Brighton University pulling out of Eastbourne is a disaster for our town and will hit our economy hard.

The university has three sites in Eastbourne – Hillbrow, which includes the sports centre, Darley Road and Leaf Hospital but it now aims to have left the town entirely by the start of the 2024/2025 academic year

Vice-chancellor Professor Debra Humphris said, “Our Eastbourne campus has been an important part of the University’s history and heritage, but it has become increasingly clear that to successfully deliver our academic vision for sport and health sciences and meet our commitments on accessibility and sustainability, our University’s future is in Brighton.

“The opportunity presented by the reacquisition of the Virgin Active site at the heart of our Falmer campus means we can invest in creating an outstanding home for our School of Sport and Health Sciences alongside Brighton and Sussex Medical School and our School of Education.

“In a post-pandemic world, the opportunities for collaboration and partnership in these areas has never been more important.”