Petition to save arts jobs and workshops at University of Portsmouth

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STUDENTS at the University of Portsmouth have started a petition opposing the proposed axing of two art courses, workshops and 16 jobs.

Staff at the school of art, design and media have been told the fine art and three dimensional design courses are under threat to save more than half a million pounds.

Proposals include moving to the Eldon site which will mean the closure of metals, ceramics and glass workshops.

A 27-year-old contemporary fine art student said: ‘We feel we’ve been misled – we signed up to a course with lots of qualified staff and good resources but they are now likely to go.

‘We’ve had about 200 signatures so far and we hope many more will show their support before the consultation deadline on October 31.’

The petition calls for the university to keep the workshops open and to keep the jobs of 10 teaching and six support staff in the art department.

Visit gopetition.com/petitions/invest-in-the-future-don-t-forget-the-past.html to sign. A university spokeswoman refused to comment at this time.