Saturday, March 1, 2008

Academic Council Meeting - 5th March, 2.45pm

On Wednesday 5th, at 2.45pm, the Academic Council meeting is held in the GSA. This is when the "proposal" (as it is still called, though I have certainly seen no sign what-so-ever that they are willing to look at any other alternatives!) will become an official and public decision.
This requires action!

If anyone feels that the discontinuation of the undergraduate Ceramic degree courses is a bad idea, and that the school should continue to accept students to both the full-time and part-time courses, please do express your concerns in writing as soon as possible to the following people. If you have already done so, A BIG THANK YOU!!! for your support!

The Directorate:
~Director of the Art School, Prof. Seona Reid:
~Deputy Director & Director of Academic Developement, Prof. David Porter:
~Director of Finance & Resources, Eliot Leviten:

The Executive:
The Directorate plus the following:
~Head of Mackintosh School of Architecture, Prof. David Porter:
~Head of School of Design, Prof. Irene McAra-McWilliam:
~Head of School of Fine Art, Prof. Klaus Jung:
~Director of Digital Design Studio, Prof. Paul Anderson:
~Head of Research & Postgraduate, Prof. Naren Barfield:

The Governors:
~Chair of Governors, Nick Kuenssberg: (will find email address asap)
~Deputy Chair, Fred Shedden: (will find email address asap)
A list of who is a member of the Board of Governors can be seen here.

The power and influence of students and the public is greater than we think. It is vital that we make our views known before Wednesday. Like a famous Afghan saying goes:
Qattra, Qattra, daryaa meshawad.
Drop by drop makes a river.

The impact the decision will have on Ceramics in Scotland is hugely detrimental.
It is quite clear that the pressure for this decision is coming from high places; it will have gone through the whole process within 28 days! This great rush can't be without reason. The lack of consultation has been discussed already, but continues to make me feel incredulous and extremely dissappointed. The issues at stake here are bigger than those concerning the Ceramics degree courses. This has revealed the way in which the School is run, and its priorities - students and education, and indeed the fate of a whole discipline, do not seem to be of very high importance!
What is the purpose of an Art School?

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