University of Sussex
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The University of Sussex was the first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in August 1961. Sussex has become a leading teaching and research institution, as reflected in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Over 90 per cent of Sussex research activity was rated as world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised, confirming the University among the leading 30 research universities in the UK.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) was established in 2003 as a partnership between the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and as such benefits from the Universities’ distinctive traditions and shared strengths in biomedical sciences and healthcare. Both Universities received grade 5 biomedical research ratings in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The Medical School has close collaborative links with the School of Life Sciences (with translational drug discovery and metabolomics groups) and the MRC Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the University of Sussex, and the School of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences at the University of Brighton. As a newly developed research institution, BSMS has first-class research laboratories for both clinical and basic biomedical research. In addition, fostering collaboration between clinical and research bases, the Brighton and Sussex Clinical Investigation and Research Unit (CIRU) offers an expansive resource of expertise and specialised equipment for clinical research.
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