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The BSMS Alumni Association is the academic home for all former students of Brighton and Sussex Medical School. As your lifelong link to BSMS, we provide a range of benefits and services that remain an invaluable part of your BSMS experience. 

As you probably appreciate, one of the attractions of Brighton and Sussex Medical School is its progressive nature and its research-led practice. We are aware of the strong bonds our students form through their shared learning and we aspire to nurture this affinity through reunions and events.

Opportunities to learn, experience, network and socialise can continue through your alumni association. We also support alumni through challenges they may face as their careers develop and offer opportunities for you to give back to BSMS.

Class of 2023

Please sign up below to ensure you receive communications about future events, along with a wide range of free member benefits and services, including careers support, online journal access, discounts, invitations to exclusive networking, cultural, academic and social events. We need your consent to be able to contact you after graduation so please fill out this short form now if you’d like us to be able to contact you – it should only take a minute.

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By opting in, you will receive our quarterly e-newsletters and we will keep you up-to-date with the latest news from your fellow BSMS alumni members, along with news and events, and of course, information on all important reunions – including our BSMS20 celebrations! You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing

Please also join us on social media. We are on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Three smiling students at graduation outside Brighton Pavilion

Benefits for you

As a graduate you are a valued member of the BSMS community and can benefit from the special offers available to our alumni. We will also keep you up to date with news from BSMS and opportunities to attend events and reunions. 

Register on the University of Sussex's alumni portal, Sussex Sphere, to update your details and gain access to a range of benefits including:

  • 20% discount on postgraduate fees
  • Free access to journals with JSTOR online 
  • Alumni rates for the University of Sussex sports facilities, library day pass and discounts on conference and event facilities
  • Regular news and invitations to events, including reunions.

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Get involved 

There are many ways in which you can remain an active part of the BSMS community:

  • Share your experiences by supplying a testimonial about your time at BSMS 

  • Encourage prospective students by talking at local recruitment fairs and university open days

  • Share your knowledge and meet current students and academic staff by offering to give a guest lecture or speak at one our career events 

  • Support our fundraising campaigns

  • Post your memories of BSMS and your successes as a graduate and tag us in on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels using the hashtag BSMSForever.

We would love to welcome you back to BSMS so please get in touch if you are interested in any of the above activities. 

We also send out a quarterly e-newsletter with the latest research stories, invitations to professional and social events and alumni features.

Close up of several graduating students in gowns

Keep in touch

At BSMS we are proud of our close-knit community which fosters and encourages an excellent professional networking environment for students, staff and alumni. 

By keeping in touch with us, we can ensure that you receive news from BSMS and are invited to any events that might be of interest to you as you continue your career. 

Your details are held securely on the University of Sussex alumni relations database. You can update your contact details yourself by registering with Sussex Sphere using the link below or contact us directly to share news or events you are involved with or if there's anything we can help with.

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Alumni in focus

When our graduates leave BSMS they go on to have a range of fascinating careers and make a real difference in the lives of others.  

BSMS is always happy when our alumni get back in touch and we love to share your successes with staff and other alumni members. In our alumni in focus area, we feature short interviews with alumni who have interesting stories to tell from BSMS and ask them where their degree has taken them since graduation. 

Honorary graduates

Each summer BSMS confers honorary academic awards during our graduation ceremonies.

In making these honorary awards, we recognise the achievement of individuals who have made a significant contribution towards activities which link closely to our mission as an institution of higher education and scholarship. We consider all our honorary graduates to be full members of the medical school's community and are delighted to enjoy ongoing close relationships with honorary graduates following their awards.

2020 The Rt Hon Alan Milburn 

Rt Hon Alan Milburn was a Labour MP from 1992 to 2010, and Secretary of State for Health from 1999 to 2003. He chaired the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions from 2008 to 2009 and has been the Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty under the current government. 

Alan Milburn


Previous BSMS Honorary Graduates:

2018 Professor Jenny Higham, Honorary Doctorate

2017 Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Professor of Neurology 

2016 Professor Jon Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Infectious Diseases 

2016 Professor Valerie Lund, Emeritus Professor of Rhinology 

2015 Professor Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement with Science 

2014 Professor Dame Valerie Beral, Doctor of Medicine

2013 Professor John Tooke, Doctor of Medicine

2012 Professor Sir Alex Markham, Doctor of Medicine

2011 Professor Parveen Kumar, Doctor of Medicine

2010 Professor Sir Graeme Catto, Doctor of Medicine

2009 Professor Adetokunbo O Lucas, Doctor of Medicine

2008 Baroness Mary Warnock (joint with the University of Brighton), Doctor of Medicine


Alumni scholarships

20% discount on postgraduate fees for BSMS Alumni

Our BSMS Alumni Postgraduate Scholarships are open for 2024-25 entry.

BSMS Alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on fees, which will be automatically awarded to students who meet the eligibility criteria. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible, and the scholarship applies to Postgraduate Taught courses along with Postgraduate Research. If you are interested in studying an eligible course, but are yet to apply, please submit your application online in the normal way. If you are offered a place, we will automatically identify you as eligible. For the full terms and conditions, please contact