Discover the different ways you will learn throughout the academic year.

Studying in-person and online

We expect teaching to be normally in-person and on campus.

Online learning resources and course content will be available to support students learning on and off campus.

Different ways of teaching

There are various methods of learning, including:

  • lectures – large groups in a lecture theatre setting
  • seminars and tutorials – small group teaching
  • practical sessions – in laboratories and workshops.

You may also experience:

  • asynchronous learning – lessons that are not accessed at the same time by students on the same module. You can access resources (such as lecture recordings) and communicate at any time
  • dual-mode teaching – sometimes referred to as “simultaneous delivery”, where a session is given both in-person and online at the same time.

However you’re taught, you are able to achieve the same learning outcomes for your course.

Learning principles

We want every student to have the best possible learning experience.

You can download our digital learning principles [PDF 96KB]. These may also appear in slides or on display in your School.

Equipment you may need

Make sure you have equipment which is suitable to study and prepare for assessments.

Find out more about the technology you need to study with us and the online systems we use for teaching (Canvas module).

We also advise you to download the SussexMobile app to your smartphone.

See our guidance about assistive technology for students, such as support for learners with literacy difficulties.

Recording of teaching

Some teaching activities involve recording lectures or seminars to support students’ learning. We do this in line with our policy on the recording of teaching activities and other uses of Panopto [PDF 175KB].

All recordings are stored securely for only as long as necessary, then deleted. See how we process personal data for education purposes.

If you have any concerns about your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer. Email


Find out more about exams and other types of assessment.

Changes to your studies

If you are thinking about a change to your course, the Student Centre has information about issues, groups and services both on and off campus.

Our staff can also provide you with advice on your studies, helping you deal with any concerns and providing information if you are considering making any changes.

You can also find out about:

Staying up-to-date

See how we will communicate with you during your studies.

You’ll receive important updates to your Sussex email address.

Complaints, appeals and feedback

If you have a concern about an aspect of your student experience at Sussex, you can let us know.

Check our:

Changes to teaching in a public health situation

Although we aim for in-person teaching, we may need to make changes in response to events in the world, such as a pandemic.

In such an event, the health and safety of our students and staff is our priority and any actions we take will be informed by government advice.