Staff at the Scarborough campus of Hull University have today been told about the options for the institution going forward.
Amongst the proposals are ideas for an existing university to come in and run the campus to offer its own degrees, for a further education college to take it over or for a non-UK university to run it.
Professor Ian Pashby told the Scarborough News that closing the campus was ‘not an option’.
He added: “We do not want to reduce the campus, we want to bring student numbers back up to where they were in the past.” The campus currently has around 1,500 students, down from a peak of 2,000.
The meeting with staff comes the day after a public meeting, called by Scaborough Councillor Colin Challen, for groups and individuals worried about the future of university provision in the town.
Earlier this year the University’s Senate voted not to take in any further bachelor degree students after the 2014 intake.
This lead to concerns from councillors and people who rely on the student economy that the campus could be closing.
Principle Dr Craig Gaskell told the Scarborough News: “We can now start to communicate more with staff and let them know the direction in which we are heading.
“This is an exciting time and we will soon be going out to public consultation so the people who were at the meeting last night can come and speak to us directly about their concerns.
“We are not closing the campus, what we are doing is acting now to stop students numbers falling further and to create a Scarborough-centric institution that will be in Scarborough for a long time to come.
“It could even be the first step to Scarborough getting its own university.“
Mr Pashby conceded that the moving of some courses, including the highly regarded music department, to the Hull Campus had contributed to the falling number of students he said that a change in admission standards had also been a factor.