Hastings council leader: ‘Expansion interests from another university’

Hastings Borough Council leader Peter Chowney SUS-150713-070902001

Hastings Borough Council leader Peter Chowney SUS-150713-070902001

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Another university has expressed ‘informal interest’ in expanding into Hastings and continuing the campus, according to the council leader.

University of Brighton revealed the draft proposals for a ‘university centre’ provided by Sussex Coast College Hastings last week.

University of Brighton, Priory Square, Hastings. SUS-160127-130344001

University of Brighton, Priory Square, Hastings. SUS-160127-130344001

No staff or courses would stay in the town with everything either moved to another campus or closed, but higher education programmes would be run by the college with the university acting as a validator.

Hastings Borough Council leader Peter Chowney said the University of Sussex has said it is interested in potentially opening a campus in the town as part of its expansion plans.

However the university said it is not considering this as an option despite the council leader’s comments.

“Hastings council, along with Rother council and East Sussex County Council, commissioned an independent report on the provision of higher education in Hastings, which recommended that as well as supporting the proposed university centre proposals to be provided by SCCH in partnership with UoB, we should also seek other partners to establish a new university campus in Hastings,” Cllr Chowney said.

“Sussex University have informally expressed a potential interest in Hastings as part of their expansion plans, so we will be talking to them about that in the new year.”

A UoS spokesman said: “This isn’t something that the UoS is considering.”

Cllr Chowney added the council is determined to do all it can to make sure Hastings remains a university town.

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