Magazine article Times Higher Education

Northumbria Is Latest Institution to Cut Languages

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Northumbria Is Latest Institution to Cut Languages

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Further fears have been raised that language courses in the UK are becoming the preserve of the most selective universities after Northumbria University became the latest institution to draw back from provision.

Following a "languages review", Northumbria announced last month that its "BA French and Spanish will be closed, there will be no further recruitment to this programme".

A spokesman told Times Higher Education that the move was part of changes "to the way we deliver language learning" in response to "a fall in demand across the sector over the past 10 years". However, Northumbria remained "committed to the teaching of foreign languages", he added, for example via joint programmes and as part of its international business management degree.

The decision to close the French and Spanish BA went ahead despite a petition by alumni and interventions from embassies and academics worldwide. The students' union strongly criticised plans to "abolish our only standalone foreign language programme", which had "average[d] above 95 per cent over the past five years in the National Student Survey". …

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