Exclusive: Uni ‘reviewing’ Scarborough campus

Scarborough University Campus..Picture Richard Ponter 133617
Scarborough University Campus..Picture Richard Ponter 133617

Hull University has admitted that it’s reviewing the future of it’s Scarborough Campus, following concerns over the future of the site.

The university has issued a statement after a source claimed the campus was in the process of being “wound down” - with operations possibly shifting to Hull permanently.

The source, who wished to anonymous, made a series of claims to The Scarborough News about the future of the campus, as well as staff and pupils at the site.

They include:

• Staff concerns over the future of their jobs, and that they may have to commute to Hull.

• “Talk” of the business studies department going, following the departure of the music technology and drama courses at the site.

• That nearly two halls are “completely empty on campus”.

The Scarborough News contacted the University to clarify the claims, as well as for a list of figures for recent years covering admission numbers and pupils living on campus.

A spokesperson admitted a review over the future of the site is taking place, as well as where academic programmes - such as business studies - will be taught in the future.

But while no figures were supplied by the university, a spokesperson insisted it is “committed to ensuring that Scarborough continues to have higher education provision”.

A spokesperson for Hull University said: “In striving for academic excellence the University of Hull is continuously reviewing all of its academic endeavours, whether on the institutional, faculty or campus level.

“Its strategies are continually developed, within the context of a fast-changing and increasingly competitive external environment.

“This includes reviewing the multi-campus strategy and our offer of academic programmes, be they in Hull, elsewhere in the UK, globally, in the virtual environment, and of course in Scarborough.

“We will continue to review which programmes work best on which campus.

“As per the University’s practice, appropriate consultation about any proposed changes will take place with interested parties at the earliest opportunity when the University has assessed options.

“The University remains committed to ensuring that Scarborough continues to have higher education provision.”

The spokesperson added there would be no further comment on the matter for the time being.

See The Scarborough News on Thursday for further coverage.