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To: Principal of Stirling University

Keep Religion programme at Stirling University

Update 14/10/2015:
A statement on this matter has been agreed by all parties: Two members of the Religion staff will be leaving the University at the end of December 2015. The remaining two members of the Religion staff will continue to contribute, with colleagues, to the delivery of programmes in Religion at the University.

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We call on the University of Stirling not to close the Religion programme or to make staff employed in that department redundant. Closure would impact not only on Stirling’s external reputation, but also on the student experience at postgraduate and undergraduate level. We urge that any process to assess the Religion programme at Stirling undergoes a full and open process of consultation that includes staff, students, and the wider academic and public communities.

Why is this important?

We acknowledge that Stirling's Religion programme, as the only place in Scotland where it is possible to study religion without being a part of a Christian faculty of theology, is recognised worldwide as both innovative and highly interdisciplinary, and thus impacts on multiple sectors. Yet there has been no consultation with stakeholders. This raises serious questions about the robustness of the university’s governance structure and about academic freedom.

We express deep concern that students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, both existing and new , now face uncertainty about their degree programme. We therefore urge the University to halt the current proposal, consult meaningfully with staff, students and the representative union, and to reconsider completely their precipitous move to withdraw a programme of critical teaching and research that is becoming increasingly vital in world so wracked by a misunderstanding and debasement of religious thinking.

For more information, please visit: http://criticalreligion.org/events/august-2015-religion-at-stirling-under-threat/

University of Stirling, Stirling

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Reasons for signing

  • Because I think it is so important to be able to study religion outwith a Divinity faculty, and because I have been continually impressed by the insight and quality of training and newly qualified teachers who have come to work in my department from Stirling. More and more of my pupils want to continue their religious studies beyond school, and at a time of unprecedented ignorance about religion, a wonderful department like this is needed more than ever.
  • Because it's unfair to change a course on students midway through their degree!
  • Because it is unfair to change a degree part way through when students chose the Uni for a specific qualification

Updates

2015-08-27 21:36:30 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-08-27 06:46:13 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-08-26 16:16:10 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-08-26 15:18:03 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-08-26 14:45:49 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-08-26 14:08:30 +0100

10 signatures reached