The MA Women’s Studies programme has been taught in Bangor University (North Wales) since 1994.  Sitting within the School of Lifelong Learning, it has provided an accessible opportunity for many women (local women in particular) to take-up part-time study.

Yet after employing financial consultants Deloitte to review its financial situation, Bangor University has announced that it will close Lifelong Learning at the end of the academic year, along with admissions to its undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
The university did not consult with staff, students or the local community.  The cuts, we have been told, are unavoidable.   We are now asking for Bangor University management to:
  • engage with staff and unions to discuss a sustainable future for these degree courses and this school
  • carry out a full equality impact assessment on the proposals
  • engage with staff, students and unions on the basis of financial transparency and genuine consultation on all future options
  • co-operate with UCU, Unison and Unite to avoid compulsory redundancies.