Despite efforts from University management to assuage fears, many in Hastings are still reeling at news that the University of Brighton Campus in the town could face closure.

The Observer published an article (26th January) in which a university spokesperson was alleged to have said that financial worries and struggles attracting students to Hastings were to blame for the review of the University’s involvement in the town.

Students, staff, and passionate members of the local community were quick to voice their outrage as the Campus’ potential relocation was leaked to the press. Many took to Facebook and Twitter to express their anger at finding out from a newspaper rather than the university itself.

Vice Chancellor Professor Debra Humprhis responded swiftly to the social media uproar, firstly via a video message and then in the form of a quickly arranged meeting with Student Union representatives, staff and students from the campus.

In her video response and at the meeting, the Vice Chancellor, who only took up her post two months ago, stated firmly that the university had made no decision regarding the Hastings Campus and that all current and future students based in Hastings would see their learning out where they were. She also added that the report had been commissioned to assess the campus’ effectiveness and was not indicative of a desire to change things.

At the meeting, University management were urged by many, especially numbers of Hastonian students, to issue a statement to inform the community and counteract the harm done by the original article, but had not done so at the time of going to press.

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