Future of eight Liverpool departments in doubt

“Up to eight departments are under threat at the University of Liverpool, according to internal documents seen by Times Higher Education. Three departments – politics and communication studies, philosophy and statistics – were judged by the 2008 research assessment exercise to have no world-leading (4*) research activity. The university has questioned whether this is ‘acceptable’ for a member of the Russell Group of 20 research-led institutions. ‘It is the view of the senior management team and the deans that, given the need to invest in excellence, it is not feasible to continue to support these areas in future,’ the document says. The university is also considering closing the departments of civil engineering, cancer studies, dentistry, American studies and sociology due to their RAE results …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 9 March]

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