Stop the closure of the Roehampton Classics department

Stop the closure of the Roehampton Classics department

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The University of Roehampton intends to close its Classics department and make over 200 academics across the university redundant. 

The Classics department at Roehampton has produced transformative research and have been pioneers in progressive Classics teaching, claiming praise for their work on gender, sexual violence, and disability in particular.

This closure will not only affect the current crop of undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD students, this will have devastating effects on a generation of working class and state school children who otherwise would not have access to a subject like Classics.

The University claim they are moving towards programmes with ‘practical skills’ for employability, though Classics leads the way for employability post graduation across the University.

Make no mistake, this is an attack on the Arts and Humanities and a further step to gatekeep these subjects from working class students. 

Just this February Roehampton celebrated 21 years as a Classics department: 

Throughout February an exhibition in the library foyer will celebrate classics teaching at Roehampton, which this year marks its 21st anniversary.

In the early 2000s Dr Charlotte Behr, now an Honorary Research Fellow, and Professor Trevor Dean, now Professor Emeritus, saw great potential for a new classical programme at Roehampton and set about making it happen. The result of their vision was a programme of study unlike any other classics course in the UK, which for over two decades has been shaping how classics is done both nationally and globally.

It would be a huge detriment to the field to destroy the hard work of so many, and to prevent the next generation of potential classicists access to one of the most innovative departments in the UK. 

For more info on the planned cuts see: 

https://t.co/Yy4sjYgL7B 

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