Visiting Hastings last week, I was shocked to read in your paper that the future of the Brighton University campus in the town was under review.
It was only a few years ago that I attended the first national conference there – which was a celebration of radical writers Robert Tressell and Raymond Williams and their links with Hastings.
Delegates from universities all over Britain were very impressed with the new campus and the hopes expressed for it by Professor Stuart Laing in his introductory address.
Professor Laing stressed the importance of the campus both to making higher education more easily accessible and to the regeneration aims of Hastings.
I appreciate the necessity of providing a more lively and cheaper night-time economy to attract young students – and older people too – along with decent night-time public transport.
And it’s good that the current review is looking into attracting more international students.
But I also wonder if more thought is being given to other potential cohorts, for instance older people who missed out on higher education first time round; part-time and adult education courses that might provide many other qualifications than degrees.
I also wonder how well-known the campus is in Hastings itself and how open it is to public events, given that, despite its central position in the town, it’s rather hidden away.
Because, in my view, it would be even more of a shame and a waste if it closed before Hastings had a proper chance to realise what it might be losing.
So – very good wishes to all campaigning for the future of the campus.
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