"Not only saddening but irresponsible": an open letter from Oxford Brookes law students

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  • This is a completely unfair on the students who have sacrificed their time and money to study at Brookes, in good faith that at the very least they would be taught for the duration of their course. Has the university even followed it's own guidelines for the 'phasing out' of courses? I doubt it. Have they considered proposals by the faculty to make the 'business considerations' regarding the LPC feasible? Apparently not. It's utterly disgusting and disappointing that an institution that alleges to pride itself on it's reputation should behave like this, leaving staff and students with no certainty regarding their futures. Heads should roll.

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  • Oxford Brookes have commented that this decision was based on the fact "Applications have declined by over 50% in the last five years" (http://l2b.thelawyer.com/oxford-brookes-responds-to-lpc-closure-criticism/3002159.article). That might have something to do with OXILP severing its ties with Oxford University and several firms.

    I'm not greatly surprised at their apparent failure to consider those studying part time for the LPC. I studied the LPC at OXILP part time and it was made abundantly clear to those of us that did, that part time students were given second class treatment, (for example seminars set before lectures on the topics had been held, Lectures failing to turn up to take classes, facilities [principally the library] not be open during study weekends ...).

    I'm disappointed but unfortunately this announcement fits with the profile of the Oxford Brookes as I (and no doubt others) experienced.

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  • Have the posters seen the contract? Surely OB have covered this in the small print?

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  • This action is unworthy of all those involved. It is a clear breach of contract and wholly unnecessary. If Oxford Brookes cared a jot about its students it could find a way to wind the course down while allowing those currently enrolled to complete their studies. Instead they have left decent committed hard-working students in the lurch without the slightest regard for the consequences on their finances or their lives. Shame on you, Oxford Brookes. Of course, if you have any morality left, there is still time to change your decision.

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  • Get some experiance in business while at uni, set up a business e.g promote disco nights etc.

    Do a accountancy and joint law degree, it will keep options open.

    Do work experience for firms during summer holidays

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  • I studied on this course 20 years ago with great benefit, and I am appalled at the incompetence of those who should be able to plan the university's finances for several years in advance. I hope that they will refund all students who may be unable to complete the course elsewhere due to the university's combination of harshness and irresponsibility. If they do not offer these refunds then I hope that these students will successfully recover their fees via a court process. Some will have their career plans terminated for good.

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  • "A leading university"
    ???

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