London South Bank University: stop course closure and redundancies

In the midst of the global Covid-19 crisis, London South Bank University (LSBU) has announced a drastic programme of course closures following a review of its teaching portfolio by the university executive.

Seven courses* in the School Law and Social Sciences have been closed with immediate effect, with 16 teaching staff placed at risk of redundancy. There are also plans for a wholesale restructuring of undergraduate courses, mainly in the School of Arts and Creative Industries (ACI) where all existing degrees (and a number of subjects areas and specialisms) are due to be phased out from September 2022.

These plans mean teaching staff are now required to redesign or ‘re-profile’ their courses in just 4-5 weeks to launch new/re-profiled degrees for 2022/23, or face ‘decommissioning’. The threat of closure comes after an extremely difficult year for all staff with already increased workloads under the effect of the pandemic and a local IT outage.

There has been no consultation with staff about the nature and extent of the portfolio review; the decision-making process has lacked transparency, and the criteria and rationales for these plans are unclear.

The targeted disciplines have a vital role to play within the modern university at a time when decolonising the curriculum, closing the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) student attainment gap, diversifying the arts and creative industries, and championing the UN sustainable development goals are considered more urgent. LSBU draws from a vibrant and diverse community. As a modern university with a high proportion of BAME students, it is vital that the University offers a broad and critical curriculum that empowers students to pursue a range of futures, rather than focusing on a narrow set of economically defined outcomes. The course closures and re-profiling are a direct threat to critical thinking and creativity – an attack on the arts, humanities and critical social sciences.

Please sign this petition to express your solidarity with staff at LSBU and your support for the vital role played by arts, humanities and social sciences at LSBU and in HE more generally. Please share widely within your networks.

We also encourage you to send your emails of support to LSBU’s vice-chancellor David Phoenix (phoenixd@lsbu.ac.uk, please cc lsbu-ucu@lsbu.ac.uk) demanding a reversal of the course closures, a commitment to no compulsory redundancies, to keep arts, humanities and social sciences courses at LSBU and a more democratic and transparent decision making based on meaningful consultation with staff and representative unions.

*BA History, BA History with Politics, BA Human Geography, BA Urban and Environmental Planning PT, MSc Refugee Studies, MSc Development Studies, MSc Education for Sustainability.

We call on the university to reverse plans to close courses and to commit to making no compulsory redundancies.

London South Bank University: stop course closure and redundancies

We call on the university to reverse plans to close courses and to commit to making no compulsory redundancies.

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University of Westminster 
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Goldsmiths, University of London 
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566
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564
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Goldsmiths 
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The University of Huddersfield 
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University of Brighton 
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City, University of London  
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LSBU, London 
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London School of Economics and Political Science 
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Surrey 
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London 
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University of Leicester 
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london 
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University of Southampton 
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University of Huddersfield  
367
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University of Bradford 
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Manchester  
365
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Hammersmith  
363
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Kings College London 
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University of Winchester  
360
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King's College London 
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Cardiff University  
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Bromley 
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London 
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Little Heath School 
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University of Birmingham 
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Bristol 
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United Kingdom 
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346
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London  
345
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344
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University of Glasgow 
343
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342
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UAL 
340
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UCL 
339
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King's College London 
338
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UCL 
337
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Manchester Metropolitan University  
336
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Manchester Metropolitan University 
335
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UCL 
334
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King's College London 
333
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Camden 
332
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London 
331
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University 
330
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University of Central Lancashire 
329
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Durham University  
328
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University of Bristol 
327
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QMUL 
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Isle Of Wight 
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University of Cambridge 
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Glamorgan 
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University of Southampton 
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Opera Circus performing arts organisation 
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University of the West of England, Bristol 
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LONDON 
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University of Aberdeen 
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King's College London 
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King's College London 
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London 
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University of Glasgow 
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London South Bank University 
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Heriot-Watt 
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Self-employed History graduate 
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Aston University 
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University of Birmingham 
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Nottingham Trent University  
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University of Sheffield 
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Loughborough University 
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UCL 
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County (optional) 
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University of Bristol 
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University of Lincoln 
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University of Lincoln 
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Lincolnshire 
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University of Sussex 
299
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LSBU 
298
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University of Sunderland 
297
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LSBU 
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295
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Kingston University 
294
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London South Bank University 
293
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University of the West of England  
292
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London South Bank University 
291
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UCL 
290
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UCL/Wellcome 
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University of Derby 
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Queen Mary, University of London 
287
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Head of Department of History, University of Birmingham 
286
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Royal Holloway  
285
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University of Salford 
284
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283
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UCL 
282
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Institute of Development Studies  
281
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Institute of Development Studies 
280
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Institute of Development Studies 
279
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University of Sussex 
278
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University of Sussex 
277
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Southbank 
276
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Harlow 
275
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United Kingdom 
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University of Sussex 
273
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Pharmaceutical Industry  
272
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Reading 
271
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UWE Bristol  
270
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UWE Bristol 
269
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Institute of Development Studies 
268
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Institute of Development Studies 
267
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266
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University of Warwick 
265
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264
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Freelance 
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UCL 
262
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Herefordshire 
261
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University of Gloucestershire 
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New York 
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LSBU 
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UCL 
256
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London South Bank University 
255
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London 
254
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UCL  
253
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London South Bank University 
252
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University of Brighton  
251
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Berkshire 
250
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Glamorgan 
249
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East Sussex 
248
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UCL 
247
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Queen Mary University of London 
246
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UCL 
245
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UCL 
244
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Institute of Development Studies  
243
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England 
242
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IDS, University of Sussex  
241
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UCL 
240
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MLC - King's College London 
239
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Institute of Development Studies 
238
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London 
237
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236
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LSBU 
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LSBU 
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UCL 
233
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LSBU 
232
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231
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LSBU 
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IDS 
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Kent 
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University Of Leeds 
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University of Chester 
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Deal 
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IDS 
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Forest schools educator  
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ENG 
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University of Huddersfield