An article appeared in Thursday’s Guardian (March 22) about proposed curriculum and staffing cuts at the Open University: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/mar/21/open-university-plans-major-cuts-to-number-of-staff-and-courses
There is an implication here that Classical Studies as a discipline is at risk or is being cut.
Despite what is said here, you can rest assured that there are NO plans whatsoever to axe Classical Studies at the OU. Our student numbers remain buoyant and we are recruiting to all modules and qualifications as normal. As part of a university-wide review of curriculum there is, indeed, a plan to remove A275 Reading Classical Greek following its 2019/20 presentation, i.e. a year earlier than was initially planned. But while this is regrettable, it’s hardly something that the department was expecting to be front page news.
The VC has already publically rebutted the Guardian claims about Classical Studies and has reaffirmed his continued commitment to the discipline. So for now in the department, it is business as usual.