Goldsmiths Department of Media and Communications letter

2 May 2010 at 15:57
From: 22 members of academic staff in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London
To: Michael Driscoll

We are academics in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London who are horrified by the decision to close Philosophy programmes at Middlesex. As you well know, Philosophy is the highest research-rated subject at your University, with 65% of its research activity judged ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the last RAE. The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy is, as your own website rightly points out, ‘the leading centre for postgraduate level study and doctoral research in Continental Philosophy in the London area’ and has a deserved international reputation.

We understand that the decision to close the programmes was made not because they are in deficit but because of a strategic decision to focus on higher-band programmes. We also understand that the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities acknowledged the excellent research reputation of Philosophy at Middlesex, but said that it made no ‘measurable’ contribution to the University.

We deplore such a statement and urge you to reconsider your decision to pursue what we believe can only be described as a clear case of academic vandalism.

Professor Sara Ahmed
Professor Chris Berry
Dr Lisa Blackman
Professor Nick Couldry
Tim Crook
Professor James Curran
Dr Kay Dickinson
Dr Tony Dowmunt
Professor Natalie Fenton
Dr Des Freedman
Dr Janet Harbord
Dr Julian Henriques
Dr Sarah Kember
Peter Lee-Wright
Professor Angela McRobbie
Dr Liz Moor
Dr Rachel Moore
Angela Phillips
Dr Richard Smith
Dr Gareth Stanton
Dr Pasi Valiaho
Dr Joanna Zylinska

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