Martyn Routledge, who studied Graphic Design at the university from 1992 to 1995, found his old dissertation while clearing out his loft one day.
He begun to work on the essay once more, editing and updating certain sections, before submitting the study to renowned Worthing-based sports publishers Pitch Publishing, who jumped at the chance to print it.
The resultant book, The Beautiful Badge, will be in shops on August 23, days after the start of the new football season.
Martyn, who runs his own creative design agency, Mr., worked on the book with friend and long-time collaborator Elspeth Willis.
“When I found the dissertation, I read it back and thought that it actually seemed more relevant than ever,” said Martyn.
“Having a look around I soon realised there still hadn’t been anything published that really delved into the subject and brought to life all those stories hidden behind the badge.”
Martyn described himself as a “lapsed football obsessive” and said that working again on the project reignited his interest in the beautiful game and what it means “far beyond the gloss and money of the Premier League”.