The Wye campus is to cease its teaching activities by 30th September 2009. Take-up of the revised Applied Business Management course, run by the University of Kent but using Imperial's facilities, has been nothing short of disastrous.
The number of freshers arriving at Wye this year barely hit double figures, with subsequent drop outs meaning there is hardly anyone on the new Kent course at all. Indeed, Live!'s initial investigations show just five students registered on College's computer systems. Agricultural courses were removed from Wye in 2004, leaving the campus with just Applied Business Management. With many students under the mistaken impression that they would be studying in South Kensington, this course still attracted reasonable numbers, heading for triple figures each year. For 2007 teaching was transferred to the University of Kent, with graduates being awarded a Kent degree and an "Associateship of Wye College".
Faced with a potential student body of less than fifty across the whole campus within the next few years, College will finally wind down teaching - including postgraduate courses - after a slow and lingering death since its take-over in 2000. Any Kent students who have still not completed their courses by 30th September 2009 are likely to move to Kent's Canterbury campus, where Applied Business Management will still be taught.
Plans to turn Wye into a thriving research park were scrapped in 2006 in the face of strong local objections.