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My guess is 1962, or more likely '63. People started moving into the building late 1963 but in the photo the trees have leaves so it's not early in the year. Although there are still heavy works happening, bits being hauled up the end of the building, most of the building is there, so I guess it's the lift machinery, air blowers etc. being hauled. The building was probably then known as "Brighton College of Technology". Note that the official opening was not until Feb 1966 (by Sir John Cockcroft, who's name was given to the building some years after that).
By Charles Wordingham (04/08/2004)
The Cockcroft Building was bulit by the then Brighton Corporation and was a College of Further Education. With the merger of the Art College in Grand Parade it later became Brighton Polytechnic under the Education Department of East Sussex County Council. Soon after that the Teacher Training College at Falmer merged and the the Poly was granted University status and was no longer part of East Sussex County Council.
By Mike Adams (28/10/2004)
The university was built on the playing fields used by Coombe Road School in the 1930s.
By Viv Webb (04/06/2005)

When I attended from 1968 to 1972 it was called Brighton College of Advanced Technology, located at the Moulescombe site.

By Peter Atter (17/05/2007)

What is now called the Falmer Campus was originally called the Teacher Training College. The institution now called the University of Brighton was originally founded as an art school in 1859. Other preceding institutes included the Municipal Technical College in 1897 and Teacher Training College in 1909. The technical college and art school merged in 1970 to form Brighton Polytechnic; the teachers college merged into the school in 1976. It became a university in 1992. (Source:

By Vernon Page (23/09/2007)

When I was at the Brighton Technical College in the late 1960s, this establishment was known as the "Brighton College of Technology" and later, when I attended here in the early 1970s, as the "Brighton Polytechnic". Later still it became Brighton University.

By Alan Phillips (18/10/2007)

I remember going to see what was then Brighton Poly with Fairlight Junior School in 1974 and thought, one day I want to go there. After years of work I enlisted on the BA Social Policy degree course in 2004 at Falmer and graduated in 2007. I remember sitting in the Ccockcroft library preparing for finals and looking out towards the avenue remembering that visit and saying quietly to myself a promise come true. Yes.

By Nina Blount (26/11/2009)

I was an American college student in the autumn term of 1984 at the Falmer campus. We lived at the seafront halls and took the train from Brighton for classes. Happy, happy times, those. I think of them still everyday.

By Ryan Baas (01/09/2010)

I worked at the building from 1970 to 1974 when it was called the Brighton Polytechnic. I worked on the top floor which was the computer department and remember the huge computers that filled one of the large rooms.

By Vanessa Crouch (02/02/2012)

When the new facility opened at Moulsecoomb in 1963, I did my final year in Mechanical Engineering at Brighton College of Advanced Technology as it was known, and before it's construction I played sports on the field that was there. 

By Richard White (11/05/2018)

I studied Electrical Engineering (Light Current) ie; Electronics, in the Cockcroft Building from 1962 till 1966.  It was then the Brighton College of Technology.  Met some great people there.

By Rodger Olive (13/05/2018)