Save Worcester's Archaeology department

Save Worcester's Archaeology department

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Cat Lodge started this petition to University of Worcester and

The University of Worcester have today (17th August) taken the decision to no longer offer Archaeology as a discipline with effect from the end of the 2021/22 academic year.

The decision was made by the University Executive Board (UEB) in the context of "low numbers of applications received over several years" and "limited evidence to support the view that such a course of study was likely to be viable on an ongoing basis". Staff were not consulted in this final decision process.

This is despite repeated outstanding figures for student satisfaction and graduate opportunities in the National Student Survey. The University of Worcester has consistently attracted the highest number of admissions to Archaeology in the West Midlands and indeed more students than many Russell group institutions. Over the last four years, between 50-80% of UW graduates have gone on to employment in the historic environment sector or further study, compared to the standard (2001) benchmark of 15%. Archaeology graduates from the University of Worcester are placed in a number of strategic positions within the historic environment sector, both locally and nationally. The degree at the University of Worcester is also committed to making archaeology and heritage open to all and is one of few programmes with an impressive track record of inclusion.

Lecturers and staff have been told they are not permitted to present a case for a new degree, that they face redundancy and there is no option to appeal.

The University of Worcester Archaeology degree provides stimulating learning, delivered by enthusiastic, experienced staff who have a real passion for their subject. The programme features a practical, hands-on approach with extensive fieldwork opportunities supported by excellent facilities, helping students to understand key concepts and providing specialist skills demanded by employers.

We would like to ask for your support in any way you can and to persuade the Vice Chancellor and the UEB to reconsider their decision.

If you can help us achieve this, please work with us by signing this petition and sharing this wherever you can.

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