[ARENA] Middlesex University close all Philosophy programmes

susana mendes silva susana.mendes.silva gmail.com
Sábado, 1 de Maio de 2010 - 12:18:31 WEST


Olá Miguel e tod  s,

Já assinei a petição.
A situação no Reino Unido é bastante mais problemática que em  
Portugal, dado que o ensino se tornou um verdadeiro negócio.
As propinas são altíssimas e são diferenciadas consoante a origem  
geográfica dos alunos: se um português paga tanto como um inglês - em  
média 2000 a 4000 libras, um asiático ou americano paga cinco vezes  
mais. Esta situação leva a que se ofereçam cursos sem fazer a mínima  
ideia do que estão a fazer, e também a aceitar alunos sem a preparação  
ou motivação necessária - apenas porque, por exemplo, cinco propinas  
de 15.000 libras anuais são muito dinheiro.
É também certo o que dizes relativamente à eliminação dos  
departamentos incómodos, mas também dos professores incómodos e dos  
alunos incómodos, por razões políticas e/ou éticas (dos eliminados).
Reparem neste pequeno artigo da Art Monthly em 2008:

"All change at Goldsmiths: Sam Fisher is taking early retirement from  
the art department, having presided over the BA in fine art as  
programme leader since 1993. More recently he has been director of  
undergraduate studies. Janet Hand, head of the department and  
assistant director of research, left earlier this year. Kay Stables,  
professor of design education, is now acting head of art. The success  
of Goldsmiths as an art and creativity hothouse, although used to sell  
the institution as a happening place, has not necessarily helped the  
art department in its struggles for resources in recent years. The  
move to the new Will Alsop designed building (with its notorious  
squiggle sculpture) was part of these difficulties, and on the  
academic front the department has merged its BA in art practice with  
fine art textiles, which were previously separate degrees. There has,  
however, been some return to the use of visiting tutors this year,  
which had always been a strength of the department in the past. Some  
staff have compared the paranoid and competitive atmosphere at  
Goldsmiths to a Jacobean drama - complete with daggers, garrottings  
and poisoned paintings - `And that's just the students wanting the  
best spaces for the degree show.' There would certainly seem to be  
some story behind the recent changes in personnel, though resources  
have been found for a number of teaching jobs that have been  
advertised. Hopefully a positive outcome for the department and more  
especially its students is on the way. Juan Cruz, a former contributor  
to AM, who has been lecturing in fine art at Goldsmiths, has been  
appointed head of art at Liverpool John Moores University."

Acho que muitas instituições se têm esquecido dos valores fundamentais  
da transmissão e partilha do conhecimento, e se perdem em intrigas  
palacianas...


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On 30 Apr 2010, at 22:40, miguel leal wrote:

Olá a todos:

Acabei de saber da inacreditável decisão tomada pela Middlesex  
University, de Londres, de fechar em definitivo todos os seus  
programas de Filosofia, o que implica na prática o fim do excelente  
Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP; <http://www.web.mdx.ac.uk/crmep/ 
 > O assunto é ainda mais actual no contexto desta lista já que é  
nesse departamento que trabalha Éric Alliez, um dos convidados das  
nossas Unneeded Conversations <http://unneeded.virose.pt/oradores/oradores/ERIC-ALLIEZ/ 
 >. Por outro lado, e como poderão verificar pela carta que reenvio em  
baixo, é fácil perceber como esta é uma ameaça que se dirige a todas  
as universidades e a todas as áreas de ensino  que não sejam  
consideradas 'lucrativas' -- lá como cá -- , sobretudo nestes tempos  
conturbados em que o discurso economicista e burocrático parece tomar  
conta até dos espíritos que julgávamos mais lúcidos. Aliás, em muitos  
casos (como parece acontecer aqui) tal discurso serve apenas para  
encontrar uma justificação que permita eliminar departamentos  
politicamente incómodos.

____________________

Earlier this afternoon all staff in the Arts and Education section of  
Middlesex University received the following email:
  Dear colleagues,

Late on Monday 26 April, the Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities,  
Ed Esche,
informed staff in Philosophy that the University executive had  
‘accepted his
recommendation’ to close all Philosophy programmes: undergraduate,  
postgraduate and
MPhil/PhD.

Philosophy is the highest research-rated subject in the University.  
Building on its
grade 5 rating in RAE2001, it was awarded a score of 2.8 on the new  
RAE scale in
2008, with 65% of its research activity judged ‘world-leading’ or  
‘internationally
excellent’. It is now widely recognised as one of the most important  
centres for the
study of modern European philosophy anywhere in the English-speaking  
world.
The MA programmes in Philosophy at Middlesex have grown in recent  
years to become
the largest in the UK, with 42 new students admitted in September 2009.
The Dean explained that the decision to terminate recruitment and  
close the
programmes was ’simply financial’, and based on the fact that the  
University
believes that it may be able to generate more revenue if it shifts its  
resources to
other subjects – from ‘Band D’ to ‘Band C’ students.

As you may know, the University currently expects each academic unit  
to contribute
55% of its gross income to the central administration. As it stands  
(by the credit
count method of calculation), Philosophy and Religious Studies  
contributes 53%,
after the deduction of School admin costs. According to the figures  
for projected
recruitment from admissions (with Philosophy undergraduate  
applications up 118% for
2010-11), if programmes had remained open, the contribution from  
Philosophy and
Religious Studies would have risen to 59% (with Philosophy’s  
contribution,
considered on its own, at 53%).

In a meeting with Philosophy staff, the Dean acknowledged the  
excellent research
reputation of Philosophy at Middlesex, but said that it made no  
‘measurable’
contribution to the University.

Needless to say, we very much regret this decision to terminate  
Philosophy, and its
likely consequences for the School and our University and for the  
teaching of our
subject in the UK.

· Professor Peter Hallward, Programme Leader for the MA programmes in
Philosophy,
· Professor Peter Osborne, Director, Centre for Research in Modern  
European
Philosophy,
· Dr. Stella Sandford, Director of Programmes, Philosophy
__________________


Abraços

Miguel Leal
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