Stop Teesside University cutting the Arts
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The creative industries generate £76.9bn annually – that equates to £8.8m per hour and accounts for over 5% of UK jobs. And yet we continue to see cuts within arts education throughout all levels when the arts are fuelling our economy.
We urge Teesside University not to add to the increasing cuts to the arts and for Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Croney to reconsider the decision to cut the Performing Arts (formerly known as Performance for Live and Recorded Media) and Dance degrees.
Teesside University is the heart of Middlesbrough, and having this University and the unique courses brings many to the area to study who otherwise may not have ever ventured to the North East. With the North East being hit hardest by government cuts does it not make sense to continue to offer courses in which students can leave and create jobs and boost the local economy?
Students, especially those of creative arts are highly invested in creating, we are hardy people who make the decision to enter a career in which there is no guarantee of job offers and high level of competition. That's why when many of us leave, instead of waiting for the right job. We create jobs. We run our own businesses, produce our own plays, make our own films, hold exhibitions, flash dance in the high street. We don't want the people of Middlesbrough, or potential future students to miss out on the high value of the arts.
Teesside University claims to put the students at the heart of everything they do. But I worry that the new Vice Chancellor who specialises in Business may not be including students who specialise in artistic practices in this.
Cutting performance and dance degree's may only be just the beginning of creative arts cuts. Please sign this petition and SAVE THE ARTS AT TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY!
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