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posted by Alistair Livingston | 1:30 pm
From Nina Power's blog (infinitethought.cinestatic.com):Closure of philosophy at middlesex: fightback starts now Wednesday 28 AprilMIDDLESEX TO CLOSE ITS TOP-RATED SUBJECTLate on Monday 26 April 2010, the Dean of the School of Arts and Education at Middlesex University, announced the closure of all its Philosophy programmes, including the largest MA programme in Philosophy in the UK. Philosophy is the highest research-ranked subject in the University, and Middlesex is the highest rated of all the post-92 institutions in the subject.Restriction of student opportunities and choicePhilosophy at Middlesex is one of only a handful of programmes left in the UK that provides both research-driven and inclusive post-graduate teaching and supervision aimed at a wide range of students, specialist and non-specialist. It is the main centre in the UK for the study of European or 'continental' philosophy.ResearchThe Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy is the main centre for ‘continental’ philosophy in the UK, with an established international reputation, frequent visiting speakers from abroad and increasing numbers of postgraduate students. There are currently 63 postgraduate students in the Centre: 48 MA students and 15 PhD students. 5 PhDs were awarded in 2009. These are remarkable numbers, especially for a small group of six staff.The Middlesex Philosophy submission to RAE2001 was graded 5, and the 2008 submission was awarded a GPA of 2.80, ranking it joint 13th out of 41 institutions entered in Philosophy – above both its main competitors, Warwick and Sussex. It has hosted 2 Leverhulme Fellowships in the last 6 years, and recently completed a £245,000 AHRC-funded research project, ‘Concept and Form: The Cahiers pour l’analyse and Contemporary French Thought’ (which included production of a major web research resource). It recently submitted an application for a 2-year AHRC Project Grant on Transdisciplinarity, and held an international event on Transdisciplinarity in French Thought at the French Institute).Join the Save Middlesex philosophy group on Facebook.my letter to the middlesex administrators [email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com].Dear Michael Driscoll, Waqar Ahmad, Margaret House & Ed Esche,The decision on the part of Middlesex University to close its Philosophy department is a travesty. As evidenced by the massive outcry which has already greeted this decision, it is absolutely clear that the university has made a terrible mistake. The 'justifications' for the closure of Philosophy at Middlesex - which, I'm sure you don't need reminding, is the highest-scoring department at a post-92 and your most valuable research asset - are risible. If you want to talk about 'impact', there are few things that people associate with the name 'Middlesex University' more than its excellent Philosophy department and staff. Over the past decade or so, Middlesex has built up its reputation for being the best place in the country to study European philosophy, surpassing its Russell Group competitors. It makes absolutely no sense, either from an economic or a PR perspective to destroy in an instant what does you most proud.It cannot have escaped your notice that in the past year or so threats to close or make cuts to Philosophy at Liverpool and KCL have been greeted with a storm of international protest. The same thing has already begun to happen over Middlesex. The precedent has been for management to reverse their decisions - I can only hope, as someone who had the privilege to be awarded their PhD by Middlesex - that this will happen in this case as well.Sincerely,Dr Nina Power(PhD in Philosophy, Middlesex University, 2006)...................................Dr Nina PowerSenior Lecturer in PhilosophyRoehampton University
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