“Post-1992 universities” — as they are called — are being more heavily affected by the government’s decision to withdraw the teaching grant from all but science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, and some fear the creation of a new category of purely vocational institutions for disadvantaged students.
London Metropolitan University, which has the highest proportion of working-class students in the country, is to scrap subjects such as history, philosophy, performing arts and Caribbean studies. The university has unveiled a radical plan to cut the number of courses with registered students from 577 (including joint honors programs) to 160. London Met is atypical in its plans to charge relatively low fees. When the cap is raised to a maximum of £9,000 (or nearly $15,000) in 2012, the university will set some fees below £6,000 (or nearly $10,000).
Cliff Snaith, branch secretary of the University and College Union at London Met, criticized Malcolm Gillies, the institution’s vice-chancellor, for seeking to deliver the “Department for Business, Innovation and Skills model of higher education.”
Humanities and Social Science cuts in UK
April 22, 2011 by spn