Queen's University of Belfast has decided to end Greek, Latin and classical studies' teaching on the grounds of low enrolment after a breathtakingly short two weeks of consultations. This, the only department targeted for closure, scored 23 out of 24 in the teaching quality assessment and does research judged of national importance.
The plan to support ancient history and Byzantine studies, while ending the teaching of the languages and literatures that formed those societies - and our own - lacks intellectual coherence. The study of classics has proved resilient and popular. Queen's is the only place in Northern Ireland where this increasingly popular and fundamental subject can be studied. We ask, therefore, for this hasty decision to be reconsidered.
University of London
RAE panel in classics
Council of University Classical Departments
Jasper Griffin and Fergus Millar
University of Oxford
Trinity College Dublin
Christopher Rowe and Robin Osborne