Bangor University: threat to Archaeology, Fine Art, and Lifelong Learning

Bangor University management have employed financial consultants Deloitte to review the financial situation of the university. The university have informed UCU that it needs to close both the Fine Arts Degree Course and the Single Honours Archaeology Degree Course, and the School of Lifelong Learning, as part of a Financial Sustainability Strategy. It would appear that decisions with far reaching implications for the jobs of the affected staff have already been made, without any meaningful consultation.

The School of Lifelong Learning provides accessible opportunities for local people to transform their lives by studying part-time at BA and MA level, as does the Fine Arts Course, one of the threatened programmes. The other threatened programme, the Archaeology Single Honours Degree, is successful and respected, with links to local, national and international bodies as well as the wider community.

UCU believes that the threatened courses and school are important not only for the university, but for the community in north west Wales, and that the claim that the cuts are unavoidable is unsubstantiated.

We call upon Bangor University management to:-

  • engage with staff and unions to discuss a sustainable future for these degree courses and this school
  • carry out a full equality impact assessment on the proposals
  • engage with staff, students and unions on the basis of financial transparency and genuine consultation on all future options
  • co-operate with UCU, Unison and Unite to avoid compulsory redundancies.

Bangor University: threat to Archaeology, Fine Art, and Lifelong Learning

We call upon Bangor University Management to:-
• Engage with staff and unions to discuss a sustainable future for these degree courses and this School
• Carry out a full equality impact assessment on the proposals
• Engage with staff, students and unions on the basis of financial transparency and genuine consultation on all future options
• Co-operate with UCU, Unison and Unite to avoid compulsory redundancies

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733 Vicki Sabatini Smartteachers
732 Ms Annie Jones Sheffield Hallam University
731 Dr Aisling O'Beirn Ulster University
730 Michael Grinfeld Glasgow Enough destroying the vestiges of culture
729 Jane Rendell London
728 philip newton liverpool Because I was a Bangor BMus graduate 1962-5 and mature student after five years serving `Meta National Service `in the Military Industrial Complex Industry and never regretting swapping to the Humaities.
727 Stephanie Potter York
726 Michele Underwood This was a university built entirely on the principle of educating people to help them move away from the inevitability of class, lack of opportunity and tackling discrimination. To even think of closing the lifelong learning - shame on you John Hughes
725 Angela Pettit Jones The extra mural orchestra was my very first experience of playing in an orchestra and gave me the confidence to continue. An invaluable opportunity for new and returning instrumentalists. The social and mental stimulation should not be under estimated. A valuable asset to the University community and an opportunity for music students to interact with other adults, conducting and arranging.
724 Sophie Lane Leeds
723 Elaine Forde Llanybydder
722 Caroline Fairclough I know many women who have undertaken the MA in Women's Studies at Bangor over the years, and seen what personal and professional benefit it has delivered. Please save it.
721 Joy Williamson Flintshire I have been a member of the Lifelong Learning Orchestra for around 10 years, & have been travelling the 50 miles each month,to pursue my passion for amateur music making. In addition to offering amateurs of differing standards the chance to play a variety of music, it offers music students at the university a fantastic opportunity to improve their conducting skills - and enhance their CV.
720 Lesley Conran Bangor I am particularly against the ending of an identifiable route to learning opportunities and continuing education for members of the wider community in North Wales which will result from the closing of Lifelong Learning and Fine Art. I urge the University to take a longer and more constructive view.
719 Ann Edwards Warkworth, formerly Llandegfan I was a member of the Lifelong Learning Orchestra course (under different names) since the early 1970s until last year when I emigrated. I am devastated at the thought of it being closed down. It provided a wonderful opportunity for amateur players to learn and improve their standard of playing. There is no other organization in the area to provide this. Appreciate what you have.
718 ruth ellershaw Denbigh
717 Gemma Williams
716 Ann Cooke Surbiton Bangor University has a long and fine reputation for its promotion and support of the arts and humanities and for making them all accessible to the communities of North West Wales and beyond. Considering the University's distance from larger, metropolitan, institutions means that any diminution of this support leads results in local impoverishment of opportunities, particularly for the young.
715 Margaret Walton I think it is important for "ordinary" people and the university to both have as much contact with each other as possible. This cuts would reduce the opportunities considerably.
714 Keith Hazelaar Anglesey I have read with dismay of the university's intention to end Life Long learning courses. These courses give an opportunity for LOCAL people to further their knowledge and experiences. For the university, I think it is vital to enhance and maintain links with the community as well reach out to the world or is it another example of educational globalisation?
713 Rosie Waite Bethesda I am signing because of the valuable opportunities the Lifelong Learning Department offers and I would hate to see it in jeopardy.
712 Ann Waite Beaumaris I have been a member of the Lifelong Orchestra (on Saturdays 10 x p.a.) for 40 years and it has developed strongly over that period. Now as a pensioner it gives me tremendous incentive to continue playing music. My colleagues and I will sorely miss it . Others will have no opportunity to develop their orchestral skills without it. Every effort must be made to keep the Unit courses available.
711 Hilary Dean Denbigh There is absolutely no need for these cuts, billions of pounds are being wasted on projects/Brexit that the country does not need.
710 PETER READ BEAUMARIS I am a graduate of the Lifelong Learning Fine Art degree programme. The degree course was a wonderful, life-changing experience. Taking six years over the course was only just long enough! Please do not close the course or the Department of Lifelong Learning.
709 Brian Howes Abergele There is a growing recognition of the important contribution which artists bring to the social and economic health of North Wales and beyond. It is counterintuitive to reduce supply at this time.
708 rosey Paul llangefni Fine art and lifelong learning are important to maintain culture of art in wales
707 Linda Baxter Sheffield I am a former student of the Lifelong Learning Fine Art degree programme. The standard was incredibly high - teaching, process and administration. Tutors were diverse practising artists, excellent project deliverers. Assessment was thorough and hugely constructive.
706 Jenny Fell Machynlleth These courses are vital to those who perhaps haven't previously had the opportunity to study and for those who are working part-time in order to gain qualifications and valuable experience . Please reconsider and properly involve in negotiations all those who are going to be affected by the proposed cuts.
705 Sian Hughes Liverpool My main focus is working with adults - - my father - Ieuan Williams Hughes worked in Extra Mural studies; Coleg Harlech and the Open University - I know the value and importance of Life Long Learning in ALL subjects and fields - opportunity to continue to learn vital for the enrichment of the individual - and the body politic for a fully engaged, integrated and active society.
704 Fran Collins CONWY Enjoying the life drawing course in Caernarfon. Hope it can continue.
703 ruth pybus Abergele I have benefitted hugely from Bangor University lifelong learning Welsh courses and orchestra.
702 Kathleen Lloyd Benllech it is very disappointing to hear of the planned closure of these departments. I had the privilege of obtaining my MA through Lifelong Learning and it seems sad that others of mature age and within reach of home will not have this opportunity.
701 Jeanne-Marie Willems-Oliver Prestatyn I have had the privilege of being taught by a Master in portraiture, an internationally renowned artist, my father. It has opened up my life in every way! Please do not close these departments and deprive future students of a career. Bangor is the closest University for many, many people and is indispensable!!.
700 Jude Wood Corwen North Wales needs more Art not less
699 Gareth williams Caernarfon I am a member of the lifelong learning orchestra which meets every moth for 8 month every year. This orchestra provides the opportunity for amateur musicians to develop their instrumental techniques and musicianship.
698 Sharon Perry A university should not just provide learning and research for (mostly young) people, it should also encourage and support the local community as a whole to learn and to have a deeper understanding of the world around them. Education should be inclusive, not exclusive. Please don't cut Lifelong Learning. Where else can older learners access such courses in the community?
697 tara Dean Denbigh
696 nora youngmanman -Kio walasey Applying to study at Bangor university as energized me and i look forward to fortnightly tutorials. Closing the department would deprived future students of this opportunity to return to studies.
695 miichael Jamison Menai Bridge The Lifelong Learning Orchestra has proved its viability over many years. It contributes income to the University and our members from across N Wales benefit from refreshing and stimulating musical activity.
694 Roger Goldsmith I play with the Bangor Lifelong Learning orchestra which has existed for more than 40 years which is now threatened with closure.
693 marilyn seeckts bangor, gwynedd the past six years of the BA degree kept my mental health stable (manic depression). Bangor's part-time BA degree enabled me to manage all the course work and still enjoy artists visits and exhibitions. I successfully passed my degree and would recommend it all adult learners.Enjoy the wonder of making art and seeing yourself develop as an individual.
692 Robert Greig Anglesey I'm a Bangor University postgraduate alumnus, have studied short courses through Lifelong Learning for whom I've also undertaken part-time work. The University has been making increasing cuts from certain departments year on year and has been scaling down Lifelong Learning, the very department still promoting the original ethos of the institution, being 'learning for all'.
691 Angela Thompson In solidarity. Why does the uni lurch from one financial crisis to another so frequently? The funds spent on Deloitte would keep courses running for longer!
690 Ann Illsley Bangor I am signing because I think to lose Archaeology in particular, would be counter-productive, living in such a rich archaeological area. I also know several past students of life-long learning who were delighted to have a second chance & get their degrees, This would be to the detriment of the local community, with whom the University professes to want to link cf Pontio rationale?.
689 Rosie Green Bangor Lifelong Learning ran the best Welsh courses I have ever known. Without them I could not have integrated into the community here as this is a Welsh first language area.
688 Geoffrey Kitching Bodorgan The Lifelong Learning Orchestra, which meets once a month, is an important local asset. I cannot understand why it is not 'paying its way' given that all members provide £100 per year. (I'm dubious about the assessment by the accountancy company, who no doubt charged a significant fee.) It is the only such orchestra in the area. Rather than closing the orchestra it should be expanded.
687 Anthony Howard Bangor Lifelong learning has provided access to courses that have been of great value to its students and an important interface between the community and the University. It should be possible to promote and organise these activities in ways that generate appropriate levels of income. I would urge the university to examine carefully approaches that achieve this and thus avoid a great loss to North Wales.
686 Michael Kirk Llanfairfechan I cannot believe that Bangor University could contemplate cancelling its Lifelong Learning courses. The orchestral courses in particular have provided a unique, academically valuable, and extremely enjoyable activity for over 30 years, to local community members. We (20-25 of us) each pay £100 per year for 8 Saturday full-day sessions, only requiring a conductor, a room and minimal administration.
685 David Crompton Menai Bridge I have had many happy years playing with the Lifelong Learning Orchestra which is about the only outlet in the area for amateur orchestral players
684 Valerie Lane Llanfairpwll
683 Rhian Waller Chester
682 Mary Jowitt Mold These courses are important to the community and to understanding our culture
681 christine howard Bangor I have enjoyed learning French and thoroughly enjoy the 8 workshops per year of the orchestra, which give people in the area a chance to come together to make music. We have fun as well as the challenge of new music.We all pay £100 p.a.for the facilities and the conductor which would be such a waste were it to go after over 40 successful years.
680 Jill Anderson
679 Aveline Kyffin Llandudno
678 Peter Williams Menai Bridge Bangor University was ooriginally founded by members of the local community for members of the local community. Lifelong Learning is a vital part of this educational linkage between town and gown and it is a moral obligation of the University to continue this.
677 Dee Rivaz Abergele Reducing Lifelong Learning opportunities makes it very difficult for people to access quality learning experiences outside mainstream education. My experiences at Bangor as a mature student were of enormous importance to me in building my confidence and skills, enabling me to refocus my professional practice in a way that will enhance my independent living for the rest of my life.
676 Jan Loxton
675 David Nash RA OBE Blaenau Ffestiniog I have frequently hosted groups of Fine Art students from these course at my studios and know they are much valued by the students. The result of these courses is an enriched cultural life in N. Wales. Don't let this disappear.
674 Jim Buckley Blaenau Ffestiniog I think it is a sure fire symptom of the cultural and material decline within the UK as well as Wales that a provision like this is planned for the axe.
673 Rachel Kelly Abersoch Art should be promoted not axed
672 John Davies Pwllheli Lifelong learning courses at Bangor are simply to good to lose. I for one gained great benefit from them and like to think they will remain open for others to do so too. Only wish I could do more...
671 Rhiannon Mon Jones Bangor The threat to these courses and to the staff and students involved with them - both past and current - is evidence of a great lack of respect and awareness of their importance to the university and the local and regional community. The threat to the School of Lifelong Learning shows ignorance of the history of the university and its role as a place of continuing learning for local people.
670 Linda davies Maentwrog As a tutor on The Degree and Life Long Learning Art courses I know first hand what a truly wonderful opportunity these courses provide.A very sad loss indeed to the continued creative community in North Wales
669 Stephanie Davies-Arai Lewes
668 Natalie Bates
667 Lucy Kew bangor these are valuable courses, a comprehensive consultation needs to take place
666 Iona Edwards BAngor The centre for lifelong learning gave me invaluable knowledge and help in my career.
665 Rachel Thorpe Caernarfon I have benefited greatly from attending Welsh courses at the school of lifelong learning. It provides an incredibly valuable resource with excellent training. Equipping me with valuable skills and increasing my local employment potential. Please seriously reconsider cutting this school.
664 Ffion Williams Bangor
663 Catrin Wager Bethesda From my understanding, the ethos of providing an opportunity for higher education for all people was a founding principal for Bangor University. Closing the school of lifelong learning goes against this ethos. It's a valuable lifeline into education, particularly for groups who may have felt disenfranchused in the past.
662 Margaretta Jolly Falmer
661 Rhiannon Mair
660 Robert Tisdall Brisbane Changes sometimes are inevitable but there is no reason for consultation not to be exhaustive and open. It is too easy to concentrate on courses that make lots of money at the expense of others that enrich the community. I am certainly an advocate for LLL having completed my first degree at UCNW in 72 and my masters at UNSW in Australia some 40 years later.
659 Andrew Ching As a previous graduate of this university and member of the alumni - it concerns me to see the removal of such important courses. I appreciate the need to ensure financial stability for the future, but surely the removal of learning opportunities is not best way?
658 sophie dixon Bristol \the school of lifelong learning is an amazing community resource and wide consultation is the only reasonable action.
657 Claire Prendergast Sheffield
656 Susan King Penmaenmawr These courses are hugely important to our community and the lives of the people who have, and are benefitiing from them.
655 Waseem Alladin I am a former staff member of the University of Bangor. It is a tragedy that such a great historical university should seek to make cuts in areas of great heritage importance.
654 Christine Dobbs Swansea One major goal of academia should be to produce a well-rounded society, where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential - irrespective of their discipline - and, post-Brexit, find employment across the globe. Further, if we don't offer life-long learning, we are condemning older people of equality of opportunity. Management - do the right thing and be fair.
653 Maria Pereira Coventry
652 Carolyn Greig Swansea Losing departments and courses that enrich our appreciation of life and of our heritage is a travesty and every effort should be made to ensure this does not happen. Alternatives to "unavoidable" cuts should be sought immediately
651 Helen Franks Salford
650 Marilyn Polan
649 lee williams newport
648 Vernon Morgan Although course provision should be reviewed in these times of economic cutbacks there should be full and open discussion with all parties involved to see if there are other options open. Once provision is removed it is very difficult to re-instate in the future.
647 Aberson Dr Marja Southampton
646 Lois Roberts Pwllheli
645 Robert Southall Newport Too many cuts to our HE in Wales. We need these departments to keep diversity in education provision.
644 Geraint Løvgreen
643 Lucy Blackburn Edinburgh Because the brutality and machiavellianism with which UCNW closed my father' s department in the 1980's caused him immense pain and, I am sure, took about a decade off his life. If nothing else, I hope whatever changes come from this review are handled with considerably more care for the individuals affected, whether staff or students.
642 Federica Barbieri Swansea
641 Andrew Millard Glasgow Liberal arts are the seedcorn for much innovation across many disciplines.
640 Rhys Trimble Bangor Gwynedd desperately needs these departements to decrease 'brain-drain' and economic problems absurd to close them if unavoidable
639 Helen Kalliope Smith Cardiff Fel cyn-aelod o staff PB (Canolfan Bedwyr), rwy'n gwerthfawrogi'r gwaith da y mae'r adrannau hyn yn ei wneud. Mae Dysgu Gydol Oes, yn benodol, yn hyrwyddo addysg uwch ymysg pobl a gollodd y cyfl;e i symud ymlaen at AU yn union ar ôl gadael yr ysgol - mae'n eu galluogi i ennill cymwysterau'n rhan-amser er mwyn cael swyddi gwell yn y pen draw, ac er mwyn ehangu eu gorwelion.
638 wendy williams
637 Emma Evans
636 Judith James Swansea Lifelong learning is essential for a university to widen access to higher education, upskill people for work or to improve their quality of life and enable a society to enrich its culture and develop its communities. Widening access does have a cost and this is reflected in the fee and access plans, where universities are required to justify their spend on WA activities.
635 Philip Constantine Bangor I don't agree with the decision to withdraw core humanities courses without proper consultation, especially successful ones like Archaeology and inspiring ones like Fine Arts. The decision to close Lifelong Learning, a part of the university which serves the local community, can only be regarded as shameful as well. Education should come first: it is what the university's reputation is based on.
634 ann bevan cardiff
633 Howard Carlton Kidderminster
632 Emma Short Newcastle upon Tyne
631 Ruth Lindley Birmingham
630 Sarah Vaughan Lifelong Learning is a vital part of community education. People may not have been in a position to study effectively at school age and should be encouraged to develop new skills and improve their employability at any age.
629 Julie Benger
628 Alun King Newport
627 Emma Noble Caerphilly
626 Wendy Rogers Newport
625 Anna Pigott Swansea
624 Valrie McKenzie Kingston I believe that the University originated there for the development of the area and the people of North wales. Now closing the School of Lifelong Learning seems like a retrograde step. I believe the university can explore ways in which to keep some of these going. Can the archaeology and fine arts programmes be offered in conjunction with another institution?
623 alyson davies swansea
622 Alexander Roberts Swansea Single honours in Archaeology is more important than many appreciate in preparing those entering the discipline in the essential skills required. So too is engagement with the wider community beyond the University walls, something the School of Life Long Learning has been doing very well on behalf of the people of North Wales for many years. Both decisions require consultation and transparency.
621 David Jones Swansea The School of Lifelong Learning provides important opportunities for local people to study part-time to degree level.
620 Samantha Oakley Swansea
619 Howard Griffiths Llandeilo
618 Keith Halfacree Swansea All these courses provide and are rooted so much in the richness of life... Education in its great diversity!
617 fiona Hardy Ferryside We need to be well resourced in Wales and closing down entire departments which are part of Arts and Humanities and Lifelong Learning is short sighted and will be damaging to the local community as well as to the country of Wales.
616 Graham Ford-Keyte Bangor You cannot claim as a management team that you are finding new ways of doing things, if in your next breath you say that you are stopping doing something. This is a direct attack upon the entire Bangor community by an imported management - we have to face facts - the new Management team at Bangor are asset strippers - notice the courses opening in England and in Belfast and wonder why.
615 Charlotte Hoyle Epsom The arts and humanities are vital in this time of diversion and intolerance, so we can learn from the past and to process the present.
614 Emily Hoyle
613 Peter Neville Swansea An educational establishment needs a range of programmes to be a vibrant community. Community links foster greater understanding and provide opportunities. Links further away provide the lifeblood of academic discussion and growth. For all these reasons, cut in programmes should be very carefully considered and implemented with agreement - not imposed.
612 Gideon Calder Swansea Lifelong Learning courses are one of the very most vital ways in which universities contribute to the community, and change people's lives. Closing them is the opposite of prudent.
611 Rhys Jones Swansea
610 Karin Tusting Lancaster
609 Kim Howell Swansea
608 Chris Allton Swansea
607 Anjana Choudhuri
606 James Butler Swansea
605 Philippa Price Swansea
604 Eve Moriarty Swansea
603 Roz Gasper Cardiff The way this was handled without staff consultation and the impact on the local community especially women who participate in the Women Studies part-time MA
602 Darren Spillett York I am a Bangor alumni who studied history with archaeology and know that the department is excellent and should be saved.
601 Derek King Lancaster
600 Sebastian Winter London I am an Alumni, and am currently studying a MSc related to sustainable business and finance at Imperial College. I believe these closires are terrible both sustainably and strategically, and while they may help Bangor achieve a good quarterly return, the long term financial loss due to loss of local connections, reputation and support should bear more weight in decision making.
599 Margaret Page Bristol Life Long Learning is a vital resource for the growing population of those who are outside full time employment. Research demonstrates the importance of community connections for community cohesion. Women's studies provide a unique context for women to make sense of their lived experience of changing gender relations and to contribute more fully in public life.
598 Roger Wooster Newport Because arts and lifelong learning are the very essence of what education should be about. They give us our humanness.
597 Matthew Shaw Shotton Because a variety of subjects is the core of our education, and closing more and more departments because they are no longer popular limits our society's growth.
596 Vida Greaux Newport
595 Janette Gibney Cardiff The negative impact on widening access for adult learners and the damage to the communities of practitioners who support them when lifelong learning departments close is not worth the relatively small so called efficiency gains achieved. Universities must find ways to protect and sustain less profitable and/or more poorly funded areas - too many LL and Fine Arts courses have already been lost!
594 Rachel Stubley Newport We have had very similar experiences over the year at University of Wales, Newport (now part of the University of South Wales). We have lost archeology, foundation art, and our centre for lifelong learning. All three were fantastic resources for the local population, with many really excellent, high quality staff running the courses. It was a real travesty that we let them go.
593 Mike Reddy Aberdare
592 liz liddall Abergele The department of lifelong learning is invaluable for students who would otherwise be unable to participate in full time mainstream degree courses. Closing this department without consultation and consideration of the benefits to the Welsh community is short sighted and discriminates against those who are disadvantaged in many ways.
591 Peter Hogan Boston I am an alumni of Bangor University and a professor of Psychology in an American University. In my experience, closing of programs rarely saves meaningful money. It looks like the university is focused on cutting back on the arts; wrong!. In any case, consultation with stake holders are needed to consider the best options, if there are money issues. Decide first and consult afterwards - NO!.
590 Grant Rockley Newcastle I care about Bangor (& all UK) Universities.
589 Leonie Sharrock cardiff Understanding where we come from, how we are situated in the world and how best to express ourselves, for the duration of our whole lives, are the fundamental requirements of emotionally healthy individuals. Funny how it is the very courses that teach us these things that are under threat - not just at Bangor but many places elsewhere. sustainability is not just financial.
588 Stephen Wilson Newport
587 Eileen Little Cardiff Please think again - what is your basis in value for the discontinuation of the courses? Is it just about profit for the University? Isn't there something beyond that in terms of meaningful value?
586 David Kennett Shipston-on-Stour Wales needs more than one of its universities offering BA Archaeology and more than one series of approaches to the subject. I say that as a BA Archaeology, Cardiff 1966. The working-class graduate does not need to be confined to STEM subjects. Even persons with good 'O' levels in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry and with in interest in Geology may not wish to be constricted into these areas.
585 Steven Stanley Cardiff I am SURE there are other ways to save money at Bangor University than closing these important programmes/schools. Did Deloitte include in their survey the salaries of middle managers and VCs across the University?
584 Amin Kamete Glasgow Life Long learning is an asset to the community. Archaeology has some of the best minds in the subject.
583 anne-marie payne London
582 Rosemary Jane Portsmouth
581 Linnie Blake Manchester
580 Fiona Pugh Colwyn Bay As a mature person I would be interested in doing courses a Masters in the evening.
579 Joe Greenwood Colchester The request to meaningfully engage with staff, assess the impact of closures, and avoid compulsory redundancies is nothing if not reasonable. Course closures should not be contemplated lightly, and lifelong learning especially should be a crucial link to the local community rather than something to consider doing away with.
578 Roger Rivett Birmingham Alumnus
577 Ben Davies
576 Anna Coombs Colwyn Bay
575 Linda Rogers Beaumaris The decisions are short-sighted when considering the needs of the community - these courses provide opportunity for individual and social development as well as the chance to enhance the community as a whole. This is also a very particular community and these courses offer a chance to reflect its history and extend its culture.
574 Mike Auld Bangor Aside from all else, the way Bangor University are handling this makes it, and those responsible look absolutely terrible!
573 Elin Stewart
572 Dr Jessica Clapham Bangor ' The hours of folly are measured by the clock, But of wisdom : no clock can measure.' William Blake (1757-1827).
571 Eiluned Jones Llangollen What an incredibly foolish and shortsighted decision, denying education to the people who shape and form our culture, values,and links into communities at grass roots level. I fully support the demands that the University should be held to account and prevented from denying communities access to education by closing any of these schools.
570 Cathy Marshall Rhosneigr My course was removed without any notification. It makes a sham of all the effort that I had put in already to work towards my degree, and in effect I feel I have wasted my time. I have not been notified of any alternative either. Staff, tutors no students deserve better treatment.
569 Catherine Weiss
568 Dr Bill Hughes Stockport
567 Phillip Hall Any reduction in education assistance is an attack on the future.
566 Kathleen haswell
565 Michelle Marsh Ruislip
564 Jordy Lea London Solidarity to you all!
563 Jane McIver Stockport
562 Jane Owens Worcester I studied for my undergraduate degree at Bangor University, and loved the experience - I have particularly fond memories of the Archaeology lecturers (I studied for an Archaeology module in my first year of a BA English degree) and the stimulating course content. Don't close these three departments - Archaeology, Fine Art and Lifelong Learning - as you are limit the range of candidates.
561 Kelly Frost London Save jobs, protect these wonderful courses which are not common and not offered at many universities. Once they are gone, they are gone forever.
560 Sally Jackson Portsmouth It's so important to retain women's studies courses.
559 Gill Price Cardiff
558 Marnie Nolton Perth Fine Arts, Archaeology and Lifelong Learning are essential. Don't cut these programmes. Cut costs in beauracracy.
557 brigitte lechner stockport All three fields of learning are crucial to the lifelong development of the individual and an understanding of the nature of human striving, be that material, emotional or intellectual. It beggars belief that this should need to be pointed out in the 21st century. How the mighty have fallen.
556 Catherine Chabert Cardiff
555 Rebecca Collins Chester
554 Rob Seager I studied at Bangor and feel that it should, like any university maintain a range of disciplines.
553 Malcolm Lyon
552 Helen Ridsdale Oxford
551 Richard Carabine London
550 Barbara Denton North Wales Completing a BA Linguistics degree at Bangor in 2003, part-time study was then the only option for me to do a Postgraduate degree. For working women and others unable to attend weekday daytime courses, Lifelong Learning offered the ideal solution. I write and, though mature, wanted an MA to help a career in writing. With committed staff and a high standard of education - LL is needed!
549 Ian Manborde Coventry To defend the preservation of high quality HE programmes to local people.
548 Stephen O'Sullivan
547 Ruby Rivers It's so important to have accessible education to local people; it broadens minds and improves quality of life and gives people hope
546 liz Waterhouse Perth
545 Jacqueline Gruhn London The threatened subject areas are all too easy to cut for financial reasons but this completely fails to appreciate their value in terms of culture and the importance of learning opportunities, particularly given the increasing number of people reaching retirement age.
544 Mark Rutter Winchester We should protect the range and diversity of subjects studied at our universities. They not only feed and sustain a vibrant cultural life but are the key to our long term economic prosperity.
543 Howard Moss Swansea
542 Janice Williams London These courses are important for our future as a civilised country.
541 Valerie Dunn London Too many women's issues are ignored - or cut - these days. I had the opportunity to go to college later in life and think it is a vital resource, especially for women. I remember when women's studies became gender studies. Now these courses are harder to find.
540 Felicity Allen London
539 Roberta Hunter-Henderson London
538 Lynda Haddock
537 Maji de Q Hull Banglor University is among very few universities in the country, which still have women's studies programme. It is important to continue this course. Also it is important to continue life long learning programme, and removing it can be seen as discrimination against people who didn't have opportunity to continue their studies at younger age.
536 Marian Larragy London The value of such courses cannot be measured with a short or medium term financial analysis. The appropriate assessment would be by those in the field who understand what the courses are about. They may have creative ideas as to how to re-arrange resources. Please measure the potential loss of non-financial outcomes in the long term for people who this institution is supposed to serve.
535 Majideh Qazizadeh
534 Rose Ades London these courses (and the community of teachers past and present students associated with them) offer a social and intellectual capital that once axed, will seriously diminish the future viability and prospects of the university and the local community. These factors/consequences are not taken into account in a narrowly defined short-term cost-saving financial assessment. There are alternatives.
533 Luke Martell
532 Elaine Hutton Bristol Lifelong learning is very important - to shut this would discriminate against adults who have missed the opportunity for higher education. And Fine Arts is very important culturally. By closing these courses, you would be denying a very capable cohort of students the opportunity to later make a significant contribution the the United Kingdom.
531 Jean Mcgrath Blackburn Breadth of education for all should be a priority,not a disappearing necessity. So-called 'minority' subjects should be protected. My generation benefited from a forward-thinking educational philosophy....our legacy should not be the reverse.
530 Alison Read London Life long learning is essential - especially in a time where we all have to work longer, may need career re-direction etc etc - this is especially so for women who have taken a break to have children
529 Alice Bondi Alston
528 Cath Elliott
527 Rachel Anderson London
526 Miranda Yardley Essex I graduated from Bangor in 1990 and witnessed first hand the effect of wide ranging cuts on the students, staff and faculties.
525 Sam Britton Southsea
524 Natasha Read ISLEWORTH Especially sad that the women's studies course us under threat.
523 Samantha Pay Surrey
522 Zoi Lleshi London Women need Women Studies. It would be terrible to shut one of the few remaining such MA's down
521 Gemma Aitchison Manchester
520 Lisa-Marie Taylor
519 Wendy Davis London It is vitally important to preserve Women's Studies
518 Joyce Huggins London I am an older woman who has benefited from having access to post graduate education which has given me extra skills and knowledge and in turn has been beneficial to others through my employment and in the community. It is totally wrong for so many reasons to close this section of the University and particularly so to do it without consultation with those who truly understand the importance of it.
517 Lynda Bennett greater London This is a traversty
516 Helen Bishop London This would affect women disproportionately. Needs an impact assessment. Also because of Trumpism we must fight to keep all our UK Womens Studies programmes
514 Tracey Carboni Swansea Lifelong learning is crucial, key part of a fair and just society.
513 Rina Rosselson london
512 Julian Vigo
511 Pam isherwood London
510 Irena Fick London
509 Margaret Shooman Bangor Education needs to be more widely available not less so. Closing departments for financial reasons is short-sighted and wrong. Furthermore, closing departments which allow people to study and further their educational aspirations while they are working goes against the principles of equal, universal access to higher education.
508 Gail Chester London As stated by many other signatories, this whole plan is so outrageous at words more or less fail me. With Trump as president of the USA, the absence of genuine thought and lifelong learning should be more than obvious.
507 jane henderson cardiff
506 Liv-Marie Lewis Bangor I am a student on the part time Fine Art degree course, and I am shocked at the prospect of maybe not being able to finish my degree here at Bangor University. This excellent part time degree programme has given me the opportunity to raise a family, work part time and study Fine Art. I also have a son who wants to study Archaeology at the University, The Arts are vital for our community.
505 Emily Sawyer
504 Jackie Mearns Edinburgh
503 Greg Young Moelfre
502 Angela Tristram Swansea Education is for all, I am a mature student, who was awarded a 1st at Swansea as a mature student. My life changed , and I urge the policy makers, to consult with all, consider every option, and the wider cost of cuts
501 Janice Aitken Dundee Cuts to the arts and humanities like this are short sighted and will deprive the community of opportunities to access education. Universities have a duty to properly consult and listen to the results of the consultation. There are many ways to save money without destroying courses.
500 Ann Morgan jones Portsmouth Now retired from adult education, I depend on courses to continue learning as I age. I can't emphasise enough hoe important these courses are for quality of life.
499 Liane Timmermann Lampeter
498 quentin jones cardiff My parents are Bangor graduates and proud of their alma mater and my son is studying medical sciences there. I would like to see Bangor exist as an institution with as diverse range of subjects,staff and students as possible rather than shrink into a limited core . Once disciplines are gone it is difficult to effect a return.
497 Caroline Bainbridge London In the current global political climate, in which racism, sexism and blatant forms of misogyny are once again rearing their forces in everyday life and culture, it is crucial that we fight to preserve access to higher education for all adult learners, and especially those for whom social experience is most greatly affected by shifts in attitudes and the rise in associated crimes.
496 Rebecca Harrison Whitby
495 Louise Brown Durham To support the provision of Lifelong learning opportunities for those individual's who, owing to so many considerations, access education at different stages in their life. AND the opportunity to understand historical context, origin of ideas, culture and creativity with understanding of women's contribution to society is paramount.
494 Julia Long London Signing in support of Lifelong Learning opportunities for local people, and particularly in support of the Women's Studies programme which is one of very few remaining courses in the UK and should be protected.
493 Sara McHaffie Dundee I know women who have benefited so much from the school of lifelong learning - it makes education truly inclusive.
492 Pascale Engelmajer Waukesha
491 Jane Aaron Aberystwyth As one who previously served as external examiner for the MA in Women's Studies I am very aware of the excellence of that degree and very much hope it can be saved. Interest in women's issues is currently reviving, globally; this is not the time to cut such courses.
490 Sylvia Jones Holywell I am signing having achieved an MA Distinction because of the University's belief that learning is a life-long experience. Many students have benefitted having returned to formal education through the varied and challenging courses offered within the Department of Lifelong Learning.
489 Irene Gedalof London In support of women's studies, in protest at the lack of consultation with those who make a university -- staff and students -- and against the reduction of higher education to an accounting exercise.
488 Daniella Holland-Hart
487 Jonathan Marsh Cardiff
486 Sian Griffiths Caerphilly As a learning support assistant in a further education college, single parent and a musician interested in the arts I understand how important, if not essential, opportunities for part time education are.
485 Terese Jonsson Portsmouth Courses such as the MA Women's Studies offer important opportunities for local people to study part-time. Critical thinking and life-long learning should be prioritised within universities, and the success of courses such as this should not solely be measured on financial terms.
484 Malcolm James Cardiff I believe in the value of education and that we, as a country, can afford it. To close these courses is nothing short of an act of vandalism.
483 Robin Attfield Cardiff
482 Vicky Margree Brighton
481 Adrian Rixon Cardiff Options for continued provision of these courses should be fully explored given their importance.
480 Zoe Brigley Thompson Columbus
479 Robert Meredith All learning is important but especially the subjects at stake here. It is everyone's right to access learning for life.
478 Ceri Sullivan Cardiff Students attending the Life-Long Learning courses are mostly not able to travel elsewhere, given Bangor's geographically isolation. Mature students will lose an integrated experience of learning in one department. The Archaeology degree has a fine intellectual pedigree, and works well with Gwynedd archaologists to enhance the medieval and industrial heritage of the area (on which tourism depends)
477 Michael Alder-Woolf Cardiff A shocking lack of meaningful consultation is only the tip of the iceberg as far as this sad turn of events at Bangor University is concerned - you have a greater educational responsibility on your academic shoulders than this!
476 Camilla Williams Stamford Financial consultants only look at finance; they don't look at the impact on people. As an educational institution, a university has a responsibility, and part of that is not to be restricted to the elite. These courses are an important part of culture and of celebrating life and beauty. Our lives would be empty without art, without the histories that shape our past, however much money we have.
475 Vikki Turbine
474 Fiona O'May Edinburgh Education is not a commodity. Lecturers are not a commodity. Consult, negotiate, discuss - BEFORE any decisions are made or actions taken.
473 Lena Wanggren Edinburgh
472 Carole Jones Edinburgh There should be consultation on such sweeping changes and I am concerned about the deliberate targetting of lifelong learning here as well as the targetting of Women's Studies.
471 Morag Murchison Liverpool
470 Diana Wallace Cardiff
469 Clare Hemmings Archaeology, Fine Art and Lifelong Learning (including Women's Studies) are key parts of the national and international curriculum. They are important for students to have access to a full range of knowledge possibilities and choices, and are valuable in their own. right.
468 Hilary Robinson St Albans
467 Gillian Macdonald Bristol
466 Alexandra Kokoli London
465 Ann Heilmann Cardiff I was involved in validating the MA in Women's Studies and feel saddened that a programme that (like Lifelong Learning more generally) is key to offering vital opportunities for life-changing professional development should be at risk, at a time that sees significant challenges to the economy & equal & human rights legislation that will be likely to affect women & adult learners most adversely.
464 lynne harne London I am signing this petition because as academic I support the continuation of the Women's Studies MA programme as part of the Lifelong Learning faculty at Bangor University. This is very important programme one of few in the whole of the UK, which still exists and can greatly enhance the lives of mature women.
463 Aoife McKenna Edinburgh Solidarity!
462 Chiara Ariotti Swansea
461 Mark Worrall It is disgraceful that the University has not consulted on this issue, which will affect not only the lives and livelihoods of their hard-working staff, but also those of the local community.
460 Maggie Humm London
459 Gavin Palmer Swansea An injury to one is an injury to all!
458 A C Wild The Women's study course which is part of the Life long learning department is one of the last in the UK. It has been a successful course running for about 20 years. Women are 50% of the population, we deserve to learn about our history and our oppression. it is a scandal you are thinking of getting rid of it! you should be proud to have such a course in your university and should support it !
457 John James Newport Short term measures will damage the reputation and the vibrancy of the University. The loss of degrees will not only harm the staff and students but also have a detrimental affect in North Wales. Employers have a legal and social responsibility to engage in meaningful consultations with the unions. They are caretakers of our precious resources, universities belong to the nation and not for profit
456 ian warwick Bangor
455 Ann Hynes Colwyn Bay Many of our students go from Colegau Llandrillo , Menai and Meirion Dwyfor to study these degrees; this would reduce their life chances and choices.
454 Paul Brennan Cardiff Meaningful consultation is an essential part of effective management of change. A proper assessment from all stakeholders is vital.
453 Red Chidgey London There is a need for transparency and consultation here, with a full equality impact assessment. Bangor University have a duty to its staff and students.
452 SUZAN JUDITHDAUGHTER OTLEY We need to have as many options as possible to enable all adults from different walks of life and situations to have access to education. The Lifelong Learning Department is essential for this purpose. Closing it down would be detrimental to many people who want to continue to learn and/or retrain and would be a sign of elitism.
451 Elisenda Marcer Birmingham
450 Jennifer Drew London I was lucky to obtain my first class BA degree in Womens' Studies despite fact I was a mature student and was only able to study part-time. Shortly after I completed my degree this subject was closed because the university was only interested in furthering their commercial business interests at the expense of mature students! Archaeology and Fine Arts as well as Womens' Studies are essential.
449 Angela Gbemisola Gorsgoch The life long learning department is important & should be maintained. it allows people to access further education where a FT traditional course wouldn't. It allows people who are in work to study in the evening, & mature students to access education when they otherwise wouldn't. University should be welcoming to people of all background. Not just the few who can afford it. Don't be elitist !
448 Anne-Marie Fortier Lancaster
447 Stacy Gillis Newcastle
446 Sara de Jong
445 Lisa Taylor-Clarke Derby This provides a value service allowing access to education, which is a right not s privilege and cannot be measured by accountants or business consultants. Speak to last students, staff and the community.
444 Chris Clements Bridgend Life long learning is so important to students who may not have started University at 18/19 years old. Education of any sort is power, protect it do not cut it.
443 Cassandra Mcluckie Leeds
442 Emma Ward London
441 Jean Owen London It is outrageous to close down anything that is vital to community learning.
440 Alison Wheatley
439 rosemary betterton Halton Fine Art and Women's Studies are the two areas I dedicated my life to as an academic and it is appalling to hear that such creative and necessary disciplines are being junked for cashflow.
438 Kath Woodward Worksop
437 stephen quinton Haverfordwest These are valuable areas of study that should be offered in North Wales, particularly Lifelong learning which is vital to the growth of the Welsh economy and well-being of the population.
436 Evangeline Tsao York Supporting Women's Studies as well as the University's responsibility of social engagement with local & wider communities.
435 Carina Hart Nottingham Financial consultants have no understanding of how universities work, and the importance of courses that happen to have small numbers. At the very least staff should be consulted.
434 Fischer Clara Dublin Women's studies is a discipline that is vital to educating students to become critical and engaged citizens. Perhaps more than ever, such critical citizenship is today required,
433 siobhan Wall Amsterdam I studied as a part time student for both a second degree in Fine Art and Critical Studies and as an MA student, and became a senior lecturer at a London university as a result of my studies. Part time courses are invaluable at enable working people or those with carer's responsibilities to achieve academic success and gain employment. Keep these courses open to all!
432 sharon winfield York Lifelong Learning is the lifeblood of society
431 Natalie Davies Bangor Without Lifelong Learning I would not have been able to re-enter higher education without giving up my full-time job. The University must retain champions for Lifelong Learning otherwise students like me - who want to learn for reasons far beyond getting a qualification - will be excluded. The proposed cuts are not unavoidable, this is a political decision with consequences.
430 Bridget Penhale Norwich
429 Elspeth Mitchell Leeds In support of women's studies
428 Fiona McKay Glasgow Steps such as this should not be carried out without a full impact assessment, and there should be and open and transparent engagement with staff, students and unions at all levels instead of unilateral decisions made.
427 Rachel Handforth Sheffield
426 Andrew Chandler Kecskemét Bangor is my alma mater, and an important centre for archaeology.
425 ian Roberts crook I used to work at à university.
424 Kate Orlandi-Fantini Nottingham The cuts to education based solely on financial assessment and 'business career-path' thinking are tactical and calculated, designed to undermine a broad way of thinking.
423 Pat Linck
422 Valerie Wakefield Beaumaris Were it not for the School of Lifelong Learning, I would not have been able to obtain a BA degree as a mature student, and to study for an MA degree, both of which have made me a much more positive and confident person, able to contribute much more effectively to the community and voluntary organisations. Also, after a recent bereavement, the support received from staff and students was great.
421 christine o'hagan bangor Learning is a lifetime experience
420 Kate Sang Edinburgh
419 Charlotte Mathieson Guildford
418 Christopher Yewlett Cardiff Archaeology is a particularly valuable degree, as it involves both hard Science and humanities Arts activities; one of the few to integrate both. Moreover, Archaeology, from prehistory to Industrial Archaeology, is of particular importance in Wales.
417 Blake Thomas Holyhead
416 Marged Pendrell Penrhyndeudraeth As a former memebr of staff recently retired from teaching on the Ba and MA Fine Art courses I am appalled at such a decision .These excellent courses,written originally by Proffesor Mike Knowles provide a wealth of opportunities for further education for all ages on a part time basis. The quality and dedication has been proved in the excellent grades achieved over the years.
415 Pamela Stevens Buckley
414 Betty Foster Bangor I completed the MA Womens' Studies course 2 years ago. The educational benefits I derived were incalculable. It is essential that other local people have the opportunity to participate The value of the Lifelong learning cannot be underestimated. The principles of education are fully met with this opportunity to people of all ages . Betty Foster
413 Samantha Jacques Holyhead My mother is a student within the lifelong learning department
412 Hazel Russell Bangor
411 Catherine Owen Rhos on sea
410 Ellie Pridgeon Leicester Just been through the same at Leicester. Solidarity from Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning.
409 Sophie Page Leeds Signing to support the future education of a friend
408 noelle griffiths Blaenau Ffestiniog The University has acted without consultation or consideration of the lives that are affected by closure of Fine Art. Students who are mid way through their BA or MA, some who have invested time and money for many years. Tutors who have given a commitment to the course for up to 18 years. It is appalling to behave in such a way.
407 Ann Sherlock Aberystwyth
406 Frank Vivian Jacques Stornoway Studied at Bangor Uni. B.A.Hons. Such a shame that the Arts seem to be now considered as of little use! As an engineer I discovered the great benefits of the subjective as compared to the objective world that I worked in.
405 John Nickson Llandudno These part-time courses are accessible to the local community and draw their students from across North Wales and it appears that they are well regarded. From the information I have seen the savings are marginal and appear to reflect the results of a consultancy brief that related only to cost. The decision to close them looks more like a matter of internal politics than of objective analysis.
404 Angelo Cei Rome
403 Ruth Cousins Bangor I graduated last summer with a BA hons in Fine Art from Bangor uni, I am completely astonished at the lack of foresight, and failure to recognise what an empowering and essential means of study this is, to have worked full time, educated myself my family and friends, taught them that education is life long, that regardless of your situation you can still learn and share and strive! don't end this
402 Cynthia Brown Leicester Lifelong Learning is too important to be cut in this way - especially without any consultation or apparent attempt to assess the effects on adult students who will not be able to gain a degree by other routes.
401 sue jordan
400 Mike Knowles Amlwch, Anglesey, I designed the Fine Art course at the invitation of the University, recruited the original staff and students, and with the help of office staff supervised its development through its early years. This is a unique Fine Art course in that it is not connected with a conventional art school and is innovative in its design and delivery.
399 Huw Williams Cardiff
398 Jess Moss Cardiff Limiting education to the most popular courses, is wrong, and impacts society in a negative way.
397 Diane Williams Caerphilly
396 Joe Donovan Cardiff
395 Michael Jorgenson Cardiff Arts are essential to civilised life
394 Susan Arney Porthmadog Gwynedd Unique programme not only for the UK but for this area of the country. Bangor Fine Arts nurtures students from a huge demographic and geographical area.
393 Janet Roberts Llandudno I am a Fine Art student at Bangor University and am signing this petition because cutting the relatively small budget supporting the Fine Art degree which is part of the Creative And Media studies school is both disappointing and short sighted in the context of Fine Art in Wales and the growth of cultural industries,highlighted by Bangor University's own confidence in developing Pontio.
392 Krista Bradshaw Bangor My eldest daughter has a particular interest in art/fine art and it is hugely disappointing that these subjects may not be available to her if she wishes to study them at HE level!
391 Jayne Barnett Cardiff
390 Elloise Bailey Aberdare You go girls
389 Andrew keenan ystrad mynach Erosion of staff due to management failure should be challenged. Proper consultation with staff and union are imperative.
388 Ian Sainsbury Reading
387 keith monk
386 Alyson Jones Bridgend Lifelong learning has had far too many cuts to provisions. Education is vital in all subject areas for a community and, therefore, a country to progress and withstand economic stability. I want to support colleagues working in this field.
384 Lena Shipley Aberdare Because arts are as important as science and technology subjects. I say this as a chemistry teacher
383 Tracey Bond
382 Eifiona Thomas Lane Bangor To support staff colleagues.
381 Darren Hardwicke Cardiff Lifelong learning is a fundamental right for all in our society and should not be the first area to be dropped when austerity chomps away at the budget. For some it is their only social avenue and only chance to better themselves.
380 Allison Jacques Holyhead The school of lifelong leaning is so important to many people like myself who are unable to attend a full time course and would therefore miss out an this brilliant opportunity.
379 Ken Howells Abertillery Gwent Cuts, cuts, and even more cuts, Wales needs a strong Higher Education sector, support and stay united.
378 Mike Evans Cardiff I am a Co-ordinating lecturer for Computer Studies in Continuing and Professional Development (formerly Lifelong Learning) in Cardiff University and Lifelong Learning departments are necessary for the professional development of members of the public who do not wish to do a degree.
377 Denise Thomas
376 Andy Skyrme Cardiff This is an extremely short sighted decision backed by bean counters who have no interest or working knowledge of Higher Education and who are purely focused on getting numbers in spreadsheet columns to support the already made decisions by whoever has employed them -such an old, clearly seen through tactic of employing a 3rd party to produce a report that (surprise surprise) supports your decision
374 Colin Saunders Abertillery Preservation of very important subject areas.
373 Emma Hall Llanelli To support Bangor University against the threat to their departments
372 Martin Barclay Cardiff to protest against the insanity of closing a School of Lifelong Learning when we are facing the greatest demographic challenge in the history of modern HE
371 Waring Matt Cardiff In solidarity with UCU colleagues. Such decisions cannot be made without proper consultation and engagement with unions, staff and students.
370 Mary Haggan Donegal Because art and the past enhances evidence and supports heritage which needs to exist .
369 neil liggett
368 Tony Dobbins Conwy Bangor UCU Vice-President.
367 Joanne Walker Aberystwyth Without proper consultation with staff and unions there can be no confidence in the decisions reached and given the community, research and personal impact these cuts will have it is vital that there is transparency.
366 Dave Roberto Colwyn Bay Life long learning has been cut in North Wales in FE. If it goes in HE too then we're just condemning thousands of people to life long deprivation and no aspiration. Art always gets hit in times of fiscal woe and it's what makes people human. The Arts feed the soul and is part of mankind.
365 Gwenno Piette
364 Amy Staniforth Aberystwyth We (Wales & the UK) need a strong Higher Education sector across Wales for everyone's economic, cultural and political future.
363 Conor McDermott Dublin
362 Sam Jenkins
361 Paul Blair Bangor alot of people don't get the best start in life. The Lifelong Learning has given many opportunities to people who are at a disadvantage. There are lots of talented people who want to give there precious hours and devotion to this cause.
360 Camillo Alessio Formigatti Abingdon
359 Katie Faulkner Milton Keynes
358 Anna Thompson Conwy
357 Rita Singer In the current political climate we need the Arts and Humanities more than ever!
356 Marion Shiner Kidwelly We struggle to recruit Welsh-speaking archaeologists at the Welsh Archaeological Trusts and are aware of a UK-wide shortage of archaeologists available for major infrastructure projects such as HS2. The loss of Bangor's widely-respected single honours archaeology degree would be detrimental not only to Wales but to the profession as a whole.
355 Andy Pinnock Rhyd Ddu Some of us don't get the best start. The Lifelong Learning has given many that chance they missed through no fault of their own.
354 Phil Markham Bridgend I have signed this petition as I believe the University are just paying lip service to consultation with the trade unions. It is time for the Vice Chancellor to step and ensure that meaningful consultation takes place with a view to avoiding compulsory redundancies.
353 Elda Evans Bangor Lifelong learning is essential for civilised human development, and the chance to share academic study at any age can only be good for society. Also: in times when paper qualifications are so revered by workplaces, this gives a chance to those whose early life was un-focused for whatever reason.
352 Linda Moore Belfast Good luck with your campaign to save jobs and courses.
351 Anna Falcini Leominster This will be a big loss to the area of NW Wales
350 James Dunn Oxford As an archaeology student from a different university and a proud Welshman who had bangor on his list of universities to go to I think its abhorrent that its at risk. Without understanding our history, we are destined to repeat it.
349 Robert Becket Bangor
348 Rachel Harvey Lancaster
347 Marianne Pinnock caernarfon Because I know how important the School of Lifelong is in the community in Gwynedd and Ynys Mon. I know many people who have benefitted from studying there, having maybe not had the best chances in life earlier on. It would be a huge loss for the area if it were to close.
346 Giulia Sarullo
345 Adam Jones
344 Marina Rabadán -Gomez Liverpool
343 Ros Rosenberg Ffestiniog
342 Debbie Holmes Rhyl
341 Arron Smith Bangor As a former student of Bangor University, it saddens me to see so much get lost, and so many future students not have the same opportunities available to them.
340 Elin Williams Bangor I have studied at Bangor University for six years now, graduating in 2016, and then continuing to study for an MA. Bangor University has facilitated this, and allowed me the enjoyment of being part of a larger community. Bangor is proud of its University, but for those who are over 25, and live in the local community, Bangor University is not proud to you.
339 Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones Aberystwyth Mae ehangu mynediad / Dysgu Gydol Oes yn gwbl allweddol mewn system addysg iach. Beth yw gwerth addysg? Pwy bia addysg? Hawl a braint i bawb. Cyrsiau arloesol a thiwtoriaid penigamp - Freire yn Gymraeg!
338 jackie gear Moelfre I am 67 years of age and for the last ten years I have attended various courses in Universities in England, Scotland and Wales. I came to live in Wales for the purpose of 're-educating' myself in life long learning only to find out that it is now being closed. I find it quite discriminating that at my age I can no longer find fulfilment in learning as much as possible.
337 Rob Greenhill Leicester Last year I campaigned to stop Leicester making similar 'changes'. Local people place a high value on the transformative power of Lifelong Learning, and real reputational damage can occur if an institution treats its own community with contempt. Women, both staff and students, are also likely to suffer disproportionately. Bangor should think again.
336 Richard Hughes Pwllheli Bangor University belongs to the people of North West Wales. This will deprive the people of lifelong learning opportunities.
335 Cahal McLaughlin Belfast
334 Caterina Guardamagna Liverpool
333 Dave Orr Preston
332 Nicola Scope Littleover
331 Miriam Gill Leicester I am from the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester which is being 'disestablished' - I am so sad and angry to hear about this threat to Lifelong Learning Provision in Bangor, and to Fine Arts and Archaeology, which are such important disciplines.
330 Jasmine Tusk Crewe
329 Pete Bicknell London
328 Bruce Baker Newcastle upon Tyne It is unfortunate indeed when a University's managers take decisions on the shape of the University without due consultation with its academic staff and their trade union. I fail to see how this can improve the propsects or reputation of Bangor University. It may save some money in the short term, but it will result in a demoralised workforce and damage the University and the region permanently
327 Anne Barker Aberystwyth Harsh decisions against soft targets on the advice of accountants??? No!!! Consultations and involvement all round please.
326 andrea faulkner rhyl I have sent a letter to the chancellor of the university explaining why, in my opinion, the department needs to stay open. I can provide a copy of the letter if requested
325 Elizabeth Bryant Leicester In support of lifelong learning in particular. It is a worrying trend that these departments are being closed for 'financial' reasons. Universities are registered as educational charities with government funding, education should be accessible to all, including those who need to study part-time or want to return to education. How about the leadership take a pay cut instead?
324 Karina Cheshire Menai Bridge
323 Joanna Kellond Brighton Universities are not businesses. Their purpose is not profit. We must fight for them.
322 Alice Bell Sheffield
321 Chloe Needham Llanrwst
320 Lucy Faire Leicester Lifelong Learning changes people's lives. No everyone gets the chance to study when they are 18 and, quite frankly, those who learn later in life often appreciate learning far more. I teach adults and many of them would not have got a degree without a lifelong learning department. The problem is not just in the changes in funding - it's to do with the warped priorities of university leadership.
319 Daniela Cerimonia
318 Serena Packham Llanfairfechan I once attended courses at lifelong learning and I found that they were very beneficial and worthwhile to me. As a disabled student, I was able to attend on a part-time basis. I found that they gave me back my confidence in my abilities. If lifelong learning closes, it will be a great loss to North West Wales and its communities.
317 Catherine Parry nr holywell Art is important it is a great creator of work and opportunities. It is good for the soul
316 Billy Brick Coventry
315 Rose Cameron Edinburgh
314 Sarah Key Derby The disembling of the arts and humanities is a total disgrace
313 Elizabeth Taylor Llangefni
312 Ceridwen Hughes Llanerchymedd I have been a student at Bangor Uni and have studied teaching and behaviour (psychology). We are losing the arts, we are losing our heritage and culture and we shall turn around one day and wonder where it has gone. The arts are so important in expressing out ideas, our culture, our society. Lifelong Learning: when people can study what they love and want to. An invaluable opportunity to study.
311 Patricia Hulme Nottingham
310 Laura Joyce Norwich
309 Donna Roberts Bangor I wouldn't have the opportunity to get a degree without Lifelong Learning. It suits parents of young children and those who have to work full time. Why not promote the facilities available to the public such as the cinema and restaurant to increase profit instead of taking away opportunities and employment! I value and appreciate the department of Lifelong Learning and it's employees!
308 Maureen McKenna Huntington NY 11746 We call upon Bangor University management to:- engage with staff and unions to discuss a sustainable future for these degree courses and this school carry out a full equality impact assessment on the proposals engage with staff, students and unions on the basis of financial transparency and genuine consultation on all future options co-operate !!!!!!!!
307 Elizabeth Stewart Montmorillon Having been a lecturer I believe that courses like this are invaluable to our society. Learning isn't just about costs. Investing in our youth and offering lifelong learning is the mark of an intelligent government and a healthy society.
306 Harvey Lloyd Oxford Wales cannot afford to reduce its higher educational facilities
305 Alan Smith Leeds Decisions affecting the community and people's jobs shouldn't be given to accounting firms to make. The university management should sit down and listen to staff.
304 Matthew gobey manchester
303 Maia Jones Caernarfon Dylai Dysgu Gydol Oes fod yn flaenoriaeth i’r Brifysgol, mae’n chwarae rhan mor hanfodol i’r gymuned leol heb sôn am yr effeithiau pellgyrhaeddol ar unigolion. Mae'n holl bwysig bod adran a phwynt cyswllt canolog er mwyn darparu a chefnogi adran Gydol Oes ym Mhrifysgol Bangor.
302 Jamie Medhurst Aberystwyth
301 Paul Higginson
300 Adam Price Aberdeen Former Bangor employee (7 1/2 years) and in a university doing similar cuts without transparent financial evidence and without putting enough effort to find less damaging methods of reducing costs.
299 Dave Procter Leeds
298 Jennifer Baker Bristol Because this is no time to be removing courses that help students theoretically and physical engage with the past, to express themselves and the beauty and devastation around them, and their ability to do so through into later life.
297 Aldo Mussi
296 Sharon Bashford These courses enrich and benefit the lives of local people, they are so important to the local community.
295 Michael Pierse Belfast Solidarity to colleagues working to keep high quality educational opportunities open for all.
294 Eabhan Ní Shuileabháin Caernarfon We need the arts, the study of archaeology and lifelong learning to enrich our lives and not merely survive, especially in this time of threatening cultural darkness. Our universities are supposed to support culture and learning... Please continue to do so.
293 Audrey Scardina Edinburgh Centres for Lifelong Learning are invaluable resources to many communities and removing a programme that has such a direct link to the community as a whole is an extremely ill-fated move. How can the University expect the community to support them when they have chosen to turn their backs on the community? As an archaeology student and staff member myself, I would argue these programmes are neede
292 Adrian Kear Aberystwyth
291 Laurence Hensel Manchester I went to university in Bangor. Although these departments were not mine (I studied computer systems with psychology) I was friends with people in all three and believe them to be very important disciplines.
290 Peter Boyd Bangor
289 alison piearcey manchester Wasn't the SLL one of the few parts of the Uni that actually made a profit? So obviously the thing to shed then. Possibly first look at paying the Robes Mob less extravagant salaries, if you can't afford to supply product you don't have any reason to have a Senior Management pageant. Alumni, and ex-employee.
288 Iain Dalton Leeds Solidarity, Iain Dalton Assistant Secretary, Leeds TUC & former Bangor uni student
287 Sam Morecroft Sheffield Signing in support of jobs and education and against the decimation of accessible higher education - we should be cutting VC's salaries and tuition fees, not jobs and courses. Sam Morecroft Sheffield UCU Anticasualisation Officer
286 Ben Davies Southsea
285 Ben Partridge
284 Catherine Byast Amlwch We need to ensure that these courses don't disappear because once there gone they will never return!
283 Giovanna Puppin In support of colleagues at Bangor
282 Paul Griffin
281 Niel Fagan Southampton Not everyone wants to travel to the other side/end of the country to go to University, others have familial commitments, closing courses reduces opportunity for those who want to study near to home. The commercialisation of the sector has led to too many fat-cat VC's, and their entourages of sycophantic hangers on, it's driven by the outsiders on University Councils UK wide, stop it NOW!
280 TIM ILIFFE LLANFAIRFECHAN Life long Support of Art Education Too valuble to loose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
279 Marti Lopez Andreu Mamchester Education is not a commodity!
278 Stuart Grenville-Price Nottingham Our colllege is going to face the same, soon we we really be a nation of shopkeepers
277 Wendy Morrison Oxford Diminishing this department diminishes us all. Keep Bangor's Archaeology programme strong.
276 Jess Baker . .
275 Bethan Harries Manchester
274 Kevin Fox Dundee These are courses than need supported for their importance to the local community which is isolated from other options, especially life long learning
273 Alistair Bulloch Newcastle upon Tyne Disgraceful. Good luck in your campaign!
272 Rachel Roberts Penygroes I am singing due to the fact that lifelong learning and art has a huge beneficial role to play in the life of adults.
271 Anna Smith Llandudno
270 Andrew Furr Leicester Decisions made on education shouldn't just be about money, they should be about improving lives
269 Gwyneth Lonergan Manchester
268 Ian Shropshire Loughborough
267 Joao Filipe Ruivo Felix Cardiff
266 Kyle Pryde - Jarman Birkenhead I wholeheartedly support this and I hope this will make them see sense, we need the fine arts and archeology courses and without them you're limiting people and preventing them from moving forward and growing!! This ridiculous about cutting courses need to stop!!!
265 Gillian Townsend Dudley As a F.E teacher of Fine art the more choice the students have the better (of H.E provider) . Many students of mine have visited Bangor at open days and given glowing reviews of your facilities. To reduce the courses on offer would be both stupid and detrimental in the long run. Fine art can be as cheap it as expensive as you want it to be !
264 Helen Rowlands Cardiff
263 Jonathan Sinclair Preston What is the rationale for making closures when there is a clear operating surplus?
262 Nia Jones
261 Ann Carragher Blackpool Job losses
260 Alan Bradshaw London Managers must do their jobs properly, and that means proper consultation and full impact analysis.
259 Christos Pliatsikas
258 Irene Norman Conwy This proposed action is shortsighted and detrimental to both the University and its future learners. I fear it is solely driven by money men and not the people who matter. Please reconsider and seek alternative solutions to saving money. The proposed closure of LLL is an affront to the people whose families helped fund the birth of the University .
257 Jane Walsh DENBIGH Lifelong Learning is a lifeline for adults who slipped through the net the first time round. Don't let us lose a generation of potential leaders, influencers and thinkers, simply due to budget cuts and short-sightedness. Wales needs more enlightened approaches to widening participation, and Bangor University needs to continue to support this service.
256 mervyn kynaston amlwch These courses give a chance for people to improve their skills and goes on to give better options of employment and teaches those in a professional and academic way for their futures.
255 Sioned Hughes Anglesey Signing for support to a friend
254 Trish Reid Wrexham I previously worked in Lifelong Learning and gained my MA through Lifelong Learning. The commitment that staff have to the benefit of 'non-traditional' students is, and has been, of tremendous value. Will the people of Bangor and its environs merely be the service providers of a University, initially built on contributions from local people's wages, have no academic or cultural benefit?
253 Deborah Stammers Bangor I feel particularly strongly about the closure of the Lifelong Learning department as I know people locally who have benefitted so much from this over the years. There is already a divisive feel between 'town and gown' - the closure of Lifelong Learning will only exacerbate this.
252 Eadaoin Lynch St Andrews
251 Elen Wyn Garndolbenmaen Lifelong learning has given others and my self a chance to higher education. I work full time therefore lifelong learning has given me the opportunity to study part time in the evenings. It is a disgrace that they are closing it down. I'm sure there are other ways of cutting down.
250 Daniel Brown Clifton, Nottingham Another sign how HE is becoming an industry rather than somewhere to leave and become a critical citizen
249 Andrew Filmer Aberystwyth
248 Charles Roe Leeds This needs to be done co-operatively.
247 Katherine Smith Manchester
246 Melanie Woodhouse LLANDUDNO As a current Lifelong learner I chose to develop myself personally and professionally in the hope of improving my employment opportunities. I signed up for a part time degree course that fits around the full time job that I already have and childcare commitments. The decision to close these important schools means that many will be discriminated against and will not be able to access higher ed.
245 Christopher Harvey A UCU member in solidarity - the erosion of higher education has to end!
244 Sharon Sweeney Dundee
243 Moshe Behar
242 SUE FELLOWS WREXHAM Lifelong Learning should be a KEY element of universities everywhere.
241 John Jones Holyhead Lifelong Learning is not a luxury is a necessity for the people of Anglesey and Gwynedd. It represents their opportunity for self improvment to benefit their communities.
240 Dianne Beales Bangor
239 Marcus Williams Ffestiniog
238 Donna Catrin Jones Llangefni Lifelong Learning is a credit to Bangor University, It deserves expanding NOT Closure! Providing evening courses for the local people, engaging and bringing communities together. Provides opportunities and excellent Education, affordability and high quality support.
237 Susan Swatridge Cwm-y-Glo My daughter in law is a student on the Fine Arts Course and I am learning Welsh, so appreciate the value of such courses. While understanding that there are of course financial issues in the current 'climate', I am troubled by the fact that there was not enough consultation and co-operation with those who would be affected by the closures
236 Sharon Hobson Cheshire My nice is at the university studying Arr
235 Tony Brown London In solidarity.
234 Nicholas Jewitt Bangor