‘No plans’ to review Eastbourne campus of Brighton University following news of Hastings review

Part of the University of Brighton campus at Eastbourne
Part of the University of Brighton campus at Eastbourne

University of Brighton bosses say there are ‘no current plans’ for a review of the campus in Eastbourne.

The statement comes after news broke this morning that the university is reviewing the future of its Hastings site.

The university’s communications manager told the Herald, “This internal review is only looking at options for the provision of higher education in Hastings.

“There are no current plans for a similar review in Eastbourne.”

He added that it would be ‘impossible to speculate on any potential impact on Brighton until we know the outcome of the review’ when asked if any changes at Hastings would have a knock-on effect on the Eastbourne campus.

The spokesperson added, “The University of Brighton is a successful and popular university. But like all other universities we operate in an increasingly challenging environment.

“Since the original decision was taken to become a lead partner in the regeneration of Hastings, the broader economic, political and funding context have radically changed.

“The increasingly competitive environment to recruit students, who themselves have rising expectations of their university experience, means that all investment decisions need to strike a balance between value for money, sustainability and long-term impact on student experience.

“We are proud of what has been achieved in Hastings and remain committed to improving access to higher education for students from all backgrounds. “But despite considerable investment we have struggled to recruit the numbers of students needed to make the original vision for the Campus viable in the longer term. We have also been concerned that students are less satisfied with their overall experience at Hastings compared to our other campuses.

“There are many factors that play into both of these, not all of which relate solely to the quality or quantity of the teaching we provide.

“Against this backdrop we are looking at a range of options for the future of higher education in Hastings. We will be discussing these with partners and stakeholders with a view to reaching a decision in the next few months.”

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