Sheffield Hallam University suspends study of English literature | Arts and humanity

Concerns over the fate of the humanities in higher education are mounting after Sheffield Hallam University announced it would discontinue her studies in English literature.

A university spokesperson confirmed that English literature is one of the few courses to be suspended or closed, but said the changes will not lead to job losses.

A number of universities have cut arts and humanities after the government cracked down on what ministers consider to be ‘low value’ courses.

Under the new rules, universities could be penalized if less than 75% of students complete their education and less than 60% have a professional job or study for a further degree within 15 months of graduation.

The Universities of Roehampton and Wolverhampton have proposed similar cuts, and the University and College Union has said jobs are also at risk in De Montfort and Huddersfield.

A spokesperson for Sheffield Hallam said: “As a large, comprehensive university offering over 600 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, we continuously monitor our range of courses to ensure they meet the latest demands from students and employers. .

“Whatever students choose to study at Sheffield Hallam, they will graduate with the confidence and skills to tackle real-world problems, having had the opportunity to gain work experience in each year of their chosen program of study. “

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dr. Mary Peace, a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam who specializes in 18th-century literature, expressed his dismay at the decision on social media.

English enlightened diploma in Sheffield Hallam is ‘suspended’, she said tweeted† “University responds to government that no longer finances diplomas where 60% [of] students do not end up in ‘highly skilled’ jobs within six months.

“When in our history was it more important for young people to be able to manipulate language and understand how they are manipulated by language and stories?”

“What kind of society will we have if there is no place for people from all social classes and backgrounds to have the chance to read and think (or work in a bar for two years while trying to write a novel? ) before they have to become compliant with the workplace?”

In another post, she added: “The demise of the humanities in the post-92 [universities] is cultural vandalism.”

Michelle Donelan, the Minister for Higher and Further Education, said the government recognizes that all subjects, including the arts and humanities, can lead to positive outcomes among students.

But she added, “Courses that don’t lead students to work or further education fail both the students who put their time and effort into it, and the taxpayer who bears a significant portion of the cost.”

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