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University of Kent confirms which courses will be axed

The University of Kent has confirmed six courses are set to be cut, following a consultation.

Undergraduates at the campuses in Canterbury and Chatham will see the subjects “phased out” over the next years.

University of Kent students and staff protests over proposed course cuts and job lossesUniversity of Kent students and staff protests over proposed course cuts and job losses
University of Kent students and staff protests over proposed course cuts and job losses

The courses being axed are anthropology, art history, health and social care, journalism, music and audio technology, and philosophy.

No new students will be taken on to read those subjects, although those already studying them will be “supported” until the end of their degrees.

In a statement issued today, the university said: “Following a period of consultation, we have now shared decisions with staff and students on future course changes at Kent.

“Through working together, we have been able to make adjustments that support continued delivery of some courses that were under review, such as modern languages and a new offer of English language and literatures.

“However, a number of other courses will be phased out as we adapt our portfolio to better match future student demand.

Rochester Building at the University of Kent, in Chatham. Stock pictureRochester Building at the University of Kent, in Chatham. Stock picture
Rochester Building at the University of Kent, in Chatham. Stock picture

“We will now be working with affected staff to talk through their options as a result of this, including confirming the resources required to support students on these courses with teaching and supervision to the end of their degrees.

“These changes will also support growth in key areas such as business, psychology and biosciences, and sit alongside broader strategic plans at Kent to ensure we put students at the heart of everything we do.”

The courses that had been under threat but are now to stay are English language and literature, forensic osteology and field methods, and modern languages.

In February, KentOnline revealed that 58 members of staff had been issued with “risk of redundancy” notices and a further 40 were taking voluntary redundancy.

In a further cash-saving measure, the university’s Rochester and Gillingham buildings on the Medway campus are to be handed over to the University of Greenwich, which shares the site.

A protest was held earlier this year over the proposed cutsA protest was held earlier this year over the proposed cuts
A protest was held earlier this year over the proposed cuts

After Easter, all the remaining departments at the Gillingham campus will be moved into the Medway building.

The university has faced a drop in foreign students applying for courses since Brexit and since its ranking fell by 26 places over the last eight years in the Complete University Guide.

The University has not confirmed exactly how many jobs are to go.

In February, around 200 staff and students demonstrated on the campus against the coming cuts, waving placards and chanting “No cuts. No Lossses. Take it from the bosses.”

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