Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Students step up campaign to save Arts Course in Dumfires as human rights abusing Glasgow University fight to close it, education not for all!

Dear All

When I first heard of the proposal for human rights abusing Glasgow University to set up shop in Dumfries, I thought it would be a disaster.

Not long after, it was up and running headed by Professor Rex Taylor.

At the time Professor Taylor said:

''This is good news for Dumfries and Galloway because it means there will be a speedier build-up of higher education opportunities than would have been possible if only a single institution were involved. ''It is also good news for higher education as a whole because the Glasgow-Paisley partnership introduces a novel form of joint-working which is likely to commend itself to other institutions.''

It was the days of ‘empire building’ when taking education to the masses was in vogue.

Having set up shop in the provinces, the white elephant was soon in trouble with then Principal and Scotch pervert Muir Russell having to defend attempts to close it.

After an outcry, it was saved and lurched on, then the finance problems hit the University of Guantanamo Bay and corrupt foreigner Anton Muscatelli announced that cuts had to be made.

From Gilmorehill to Dumfries, belts had to be tightened, not really in the senior management ranks that get paid a big wad of cash and expenses.

I describe the ‘plan’ as ‘Cut the plebs, save the trough’.

Now, members of a student action group are stepping up their campaign to save the Liberal Arts degree at the University of Glasgow Crichton Campus in Dumfries.

If the humanities course is axed later this month, it could be replaced by environmental management studies.

Which is what every aspiring student in the provinces wants; weighty liberal thoughts replaced by lectures on managing waste?

Oh super duper.

Student representatives claimed the loss of the Liberal Arts degree would be a blow to Dumfries and Galloway.

Staff at Guantanamo Bay said it was "carefully matching courses to local needs and national trends".

Presumably they think no one wants to aspire.

A final decision will be made by the university's court later this month who will probably rubber stamp this decision.

Katy Ewing, a mature student on the Dumfries campus, said the course had been a vital educational lifeline for her.

She said:

"For me personally, I have a family, I am a mature student - I could not have gone away and studied at degree level anyway. This was an amazing opportunity for me to study. It has changed my life, it has been really important to me personally."

She said one of the best parts of the degree was its flexibility.


"The humanities subjects are so core and the Liberal Arts degree is so transferable it's not like doing a vocational degree where you are locked into your path. You are very employable after doing this degree."

I don’t think they give a shit; they just want your money.

More than 600 people have already signed a petition by the action group to save the Liberal Arts degree course.

A spokesperson for the University of Glasgow said:

"Following an exhaustive and extensive consultation with all stakeholders, the university court will consider the recommendations in the report of the Liberal Arts consultation panel at its meeting on 22 June. The proposed changes at Dumfries Campus are in response to changing patterns of recruitment and the importance of carefully matching courses to local needs and national trends."

Exhaustive and extensive!

I would like to see evidence of that claim.

Glasgow University is a human rights abusing organisation, I don’t think that they will be unduly worried about shutting down a course in the Arts.

Corrupt foreigner Anton Muscatelli, Principal.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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