University of Brighton moves forward with campus consolidation plans

The University of Brighton will close its facilities in Eastbourne, moving all operations to three sites in Brighton

Plans to consolidate the University of Brighton to three campuses in the city – which include closing all its sites in nearby Eastbourne – have received the green light from its board of governors.

The university is to move operations at three sites in Eastbourne that serve around 1,500 students to Brighton as part of plans announced in October 2021. Accessibility and sustainability priorities are driving the move, the university said. From 2025, the university will operate from three enlarged campuses at City, Moulescoomb and Falmer.

The university and the antecedent Polytechnic have had a presence in Eastbourne since 1979. The leader of Eastbourne borough council, David Tutt, said the departure came as “a massive blow” to the town.

We have a strong track record of working in partnership in our region and that will only grow stronger as we move forward with our plans
– Prof Debra Humphris, University of Brighton

The school of business and law was recently relocated to Moulescoomb, to the north of Brighton. The campus has recently been a hive of construction: occupants of the site have lately also seen the creation of new halls of residence, and sport, leisure and student union facilities. The university plans to follow these builds at Moulescoomb with the newly consolidated School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

To Falmer, Brighton will move the School of Sport and Health Sciences to one enlarged facility, occupying land relinquished recently by Virgin Active.

The University of Brighton closed its campus in Hastings in 2019 – but still validates six undergraduate degrees in the town via the University Centre Hastings, managed by Sussex Coast College Hastings.

Although Brighton University will shortly wind up activities in Eastbourne, its vice-chancellor, Prof Debra Humphris, promised the university was not retreating from its work and partnerships across East Sussex.

“While we may not continue to have a physical presence in Eastbourne in the future, the University of Brighton remains firmly committed to its role supporting people and businesses across East Sussex and beyond,” said Prof Humphris. “We have a strong track record of working in partnership in our region and that will only grow stronger as we move forward with our plans.”

The consolidation “will put us on a sustainable financial footing for the long term and help us meet our commitment to become a net-zero carbon university”, Prof Humphris added.

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