The School of Education
and Social Work
[School] Website: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/schoolsdepartments/esw/
All over the world, but especially here in Britain, people are beginning to appreciate
the connection between education and social well-being, as well as the important role
that social work and social care can play in ensuring that everyone achieves their
The School of Education and Social Work provides numerous opportunities for
learning and professional development. We aim to facilitate learning, reflection and
debate in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere. We value the experience you
bring, and respect your goals and ambitions. A wide range of programmes are
offered from first degrees, certificates and diplomas to Masters Qualifications,
professional doctorates and DPhils. Our teaching is informed by cutting-edge
research on issues that matter within the fields of education, social work and social
care. Staff within the School work locally and regionally, nationally and
If, like me, you value diversity, commitment, hard work and professional application,
you will not be disappointed by what the School has to offer. We are here to serve
your needs as well as those of the broader community. I look forward to meeting you
personally and to hearing about your experiences at Sussex.
Welcome to your School.
Professor Peter Aggleton, Head of the School of Education and Social Work
Aims and Contents of this Guide
This handbook aims to answer some of the questions that you may have about how to
find your way around the School of Education and Social Work – where to find things,
who does what and where to go if you have a personal or academic problem.
Contents Page no.
SECTION ONE: General Advice and Information
Term and University Closure Dates 2009/10 5
Who’s Who in Education and Social Work 6
How to Find Your Way Round the Sussex Campus 7
Student Advice Team 9
Mitigating Evidence 12
University Library 14
Careers and Volunteer Work 16
Making Your Voice Heard 17
Health and Safety 18
Equal Opportunities 19
SECTION TWO: Academic Information
What we expect from you 21
Assessment and Examinations 22
Although every effort is made to ensure that all information contained in this handbook is correct at the time of
going to press (August 2009), the University cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions.
General Advice and Information
Term Dates – 2009/10
University Term dates
Autumn Autumn Spring Spring Summer Summer
Term Term Term Term Term Term
begins Ends Begins Ends Begins Ends
2009-2010 5 October 11 December 11 January 19 March 19 April 25 June
2010-2011 4 October 10 December 10 January 18 March 27 April 1 July
2011-2012 3 October 9 December 9 January 16 March 16 April 22 June
2009/10 University Closure Days
Note: if your seminar or tutorial is held on a closure date please check with your tutor for
Thursday 24 December 2009
Friday 25 December 2009 (Christmas Day Bank Holiday)
Monday 28 December 2009 (Boxing Day Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 29 December 2009
Wednesday 30 December 2009
Thursday 31 December 2009
Friday 1 January 2010 (New Year's Day Bank Holiday)
Thursday 1 April 2010
Friday 2 April 2010 (Good Friday Public Holiday)
Monday 5 April 2010 (Easter Monday Public Holiday)
Tuesday 6 April 2010
Monday 3 May 2010 (Early May Bank Holiday)
Monday 31 May 2010 (Spring Bank Holiday)
Monday 30 August 2010 (Summer Bank Holiday)
Who’s Who in the
School of Education and Social Work
The School of Education and Social Work includes:
School Academic Organisation:
Responsilbility Name Office Email Telephone
Head of School Professor Peter EHX1.07 email@example.com 01273 872728
Aggleton (from (Via Heads Coordinators)
Acting Head of Professor Suzy EH 121 S.Braye@sussex.ac.uk (01273) 876648
School Braye (to 30.11.09)
Director of Doctoral
Research & tbc
Director of Taught Ms Jo Westbrook Arts E431 firstname.lastname@example.org (01273) 877326
Director of Student Ms Cath Holmstrom EH 225 C.J.Holmstrom@sussex.ac.uk (01273) 873409
Education and Social Work School Level Support Staff
Chris Leggatt EH109 email@example.com 01273 678255
Curriculum and Assessment Officer
Brigitte Groves EH107 firstname.lastname@example.org 01273 877314
Research and Enterprise Co-ordinator
Elena Dennison EH110 E.Dennison@sussex.ac.uk (01273) 678464
Head of School’s Co-ordinators
Sam Culpeck EHX1.06 email@example.com 01273 872728
Jess Hallett EHX1.06 firstname.lastname@example.org 01273 872728
Pam Aslin EH X0 02 P.Aslin@sussex.ac.uk (01273) 877888
Tanya Simmonds-Rosa EH X0 02 email@example.com (01273) 877888
Scott Roedersheimer EH X0 02 (01273) 678405
Mandy Healy EH X0 02 firstname.lastname@example.org (01273) 873238
David Morris EH X0 02 D.Morris@sussex.ac.uk (01273) 678447
Chrissie Mann EH X0 02 email@example.com (01273) 877163
Amy Teo EH 1/2 firstname.lastname@example.org (01273) 872595
Lisa Williams EH 1/2 email@example.com (01273) 678528
How to Find Your Way Round the Sussex Campus
One of the most important activities you will undertake is to orientate yourself with the
campus. If you get lost you can ask the porters or School Office staff for assistance.
Once you get your timetable it is a good idea to spend some time finding out where your
lecture and seminar rooms are before teaching starts. Most buildings on campus have
multiple entrances and because the campus is not flat, buildings interconnect on different
levels. At Sussex many of the buildings are named after people or towns.
[On the Arts side there are several buildings (Arts A, Arts B etc..). When you are given a
room number the word ‘Arts’ is dropped so the number will look like A71 or B202.
Generally the room number should tell you the building, the floor and the number of the
room, e.g. B 202 (Arts B, floor 2, room 02).]
Key locations for Education and Social Work students
The Education School Office is located in the entrance foyer to Essex House. It is
normally open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.00pm except on Bank Holidays, at
Christmas and Easter closures and in the case of staff shortages.
The Social Work School Office is located in Essex House 01/02. It is normally open
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.00pm except on Bank Holidays, at Christmas and Easter
closures and in the case of staff shortages.
The Student Accounts Office is located in Sussex House
Telephone: 0800 019 49 79 (Freephone from UK landlines)
Lines are open Monday to Friday 10.00 - 1.00 pm and 2.00 - 4pm.
**At busy periods priority will be given to telephone callers over email queries**
Address: Student Accounts, University of Sussex Sussex House, Falmer, Brighton BN1
If you are unable to attend a class (for example if you are ill), please contact the relevant
tutor to inform them of your absence, or telephone your own School Office and they will
pass the message on.
Please ensure that your personal contact details are up-to-date by using Sussex Direct -
You will receive details of your email account and computer log-on from the Computing
Service during your induction week. Please note that faculty and tutors will use email as
the primary method of communicating important information to you. You should check
your Sussex account regularly!
There are pigeonholes at the rear of Essex House Café, which you should check
Student Advice Team
Student Advice Team - who are we and what do we do?
The new Student Advice Teams work with all students at Sussex, offering a professional
information and advice service to support students who experience problems with
academic life. They are there to enable you to address any difficulties that may impact on
your studies, or your any concerns you might have regarding your academic progress.
The Student Advice Teams assist students to understand the University regulations in
relation to: complaints, conduct, discipline, and assessment, and can help you find
answers to any queries you have about other aspects of life at Sussex.
The Teams are also responsible for managing student attendance and making sure that
students get the best from their studies through coming to lectures and classes regularly.
We know that students who attend the majority of their classes and lectures (80%) get
significantly better results than those whose attendance is patchy, and students are
expected both to hand in work on time and attend all scheduled teaching. If you find you
are having problems getting to classes or lectures, let someone know as soon as
possible so that we can help.
The Student Advice Teams are also able to refer students to other specialist advice and
information services which can offer them more detailed and in-depth guidance. These
include: money and funding advice, careers, counselling, and learning support.
Additionally, we can help with timetable and result queries, and look at mitigation with
you, if you experience significant difficulties that impact on your performance in
Some reasons why you might want to speak to a Student Advisor:
I need to speak to someone about putting in a claim for mitigating circumstances
I want to change course or programme
I have been finding it hard to get to lectures or classes
I feel I need a break from university
I am thinking about leaving university
My second year exam results weren’t as good as I’d hoped and I’m not sure what
to do next
I don’t understand my results
I have a complaint
I don’t like my seminar group and want to change
I had a lot of problems last term and failed. I need to talk through what to do now.
I need to know where to go for help with money/housing/personal difficulties
I have a disability and have specific support needs
How Student Support Coordinators can help:
Student Support Coordinators work closely with Student Advisors to ensure that Sussex
students have all the information they need to be successful in their studies. They are the
first point of contact for general student enquiries, which might include:
I need a form for mitigation
I need to know where to get advice about money
I want to know who to ask about disability support
I’m not sure where to find my timetable
I’ve had an email about my attendance
How to find the Student Advice Teams:
To ensure that all our students can access any information and advice they need, we
have three Student Advice Teams located in teaching buildings across the Sussex
campus. For further information about the teams and information about how to contact
them, please see below. You can call in to see the Student Support Coordinators any
time you are on campus; please see below for their availability. Student Advisors
generally see students by appointment and you can arrange a convenient time by
emailing one of the Advisors in your Student Advice Team. If you do contact us by email,
it is really helpful if you use your Sussex student email account as this helps us to
prioritise mail from Sussex students. It is also helpful if you make clear in the subject line
what it is you are emailing about, as some issues such as mitigation need to be managed
within specific timeframes.
The Student Advice Teams are arranged in three clusters, each containing a number of
academic schools as follows:
The Student Advice Team for Social Sciences:
Global Studies, Law, Politics, Sociology, Business, Management, Economics, Education,
Social Work, and Centre for Continuing Education.
Student Advisors: Amanda Griffiths email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Kirby email: email@example.com
Lynne O’Meara email: L.O-Meara@sussex.ac.uk
Damien White email: D.B.White@sussex.ac.uk
Andrew Wilkey email: A.Wilkey@sussex.ac.uk
Student Support Sue Emberton
Coordinators: email: S.Emberton@sussex.ac.uk
Tel. (01273) 678024
Student Support Coordinators are usually available between 09:00 and 17:30 hours,
Monday to Friday in room .
And finally, we really hope that your experience of the Student Advice Teams is positive.
If you have any comments about the service, or ideas about how we might improve,
please contact the Deputy Head of Student Support and Experience, Jacqueline Clarke
The University has a Mitigating Evidence Committee, known as MEC. MEC exists to
ensure that students’ mitigating circumstances can be taken into account with regard to
completion and performance on assessments. Please refer to the University of Sussex
Handbook for Candidates for clarification of regulations.
Things to note if you are submitting mitigating evidence:
• You must complete the University MEC form and append relevant and sufficient
• You cannot submit your MEC form until you have handed in your work
• MEC is for non-trivial reasons – the expectation is that assessments are submitted on
[Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure that your assessment is submitted in the
correct format, to the correct submission point, and on time.]
Where can I get a MEC form? MEC forms can be collected from your
[School] School Office, the Student
Services Coordinators, or the Student
Where can I get advice about the form You should contact a Student Services
or about my evidence? Coordinator, who if necessary will put you
in touch with a Student Advisor
Where do I submit my completed MEC MEC forms should be submitted to the
form and evidence? Student Services Coordinators who will
check the form and your evidence with you.
Please ensure that you do not leave them
Are there deadlines for submitting my The MEC committee meets on a regular
MEC form? basis to discuss all applications. Please see
Student Services Coordinators or Student
Advisors for deadline dates.
What will happen once my evidence is Your MEC form and evidence will go to the
submitted? MEC committee which will consider its
relevance and significance.
How will I find out the outcomes of You should look on Sussex Direct for the
E-Learning at Sussex
You will find information on how e-learning
(http://www.sussex.ac.uk/elearning/index.php) is being used to enhance learning and
teaching on the Sussex website. Specifically,
e-learning includes -
Sussex Direct is your personalised online gateway to University information, including
programme and course information, your own study pages, your academic advisor
details, your timetable, course progress, course results and year summaries. The system
will help you track your marks and attendance and ensure that these are accurate.
Behind the scenes, Sussex Direct helps your academic advisor, and student advisors, to
support your studies. You will find Sussex Direct at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/direct/.
The University’s e-learning management system is called Study Direct (SyD). Study
Direct is used by course convenors to upload teaching materials. It also contains forums
for you to discuss the course. You will find SyD at
SPLASH (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/elearning/splash.php) enables both staff and students
to create their own dashboards and web profiles and to bring together their photos, links,
facebook notifications and allows students to set up their own blogs.
S3: Study Success at Sussex (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/s3/) is a website designed to
bring together a range of key things you need to know to make a success of studying at
university. It is for all first-year undergraduates at Sussex. Whether you are coming to
Sussex straight from school or college, from overseas, or returning to education after a
break, S3 will offer you continuing support during your academic life here. It includes:
Advice on preparing for study
How to get the most from teaching and learning at university
Tips from Sussex staff and students
Online study skills tutorials
The University Library
The University Library is the key resource for the information that you will need during
your studies. Library staff are ready to help and advise you from the day you arrive to the
day you come to write your dissertation and prepare for your future career.
In addition to the books, documents, official publications and audiovisual items held in the
Library building, you can access Library information and collections, including eBooks
and online resources via the internet, Sussex Direct or Study Direct, (the university virtual
learning environment) https://studydirect.sussex.ac.uk/
(https://studydirect.sussex.ac.uk/login/index.php) anywhere and at any time.
Our web-based tutorial, InfoSuss will help you use our resources and services more
effectively. It will show you how to use the Library catalogue, understand your reading
lists and find good quality information online. www.sussex.ac.uk/library/infosuss/
During Freshers’ Week the Library will offer tours of the Library and explain its
collections. For more information about dates and times, go to the Library reception or
Library website www.sussex.ac.uk/library. Look out for the Library stall at the
Have a look at the information for new students on the Library website at
The following are just some of the services and facilities provided by the Library
Extensive opening hours during term time.
A variety of study spaces, including group study rooms, social study areas and
individual silent study spaces.
Computer clusters with printers and scanners plus lap top facilities and wireless
coverage throughout the building.
Photocopiers and self-service binding.
Inductions and teaching sessions to help you find and use the resources we
Automated self issue and return.
AV viewing facilities and a microform reading room with readers and scanners.
Assistive technology and support for students with additional needs.
Special Collections – a unique collection of manuscripts, archives and rare books.
Additional support for your research through an enquiries service and advice on
accessing resources held in other libraries.
You need your library/ID card to enter the Library so always remember to carry it
For detailed information about opening times and services, including subject-based
information, please always refer to the library website: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/library/
Careers and Volunteer Work
You should start thinking about your career early on, and then plan for it. You may want to
think about what else you could do while you are here which will strengthen your CV and
maybe give you an edge in getting the job you want. The Career Development and
Employment Centre (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/cdec/hours.php) is located in Falmer House.
They offer information and advice ranging from job vacancies to work experience to how to
write a CV. Full details are on the website, but the services they offer include:
Job details for part-time, graduate and vacation jobs, internships, work
experience as well as useful job sites. Also, information on researching employers
and recruitment agencies.
Review your situation – self appraisal for career planning, what Sussex graduates
go on to do, working in the UK for international students, equality & diversity
Research your options - sector-specific information, postgraduate study, work &
study abroad, working in Sussex and networking.
Apply for work – CVs, covering letters, application forms, interviews and
News & Events – what’s going on in CDEC (including experience Factor work
experience programmes) and the world of careers.
Project V: Volunteer work placement - Project V helps to arrange placements for
students who wish to do volunteer work. The Project V office is located in Falmer House
and is open 11am – 4pm on Monday to Friday during term time. You are welcome to drop
in to Project V during these times and have a look at the volunteering opportunities
available. A member of the Project V team will give you further information about the
volunteering opportunities on offer and help you decide which one is right for you.
http://www.ussu.info/projectv, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Making your voice heard
We want you to tell us about your experience of studying at the University. Here’s how
you can give us some feedback.
Student representatives and the Staff-Student Committee
Within most programmes there are student representatives for each year of study. The
Staff-Student Committee meets each term. This is an important forum, and you should
find out who your reps are and make sure that they know what the issues are.
Why not become a student rep yourself? It is a good way to get really involved in the life
of the School and helping it to evolve. The Students Union organises the election and
training of reps. Elections are held at the beginning of the autumn term. The Student
Union website has full details of the scheme and the electoral process.
At the end of every course, you will be asked to give your views, anonymously, on the
teaching, course content, organisation, etc., usually via a questionnaire. Make sure you
fill these in! We tabulate the answers and summarise the information and they are
reviewed in Departmental and School Committee meetings.
Health and Safety
For any emergency, incident or accident call the Emergency hotline on extension 3333
[From a mobile or external line call (01273) 873333]. The Emergency hotline is staffed 24
hours a day, all year round.
Do not dial 999
If you Discover a Fire
NEVER PUT YOURSELF AT RISK. Operate the nearest emergency call point then call
the Emergency Hotline from a place of safety. The Security Office will call the Fire
Brigade. Leave the building by the nearest exit, and go to your local building control point.
Do not stop to collect personal belongings. Do not use the lifts.
If you Hear the Alarm
Leave the building by the nearest exit
Do not stop to collect any personal belongings
Go to the local building assembly point
Personal fire alarm pagers are available from the Student Support Unit for
students with hearing impairments.
You must never go back into the building until the Fire Brigade, or a member of Security,
or the Emergency Team say it is safe to do so.
IF YOU ACCIDENTALLY SET THE FIRE ALARM OFF: Call the Emergency Hotline
IMMEDIATELY on extension 3333.
All accidents must be reported and recorded - please report to the School Office or a
First Aid boxes are located around the buildings. If you need help please report to the
School Office or a Porters Lodge
Fire Evacuation Points
You must leave the building as soon as the fire alarm sounds. Fire wardens will ensure
that all rooms are vacated. The muster points for [Add Specific Area Information] Arts
A are Assembly Point 13 (Fulton Court) or 16 (between Arts A and Chichester 1). For
Arts B/Silverstone Building it is Assembly Point 22 (on the lawn between the buildings).
The University of Sussex is committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an
inclusive and supportive environment for all.
The aim is to promote diversity and equality for students and staff and value the
contributions made by individuals and groups of people from diverse cultural,
ethnic, socio-economic and distinctive backgrounds and promote an environment
free of harassment and bullying on any grounds.
If you experience any harassment on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race,
religion, nationality, age, disability or part time status contact your student advisor
within your School or the Welfare Officer (mail to:email@example.com) at
USSU on extn 3354. For more advice and information go to the harassment and
bullying page at
For information on disability support contact the Student Support Unit (see page
11 for contact details) and visit the disability page at
For the equality and diversity policy and other equalities information go to
What we expect from you …
Being a student carries obligations as well as rights, especially at Sussex where so much
emphasis is placed on group teaching and project work.
Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory. If you are unable to
attend, let your tutor know beforehand, wherever possible.
Prepare for seminars. Merely turning up for seminars is not enough. You need to
have done the specified reading in advance. The success of a seminar depends
on everyone turning up and being committed to reading and discussing the
Observe deadlines. Being able to organise your time and to plan ahead to meet
deadlines is an important skill. So we insist that you meet deadlines for essays
and other written work, and there are strict deadlines for work that counts towards
the final mark for a course. Penalties will be imposed for submissions that do
not meet specified deadlines and for which there is no mitigating evidence.
Co-operate with your fellow students. Doing well does not necessarily mean
doing better than others. You can learn a lot and help each other by sharing
resources, such as reading material, notes and essays. Students often set up
their own study groups and nearer exam time, revision groups.
Use the library. We have one of the best University libraries in the country, and it
is especially good in its support for undergraduate teaching.
Lecture Attendance Etiquette
As a courtesy to your lecturer and fellow students we ask that you abide by the following
guidance for lecture attendance:
Arrive in good time for the start of the lecture. If you are unavoidably late please
enter the room with minimum disturbance and do not interrupt the lecturer.
Mobile phones should be OFF (or at least on silent if you need to be contacted).
Do not engage in private conversations during lectures.
Do not pack-up and/or leave before the lecture AND questions are finished.
All of the above are very distracting for the lecturer and your fellow students and
will affect the teaching experience.
PLEASE REMEMBER: Lectures and seminars are compulsory – do not assume that you
Collusion and Plagiarism
Collusion and plagiarism are taken very seriously; misconduct penalties will be applied if
you are found in breach of the rules. A website has been developed to offer guidance
and advice to students and staff about issues relating to collusion and plagiarism. The
website is at: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/academicoffice/plagiarism.
It is important that you familiarize yourself with what constitutes collusion/plagiarism so
that you can avoid it!
Assessment and Examinations: What You Need to Know
A variety of assessment methods are used to develop and test different types of skills
and aptitudes. Coursework, which is described in detail for each course in the course
handbook, forms an integral part of assessment at all levels. This will include essays and
practical reports, but other exercises will be included as appropriate to the course and the
skills that you are being expected to develop.
Deadlines for assessed coursework are absolute. See Programme Handbooks for
.If you are experiencing genuine problems in getting your work in on time you should talk
to a Student Advisor. Any work that is submitted late because of impairment on your part
should be accompanied by a ‘Mitigating Evidence Form’. If your reason for lateness is
considered valid the reduction in your mark may be altered or waived.