Statement by the Head of Department, Prof Anne Sheppard, on the proposed cuts affecting the Department of Classics and Philosophy

Proposals for cuts affecting the Department of Classics and Philosophy at Royal Holloway

 

The College Council have set up a formal consultation process over proposals for the following cuts affecting the Department of Classics and Philosophy:

1.  From September 2012 student numbers will be reduced from c.80 to 40 per year, for BAs in Classical Studies and Ancient History as well as Joint Honours.  Classical languages will still be taught within Classical Studies and Ancient History but the Classics degree will be discontinued.

2.  The Philosophy staff, including one Ancient Philosophy post, will move to the Department of Politics and International Relations.

3.  A Research Professor, currently shared with English, will move into the English Department. 

4.  Of the remaining 11 posts, 6 will disappear by 2014, leaving 5 staff who will then move, as a unit, to the History Department.

The consultation, which started on 1 July, will run for 90 days.  The Department is preparing a comprehensive response to the planning documents that have been circulated.

Letters of support will be very welcome.  These should be addressed to the Principal, Prof. Paul Layzell, but should be sent in the first instance NOT directly to him but to the Department, so that we can collect them to use as we see fit. 

Anne Sheppard

Head of Department

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