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      14.03.2001 23:46
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      I am in my first year studying French and German at the University of Hull - the teaching couldn't be better, the students couldn't be friendlier and the atmosphere couldn't be more pleasant. One major flaw in this perfect picture - is the languages department going to be able to continue in the future? The University employed someone (unsure who) to find out if the University is suceeding in certain areas as it should be. It was found that there was not enough money being put into the university. Solution? Cuts in all departments, well most, all except for the drama department (which, according to students and staff is funded well enough anyway). What cuts? The complete abolition of the engineering department and we will possible see the same happen to the language department in a few years' time. They want to halve the staff, reduce the amount of modules which we can choose from and not allow anyone to study just one language. No-one would be allowed to study Dutch or Scandanavian Studies, unless they do it as part of combined languages (which is undersubscribed already) - this means that if you want to do these languages you must study three languages in total. I took part in a protest just before Christmas and the people who decide what happens to us, have been given a lot of extra time to think over these proposals. We have not yet been informed of any changes or advances involving SELC (School of European Languages and Cultures). If you are thinking of coming to Hull - then find out about the changes before making your mind up.

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