70% Cut in Courses at London Metropolitan University
April 20, 2011 2 Comments
On Thursday 14 April the management of London Metropolitan University announced the closure of 70% of courses currently tought at the university. This means the loss of an incredible 490 out of 700 current courses, the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Languages and Education will be effectively closed.
Claire Locke President elect of the student union at London Met said: “The current closure plans devalue London Met and will have a catastrophic effect on Past, current and future students. If the closures go ahead the university’s overwhelmingly working class students willl be denied the opportunity to study humanities subjects such as philosophy, history, languages and performing arts. For some reason management can’t get their heads around the fact that students might want to come along to university to develop their minds rather than simply improve their employment prospects. Education is about personal development not just about money.”
The university provides an opportunity to working class students from a wide area to study at degree and post graduate level. It was recently estimated that 57% of the univerrsity’s students are from working class backgrounds, the university currently includes 40% of all BME students in Higher Education in the UK. London Met is a crucial part of the education provision in London and particularly in Islington.
The trade unions, UCU and UNISON, at the university are set to ballot for strike action after the Easter break. The student union has already launced a campaign to defend the university. EAN urges all of its supporters to support the following events:
Wednesday 4 May 2pm. Rally outside the Tower Building, Holloway Rd. (near Holloway tube station). ‘Defend London Met’. All welcome, bring banners and placards.
Wed 4 May 6pm in Tower building. Open meeting to build a demonstration in defence of education. All welcome.
Saturday 7 May Teach-In at London Met. 10am-4pm at the Graduate Centre, Holloway Rd. (next to Tower building) This will be a day of meetings and discussions followed by a party in the Rocket. It is open to all supporters of the campaign to defend London Met. The day will include speakers on the recent and continuing revolutions in the Middle East, the campaign against the attacks on disabled people, the defence of education and many other topics (see flyer attached for more details). There is no charge for entrance