Mixed views on uni consultation

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian''[FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY STORY SEE MARK BRANAGAN'S COPY]''University of Hull Scarborough Campus in Scarborough on 13th of March, 2012

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian''[FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY STORY SEE MARK BRANAGAN'S COPY]''University of Hull Scarborough Campus in Scarborough on 13th of March, 2012

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More than 70 people attended a public meeting on Thursday to hear what plans the University of Hull has for its Scarborough campus

The university said it was a ‘positive’ meeting but attendees say they as confused as ever about what is happening in Filey Road.

It was the first time the university had faced the public after announcing that it would cease taking in honours degree students from 2014.

One of the attendees, local businesswoman Jo Swift, said: “I think it’s great they want they public to be involved, but they have got the public involved after the main decision have been made.

“The kept talking about their ‘vision’ and that’s all we heard, if I never hear the word again it will be too soon.

“They seemed to not be really answering the questions directly and I would say, having spoken to the people around me, no-one feels any the wiser about what they want to do.

“It seems they are desperate to get another university in to take over.

“To be honest it was a bit of a shambles of a meeting.”

Guy Beaumont was another who thought the meeting was badly timed:

He said: “No-one disagrees with what the university is doing it is whether they can deliver.

“I did my degree in Scarborough and stayed on and made my home here and a lot of people are heavily invested in the University.
“It is just a pity the held the meeting after they had made the decision.

“The meeting was also badly run and quite a few people felt like they were spoken to in a condescending way.”

Another person, who did not wish to be named, added: “I think questions were answered by there was still a lot of confusion from people after the meeting.”

The university is looking at a range of options for the future of the campus, including another university coming in to offer degrees and a foreign university taking over the campus.

A spokesman for the university said: “I think people were quite enthused by the speed in which another university could come in and offer degrees. They could be in place by 2015.

“The feedback we got is that people, in particular the accommodation providers, want three year, or four year, degrees in Scarborough so they can plan for the future.

“We will be going through the feedback from the meeting now and looking to get more information out after people raised some questions about the process.”