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									University of Sussex                University of Sussex
Undergraduate Office (Admissions)
Sussex House, Falmer
Brighton BN1 9RH                    A guide for students on
                                    A guide for students on
T +44 (0)1273 678416                franchised programmes
F +44 (0)1273 678335
E information@sussex.ac.uk
                                    franchised programmes
www.sussex.ac.uk                    2007/2008
                                    2008/2009

By air
Two of Britain’s major
international airports, London
Heathrow and Gatwick, are
both within easy reach.

By sea
The major south coast ports
offer regular ferry services to
continental Europe.

By train
You can be in central London
in as little as 50 minutes.

By road
Brighton is conveniently located
close to the main UK road
network.
Contents


Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor           1

About the University                       2

What is a franchised programme?            4

Student administration                     6
•	     Registration
•	     Programme	choice	form	
•	     Induction
•	     Assessment	and	examinations
•	     Regulations
•	     Complaints	
•	     Appeals

Financial arrangements                     9

Academic support and student services      10
•	    Access	to	facilities
•	    Library
•	    Disability	Support
•	    Computing
•	    Other	support

The University of Sussex Students’ Union   13

The University of Sussex Students’ Union   14
Advice Centre

Useful contacts                            15
                                                                                  1

Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor



‘It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the University of Sussex.

‘Although you will study at a local partner college during your first year,
we very much regard you as a Sussex student.

‘You are welcome to use all the student services available on the Sussex
campus, including the Library, computing facilities and the sport centres.

‘Your registration at the University also automatically entitles you to membership
of the University of Sussex Students’ Union.

‘We are proud of our reputation as a cosmopolitan community: our diverse
student population makes the Sussex campus an exciting and lively place. The
atmosphere is also informal and friendly, making it a great place to make new
friends.

‘This guide introduces you to the University and provides useful information on
our franchised programmes. I am sure that you will find it to be helpful.

‘With all good wishes for your success.’




Professor Michael Farthing




Vice-Chancellor
2

About the University


Setting the scene
The University of Sussex was the first of the
new universities founded in the 1960s and
received its Royal Charter on 16 August 1961.

The University boasts one of the most
beautiful and picturesque campuses in
Britain. Located in parkland near the village of
Falmer, about four miles (six kilometres) east
of Brighton and on the edge of the Sussex
Downs, the campus combines award-winning
modern architecture and lush open spaces.

The campus is like a large, self-contained
village, with lecture halls, seminar rooms,
laboratories, bars, restaurants, shops,
libraries, accommodation and sports facilities
all within easy walking distance.

In 2007/08, 11,459 students were registered
on degree programmes at the University, while
the total number of University employees was
approximately 2,175.
                                                   3

About the University


How the University works
The main academic units of the University are
the following five schools of study:
• School of Humanities
• School of Life Sciences
• School of Science and Technology
• School of Social Sciences and
  Cultural Studies
• The Sussex Institute

Each programme of study is assigned to a
school and you will be registered as a student
in one of these schools depending on your
programme (see page 5).

Each school is headed by a dean, assisted by
a number of academic officers, administrators
and other support staff, and the whole school
community is housed in a particular group
of adjacent buildings on the campus. The
schools play a key role in providing academic
and personal support to help you achieve
your full potential.

All the schools of the University regard the
cultural diversity and age mix of their students
as one of their most valued assets. The
schools work hard to foster the diversity of
the student experience.
4

What is a franchised programme?


Background                                       Standards
The University’s partnership arrangements        Your programme is owned and managed by a
derive from its regional role, defined in the    University school of studies. That same school
mission statement of the University Plan.        also owns the whole degree programme of
A close involvement with the local community     which your programme forms a part. It is the
has characterised the University since           school’s responsibility to ensure that your
its foundation.                                  programme is monitored on an annual basis
                                                 in accordance with the University’s quality
A franchised programme is a programme            assurance procedures. Examination question
designed and owned by the University but         papers for your programme are checked by
delivered by a partner college. The University   school representatives at the University.
remains responsible for the design, content,
mode of delivery and assessment of               Programme completion
the programme.                                   Each programme has different rules for
                                                 successful completion. You will find these
How many students are there on                   details in the programme literature sent to you
franchised programmes?                           by your college.
There are, at present, about 35 students
at two colleges.
                                                                                5

What is a franchised programme?


College                  UCAS code   Franchised programme       School

Chichester College       C701        BSc Biological Sciences    Life Sciences
                                     (with a foundation year)
Central Sussex College   G402        BSc Computing Sciences     Science and
                                     (with a foundation year)   Technology
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Student administration


Registration
Registration should be done online and details
of how to access the online registration
system will be sent to you in late August/early
September. Please ensure you keep a record
of your username and password as this will
give you access to your IT Services account,
including email. Your college tutor will provide
you with your ID card.

Programme choice form
In April of your foundation year, you will be
required to complete a programme choice
form to indicate the programme you intend
to progress to. If you wish to change the
programme you were admitted to, please
speak to your college tutor, who will advise
you on how to apply for a change of
programme.

Induction
Your college will have several induction
activities at the beginning of the autumn
term – these will be well publicised in your
college welcome pack and on college notice
boards.

Please remember that you are always
welcome to visit the University and take
advantage of the academic and social
facilities on offer.
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Student administration


Assessment and examinations                      Who can help with any special
What if the examinations clash with              arrangements for examinations I have?
my holidays?                                     If you have any additional requirements,
The examinations timetable will be issued        eg wheelchair user access to examination
early enough for you to fit any domestic         rooms, it is very important to let your college
arrangements around them; your college           tutor know (or make an early appointment at
cannot arrange examinations to fit your          University of Sussex Student Support) as far
personal needs. This also applies to resit       in advance of the examinations as possible
examinations, which are usually held in early    so that arrangements can be made to
September. Please do not make commitments        accommodate them.
for that time if you think you may have to
take resits.                                     Do I have to pay for examinations?
                                                 No. The cost of examinations is included in
Does the same apply to religious                 the tuition fee that you pay at the beginning
festivals?                                       of the programme.
If there are particular days that you must
avoid for religious reasons, it is imperative
that you inform your college tutor by January
so that your college can try to timetable your
examinations around them. If this proves
not to be possible, your college will
make arrangements with your tutor for a
special sitting.
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Student administration




                                                 “
Regulations                                                  Christian’s
As a student on a franchised programme,                      perspective
you will be bound by both the regulations                      ‘I moved to England to do a degree in
of the University and those of the College.      Molecular Genetics at Sussex and the foundation year
Any regulations relating to your link with       prepared me very well. Students on franchised programmes
the University (eg programme regulations,        were often better prepared for their Sussex degrees than
assessment, appeals) will be dealt with by       other students. Later, I took my notes from Chichester
Sussex. However, if you do anything that         College as a reference for research.
affects only your college (eg conduct), you      ‘The programme includes a range of subjects, giving you
are bound by your college’s regulations for      the chance to choose from several degree programmes
                                                 at Sussex. The teaching standard is excellent and faculty
those purposes.
                                                 are very helpful with any issues that arise, whether course
                                                 related or private. You are treated as an adult in a study
The University sets out its obligations to its   environment that reflects the one at Sussex. You can use
students, and vice versa, in the Handbook        the Library and computing facilities at Sussex during your
for Undergraduate Students, which can            studies at your college, which makes you feel part of the
be accessed at www.sussex.ac.uk/                 University.
studenthandbook                                  ‘Chichester College was a great place to study, with
                                                 everything within walking distance. There is a modern leisure
Complaints                                       centre nearby, with a gym and a swimming pool. The college
                                                 also has some leisure facilities and there are many clubs
If you have a complaint about any aspect of
                                                 you can join, whether you are interested in languages, arts
your degree programme or life at your college,
                                                 or sports. There is a large supermarket next to the college
including the way in which your programme        and shops and pubs in Chichester centre are all within
is taught or assessed, or the learning support   walking distance. There are frequent trains in all directions,
available, you should take the matter up with    in case you fancy a day out in London or Brighton.
your college tutor. Informal discussions can     ‘After graduating from Sussex, I completed a PhD at
usually resolve problems.                        Cancer Research UK. I am working on the Cell Cycle,
                                                 which is a particularly strong field of Sussex Molecular
If it is not possible to solve a problem         Genetics research.’
informally, you may invoke the University’s
                                                 Christian Heichinger
complaints procedures. The Handbook for          Former foundation-year student
Undergraduate Students contains details on
the procedures for different complaints.

Appeals
                                                 at Chichester College
                                                                                                      “
There is no right of appeal against the
academic judgement of the examiners, but
you have the right to appeal on the grounds
of any alleged impropriety in the conduct of
the assessment. You can also appeal if you
are found guilty of misconduct in assessment
exercises (full details are available in the
Handbook for Undergraduate Students).
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Financial arrangements


How much do I have to pay towards my              How do I pay my fees?
tuition?                                          Fees can be paid online via Sussex Direct
UK students: tuition fees for the academic        at www.sussex.ac.uk/direct – details of
year 2008/09 are £3,145. Fees are payable         how and when to access Sussex Direct will
for each year of the programme and increase       be sent to you later in the year. Your Sussex
on an annual basis. You can apply for a tuition   Direct account will give you all of the payment
fee loan to cover the tuition fee cost.           options available and will allow you to pay in
UK students can apply for a loan or fee           full by debit or credit card. It will also allow
support online. For more information, visit       you to set up termly instalments by debit or
www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk                    credit card or by direct debit on a UK bank
                                                  account, or set up a monthly installment plan
If you do not have access to a computer,          by direct debit on a UK bank account. There
please contact your Local Authority (LA) who      are eight installments on the monthly payment
will send you a paper copy of the application     plan. If the direct debit is to be paid by the
form to complete and return to them.              bank account of someone other than the
                                                  student, a direct debit mandate form will need
EU students: tuition fees for the academic        to be completed by the account holder and
year 2008/09 are £3,145. Fees are payable         sent to Student Accounts.
for each year of the programme and increase
on an annual basis. You can apply for a tuition   Alternatively, the fees can be paid in full by
fee loan to cover the tuition fee cost.           bank transfer. Should you need assistance,
EU students can download an application           Student Accounts can be contacted on
form for a tuition fee loan online. For more      +44 (0)1273 673276.
information, visit www.direct.gov.uk
                                                  All students are required, as a condition of
Please note that if you are applying through      registration, to pay all fees due from them
UCAS you will automatically be sent an            to the University.
application form to apply for fee support,
which you should complete and return to the       If I leave the programme during the year,
Department for Innovation, Universities and       am I entitled to a refund of my tuition
Skills (DIUS). If you do not apply through        fee?
UCAS, you will be able to                         If you leave the programme during the
obtain an application form online at              year, fees are rebated or refunded for each
www.direct.gov.uk, by emailing                    term of non attendance. For a part term of
EUTeam@slc.co.uk or by telephoning the EU         attendance, a full term’s fee is charged. Any
team on +44 (0)1412 433570.                       requests for refunds must be submitted in
                                                  writing to the Head of Financial Services at
Overseas students assessed as liable for the      the University of Sussex, accompanied by
‘overseas’ level of fee (generally non-UK and     supporting paperwork.
non-EU students) are required to pay full
tuition fees, and you must provide evidence       See Academic support and student services
of your ability to pay the fees and support       (page 11) for information on student loans.
yourself financially before registering as a
student. The annual fees include registration,
tuition and examination fees.
10

Academic support and student services


Access to facilities                                   Other services available
You are welcome to use all student services at         • group workrooms – eight workrooms are
the University. However, you should find that            available for group study
you have everything you need at your college.          • audiovisual listening and viewing facilities,
                                                         both for individuals and groups
Library                                                • computers and printers
You can make full use of the Library’s                 • photocopying and binding
facilities. You will be issued with a joint library/   • microform collection with readers and
student ID card when you register with the               microform scanners
University. You will need this card to enter           • archives, manuscripts and the Rare Books
the Library building and to borrow materials,            collections (for more information, see
so remember to bring it with you every time              www.sussex.ac.uk/library/speccoll).
you visit.
                                                       Disability support
The Library has a collection of over 815,000           A range of Library services are available
volumes, 2,000 prints and over 20,000                  for users with mobility/sensory impairment
online journals from all over the world.               or specific learning requirements, including
Its collection of electronic resources, the            dyslexia.
Electronic Library (www.sussex.ac.uk/
library/electronic), includes many electronic          The Library contact is the Lending Services
full-text journals and newspapers, as well as          Manager (see page 16 for contact details).
references to thousands of journal articles            Full information about opening hours, stock
and links to useful websites.                          and services can be found on the Library
                                                       website www.sussex.ac.uk/library
InfoSuss is a set of online tutorials you can
work through at your own pace
(www.sussex.ac.uk/library/infosuss).
You can learn how to search the catalogue
efficiently, interpret your reading list, identify
relevant information, use the Electronic
Library, reference your sources correctly and
avoid plagiarism.
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Academic support and student services


                                                 Other support
                                                 If you have any personal difficulties and
                                                 need support or counselling, the first person
                                                 to talk to is your college tutor. It is always
                                                 helpful for a member of academic staff to
                                                 know of any difficulties you have that may
                                                 affect your ability to study. Any information
                                                 you divulge will be treated confidentially. If
                                                 the problem is more private, you should see
                                                 your college’s welfare advisor. You may also
                                                 contact a Student Advisor in your School at
                                                 the University.

                                                 For students with disabilities or learning
                                                 support needs, the University has a Student
                                                 Support Unit where the Disability Co-ordinators
                                                 and Learning Support Co-ordinator are
                                                 based. The Unit offers advice and assistance
                                                 to prospective and current students with
Computing                                        disabilities and learning support needs.
To register for the use of University computer
services, you should use your personal email     What do I do if I want to leave the
account to email Online Support Service          programme?
(support@its.sussex.ac.uk), sending as an        As soon as you think you have a problem, you
attachment a scanned or photographed copy        must speak to your college tutor. You may find
of your Student Card, as well as another piece   that a solution to the problem can be found
of photographic ID such as your passport,        without you having to leave the programme.
driving licence etc. Your password will then     If you do have to withdraw temporarily or
be emailed to you as an attached GIF or JPG      leave the programme, you must notify your
image. If you cannot email the details, please   programme co-ordinator and write to the
write, enclosing photocopies of the required     Director of Student Support of your University
items and, if possible, a contact UK phone       School (see page 16 for contact details).
number, to:
                                                 Where do I go to get my student loan?
IT Services Enquiries                            If you are starting a full-time higher education
Engineering 1                                    course in or after September 2008, you
University of Sussex                             should start thinking about applying for
Brighton BN1 9QT                                 student finance as soon as possible after you
                                                 have submitted your course application (see
                                                 page 12 for a step-by-step guide on how to
                                                 do this).
12

Academic support and student services


Step one: to save time, why not apply online        Who do I speak to regarding housing?
at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance Or you          If you need housing while at college, you
can contact your Local Authority* to obtain a       should contact the welfare officer there.
paper application form.
                                                    The University will send you a housing
Step two: complete your application and             application form in April in preparation for your
submit the necessary evidence. If you are           entry here in October. A place in University-
applying for a Student Loan for Tuition             managed housing is not guaranteed, but those
Fees or a Student Loan for Maintenance,             entering year 1 are given priority, subject to
it is important that you give your National         the Housing Office receiving your housing
Insurance Number. Failure to provide this           application by 1 August. Please make sure
may result in you not receiving payments.           you get your form in on time!

Step three: your application and evidence will      If you have any queries regarding housing,
be checked, your eligibility for student finance    please contact Catherine Bancroft-Rimmer,
assessed and the amount of support you are          the University housing services manager (see
entitled to calculated.                             page 16 for contact details).

Step four: your application will be sent to         Where can I get advice about careers?
Student Finance Direct, who will send you           Your tutors will be able to give you initial
notification of the amount of financial help        advice relating to your particular programme.
you are entitled to.                                If you require more detailed advice, the
                                                    Career Development and Employment Centre
Step five: if you have taken out a Student          (CDEC) at the University can provide you with
Loan for Tuition Fees, this will be paid directly   information about job opportunities and
to your university by Student Finance Direct.       career planning. Visit www.sussex.ac.uk/
                                                    cdec for details.
If you have taken out a Student Loan for
Maintenance, this will usually be paid into
your bank account in three instalments – one
at the start of each term.

If I get into financial difficulties, or have
particular financial needs, where can I
get help?
If you are a UK student, you may apply to
the University for money from the Access            * Students who live in one of the following Local Authorities
to Learning Fund allocated to the University        will need to contact the Student Loans Company to make their
by the Government. Application forms are            application:
available from the Student Advisor of your
University School or the Student Advice Centre      London Borough of Brent; Darlington Borough Council; London
in Falmer House on the University campus            Borough of Hackney; Hartlepool Borough Council; North Yorkshire
(see page 16 for details). Please note that the     County Council; Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council; South
Access to Learning Fund has limited resources       Tyneside Council; Southend-on-Sea Borough Council; London
and there is no guarantee that an application       Borough of Southwark; or Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
will be successful.                                 York City Council.
                                                    13

The University of Sussex Students’ Union


What can the University of Sussex
Students’ Union offer me?
Your registration at the University automatically
entitles you to membership of the University
of Sussex Students’ Union (USSU) and the
National Union of Students (NUS).

The Students’ Union is the focus of many
student activities at Sussex. The Union stages
a varied programme of entertainment for
students, with events taking place both on
and off campus.

The Students’ Union Activities Centre supports
and helps fund a wide range of student
societies. These range from sports and social
clubs through to performing arts and special
interest organisations. The Centre also helps
many Union members become active in local
voluntary work, particularly through its Project
V volunteer bureau.

The Students’ Union Advice Centre provides
confidential, independent and impartial advice
on a whole range of academic and non-
academic issues including money, benefits,
housing, academic appeals and employment.

The Students’ Union also produces a weekly
newspaper, The Badger, a glossy magazine,
The Pulse, and a radio station, URF, as well as
running a website.

Does the Union have any
representational role?
The Union has an important role to play both
within the University and in providing a voice
for your opinions locally and nationally. The
Union is a democratic body; this allows every
student the chance to have a say in important
decisions that are made within the Union. See
page 16 for contact details.

Further information is available on the
Students’ Union website www.ussu.info
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The University of Sussex Students’ Union
Advice Centre

What can the Students’ Union Advice               In addition, Unisex, a confidential sexual
Centre offer me?                                  health and drugs/alcohol information and
Free, independent and confidential                support service, is located in the Advice
information, advice and support on a              Centre. Unisex offers low-cost pregnancy
comprehensive range of academic and               testing, Chlamydia screening, condoms and
non-academic issues, including:                   lubricants and there are also opportunities for
• finance and funding                             voluntary work within the service. For drop-in
• disability issues                               times and further information, please visit
• employment rights                               www.unisex.org.uk
• appeals and disciplinary hearings
• immigration                                     The Student Advice Centre has a team of
• temporary withdrawal, transferring              professional advisors as well as two elected
   programme and repeating elements of            Union officers specialising in education and
   your programme                                 welfare. The service is completely confidential,
• housing                                         non-judgemental and independent from the
• welfare benefits                                University (all Student Advice Centre policies,
• childcare                                       including our confidentiality policy, are
• consumer problems, and                          available on our website).
• legal matters.
                                                  No issue is too big or small for the Advice
An information area with:                         Centre staff to deal with. If you feel like there
• information fact sheets and leaflets            may be a problem brewing, don’t ignore
• a free phone for welfare-related enquiries      it – seek advice!
  (ie LA and student loans company
  enquiries)                                      T +44 (0)1273 877038
• a computer with useful websites                 F +44 (0)1273 873501
  bookmarked and the Funderfinder database        E advice@ussu.sussex.ac.uk
  of educational trusts and charities (to which   www.ussu.info/advice
  you may be eligible to apply for additional
  funding).

Online advice is available on money, housing,
immigration and many other issues at
www.ussu.info/advice

We regularly review the information on the
site, most Student Advice Centre publications
are available to download and there are
extensive links to useful external sites.
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Useful contacts


If you have any problems, your first point of contact should always be at your college.
However, the people listed in this section will be happy to deal with any queries you
may have. Unless your query requires immediate action, it is always better to email or
send a letter than to telephone – many of the contacts are very busy, and contacting
them by phone may often be difficult.


 General enquiries about the University
 The University of Sussex                         +44 (0)1273 606755       information@sussex.ac.uk
 Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH


 College contacts
 Chichester College                 Sue Danks     +44 (0)1273 786321       sue.danks@chichester.ac.uk
                                                  ext 2326/2039
 Central Sussex College             John Mullet   +44 (0)1293 442328       jmullet@centralsussex.ac.uk

 School administrators (curriculum) – University of Sussex
 LifeSci                            Annabel       +44 (0)1273 678134       a.c.blake@sussex.ac.uk
                                    Blake
 SciTech                            Samantha      +44 (0)1273 678894       s.bromfield@sussex.ac.uk
                                    Bromfield
 Directors of student support – University of Sussex
 LifeSci                            Karen Long    +44 (0)1273 877073       k.m.long@sussex.ac.uk

 SciTech                            David Young   +44 (0)1273 678433       d.s.young@sussex.ac.uk




Key
LifeSci – School of Life Sciences                    SciTech – School of Science and Technology
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Useful contacts


For queries about progression to the   +44 (0)1273 678851        Pip Carter
University                                                       p.carter@sussex.ac.uk
For help with accommodation            +44 (0)1273 678851        Catherine Bancroft-Rimmer
                                                                 c.a.l.bancroft-rimmer@sussex.ac.uk
For queries about student loans and    +44 (0)1273 678204        Emily Fell
tuition fees                                                     e.r.fell@sussex.ac.uk
Counselling Service                    +44 (0)1273 678156        counselling@sussex.ac.uk

For information on the Access to       +44 (0)1273 873759        Marie Hopkins
Learning Fund                                                    m.a.hopkins@sussex.ac.uk
Student Support Unit                   +44 (0)1273 877465        studentsupport@admin.sussex.ac.uk

For Library enquiries/help desk        +44 (0)1273 678440        library.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For Library users with additional      +44 (0)1273 873512        Grainne Macdermott
requirements                                                     g.e.macdermott@sussex.ac.uk
For IT Services enquiries desk         +44 (0)1273 678090        enquiries@its.sussex.ac.uk

Partnership Office (for comments on    +44 (0)1273 872775        Sara Parker
this guide)                                                      Head of the Partnership Office
                                                                 sara.parker@sussex.ac.uk
Students’ Union
President                              +44 (0)1273 873350        Laura Tazzioli
                                                                 president@ussu.sussex.ac.uk
Finance and commercial services        +44 (0)1273 873350        Lee Vernon
officer                                                          finance@ussu.sussex.ac.uk
Communications officer                 +44 (0)1273 873347        Dan Higgins
                                                                 communications@ussu.sussex.ac.uk
Sports and activities officer          +44 (0)1273 878155        Dave Owen
                                                                 activities@ussu.sussex.ac.uk
Education officer                      +44 (0)1273 873324        Adam Farrell
                                                                 education@ussu.sussex.ac.uk
Welfare officer                        +44 (0)1273 873354        Richa Kauda-Padte
                                                                 welfare@ussu.sussex.ac.uk
Student Advice Centre                  +44 (0)1273 877038        advice@ussu.sussex.ac.uk


You can read regular updates from your union at SabbShout, the new sabbatical blog, on www.ussu.info

And finally …
We hope you enjoy your studies, and we look forward to seeing you at the University
next academic year.

								
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