Furniture courses are on a list of nine degrees being axed by Buckinghamshire New University. BNU said it is dropping two of its undergraduate furniture courses in the summer – BA (Hons) Furniture and the FDA Furniture: Conservation, Restoration and Decorative Arts courses. Staff redundancies are also expected to be made, the university confirmed on 27 January.
But the High Wycombe-based university said The National School of Furniture will continue and it is “actively recruiting” to a new foundation degree. Postgraduate furniture courses will also continue into the new academic year to ensure “High Wycombe’s historical connection with the furniture industry will remain”, BNU said in a statement. But for how long?
The university added: “The decision has not been taken lightly. But, by ceasing to recruit to these courses we can refocus efforts on areas which meet the demands of students and employers and on further improvements to our campuses and student experience for the benefit of all.”
Almost 1500 people have already signed up to a Facebook group campaigning for the university to reverse its decision. Understandably feelings are running high.
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