Request for feedback on HE cuts from MeCCSA members

Dear MeCCSA member,

As the national subject association, we are very concerned to hear from members about how the cuts/fees/privatisation regime is now impacting on your departments, institutions and yourselves as individual academic/academic-related staff. Our subject area seems particularly under threat (the October UCAS figures suggested a 40% drop in applications at that point), so we’d be grateful for any information or commentary on whatever you think is relevant – this could range from redundancies (or extra posts), course closures (or launching of new courses), freeze on posts, increase (or decrease) in staff/student ratios, increased workloads, increased focus on vocational skills, changes in pedagogy, or any other University/departmental strategies developed directly in relation to the new regime.

Could you send responses either to me ( or to Natalie Fenton (

Many thanks,
Sue Thornham (MeCCSA Chair)

Posted by Einar Thorsen