smiley5.gif So the University Of Sussex senate think they should shut down the chemistry department, and replace it with the less popular/less prestigious bichemistry/chemical biology.
One of the universities top departments and one of the best Chemistry departments in the whole of England being shut down(most probably) without out any input from staff of students.
Highly rated n league tables and raking in a noticeble percentage of the Universities IP
Despite chemistry's increasing popularity it has been decided that it is NOT the way forward and more 'popular' biological sciences are to be emphasised.
Current undergraduate students are promised that they will be able to finish their courses, but this is uncertain.
Chemistry is formed of 3 parts, physical, inorganic and organic.
By the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Life Sciences, Only Organic Chemistry is deemed useful: meaning that oranic chemistry lecturers will be allowed to keep their jobs.
However even if they do, undergraduate students would only have 1/3 of the lecturers.
Though chemistry lecturers threaten to resign if the plans go ahead, leaving chemistry students at Sussex with no lecturers, and I, as one of those students, would not blame them.
Where does this leave Sussex's Chemistry students?
Carry on and hope for the best
Swap to another course at Sussex (If students wanted to do another course they would have applied for it)
Commute and do Chemistry at another university
Pay-as-you-go esque teaching. Lecturers hired in part time. Frankly the worst idea, disconjointed teaching: for both lecturers and students.

Despite the fact that the VC and Dean seem to have already made their decision, students and staff will fight to the bitter end.
Ralied to our cause so are the RSC who rate Chemistry at Sussex highly, Nobel Prize winner and former member of the department Sir Harry Kroto and of course, the University Sussex Student Union.

All that remains is to hope that the people making the decisions see sense and listen to the masses...