Univeristy's golden celebration - Sussex University celebrate 50th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 01:16 03 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:05 20 February 2013

Univeristy's golden celebration - Sussex University celebrate 50th anniversary

Univeristy's golden celebration - Sussex University celebrate 50th anniversary

More than 2,500 students and staff – current and former – and friends of Sussex University headed to Falmer for the launch of its 50th anniversary celebrations

More than 2,500 students and staff current and former and friends of Sussex University headed to Falmer for the launch of its 50th anniversary celebrations.


Among those present were a group of 10 from the very first intake in 1961. Fifty-two students were admitted for the first year: 17 men and 35 women. Ten of the 53 students who made up the first intake at the University of Sussex in 1961 met up in the Students Union Common room in Falmer House during the Universitys celebration weekend on campus. They are, from top left Tom Kemnitz, Patrick Craven, Peter Keer, Rachel Semlyen, Katherine Smith (nee Lawrence), Diana Abraham (nee Dawes); Carol Kedward (nee Wimbleton), Mike Rooke, John Cumberland and Roger Daw (Photo: Chris Effner). In those days fees were 55 including Students Union membership.


Other alumni attending were three who are now MPs: Ben Bradshaw, Tony Baldry and Hilary Benn.


Lord Briggs, Sussexs second Vice-Chancellor, cut the anniversary cake and unveiled a new bust of himself.


And among the many other events, a University 11 and a Brighton and Hove Albion FC 11 played at the new American Express Community Stadium. Sussex won 2-1. Players for the defeated Albion team included former first teamers Guy Butters and Charlie Oatway.

www.sussex.ac.uk/fiftyyears




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