University management’s ‘betrayal’ of Hastings campus

University of Brighton, Priory Square, Hastings. SUS-160127-130411001
University of Brighton, Priory Square, Hastings. SUS-160127-130411001

Brighton Students’ Union has called statements put out by the vice chancellor yesterday ‘intentionally vague and misleading’.

A statement was released last night on behalf of Hayley Wood, Molly Maher, Bethany Wren, Nathan Foley and Amber Defroand, Brighton Students’ Union full-time student leadership team.

They said: “The statement released by the vice chancellor was intentionally vague and misleading.

“This is an extension of the shameful betrayal and disrespect shown by university management towards the Hastings campus community.

“University of Brighton are intending on closing the Hastings campus within two years.

“The security of the university’s future partnership with Sussex Coast College Hastings (SCCH) has been overstated, in order to disguise the ambition to exit Hastings entirely.

“This would be a loss for the whole of University of Brighton.

“We will fight the decision alongside trade unions, local government and councils, local businesses and the local community.

“We call on students and staff across campuses to show solidarity with Hastings and actively resist the decision.

“The decision made by the university is a betrayal of the Hastings community and everything that has been done over the last 13 years.

“The whole of the Students’ Union are committed to opposing the closure of Hastings.

“From today we will be communicating and working with all allies to ensure that we fight this decision.

“We will be releasing a further statement on our plans.”

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