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Save the Women's Studies MA

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Ruskin College was set up in 1899 with the unique aim of offering access to quality higher education to people who would traditionally be excluded from academia.

In 1970 the students organised the first Women's Liberation Conference and the college has been involved in women's activism throughout it's history for example in hosting Marie Stopes to discuss birth control when Oxford University banned the city from hosting her.

Generations of women activists like myself, with no post 16 education, have been able to access truly excellent learning opportunities.

So why now, after such commitment and dedication are the all-male decision makers closing the Women Studies MA? The stated reason is financial, but figures shared with our student rep at a recent meeting show that just two additional places are needed to make the programme self-funding. 

Please take two minutes to sign this petition and encourage Ruskin College to develop a promotional strategy rather than cut off this excellent and unique academic resource.

Saskia Ritchie is the Chief Executive of Cheshire Without Abuse, she is a feminist, a domestic abuse activist and a student on the Women's Studies MA at Ruskin College.



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