STEM Sussex is the STEM outreach support department of the University of Brighton

What do we do?

In 2016/17, 71,896 students from schools across the South East were engaged with STEM Sussex activities.

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STEM Sussex, is the STEM outreach support department at the University of Brighton and works in partnership with employers and schools in support of the STEM talent pipeline across the South East.

STEM Sussex:

STEM Sussex was established by Bronagh Liddicoat (Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers) and Helen James, Head of Business Services at the University of Brighton, in 2001, just as the new STEMNET Network was launched.

The STEM Sussex team is small but our staff are dedicated and passionate about STEM. We work with various organisations including the Nuffield Foundation, STEM Learning, the Careers and Enterprise Company, Crawley STEMFest, Engineering Development Trust, the British Science Association and EngineeringUK. These events in turn are supported by many volunteers including STEM Consultants and STEM Ambassadors.

The reach and impact of STEM Sussex has grown significantly over the years. In 2017/18, over 63,000 students from schools across the South East and around 200 companies engaged with STEM Sussex activities, schemes, events and competitions. Being part of the University of Brighton means that we are able to support and develop our students with careers and employability skills. In 2017/18 there were 74 students involved in STEM outreach through paid or voluntary roles.

STEM Sussex takes part in EngineeringUK’s national Big Bang programme by coordinating the South East’s Big Bang programme of activities. We were delighted that in 2017/18, over 23,000 school students took part in these activities including the Big Bang Fair South East which saw over 10,000 students and teachers attending in June 2018. We’re looking forward to welcoming even more students, teachers and exhibitors to our June 2019 event.

For an overview of our activities you can download our 2017/18 fact sheet.

STEM Sussex is situated on the main Moulsecoomb campus of the University of Brighton. The university has nearly 21,000 students studying across five campuses in Brighton and East Sussex. The university works in partnership with local employers, with particular focus on the professions medicine, nursing, engineering and pharmacy.

We’re always keen to hear how we can help to join up employers and schools to help inspire upcoming STEM talent, please email us at

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