Feeds

Exeter uni cans chemistry department

Chemists lament 'disastrous' news

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

In a move that has been dubbed as 'disastrous' by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Exeter University is to drop the teaching of chemistry as a subject. 130 staff are to be made redundant after the university said that the department was losing £3m a year. The university's music and Italian departments will also be closed. The announcement comes in spite of a 21 per cent rise in applications to the university this year, with five students competing for every place, the Independent reports.

The university blamed the decision on a change in funding by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Exeter university's chemistry department was awarded four stars out of five by Higher Education Funding Council for England. This meant that it received £21,000 per academic, less than half of the £46,000 per academic provided to the university's five-star physics department.

The university has said that it will be offering staff short-term contracts on courses until they end, to allow current students to complete their programmes. However, Students fear that the measures will force them to finish their courses at other universities, as staff may not want to continue at a department with no future. "None of the lecturers I have spoken to want to return," a student told BBC News.

Charles Clarke, the Secretary of State for Education, has expressed concern over the closures and has asked members of the Cabinet to submit lists of "subjects of strategic national importance".

In the past decade 10 university chemistry courses have closed. The Royal Society of Chemistry predicts that between six and 20 will still be open in a decade's time. ®

Related stories

UK prof pioneers new LCD screen system
Oxford Uni 'hackers' suspended
Turing honoured with bronze statue

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins
Exit Planet Dust on faster-than-light expansion of universe
SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...
Craft berths at space station with supplies, experiments, toys
That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN
One MEELLION years older. Some of it anyway
NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'
Joins 'traffic light' and perfect stony sphere on the Red Planet
Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER
Forget Sudoku, crunch SHA-256 algos
'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault
Tooth embedded in thigh bone may tell who pulled the trigger
Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER
That's right, Doris, I've got biggest snout in the prehistoric world
Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead
Hopes fade of finding survivors on Mount Ontake
Canberra drone team dances a samba in Outback Challenge
CSIRO's 'missing bushwalker' found and watered
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.