Council and university agree to strenghten ties

Cllr Jeremy Birch and Professor Julian Crampton signing the memorandum
Cllr Jeremy Birch and Professor Julian Crampton signing the memorandum
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The council and the University of Brighton have signed an agreement pledging to work closer to promote regeneration in the town.

The authority and the university, which has a campus in the town centre, signed a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) last week.

By joining forces with the University of Brighton and signing the MoC we pledge to build on our existing strong relationships

Councillor Jeremy Birch

It means both organisations will be collaborating more closely on economic and social regeneration within Hastings and St Leonards.

Councillor Jeremy Birch, Hastings Borough Council’s leader, said: “By joining forces with the University of Brighton and signing the MoC we pledge to build on our existing strong relationships to offer those who live, work, visit and study in the town the best experiences.

“This collaboration aims to open up a wide range of initiatives for information and knowledge sharing such as identifying how both physical and human resources can be best used to promote joint working; identifying and supporting sectors that will create jobs and provide sustainable economic growth; to improve the student experience and establish Hastings as a university town that can support and benefit from student population growth and to evaluate and secure funding for projects and new initiatives.

“There will be a number of joint areas of collaboration including low carbon economy, culture and community-led regeneration, fisheries and the Hastings Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) legacy, housing and urban development, the visitor economy, business engagement, support and inward investment.

“These joint areas will also include academies and improving educational achievement for young people and opportunities to improve the skills and employability of university students and graduates.

“We welcome this opportunity and look forward to working with the University of Brighton to benefit our town and all who live, work and study in it.”

Professor Julian Crampton, the University of Brighton’s vice-chancellor, said: “The university’s campus in Hastings is expanding and we and the borough council have enjoyed working together on projects of mutual interest for many years.

“We both enjoy similar aims and beliefs when it comes to involvement in the community and this memorandum seals this excellent relationship.”

The University of Brighton’s Hastings campus, located in Priory Square, Priory Street, is home to more than 800 students, studying subjects including digital and broadcast media, education, design and illustration, journalism, literature, health, biology, business, computing, mathematics and social science.