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University of Kent discontinues Religious Studies program

by Kelly Valencia

Students will no longer be available to do Religious Studies at the University of Kent following the institution’s decision to phase out the course.

This move is part of a larger plan to phase out six courses, including art history, anthropology, health and social care, journalism, music and audio technology, and philosophy, following a consultation process.

Despite this decision, current students can still graduate and complete their degrees without disruption. The university has assured that support, including teaching, supervision, and career guidance, will continue for those enrolled in the affected programs.

In a statement, the university cited financial challenges as the driving force behind these changes, emphasising that the decision does not reflect on the quality or societal importance of the discontinued courses. The goal is to align with national student enrolment projections and remain competitive.

“These changes are to do with our broad portfolio rather than any specific campus, and we are determined to maintain a strong mix of subjects across areas, including humanities such as English, History and Arts,” the statement continued.

Additionally, the restructuring could possibly result in the elimination of 58 jobs. The university asserts that these changes are part of a broader strategic initiative aimed at prioritizing student needs and experiences.


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