University of Brighton

Infobox University
name = University of Brighton

established = 1859(art school); 1992 charter
type = Public
vice_chancellor = Prof Julian Crampton
city = Falmer, Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne
country = UK
coor = Coord|50|50|33|N|0|7|9|W|display=title,inline
staff = 2,100
students = 21,000 cite web |url= |title=Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2005/06 |work=Higher Education Statistics Agency online statistics |accessdate=2007-03-31]
undergrad = 16,515
postgrad = 4,450
campus =
nickname = Brighton Uni
website =

The University of Brighton (formerly Brighton Polytechnic until its re-designation in 1992) is a multi-site university based in the city of Brighton & Hove (England). The university occupies three sites in Brighton - at Grand Parade (opposite the Royal Pavilion), Moulsecoomb, and Falmer (directly opposite the University of Sussex), near the village of Falmer - and several smaller sites in Eastbourne.


The University was formed as Brighton Polytechnic in 1968 by the merging of Brighton College of Technology and Brighton College of Art. Before the merger external University of London degrees were offered. As a polytechnic, degrees were granted under the auspices of the Council for National Academic Awards, an umbrella organisation responsible for monitoring the quality of degrees at most polytechnics during the 1960s and 70s.

Brighton Polytechnic was expanded in September 1976 by a merger with Brighton College of Education, and in April 1979 incorporated the East Sussex College of Higher Education at Eastbourne. It was awarded full university status in 1992, allowing it to offer degrees in its own right.

Brighton College of Technology was located at Moulsecoomb in Brighton. It initially offered degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Pharmacy, Computer Studies, Applied Physics and Applied Chemistry. There were about 1200 students in 1970. An appreciable number of students came from overseas, mainly from countries that were part of the British Commonwealth.

Brighton College of Education was located at Falmer, with seafront residencies in Eastern Terrace, Percival Terrace and Sussex Square in Brighton. The Falmer site is still part of the University.

Brighton College of Art was located in Grand Parade, where the Faculty of Arts and Architecture is still based.

Brighton College of Technology had grown out of the much older Brighton Technical College.


*The 'The Sunday Times University Guide 2006' (September 2006) University League Table ranks Brighton University 56th overall in the UK. It also ranks Brighton 3rd in the 'Top Ten Modern Universities' in the UK. Brighton remains the only modern university to be named 'Sunday Times University of the Year' (1999). [The Sunday Times University Guide 2006.]

*'The Guardian University Rankings 2005' ranks Brighton University at 48th overall in the UK. [The Guardian University Rankings 2005.]

Faculties and schools

There are five faculties within the university:
*Faculty of Arts and Architecture
**School of Architecture and Design
**School of Arts and Communication
**School of Historical and Critical Studies
*Faculty of Education and Sport
**Chelsea School
**School of Education
**School of Language, Literature and Communication
**Centre for Learning and Teaching
*Faculty of Health and Social Science
**School of Applied Social Science
**School of Health Professions
**School of Nursing and Midwifery
**Institute of Postgraduate Medicine (part of Brighton and Sussex Medical School)
*Faculty of Management and Information Sciences
**Brighton Business School
**School of Service Management
**School of Computing, Mathematical and Information Sciences
**Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM)
*Faculty of Science and Engineering ( [] )
**School of Environment and Technology ( [] )
**School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences (] )

Educational partners

*The Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) is a partnership between the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. BSMS benefits from the universities’ distinctive traditions and shared strengths in biomedical sciences, healthcare and professional education. The school, which is the first medical school in the South East outside London, opened in 2003.

*The University Centre Hastings (UCH) represents a radical departure from the traditional delivery of higher education. Situated in the heart of Hastings it provides high quality higher education with a portfolio of courses designed to meet the needs of local business and education communities.


* Chris Barrie - actor (did not graduate)
* Paddy Considine - actor, studied photography
* Graham Duff - actor and writer
* Peter Falconio - murdered backpacker
* Andrew Gloyns - Geek and presenter of Gadget Show on Channel 5
* Abu Hamza al-Masri - controversial Muslim cleric, studied civil engineering
* Simon Kernick - Crime writer, studied Humanities
* Alison Lapper - artist, studied Fine Art
* Julien MacDonald - fashion designer, studied Fashion Textiles
* Keith Tyson - artist / Turner Prize winner
* Orlando Weeks - musician/artist
* Jo Whiley - DJ and TV presenter
* Rachel Whiteread - artist / Turner Prize winner, studied painting
* Cliff Wright - illustrator of Harry Potter books
* Carey Young - artist
* Glen Thomas - Computer Scientist

Halls of residence

*Moulsecoomb campus
**Moulsecoomb Place
*Falmer campus
**Great Wilkins
**Paddock Field
*Grand Parade campus
**Phoenix Brewery
**Ashdown House
**Balcombe, Chailey & Ditchling
**Framfield, Selsey, Kingston & Chalvington
*Eastbourne campus
**Welkin Halls

ee also

*University of Sussex
*List of universities in the United Kingdom
*Higher Education Academy
*Education in the United Kingdom


External links

* [ University of Brighton]
* [ University of Brighton Students' Union]

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