Where will future Tracey Beakers go after arts and humanities classes are scrapped? | Letters


Your editorial on the threat to the arts and humanities (June 29) hits the nail on the head by analyzing what is wrong with government and academic policy. However, while talking about Sheffield Hallam University’s closure of its English Literature course, he fails to mention the greatest act of cultural and human vandalism currently taking place. It’s happening at the University of Roehampton, where 226 academics have been told their jobs no longer exist, and a huge layoff and rehire scheme has been put in place. The dozen programs cut and the large number reduced are among the best performing in the country.

Former Roehampton Chancellor Jacqueline Wilson’s most famous character, Tracey Beaker, is said to be a typical working-class humanities student in Roehampton, perhaps studying creative writing. And yet, the Creative Writing BA is one of many that are closed. It is a profitable and successful course. Where will the thousands of Tracey Beakers go now that the assault on working-class universities and the range of opportunities they provide unfolds across the country?
Doctor Tim Atkins
New Malden, London

At Sheffield Hallam University, we agree that English is at the heart of a comprehensive educational offer and a key part of a thriving culture and society. The study of literature will remain at the heart of our English degree, alongside the study of language and creative writing. We are confident that our up-to-date English curriculum will allow students to have the maximum possible choice to shape their exploration of the subject, guided by our team of world-renowned researchers.
Dr. Susan Anderson
Director of English, Sheffield Hallam University

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