The University of Sussex is a leading teaching and research institution in the UK. Sussex has counted Nobel Prize winners, Fellows of the Royal Society, Fellows of the British Academy and winners of the prestigious Crafoord Prize in its faculty.
Notable Sussex alumni include: Thabo Mebki (former President of South Africa), Ian McEwan (Booker Prize-winning novelist), Festus Mogae (former President of Botswana), David Hallam (former Labour Member of the European Parliament), etc.
- University of Sussex is ranked 15th nationally in the Guardian University Guide 2011. It is also placed in the top 5 for the following subjects: Anatomy and physiology (3rd); Chemistry (5th); American Studies (5th).
- 19th in the Complete University Guide 2011, up six places from 25th in 2010.
- 21st in the Times University Ranking 2011, moving up from 35th last year, making Sussex the highest climber amongst leading universities (the Russell and 1994 Groups) at the top end of the table. Subjects ranked in the top 30 nationally include: American Studies (4th), Social Work (4th), Art History (7th), Anthropology (8th), Education (13th), Media and Film (13th), Psychology (13th), Biology (14th), Sociology (14th), Physics and Astronomy (15th), Politics (16th), Chemistry (16th), Philosophy (17th), Business Studies (18th), History (20th), Law (24th), Mathematics (24th), Geography (24th), Music (26th), Mechanical Engineering (26th), Computer Studies (27th), Economics (29th).
- University of Sussex is rated 22nd in the Sunday Times University Guide 2010.
- Ranked as the 'Place to Be' in Spring 2010, for the third year in a row (International Student Barometer).
- In a survey of over 11,000 students (published in the Times Higher Education Supplement on 14 January 2010), University of Sussex is rated 6th in the UK for teaching and learning.
- The Times Higher Education Supplement places it 166th in the world rankings, with high rankings for its international staff and research (2009).
- Ranked 101-151st globally in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2009.
- In the National Student Survey (NSS) for 2009, University of Sussex is placed in the top 20 (19th place) for student satisfaction among the elite universities of the Russell Group (which includes Oxford and Cambridge) and 1994 Group (including Durham and York).
- In the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), over 90% of Sussex research activity is rated as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised, confirming the University among the leading 30 research universities in the UK, on a simple average across all scores.
- A global poll by American magazine Newsweek (2006) placed University of Sussex 14th in the UK and among the top 100 in the world.