Dear Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, and Dean,
I am writing to register my profound concern and disbelief at the news that Middlesex University is to close its programmes in Philosophy. I find it hard to believe that an institution avowedly committed to ‘research excellence’ would choose to destroy a successful area of the university with such an excellent reputation for research and innovation. I am not a philosopher, but I am well aware of the global standing of Philosophy at Middlesex; what you have — and what you are curiously proposing to axe — is something unique and with striking international influence.
I have acted as External Examiner at your institution (at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and in different disciplines) in the past. I would be ashamed to be associated with Middlesex University in the future if this savage cut goes ahead.
Dr Neil Badmington
Reader in English Literature
School of English, Communication & Philosophy
Cardiff. CF10 3EU.