Commenting on the proposals, University of Brighton Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Pole said: “We have released these details now as we feel it is important to have transparency around the final stages of the decision-making process.
“Our recent consultation told us how important it is for people to see Higher Education continue to be provided in Hastings and for the new University Centre to have its own specific presence and identity. However, our original proposal for a standalone University Centre in its own building is not deliverable in the short-term. These revised proposals provide Sussex Coast College Hastings with the necessary flexibility to manage the sustainable development of the University Centre, its course portfolio and student numbers.”
Sussex Coast College Hastings Principal, Clive Cooke, said: “We know how much people care about the continuing provision of Higher Education in Hastings. We know that they will now get behind the development of our new University Centre and help us design a curriculum that best meets the needs of local people in Hastings, Rother and East Sussex in a sustainable way.
“I am confident that, if approved, the new University Centre will be delivered successfully and I am really looking forward to working further with local partners and businesses to ensure that it develops a range of courses that help to drive the continuing economic regeneration of Hastings, Rother and East Sussex.”