Education Guardian reports,,1730055,00.html that the loss-making Chemistry department at Sussex University, which attracts only 20 students a year, will be renamed "chemical biology" and lose half of its chemistry academics. Straight chemisty degrees will no longer be offered, with the University focusing on biosciences instead. Current students will be able to complete their degrees.
Imperial has a thriving chemistry department which has expanded over the last few years, with a new entrance area now being added to the building. However, recent league tables from both the Guardian and The Times have placed the Sussex department slightly ahead. Despite this, both students and academics have been taking places with larger departments leading Sussex to "strengthen its research and teaching in the area of biosciences".
This closure continues an alarming trend in the physical sciences, which points to further closures as smaller departments are unable to attract the research funding, academics or students to survive.
The original press release can be found here.