You have until midnight on Sunday (30th October) to submit your thoughts on the proposals at Hastings.
If you’ve not already done so, then please give it a go:
The University of Brighton Students’ Union encourage students, staff and community members alike to complete the Hastings consultation survey.
The University of Brighton has launched its consultation regarding the future of its provision in Hastings. Brighton Students’ Union believes this consultation is an entirely pointless exercise which only aims to create a smoke screen for the University’s true intentions of completely withdrawing its provision from Hastings.
The ‘consultation’ offers only one option for providing Higher Education in Hastings, which is essentially the complete withdrawal of the University of Brighton from the town and the transferal of two access courses to the Sussex Coast College Hastings. We also believe that this consultation has been intentionally set for the summer so that students have less of an opportunity to take part.
We believe that the University should stand by its commitments to widening access to Higher Education and to the people of Hastings from whom it has taken large amounts of public money to invest in its facilities. We believe that the University could make a sound business case for continuing its provision in Hastings by investing in the campus and creating more student accommodation and improved student social learning facilities which would make the campus more attractive to prospective students.
We would like to encourage students, staff and the local community to complete this consultation so that they can demonstrate their anger to the University Board of Governors at this appalling decision.
Brighton Students’ Union will continue to work with local MPs, Hastings Borough Council, Unison, UCU, local businesses and members of the local community to oppose the closure of the Hastings campus.
This is what’s gone to all Board members as we urge them to think carefully about rubber-stamping the decision to close Hastings campus.
Hastings Observer published an article about Wednesday’s public meeting…
Unions have branded a decision to close the university campus in Hastings as ‘educational vandalism’.
Carole Chick, from Unison, said students and unions had received nothing but ‘smoke and mirrors, spin and obfuscation’ from the University of Brighton’s management when questioned on why it reached the controversial decision.
At it’s last all members meeting the following motion put forward by Preston Park ward was passed.
“This Labour Party branch notes the University of Brighton Senior Management Team and Board of Governors’ decision to wind down the Hastings campus over the next two years leading to closure in 2018 putting jobs at risk and disrupting students’ education.
This Labour Party branch condemns this decision as reflective of a business ethos at the heart of Higher Education which turns its back on the mission of the university in widening participation, creating opportunities, community engagement and civic responsibility.
This branch supports the call from the Hastings and Rye Labour Party for the University to give clearer indication of their plans, reconsider their decision to close the campus and give genuine reassurance to staff, students and the community in Hastings by honouring its commitment to contributing to regeneration of the town.”
A demo is being planned for Saturday 14th May in Hastings to publicise the threat of closure of the Hastings Campus.
This is a new event – further details to follow….