We are currently conducting research at Sussex, looking at how the institution’s culture intersects with equality and diversity issues. In this data collection stage we are using various methods including an online survey, interviews and focus groups, observations and documentary analysis, to try to reach as many staff and students as possible. The next stage will be an action research intervention to think about ways to improve the culture.

This page has been set up for Sussex staff and students who have a story they want to share completely anonymously. We are interested in hearing about how you experience the institution’s culture and your experiences with any intersecting equality issues (including but not restricted to gender, gender identity, race, class, sexual orientation, disability, age, caring responsibilities, part-time status). We want to hear from people of all genders, ethnic and social groups, and from all disciplines and jobs.

If you have something to tell us, please use the form below. Stories can be positive or negative, although we particularly encourage people who have difficult or painful experiences they might not be comfortable disclosing through other methods. Your story will be kept completely anonymous – you are not asked to give your name, and any details we think might identify you will be removed or obscured when the data are written up.

The data will be used in written reports and other outputs for Sussex University, and in other academic and general publications. By submitting this form you give your consent to this – however, if you wish to withdraw your story at any time, please contact us at chucl@sussex.ac.uk with the relevant details and this can be arranged.

We would like to know whether you are a student or staff (this includes SEF and Chartwells staff), as this will give our analysis much more clarity. You can also give any other demographic details you think might be relevant; however, this is optional. You can submit your story without these details. Thank you very much for participating in this research.