Over the past month, members of the University of Sussex community have been coming together to figure out how we make sure decisions taken by the university leadership team are taken with our best interests in mind. On Tuesday we held our first public event, our own photo exhibition in Library Square.
Inside the library, vice chancellors and other senior figures from Sussex’s past and present were celebrating the university’s rich tradition of strong academic standards, top quality research, and great leadership. The occasion: the unveiling of a new painting featuring the current and all past VCs. Meanwhile, outside, we were making sure that those university traditions aren’t forgotten in the dash for growth.
Displayed at the bottom of the library steps were a series of personal stories from around the campus. From the creche, to SPRU and CENTRIM in the Freeman Centre to Residential Services, these stories had a common theme, in the rush to push decisions through, the university leadership is in danger of sidelining and alienating vast swathes of students and staff.
The response on the day was incredible, dozens of visitors for the unveiling ceremony stopped, chatted and offered their support. There was a strong turn out from Sussex’s PhD community, indicating just how important Sussex’s reputation as a strong research university is to them. There were academic and services staff there to offer their support, and even a few undergraduates still on campus.
The level of support and encouragement from all quarters is a strong indication that right now it’s time that the leadership of the University of Sussex started to listen to us.
If you’d like to get involved, contact Cian at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d love to hear from you.
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