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1 Modern Languages and Cultures Consultation Professor Neal Juster, Mr David Anderson, Professor John Macklin, Dr Anne Mitchell

2 Overview Background Strategic context Consultation process and framework Student views

3 Background The University is responding to the financial crisis and cuts in public funding due to the recession Court asked the SMG to present outline plans for meeting cost reduction in September 2010 SMG presented initial plans to Court in February 2011 Plans developed to address a predicted £35m gap (reducing cost by £20m; growing income by £15m) –Strategic –Balanced –Phased Modern Languages and Cultures - proposal to restructure to improve research and postgraduate activity with lower costs

4 Proposal is NOT To shut the School of Modern Languages and Cultures The University WANTS A strong SMLC that contributes to the Universitys strategic ambition

5 Strategic context: Glasgow 2020: a global vision Agreed by Senate and Court in 2010 Vision –to enhance our position as one of the worlds great broad based research intensive universities Mission –To undertake world leading research and to provide an intellectually stimulating environment thus delivering benefits to culture, society and the economy. Objectives –Deliver excellent research –Deliver an excellent student experience –Enhance our global reach and reputation

6 Strategic Context The College of Arts has some of the best research areas in the university, but also some of the poorest including SMLC –Research income lower and postgraduate activity less than our peers SMLC has very strong demand from well qualified students in some core languages and cultures Lower demand in other languages University teaches more languages outside than inside SMLC (Adult Education, Language Centre, Centre for East European Studies) Are we teaching the right languages, at the right level, in the right way, in the right places

7 Court consideration of SMG proposals Court asked that in areas where re-shaping or withdrawal proposed, there be further consultation Panels to be constituted with Lay membership of the panels Transparent and open process Membership, remits and timelines of panel available online

8 Consultation Framework WhoHow Staff in SMLC and meetings Students in SMLC and meetings All other staff All other students Other stakeholders Heads of College (Arts and Social Sciences)Meetings Language CentreMeetings Centre for East European StudiesMeeting and Open Programme (Languages)Meeting with consultation panel

9 Summaries of the key points arising from meetings and correspondence will be made available online The Panels draft report will be shared with the School before it is submitted The School can submit a commentary to accompany the Panels report Senate will discuss the report (and commentary) at its meeting on 28 April Court will consider the report (and commentary) at its meeting on 11 May Consultation process

10 Student views


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