Good news – important update on discussions with the College!

It has now been decided that no reduction in staff numbers will take place until the end of the academic year 2013-14.  The latest proposal from the College is for 2 posts to be lost at the end of that year and 2 more at the end of 2014-15.  If we recruit good numbers of students with AAB or above at A level for 2012 and our plans to increase our numbers of Master’s students, both for our MA programmes and for our new MRes programmes, are successful, the proposal for a reduction in staff numbers is likely to be reviewed.  Validation of our two MRes degrees, one in Rhetoric and one in Classical Reception, is in train.

We have been asked to embark on discussions with the History Department about moving towards the formation of a School of History and Classics and the Academic Board has approved a move of the 1.5 modern Philosophy staff to the Department of Politics and International Relations, but discussion continues over the placing of the member of staff who teaches Ancient Philosophy.  A move of our Research Professor to the Department of English remains part of the overall ‘restructuring’ plan.

We are delighted that we have been given the opportunity to deliver on our plans for strong undergraduate and postgraduate recruitment and very grateful to all our supporters who have helped us reach this point.

Anne Sheppard

Head of Department

3 November 2011

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