An extraordinary meeting of University's council voted not to close the chemistry department at the University of Sussex. Sussex chemistry which was threatened with closure and the formation of a new wider-reaching biology will now be retained and expanded to accommodate biochemistry. The department has produced two Nobel chemists, namely Sir John Cornforth, 1975 winner for his work on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalyzed reactions and Sir Harry Kroto (1996) for his co-discovery of the fullerenes. The threatened closure was just one in a growing line of departmental decline across the UK and it being saved represents a major victory for chemistry. The Royal Society of Chemistry welcomed the vote and observes that the UK government will make more money available to university vice-chancellors to preclude budgetary decisions of this nature having to be made in future.