Save the History course at LSBU

Save the History course at LSBU

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Lilas Cave started this petition to London South Bank University

On 29th April 2021, LSBU's Dean of the School of Law and Social Sciences - Professor Craig Barker - has announced the discontinuation of the History course for financial reasons because, due to the poor number of students, the course had become unsustainable. 

As students, studying in small groups is a privilege and we do not believe that our course is being cut off for the financial reasons cited above. LSBU is a modern central London university, able to afford expensive courses demanding lots of technology and on-campus tools. Therefore, discontinuating History courses - inexpensive and providing students extensive societal understanding - makes no sense. We believe that is it part of a wider Tory political agenda, aiming to conserve history as a traditional subject, only accessible to a large majority of socioeconomically privilege students. This argument has been supported by LSBU's branch of the University and College Union, and many highly-respected academics (including our LSBU lecturers), some of whom voiced their position in The Guardian and the Socialist Worker.

Here is the official students' statement:

"The discontinuation of the History course (along with the combination of it with other disciplines) offered at LSBU is a great shame. The course is highly valuable and unique; given the Universities dedication to decolonising the archives, it is paradoxical that they can claim to do this while getting rid of courses like Black British History and Industry, Empire and Society. This history course was designed by dedicated and passionate staff who integrated student feedback into their teaching and the module. The fact that the degree, begun from scratch in 2017, was never given the chance to grow into the wonderful degree that all students and staff involved in it know it can be, is heart-breaking. It also provides great employability options, something LSBU prides itself on, with Work Placements available to 2nd Year students and History lecturers and staff exhausting their personal contacts to craft opportunities for students. These modules are not just enjoyed by students on the History degree, but enjoyed across the Division of Social Sciences.
 
What has been most sickening about this process is the lack of correspondence from the LSBU hierarchy to their staff and students. The actions taken in the discontinuation of not just History, but multiple other degrees, display a flagrant disregard for the lecturers who design, research, and teach the modules that they are cutting. These decisions were made in private without consultation with the staff and students who would be affected by them. To remove the degrees from UCAS, ensuring there would be no uptake for 2021, before informing any members of staff of this decision is an act of complete cowardice and disrespect to the lecturers who have worked incredibly hard throughout the pandemic to provide for and support students.
 
With the publishing of this statement, we stand in solidarity with our lecturers and associated staff who are fighting against this awful decision and hope that the hierarchy at LSBU changes their mind."

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