The senior management at Swansea University have announced that they do not wish to take further action on their restructuring plans for Modern Languages, which would have seen staff numbers in German halved.
The outgoing President of the AGS, Professor Frank Finlay, has signed a position paper on the year abroad which has been sent to Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts. The paper has been drawn up by the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (Butex). The full document can be read by clicking here.
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Swansea’s University Council will not let the University management go ahead with plans to cut Modern Languages staffing by 50%. For further details, see Swansea’s Modern Languages blog.
The University Council for Modern Languages has published two new briefings that will be of interests to Germanists in Higher Education in the UK. Firstly, UCML has responded to the government’s proposal for an English Baccalaureate (click here for the document). Secondly, the Council has produced a briefing document on work and study for the year abroad, focusing particularly on the need to protect year abroad provision from high tuition fees. Click here to read the briefing.
The Executive at Swansea University have decided to proceed with the proposed cuts to Modern Languages and are taking the proposals to the University Council next Monday (28/3), leaving colleagues little time to respond.
Please support colleagues at Swansea by writing to express concern about the proposals to Sir Roger Jones, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, c/o Dr. Martin Lewis, secretary to Council, at email@example.com .
– by signing the petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/39117.html
Any other support, such as letters to the press, would also be welcome.
Here is a briefing paper from Modern Languages at Swansea which outlines the situation from their perspective. Further info can also be found on their blog:
UCML has responded to the UK government’s enquiry into the future of Higher Education. You can read the full response by clicking here..