top of page
  • Writer's pictureThe Gaudie

BREAKING: DHPA and LLMVC to explore merger

New 'School of Humanities' may be formed, sources tell The Gaudie


By Josh Pizzuto-Pomaco




The Schools of DHPA and LLMVC could be COMBINED under restructuring plans proposed by University management.


According to a well-placed source, members of the DHPA executive were told on Wednesday that a merger with the School of LLMVC is likely to take place.

Staff were informed of the potential plans on Thursday afternoon.


DHPA stands for Divinity, History, Philosophy, and Art History, while LLMVC stands for Language, Literature, Music, and Visual Culture.


A new arts and humanities 'super-school' is expected to be formed in their place.


The move comes as the University battles a £15 million budget deficit, first announced in October. The shortfall resulted from a plateau in international student admissions last autumn.


Senior managers have proposed a multi-year financial recovery plan, which they claim will nurse the University back to health.


As part of the plan, staff in LLMVC have been told they must clear more than £1 million in staffing costs over the next financial year, resulting in the removal of fifteen FTE (full time equivalent) staff.


In a letter to staff, Heads of School Chris Collins and Beth Lord said:


"We have begun to consider the option of bringing the two Schools together in a unified School. Thinking is currently at an early stage and we have begun to discuss it in our two School Executives (DHPA yesterday and LLMVC at its scheduled Exec meeting next week).


"Any formal plan for the Schools to merge would need to progress through the formal governance process, which involves Court, General Council Business Committee and Senate."

Professors Lord and Collins told staff that a combined meeting to discuss the merger would be held on the 12th of February in KCF7.


Meanwhile, lecturers in the School of Social Sciences have been instructed to cut £510,000 from their staff budget.


A department source said that costs were expected to be reduced by way of a staff hiring freeze and increased intake of voluntary severance/early retirement.


And on Monday, Geosciences staff were informed that 30% of their budget had to be slashed by 2025.


Asked to comment on the merger, a University spokesperson echoed Profs Lord and Collins, telling The Gaudie:


"The Schools of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History (DHPA) and Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture (LLMVC) have been exploring avenues for collaboration for several months. Consideration is now beginning to be given to the option of bringing both Schools together to further strengthen teaching, research, and public engagement in all disciplines. 


“Discussions are at an early stage, with wider discussions due to take place across the two Schools in the coming weeks. Any formal plan for the Schools to merge would need to progress through the formal governance process, which involves Court, General Council Business Committee and Senate.” 


This is a developing story.

コメント


bottom of page