Baroness Fookes endorses campaign!

Posted 13/08/2011 by edithhall
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Our first House of Lords support! Baroness Fookes, former Conservative MP, writes to us: ‘I was utterly dismayed to learn of the closure of the Classics and Philosophy Department at Royal Holloway.  As a former student of the college I have always been immensely proud of the status of the college as a centre of excellence which includes the Humanities. I can only assume that this drastic measure has been brought about by the necessity for financial stringency. Nonetheless I cannot but deplore the axing of an entire department which has built for itself such a fine scholarly reputation’

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Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari supports campaign!

Posted 11/08/2011 by edithhall
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Prominent RHUL alumnus Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, who conducted postdoctoral research in Physics at RHUL in the late 1980s before going on to become Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, has endorsed the campaign!


Terry Eagleton supports campaign!

Posted 11/08/2011 by edithhall
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“You can call an institution without Classics a bank, a casino or a kindergarten, but you sure can’t call it a university”. So Terry Eagleton writes support of the campaign.

MP Valerie Vaz supports campaign

Posted 11/08/2011 by edithhall
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MP Valerie Vaz has sent the following message in support of the campaign:

“As an alumnus I am dismayed by this proposed closure. The high standard of Classics and Philosophy scholarship at Royal Holloway and Bedford contributes greatly to the reputation of the college and the department’s closure would be a tragedy not only for the students, teachers and researchers in the department but for the institution as a whole.

“Latin is now on offer at more state schools than independent, fee paying schools, and the Government has shown its support for the promotion of these subjects by including Latin and Greek in the English Baccalaureate. Future generations should not be denied the opportunity to study Classics at an advanced level at an excellent institution such as Royal Holloway and Bedford College.”

Norman Baker MP hopes campaign is successful!

Posted 11/08/2011 by edithhall
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Newsflash! Norman Baker, LibDem MP for Lewes and Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department for Transport, who studied German and History at Royal Holloway, has written to us from the House of Commons. He says he is ‘sorry to learn of the proposed closure of Classics and Philosophy at Royal Holloway’ and adds ‘I hope you are successful in your campaign!’

Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse, supports campaign!

Posted 11/08/2011 by edithhall
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The Joy of Classics! The creator of Inspector Morse (who studied Classics), Colin Dexter OBE (who also studied Classics), writes in support of our campaign to Anne Sheppard: “The Classics have delighted me profoundly…I would have lived my life no other way.”

Latest NSS scores!

Posted 03/08/2011 by supportclassicsatrhul
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The results of the 2010-11 National Student Survey have just been released.  Classics at Royal Holloway has scored 90% for overall satisfaction.  This is the joint second-highest score in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and above the  overall score of 87% for the College as whole.