We have developed a clear picture of the impacts that the changes we are now making will have on our staff and current and future students. Our plans will mean that:
1. The School of Sport and Health Sciences will move to Falmer in 2024–25 at which point the University’s campus in Eastbourne will close.
2. The Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne will close as of the start of the academic year 2024–25. The way in which the University delivers podiatry placements will be subject to further discussions with staff at the Leaf Hospital and our NHS partners. Discussions will be influenced by the changing funding priorities for Eastbourne and Hailsham Clinical Commissioning Groups and the end of the current service contract in July 2023.
3. The School of Humanities and Social Science will move to Mithras House for the start of the academic year 2023–24.
4. Some students already registered with the University will be impacted by the changes. This includes undergraduate students in the School of Humanities and Social Science who started in 2021–22, who will move to Mithras House to conclude their final year of study in the academic year 2023–24.
Also impacted will be students who started foundation years and four-year courses in the School of Sport and Health Sciences in 2021–22, who will move to Falmer to conclude their final year of study in 2024–25.
Postgraduate research students in both schools may also be impacted.
The University will now begin to plan in detail for these moves. This will include writing to those students who are impacted before the Easter 2022 vacation to explain how they will be affected. We will share all the relevant information with students about these changes, including how we will ensure that courses can continue to be delivered with equivalent access to physical resources as well as to teaching. At that time, we will also invite students to submit written comments and/or attend a course meeting so that we can ensure that their views help inform our detailed planning. We will work with students as groups and individually to address any particular concerns moves might raise, for example from an equalities perspective. Through this approach we are confident that we will maintain the quality of the student experience throughout.
5. For students joining courses in the two schools from the 2022–23 academic year onwards, the University will take the opportunity through the application process and associated published course information and communications to brief applicants about campus moves at the point at which they are making a decision to study with us.
The approaches outlined above for engaging with current and future students will ensure that the University meets its obligations under consumer law and as set out in its Student Protection Plan.