UWA sticks to cuts

Gender Studies, European Studies and Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be rescinded as majors but a UWA spokeswoman said UWA was planning to teach the subjects as units within more popular majors.

�The University hopes this will result in more students pursuing studies in these areas,� she said.

�UWA remains committed to teaching Gender Studies, European Studies and Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

�The University is committed to supporting its students � with those currently enrolled in the Gender Studies, European Studies and Medieval & Early Modern Studies majors able to complete their studies as planned.�

Students at UWA started a petition over the cuts that has attracted more than 300 signatures.

UWA Student Guild women�s officer Emma Boogaerdt said despite UWA being the only university in WA to offer the majors, the Arts Faculty wanted to rescind them because they were no longer financially viable.

�These cuts fail to consider the academic merit of the majors and their very high student satisfaction, and have been proposed with limited student consultation,� Emma said.

�Increasing the profile of these study areas won�t come through scattering units throughout other courses, it will come through appreciating the value of the specific named majors and actually ensuring that they are well advertised to students.

�We�re yet to see any figures as to how much money this would actually save the faculty, given that no staff will be lost and a number of units will still be run.�

The UWA spokeswoman said the decision was not made for financial savings.

�The University recognises the rights of people to voice their opinion,� she said.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies student Katherine O�Brien moved from Murdoch University to complete her major.

�UWA is the only place where I can study this, unless I want to go interstate,� Katherine said.

�I can�t understand why UWA wouldn�t want to keep something so unique.�