The Imperial College Union Paper, drafted by Council, was discussed at yesterday's Senate in 170 Queen's Gate. The paper followed on from protests that hoped to achieve a turnaround from College on the proposed cuts to the humanities programme. Attended by DPEW Hannah Theodorou, who wrote the paper, accompanied by President Jenny Morgan and incoming DPE Jon Silver, the proposal fell on practically deaf ears.
Incumbent Education Sabbatical, Jon Silver, told Live! that Senate admitted the initial Humanities Review had been 'rushed' but that the issue now was purely financial and Senate would not backdown on the decision to cut the department's budget by 60%. Silver admitted that all departments would be facing serious financial belt tightening but he was concerned that the agenda was driven so much by the monetary cost of the programmes rather than their long term benefits. He said that some leeway had been made with Japanese Language only, where Senate had agreed to take a new look at the proposals but there were no concrete promises to save the course in its current format.
Guilds President Mark Mearing-Smith, who was party to the conversation, was appalled at the short-sightedness, claiming that the financial benefit of such minor cuts was virtually negligible, especially when compared to the tragic loss of opportunity for all undergraduate students.