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Petitioning Provost, Macquarie University Judyth Sachs and 4 others

Macquarie University: Rethink the closure of the Museum Studies programme

Museum Studies is an important field of study for those who want to work in this area. Museums educate the general public about key facts of our history, science and society. Having well-trained professionals running these institutions is vitally important. Macquarie University is the only university in Australia currently running an undergraduate degree in this area. Its post-graduate program is the only one in the country to be situated in the Faculty of Science.

 The decision needs to be rethought with all the evidence for and against the retention of the program carefully considered and evaluated. Macquarie University strives for excellence in all things, we ask that this value is applied to the decisions made by its management.

Letter to
Provost, Macquarie University Judyth Sachs
Dean of Arts, Macquarie University Prof John Simons
Dean of Science, Macquarie University Prof Clive Baldock
and 2 others
Vice Chancellor, Macquarie University Professor Bruce Dowton
Academic Senate of Macquarie University
To the Academic Senate, the Dean of Science, the Dean of Arts, the Provost, and the Vice Chancellor of Macquarie University,

We, the undersigned, request the Academic Senate of Macquarie University to rethink their June 5, 2012 decision to close all undergraduate and postgraduate Museum Studies programmes. We believe the decision is flawed, short-sighted and not in the best interests of the University

We urge that the Faculty of Science publish the evidence that was used to make the decision, and to consider retaining the programmes.

We request that the Faculty of Science run all MSM units as normal until 2015 to allow for students who are unable to fit into the teach out timetable.

We urge the University to consider moving the Museum Studies programmes to the Faculty of Arts.

Museum Studies is an important field of study for those who want to work in this area. Museums educate the general public about key facts of our history, science and society. Having well-trained professionals running these institutions is vitally important. Macquarie University is the only university in Australia currently running an undergraduate degree in this area. Its post-graduate program is the only one in the country to be situated in the Faculty of Science.

The decision needs to be rethought with all the evidence for and against the retention of these programs carefully considered and evaluated. Macquarie University strives for excellence in all things, we ask that this value is applied to the decisions made by its management.