School of Interdisciplinary Studies (Dumfries) - Liberal Arts

School of Interdisciplinary Studies (Dumfries) - Liberal Arts

Consultation Panel:

  • Convener: Professor Anne Anderson, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Social Sciences
  • Kevin Sweeney, Lay member of Court
  • Professor Mike French, Senior member of academic staff

Clerk: Deborah Maddern

Consultation meetings

Friday 18th March 2011

Meeting with staff - 10am

Venue: room 120 of Rutherford/McCowan Building, Dumfries Campus

Details of points raised at the meeting are available here: 18 March staff meeting 

Meeting with students - 12 noon 

Venue: room 120 of Rutherford/McCowan Building, Dumfries Campus

Details of points raised at the meeting are available here: 18 March student meeting 

Wednesday 23rd March 2011

Meeting with students - 11am

Venue: room 151 of Rutherford/McCowan Building, Dumfries Campus

Details of points raised at the meeting are available here: student meeting 23.03.11 

Meeting with external stakeholders - 12 noon 

Venue: Room 204, Browne House

Details of points raised at the meeting are available here: stakeholder meeting 23.03.11 

Panel meetings

Meeting of panel 16.3.11 - details of points raised at the meeting are available here: Panel meeting 16.03.11 

Meeting of panel with Head of School 18.3.11 - details of points raised at the meeting are available here: Panel meeting HoS 18.03.11  

Meetings of panel members 5.4.11 & 7.4.11 - details of points raised at the meetings are available here: Panel Meeting 5 & 7 April

This document lists the key points from all the written submissions: Key points from written submissions 

Terms of Reference of Consultation Process

Terms of Reference of Consultation Process

The University's Senior Management Group (SMG) has a wide range of data on the performance of individual subject areas with respect to the Key Performance Indicators contained in the strategic plan, relative performance of the unit in the last Research Assessment Exercise, current research income and publications, student demand and performance in the UK subject league tables.

The process of consultation should consider these data and also answer the following points, as a minimum, through consultation with students, the SRC, staff and other stakeholders: 

  • The SMG proposition is that the current activity is not well aligned with the University’s strategy. Is there evidence that rebuts this proposition? 
  • What is the impact across the University of withdrawing/reshaping this activity on the student experience and the development of new interdisciplinary undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses? Are there alternative methods of addressing demand, including other providers in the City of Glasgow, the West of Scotland or Scotland? 
  • How will the education of students currently on degree programmes in the area be protected?
  • How does the current research in the unit align with the priorities of the research councils or other major funders of research?
  • What would be the impact of withdrawing/reshaping this area on the University’s interdisciplinary research agenda?
  • To what extent does research in the unit inform the development of teaching programmes in the University? Is this commensurate with an excellent research intensive university?
  • What is the impact across the University of withdrawing/reshaping this activity on our global reach and reputation including the recruitment of international students
  • Who are the stakeholders, in addition to staff and students, who will be affected by the proposed changes? What are their views? Can their needs or wishes be met in other ways if the proposed action is taken?
  • Are there other features arising from the  University withdrawing/reshaping this activity which Court should be mindful of in terms of the University’s impact on the national and regional community?
  • Does the Equality Impact Assessment on students or staff of the proposed changes require mitigating actions to be taken?

Please remember that if you want your views to be taken into account in the first report by the consultation panel, you will need to submit written contributions, by email or letter, by 4 April 2011.

Extract from Court Paper

Extract from Court Paper

1.1.1  School of Interdisciplinary Studies (Dumfries) – Liberal Arts Programmes

When the Dumfries Campus was established over 10 years ago the Liberal Arts programmes provided the core activity. Over time new undergraduate courses in Environmental Stewardship and Primary Education together with postgraduate courses in Carbon Management have become the dominant activities. The Liberal Arts degrees are far less popular with undergraduates than 10 years ago and they no longer fit the School’s or College’s strategies. Stopping delivery of these courses might result in savings in salary costs after the current student cohorts have been taught out.