Glasgow University proposals are all about chasing a profit/eastern heal

Since the Nursing and Health Care School has had steady financial growth and a surplus is expeastern health vicected in the next few years, strategic cuts should not include nursing.

As Professor Anton Muscatelli, the Principal of Glasgow University knows well, the international importance of Czech Studies in Glasgow was highlighted last year by the creation of a new Madeleine Albright PhD scholarship in Czech Studies, funded by the Czech government, which the former US Secretary of State came to Glasgow to inaugurate. During Secretary Albright’s visit in September 2010, Professor Muscatelli had high praise for Czech Studies in Glasgow in his speech.

University of Glasgow nursing graduates leave with the skills and leadership abilities needed to ce today’s challenges in health care, and that is why I came here as an international postgraduate student.

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with Dr Lesley Sawers, the chief executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, when she says that Scotland’s higher education funding should be a national priority (Letters, February 25).

We hope that the administration at Glasgow will reconsider this action, which in destroying entire programmes is unprecedented. We hope that policy makers in the United Kingdom will take note of how much less competitive this will make students and will work to find an alternative to this ill-considered move.

Glasgow University proposals are all about chasing a profit/eastern heal,Seven out of nine language areas are to be abolished in Glasgow at a time when the British government and the UK research grant agencies are actually encouraging universities to broaden their provision in modern languages and cultures because of their strategic and economic importance.

This programme was rated first in the UK by students in the national student survey last year.

This needs to be maintained and the priorities must include nursing and health care.

Glasgow University’s Slavonic Studies is one of the two pillars of the language-based Centre of Excellence for the study of Central and Eastern Europe (CRCEES) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Arts and Humanities Research Council. The Centre was awarded a grant of £ 4.7 million in 2006 and it has now been announced that the grant will be renewed, for the next five years.

In the next 10 years, more than a quarter (28%) of the current nursing workforce will be retiring and highly qualified nurses will be in demand. The University of Glasgow has what is acknowledged to be one of the best nursing programmes in the United Kingdom and yet this is now cing possible closure.

Prof. Paul Allen Miller, University of South Carolina, Jacob Blevins, McNeese State University, Ronald Bogue, University of Georgia, Jason Brooks, Penn State University, Jeffrey Di Leo, University of Houston Victoria, Maria Mabrey, University of South Carolina, Elaine Martin, University of Alabama, Nichole Simek, Whitman College, Donald Wehrs, Auburn University, Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College.

We are writing to express our serious concern over the proposal of Glasgow Universitys management to close down its provision in Modern Languages and Cultures and several other departments (Letters, February 23, 24, 25 and 26).

Scotland has a worldwide reputation for academic excellence.

The President and the Board of Directors of the Southern Comparative Literature Association would like to express our concern and dismay at the decision recently taken by the University of Glasgow to eliminate German, Czech, Russian, Italian, and Polish from its curriculum.

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Glasgow University management argues that the proposed cuts are necessary due to financial stringency. Yet while it is proposing these cuts, it is currently advertising 49 academic posts, including 15 chairs, almost all of them in medical sciences and engineering. This is not about financial stringency. This is a brutal reshaping of a venerable, broad-based university, into a small money-, technological commercial venture. We are seriously concerned by extent to which UK universities have been subjected to commercial pressure. This is destroying their academic ethos, their versatility and plurality. The cuts that are currently proposed are a serious warning. If they are instituted, other UK universities might follow the same path. This might lead to the destruction of the British university sector as we know it.

Dr Marek Hrubec and Dr Josef Velek, Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic.

We are particularly concerned that Glasgow University management is planning to close down Slavonic Studies, a centre that specialises in the sGlasgow University proposals are all about chasing a profit/eastern healtudy of the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia. Czech Studies at Glasgow University is one of the most important international centres for the study of the Czech Republic. Slavonic Studies in Glasgow is the only language-based centre for the study of Central and Eastern Europe in Scotland. Its provision of courses is wider than that of UCL in London. To close it would be sheer vandalism.

I have been very impressed with the programme, the culty and the students.

We are not only concerned for our colleagues at Glasgow but gravely disturbed by the irrevocable damage this would do to Glasgow University’s reputation, to its students and to the future of humanities and liberal education at this crucial time in world history. Furthermore, we feel that the decision contradicts the House of Lords’ stated views that advanced language skills and knowledge of other cultures are vital to the UK economy and its intellectual and cultural life. The University of Glasgow’s reputation will undoubtedly suffer as a result of being unable to provide its students with skills that comparable universities provide and the UK will be the loser in terms of global competitiveness.

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