We were all invited to a meeting this evening with the head of languages and the SU. As part of the Chancellors "restructuring plans" they plan to reduce the department's staffing by over 60% over next year, getting rid of all full time Italian (and potentially Spanish staff) and taking 22 staff down to 8 to cover 5 languages!
Though the Uni faces reductions in staffing all over, about 30% of these reductions are targeted at MFL, as it appears they don't care about anything that isn't science or engineering (where they can get funding from etc!)
Although they are in the planning stages, if it goes ahead they'll enact this over the next year, so I will return from my year overseas with no staff.
There is a petition for this, but was wondering if I posted a link up here, would people be willing to sign it?!
Incredibly grateful in advance, not really sure what else we can do.
Petition link here: