It was from the local Hastings Observer that UoB staff at Hastings discovered at the end of January that the university was considering closing down the Hastings campus and now the Board of Governors of the University of Brighton has taken the decision to close the Hastings campus over the next two years leaving staff, students and residents of Hastings feeling betrayed and angry. The staff unions are committed to fighting the closure as are students who reacted angrily at the Vice Chancellor’s statement to in Hastings today and have used the Facebook group to condemn the decision (including video footage of a march through Hastings). The local Labour Party in Hastings is also mounting a campaign and it is interesting to see Amber Rudd the conservative MP for Hastings joining the opposition. A bit rich some might say since it is the business ethos this government and her party are committed to introducing into the running of universities which is clearly informing Debra Humphris’ and the Board of Governors’ decision. This is what you get when business priorities are made to trump all other values in HE. Values like widening participation, community engagement and civic responsibility. This isn’t just about the campus in Hastings – it is about the very soul of the university!