Bader College stops in-person classes at Herstmonceux Castle due to serious structural issues
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Bader College at Herstmonceux Castle, part of Queen’s University, announced on Monday, November 13, that ‘structural issues’ at the castle need immediate attention, including repairs to the roof.
A university spokesperson said: “Late last week, a structural engineer visited the campus and confirmed that the situation is more serious than previously understood.
“As a result, portions of the Castle were closed to ensure the health and safety of students and staff. Out of an abundance of caution, Queen’s University made the decision to cease operations in the castle with immediate effect. All academic programming is moving online until the end of the Fall term. The university is making arrangements for current Bader students to continue their studies in January at the Kingston, Canada campus. Queen’s Student Affairs and Bader College staff are working together to ensure a smooth transition for the students.”
Queen’s University also said it will temporarily suspend recruitment of students for the 2024-25 academic year.
The spokesperson added: “Queen’s is continuing to assess the situation and full extent of the work needed but it is clear as of now that there is at least one year to 18 months of structural repairs to undertake. In addition, the structural engineer has recommended a complete survey of other areas of the Castle, which will be undertaken in late January/early February.”
Matthew R. Evans, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), said: “I understand this is a distressing time for those at the Castle; the university is acting as quickly as possible and we are committed to minimizing the disruption and supporting a smooth transition for all students, staff, and faculty affected.”
Bader College is set within the 600-acre Herstmonceux Castle estate. Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader purchased the castle in 1993 and donated it to Queen’s University. There were then extensive renovations and in 1994 the International Study Centre at the castle opened to students. In 2009 the ISC was renamed the Bader International Study Centre and in 2022 principal Patrick Deane announced the name change to Bader College.
Queen’s University is based in Kingston, Ontario. The university’s website said: “Bader College offers both year and term-length programming for students at all levels of university study. Program offerings include Arts and Science, Law, Engineering Project Management, British Archaeology, Digital Humanities and Global Health and Disability.”