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University of Brighton in Hastings

past, present and future

When University Centre Hastings opened in 2003 with 40 students, 5 staff and three courses, it was the first university centre in the country. A partnership led by the University of Brighton with the University of Sussex, the University of Greenwich, Canterbury Christ Church University and the Open University, it expanded over the next five years to around 550 students, 50 staff and 20 courses.

National recognition for excellence in support

University Centre Hastings received national recognition from both the Guardian and Sunday Times newspapers. At the prestigious Times Higher Education awards, we were nominated for the Widening Participation Initiative of 2009, in recognition of our success in supporting students from under-represented groups.

By 2009, the University of Brighton was offering 95% of the courses in Hastings, and secured the future of university-level education in the town by incorporating the university centre as its fifth campus, adding to those in Grand Parade, Moulsecoomb, Falmer and Eastbourne.

Today, the University of Brighton’s Hastings campus teaches around 850 students and offers 37 courses in a range of subject areas.

At the end of 2012 we opened our second building, a brand new structure on Priory Square. The new building has allowed us to increase our subject range to include nursing and biology and improve our student services facilities.

Key features of the Hastings campus

  • Innovative approach to encouraging people from a wide variety of backgrounds to fulfil their potential through university-level degree courses
  • We offer study that fits around existing work or family needs
  • We offer relevant courses in key areas including applied social science, broadcast media, business, computing and education
  • Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, showing that our graduates have attained a recognised standard through their study
  • Career planning modules from the beginning of each course ensure that each student can focus on their long-term ambitions, and careers support after graduation
  • Many courses have opportunities to gain valuable experience and confidence through real-world experience on work placements
  • Industry-standard facilities for broadcast media and computing students, giving them the chance to gain experience and competitive advantage when applying for jobs
  • Personally-focused support for students with any kind of concern, including finance, support for disability or dyslexia, study support, or counselling
  • By offering excellence in the heart of Hastings, we enable people who have work or family commitments in the town the chance to fulfil their ambitions through university education

By studying at the University of Brighton in Hastings, our students are part of a community of 22,000 students and 2,600 staff based on five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. We have one of the best teaching quality ratings in the UK and a strong research record, factors which contribute to our reputation as a leading post-1992 university.

Find out more: come to an open day

You are welcome to visit us on an open day to find out what makes the Hastings campus such a special place to study.

Raising aspirations in Hastings

In 2010-11, our Widening Participation co-ordinator worked with 2276 people through a range of activities to raise aspirations in Hastings.

  • Professor Fluffy with three primary schools
  • Star Student with four secondary schools
  • talks for college, sixth form and access students including Finance, UCAS and interview skills, mock interviews and clearing
  • Open Access to Knowledge
  • Spring School for children in care

 "One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is seeing students who initially thought ‘people like me don’t go to university’, grow in confidence and succeed in the university environment.”

Lorraine Roberts, Student support and guidance adviser

"My tutors encouraged me to challenge myself and consider future prospects. they supported me and offered advice and guidance, which I feel is very different from what you get at a bigger campus. It is definitely a much more personalised approach which impacts on your own individual development."

Jodie Taylor, Applied Social Science graduate