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We’re busy planning our Welcome Week activities and updating our Welcome information for September 2024.

We’ll be back in touch with new students by email from August on what you can expect and information to help you get ready to join Sussex.

You can still explore all our advice for new students, including things you can do to help you settle in.

You can also find all the help and support you need during your studies.

If you're looking for extra support before starting your university journey, find out more on our transition programmes for Undergraduate students and how to express your interest in a space.

Please note that spaces on these events are limited. We prioritise spaces for students from underrepresented groups.

Undergraduate Transition Programme

This two day event will be hosted from Friday 30th - Saturday 31st August. You will experience a mixture of talks, workshops, and activities to help you get to know the university better before you start in September. You'll have the chance to talk to staff and students and find out more about the university space.

Refreshments, snacks and lunch will be provided, and you're welcome to bring a plus one (family member, carer or friend etc.) as some availability will be provided. You will have the opportunity to request a contribution toward your travel and we can also offer some free on-campus accommodation (on Thursday 29th August and Friday 30th August), subject to availability.

Register your interest

  • Strategies for wellbeing

    Looking after your wellbeing will help you get the most out of your university experience.

    We understand there is a lot to navigate at university so find out who’s who: meet the various support services dedicated to supporting you, including our Disability Advisors, Student Advisors, Residential Life Team, Careers and Entrepreneurship Team, Student Union and Wellbeing Team.

  • Academic skills

    Learn how to be confident in your academic skills.

    It’s quite normal to have some anxieties about starting university level study. On this workshop, you will explore the strengths you have already and introduce some key skills, as well as getting to know other students and staff.

    By the end of the session, you will feel more confident in your own abilities and the support systems in place at Sussex, and ready for your course induction during Welcome Week.

  • Social connections

    Making social connections is a key aspect of student life. It is normal for many students to feel nervous about meeting new people, making friends and engaging in activities. We will host various activities, workshops and socials organised by services across the University of Sussex, including our, Residential Life Team, Student Union, Wellbeing Team and Spirit of Sussex Award.

    If, in August, you are offered and confirm your place at Sussex, we will contact you again with the full details. Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us between these times: we'll in touch as soon as we know you will be joining us.

Undergraduate Mature Students Transition Programme

Register your interest for the Sussex University Mature Student Transition Programme. This one-day event takes place on Saturday 31 August 2024, 10am-3pm.

You will experience a mixture of talks, workshops, and activities to help you get to know the university better before you start. You'll have the chance to talk to staff and students and find out more about the university space.

Our one day programme focuses on various academic skills workshops and will allow you to explore the strengths you have already and take part in workshops to introduce some key skills, as well as getting to know other students and staff.

By the end of the day, you'll feel more confident in your own abilities and the support systems in place at Sussex, and ready for your course induction during Welcome Week. This event may be particularly relevant to you if you have had gaps in your education, feel unconfident about your skills, or are returning to learning later in life.

Register your interest

  • Mature Students Transition Programme: more information

    Snacks, lunch and refreshments will be provided, and you're welcome to bring a plus one (family member, carer or friend etc) as there is some availabilty provided for this. You will have the opportunity to request for a contribution toward your travel and we can also offer some free on-campus accommodation on Friday evening, subject to availability.

    If, in August, you are offered and confirm your place at Sussex, we will contact you again with the full details. Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us between these times: will be in touch as soon as we know you will be joining us.

    You will get a chance to explore various student support services on campus, as well as join in social activities to help build community and friendships.

You will need to hold a confirmed place (starting in September 2024) with Sussex by the time of the event you are attending.

If you have any questions, email the Belong at Sussex team at belong@sussex.ac.uk

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