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Join lecturer Annebella Pollen tonight for Naked and Unashamed? talk

This talk at The Bevy (5 Oct, 6pm) outlines nudist campaigns for bodily visibility in Britain, from the formation of the movement in the 1920s through to the legal battles of its photographers against obscenity law in the 1950s and 1960s. Annebella asks, what can we learn from these campaigns? What are their parallels today?

Continue reading “Join lecturer Annebella Pollen tonight for Naked and Unashamed? talk”

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Psychotherapeutic Counselling PGDips online event

Wednesday 8 November 2023
2pm to 4pm

Join us for our online Q&A event where you can learn about our Psychotherapeutic Counselling PGDips:

During the event you will be able to watch live presentations on each course as well as chat to staff.

Book your place on the event

Courses are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and prepare you to work as a professional counsellor.

You will study part-time over two years on our Brighton, Moulsecoomb Campus.

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Progress your career with a postgraduate degree

Postgraduate study develops your skills, supports your career progression and allows for rich personal development.

Enhanced earning potential
A masters won’t just help you to get a job, it will also help you to earn more money. Students with a postgraduate degree can expect to earn £5,500 more a year than those with just a bachelor’s – that’s around £200,000 in a working lifetime (Source: Sutton Trust).

Career-changing possibilities
You could use a postgraduate degree to change career – not every programme requires you to have studied the subject before. Continue reading “Progress your career with a postgraduate degree”

The Checkland building at night

Come and visit us this winter

It might be cold outside but don’t let that stop you visiting us this winter! 

If you’re considering starting an undergraduate course here in 2018, why not sign up to one of our campus tours taking place during December and January and find out more about what it’s like study at Brighton?

The tours will give you the chance to explore the campus where your course of interest is based, view our facilities and talk to our staff and students.

Find out more and book onto a tour.

Graduation – SASS prizewinners, the class of 2017

This week, more than 4,400 University of Brighton students graduated at our ceremonies at the Brighton Centre which started on Tuesday (25 July). Students aged 19 – 79 and from over 90 countries dressed in gowns and mortarboards to collect their awards.

The School of Applied Social Science (SASS), class of 2017, took to the stage on Wednesday 26th July for the morning ceremony. Continue reading “Graduation – SASS prizewinners, the class of 2017”

Come visit us at our School of Applied Social Science ‘Open Day’ on 1st July

The School of Applied Social Sciences are based in Falmer, Brighton and we teach a number of inspirational and thought provoking Applied Social Science courses.

If you are interested in Criminology, Politics, Psychology, Social Policy and Practice, Social Science, Social Work, or Sociology we would love to talk to you about why you should ‘Choose University of Brighton’.

The Falmer open day will be held on the Saturday 1 July 2017, 9am to 5pm.
To find out more, see the timetable and book your place now!

Royal Pavillion


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3rd year students showcase ideas and inspiration at BUDS

The annual Brighton Undergraduate Dissertation Showcase Conference (BUDS) took place on 17th May SASS (School of Applied Social Science), and was an excellent opportunity for all our third-year students studying in the School of Applied Social Sciences to showcase their dissertation work to fellow students and staff. Continue reading “3rd year students showcase ideas and inspiration at BUDS”

SASS BSU Awards 2017 Plaque

Outstanding performance by SASS who scooped 8 awards at the Brighton Student Union Awards ceremony!!

What a fantastic event it was at the Brighton Student Union (BSU) Awards 2017 ceremony at Komedia last night! Not only did the School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS) receive a number of nominations beforehand, but on the night they scooped up a total of 8 awards, including ‘School of the Year’ award!! Continue reading “Outstanding performance by SASS who scooped 8 awards at the Brighton Student Union Awards ceremony!!”

Weird Psychology – how weird can it get?

Huxley 300 Lecture Theatre,

University of Brighton

Thursday 5th May 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Fancy going on a whistlestop tour of strange sight, weird beliefs and ‘missing body parts?’ If so why not join us for the free event, ‘Weird Psychology: The science of strange phenomena’!

Two of country’s top expert Psychologists Chris French and Roger Newport will be hosting the evening to look at the science of strange phenomena as part of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) annual conference being hosted by the University of Brighton from the 3rd to 5th May.

For further information and to book your free place visit:

This will be the second public event of the week, with BPS President Professor Peter Kinderman also giving a free lecture ‘Our turbulent minds: Everybody’s crazy but nobody’s ill!’ on 2 May. For more details on this event go to:



A glimpse into our SASS Applicant Day!

You would have thought that going to an applicant day at university to have a closer look at the subject offerings would have been a serious affair – yet judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces the atmosphere was light hearted, and fun! If you didn’t make it – have look below to get a taste of what goes on at our SASS applicant day. Continue reading “A glimpse into our SASS Applicant Day!”

Our turbulent minds: everybody’s crazy but nobody’s ill!

Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, BN2 0JY

Tuesday 2 May 2017, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

A radical rethink is needed in how we understand mental health.  As part of The British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Brighton 3-5 May, join host of a BBC TV Horizon Special Professor Peter Kinderman for a lively discussion on the need to offer care rather than coercion, to fight for social justice and to establish a society that provides the basis for genuine mental health and wellbeing for all.

Peter Kinderman is a professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and an honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Mersey Care NHS Trust.

For further information and to book your free place visit:


Festival of Social Science

Our collective thanks should go to Julie Green, Senior Administrator, for her excellent organisation skills in project managing the 2016 Festival of Social Science and a very stimulating and thought provoking Public Lecture by Professor Danny Dorling.  Thanks too to everyone who presented or chaired on the day.  We are aiming for a more amenable date in 2017 so that more people can attend.

Professor Kate Bullen

Professor of Psychology and Head of The School of Applied Social Science


Open day – 2nd July

On July 2nd we held the first Open Day leading up to the 2017/18 UCAS round – it was a really busy and hopefully successful day.  I sent my thanks to staff and students yesterday but I have subsequently received the stats for the day.  SASS had 507 attendees with their families, this was 43% of the total number of potential applicants who visited Falmer on Saturday.  We can now appreciate why we were so busy!   

Professor Kate Bullen

Professor of Psychology and Head of the School of Applied Social Science

House of Commons visit and meeting Caroline Lucas MP


Some of the politics team at SASS including Aidan McGarry, Fran Burke and Chris Wyatt with second year politics students studying Political Movements on a tour of the Houses of Parliament, where we had a meeting with Caroline Lucas MP (Brighton Pavilion). Students asked Caroline about the prices of rent for students in Brighton and what could be done in terms of support from maintenance loans.


Time to Panic? Producing Dis-ease in Epidemic Proportions

Wednesday 13th January 2016 by China Mills
Room E424, Checkland Building, Falmer Campus

The World Health Organisation tells us that mental disorders constitute a global epidemic, a huge worldwide burden of disease, and an obstacle to individual, national and economic development. Here the logic of epidemiology is applied to mental disorders, which although not infectious are said to spread. This enmeshes us within a discourse of crisis, where acting with urgency (fast and cheaply) becomes framed as the only ethical response, especially in countries of the global South. This paper will explore how crisis discourse creates a space where the global disease (anxiety, insecurity, stress) endemic to the reality of global capitalism (insecure or dangerous work, unemployment, retrenched or non-existent welfare, poverty and inequality etc) is (re)configured as individual disease – mental disorder – projected globally through epidemiological tools. Rather than seeing mental disorder as an obstacle to economic development, this paper will explore how the production of distress is an integral component to economic development (in its neoliberal forms). The framing of this disease as mental disorder (situated in the brain and not in the economic body) not only obscures socio-economic sources of distress but, furthermore, creates global markets out of epidemics, from the very disorders it constructs as burdens.

Student’s Union Excellence Awards 2015

Many congratulations to Dawn Stephen who was awarded the Student’s Union Excellence Award 2015 for Achievement with students yesterday evening, at the ceremony in Brighton.

Dawn’s remarkable service in personal and academic tutoring, and her ability to encourage, inspire and motivate students, was acknowledged and commended in the awarding speech.

This is a very well deserved recognition of the high quality contribution Dawn makes to the life and well-being of our students, and I am delighted that she has been singled out for this award against a wide quality of competition across the University. Congratulations also to Rob Raeburn who was shortlisted and commended in this category.

Both Aidan Mcgarry (Feedback Award) and Nichola Khan (Inspirational Teaching Award) were also shortlisted and received commendation comments and certificates from the judges.