no detriment; and the winter break!

Weekly meeting with Kelly Coate, Jayne Aldridge and Graeme Pedlingham

Published on 10th December 2020 at 16:22.

This meeting was cancelled because Jayne and Graeme are in interviews. Your officer team we will raise concerns by email instead.

Universities Unite To Offer New Competition

Published on 4th December 2020 at 10:00.

Four universities on the south coast have joined forces to offer an exciting new competition in a response to the global pandemic. Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth and Sussex are launching the South Coast Cup.

Blog | Update from Roseanne, your Student Living and Sustainability Officer

Published on 19th November 2020 at 13:29.

Find out what Roseanne has been up to over the past week, from Sustainability Committees to Green Renters' campaign and applying sustainable development goals at Sussex.

Joint statement with Sussex UCU about police on campus

Published on 9th November 2020 at 16:23.

Read our joint statement with Sussex University and College Union (UCU) regarding the recent police presence on campus

Unions stand with our catering staff - save our frontline workers

Published on 30th October 2020 at 08:43.

These staff are as much a part of the University as its direct employees. Indeed many of them were directly employed by Sussex prior to the TUPE transfer to Chartwells. They are among the lowest paid and most vulnerable workers on campus and, in addition, are on the frontline in terms of Covid-19 exposure.

Officer update - Weekly Meeting with Kelly Coate and Jayne Aldridge

Published on 29th October 2020 at 17:30.

There were a number of issues on which we were seeking clarity and action, which we raised with Graeme as below. We asked for an email update about these issues, as we are concerned about the extent to which the University is engaging with student representation at the moment.

Officer update - Management meeting with University

Published on 15th October 2020 at 17:30.

Your officers regularly meeting with the University management. This update includes answers and discussions on Brighton Banter, accommodation, Renters Rally, fines, body cams, food package, longer-term loans of computer equipment, turning cameras on in class, and Minibus service.

Update about Covid-19 tests on campus

Published on 13th October 2020 at 16:09.

If you need to get a coronavirus test, you have to be symptomatic. If you have symptoms, you need to fill in the Sussex University Covid reporting tool, and you will get support and contact from the University.

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.