For the last month and a half staff and students in the Middlesex Philosophy department have been waging a campaign against its closure. As a hugely successful department, its mandated closure by the university’s administration (background here) placed those involved at the forefront of the fight against marketization within British higher education. The Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Middlesex acknowledged the department’s research success but argued that it made no ‘measurable’ contribution to the university as a whole and that the university could generate more revenue if the department was closed and resources were switched elsewhere.
It seems there has been a partial victory. More details can be found here. This is from the update that has been circulated:
The campaign to save our philosophy programmes has just won a partial but significant victory: Kingston University in south-west London announced today that it will re-establish our Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston, by employing the four senior staff in Philosophy at Middlesex (Eric Alliez, Peter Hallward, Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford). Our MA and PhD programmes (full-time and part-time) will be re-launched at Kingston this September, and all current post-graduate students will be invited to move along with the staff. Institutions in France and Germany have also made significant new proposals for collaboration with the CRMEP, which may allow it to expand the European dimensions of its work considerably in the near future.
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