Belong at Sussex

Find out about events and activities that can help you build a sense of belonging while at Sussex.

About the programme

It’s quite normal for students to feel uncertain about how they fit in at university. This is why we have a programme of activities for you to get involved with and build a sense of belonging.

Who is it for?

This programme of activities is for everyone, although many of our activities are aimed at students who identify as any of the following:

  • mature students
  • parents
  • carers
  • commuters
  • disabled or neurodiverse
  • care-experienced
  • estranged
  • refugee
  • Gypsy, Roma or Traveller
  • BAME
  • LGBTQIA+
  • from a low socio-economic background.

How to get involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved with the programme:

  • register for our Sussex Transition Programme, if you’re a new undergraduate or foundation year student
  • join our Canvas page
  • apply to be Student Connector.
  • explore our events feed (coming soon) – we’ll be running events for mature students, those with autism and a student-designed Begin to Belong Fair, plus more.

Promoting a sense of belonging

Check our top tips for promoting a sense of belonging for yourself and others during your time at Sussex.

  1. Promote an Equal Sussex by being part of a mentoring and coaching programme (particularly if you identify as an under-represented student).
  2. Show that you won’t tolerate bullying, harassment and violence against others. Use our Report and Support tool if you or someone else has experienced these kinds of behaviour.
  3. Collaborate on shaping the university by being a Sussex Ambassador, joining the Connector Programme or having your say on important matters.
  4. Promote an accessible Sussex by joining Access Sussex or the Careers Equity Project, and thinking about language and forms of communication with other students and staff.