Find out more about the types of generative AI tools available and how to access them.


Please note that given the rapid development of AI tools, this information may at times become out of date. This page was last updated on 15 April 2024.

If you would like advice or guidance in using these tools, please get in touch with Educational Enhancement at

Microsoft Copilot

Copilot is an AI chatbot created by Microsoft. AI Chatbots, also known as LLM (Large Language Models), are tools designed to mimic human conversation. These tools allow the user to pose questions to the chatbot in plain conversational language and then receive a response. Follow up questions can then be asked to refine or expand the original answer. Copilot can create a variety of inputs including images.

Signing in with your Sussex credentials will ensure staff and students can access a data protected version of Copilot which will keep any entered data safe and private.

For more information on accessing and using the tool please see the Microsoft Copilot information page.

Adobe Firefly

Adobe Firefly is a suite of creative generative AI models developed by Adobe, focusing on image generation. AI Image Generation usually means text-to-image, where a user can type out a textual description of the image they'd like and the AI tool will generate an image based on the description. The models are trained on Adobe’s own image banks meaning images generated are copyright friendly.

Firefly can be accessed via the web version or is also integrated into other Adobe tools such as Photoshop. All staff have access and some students will have access dependent on their School.

Other tools

Please note aside from the above noted tools, Sussex does not endorse any other AI tools. Whilst you can use other AI tools, please apply critical thinking when using them and make your own judgements about their safety and privacy.

If any university data is being used, such as learning and teaching content, then ensure you use Copilot to protect staff and student data.

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