Students of Imperial need Humanities and the programs they offer to make their education more rounded and themsleves therefore more attractive to potential employers. This is not my opinion, this comes from criticism of IC graduate skills and the root cause for the development of the Humanities programme in the first place.
By allowing these cuts, Senate are therefore showing disdain for the very students they oversee and are showing that they care little for their undergraduate's educational needs.
I fully agree with Justin. One of the reasons for coming to Imperial was so that I could ensure I had a course available to me throughout in preparation for my Year in Europe programme. With the cut to only two teaching hours per week, however, the potential of many will be SEVERELY hampered. It's not enough by any means, especially for higher levels.
It must be clarified that the cuts are being made to the subsidy of Humanities and not the teaching provision. As far as I understand, ALL the courses that currently run will continue to run - subject to demand, of course - but those courses that have fallen victim to these cuts will no longer be provided free of charge.
The Rector has said that, where departments believe provision is particularly important for their students, they will have the option to pay to enable their students to still take the courses for free. Of course, this is unlikely to be the case for any humanities not taken for credit.