The University of Brighton works with young people in schools and colleges to encourage more students to consider the benefits of higher education. This is especially significant in the Hastings area where educational progression has historically been low.
The university is sponsor of the University of Brighton Academies Trust. The trusts’ network of 15 academies in Sussex all support each other - and their pupils - to excel. Enriched by the university’s contribution, they work to ensure that their 7,500 pupils are inspired to meet their potential and develop a passion for life-long learning.
Starting with the formation of two secondary academies – The Hastings Academy and The St Leonards Academy - from three underperforming schools, the university took the role of lead sponsor in the Hastings Academies Trust, when it was launched in 2010.
The University of Brighton Academies Trust was then established in 2014 to build on the university's success in Hastings and broaden the work of the trust to Sussex and the surrounding areas. After working closely together for several years the two trusts merged in September 2017.
It also has approval to open a new secondary school in the city, to be called The Brighton and Hove Academy.