University of Portsmouth arts cuts go ahead

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THE University of Portsmouth will be closing its ceramics and small metals workshops, despite a series of protests from students and lecturers.

Proposals for major cuts to the arts department which include 16 staff redundancies have been ratified following a four-week consultation.

Photography student Dominic Smith, 20, insists the campaign to fight the changes is not over.

He said: ‘The decision was a big blow – it exposes what a sham the consultation was.

‘An arts department is nothing without workshops.

‘But we will continue to campaign to fight these plans and will attend the November 30 rally in Guildhall Square to raise awareness.’

Anne Stanford, the university’s press officer, said the consultation process revealed ‘no substantive issues’.

Simon Claridge, dean of the faculty of creative and cultural industries who oversaw the proposals, declined requests for an interview with The News.