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Ormskirk students campaign to reinstate Edge Hill journalism course
17 March 2010
Over 200 people are supporting a Facebook campaign to halt the removal of Edge Hill University's journalism degree.

Current first year students were told last week that their degree would cease to exist once they have graduated in two years time.

The students, who pay over £3,500-a-year tuition fees, now face completing their degrees with stand-in replacement lecturers prompting concerns about the quality of teaching and the lack of investment over the coming years.

A number of students had already applied to start the course next year but their applications have now been terminated by the University who have also removed the course from their website.

Now a Facebook group has been created entitled Save Edge Hill Journalism which has attracted over 200 members.

First year student Chris Malone, 20, said: "Just weeks before our exams we were told that the bad news. We all felt let down as it is a huge amount of pressure that we dont need.

"We are worried about the quality of the supply teachers that they will bring in and the University will no longer invest any money in the course, we feel let down."

Ollie Cowan,18, also a first year, added: "When they told us it felt patronising and sugar-coated. They said journalism has no place at Edge Hill and they dont have the facilities for it."

Dean Currall, Student Union Vice President said: "There are a lot of students that are on that course and we are extremely disappointed. 

"I dont think its fair on the students, they are also disappointed but the University has lost £18m funding over the next five years and they have to make some adjustments.

"I blame the government for forcing Edge Hill University to make this difficult choice."

Dr Nigel Simons, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences said:

"The University's Academic Management Board met last week to discuss the re-accreditation of its Journalism programme.

"After careful consideration, the University has decided not to enrol new students onto the programme in September 2010.
"This decision has no impact on the Universitys current Journalism students, for whom we will continue to deliver a high-quality programme that includes NCTJ accreditation and excellent teaching and support from the Media departments committed staff, through to their graduation in 2011 and 2012."

By David Raven


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