STAFF at Staffordshire University say they fear the Stafford campus is doomed after bosses launched a review.
Vice chancellor Michael Gunn this week moved to quell their fears after the Newsletter revealed the university had polled staff opinion on whether to retain two campuses or have just one in Stoke.
If the town campus were to close some 3,400 students and 455 members of staff would disappear from Stafford.
One lecturer, who didn’t want to be named, said: “We all feel the end is nigh. Staff are now unsure about what to say to students and new students on open days.”
In an email to staff and students yesterday Mr Gunn said governors had agreed a multi-million pound investment in the university estate.
He said: “I would like to reassure you that the estates strategy is about supporting those disciplines or subjects to which we are already committed and we don’t envisage any loss of our academic provision.
"It is anticipated that Staffordshire University will have homes in Stoke and Stafford and is very much geared to meeting the needs of the wider region.
“A final report, which identifies the detailed investment required, is set to be considered by governors within 12 months.
"I will keep you informed of discussions and milestones along the way.”
Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy spoke to Mr Gunn last week.
He said: “The only reassurance I have got is that the two campus future is still on the cards but it’s not a certainty at all.
“At least they haven’t said they are definitely moving to Stoke.”