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October 1961: The first Sussex students arrive



Today, October 7th, 2011, the University Bulletin is reporting the student population has passed 12,000 for the first time.

Fifty years ago, on October 7th, 1961, the Brighton & Hove Herald marked the end of the first week of the new University of Sussex - the total student population was 52.  The paper featured three of those students in particular: those who came from the local area.

  B H Herald Article October 7 1961

The three Brighton and Hove residents (lower picture above) were Diana Dawes, Adrian Mugridge, and Christine Teague from Lower Bevendean, "the only one of the three to come direct from school".

The upper left picture shows Christine attending Registration: conducted by the registrar himself and with no queue in sight!  The students attended Registration not in Sussex, Falmer or Bramber House, but at St John's Church Hall in Preston Village.  As the Herald had explained the previous week, lectures would be held here, close to the main (actually the only) University building, 235-237 Preston Road.  These would become "home" for the 52 students for the year 1961-62, until the first campus buildings were completed in autumn 1962.  The third picture records a visit by the new students to the building site at Falmer.

Front page news Sept 30th 1961

article headed First Union President ?The Herald also correctly predicted that Mr Mugridge would become the first Union President - a post to which he was re-elected for the 1962-63 year: