The University of Brighton is a UK university of over 21,000 students and 2,500 staff based on five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings on the south coast of England. Its roots can be traced back to 1859 when the Brighton School of Art was opened in the Brighton Royal Pavilion.The university focuses on professional education, with the majority of degrees awarded also leading to professional qualifications in areas including Pharmacy, Engineering and Information Technology. In 2012 the University of Brighton came third in the People & Planet’s Green League table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance. The university has five campuses. Three in Brighton; at Grand Parade, Moulsecoomb, and Falmer, and one in Eastbourne and one in Hastings. As part of its commitment to widening access to Higher Education the University of Brighton validates degree-level courses taught at a number of partner colleges in Sussex and Surrey. The University of Brighton also validates higher education courses taught at the KLC School of Design, London and the London School of Osteopathy.