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Support the Dundee University Politics Department

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This petition seeks to inform the newly appointed Dean of Humanities, Professor David Finkelstein, of the dissatisfaction felt by honours students of the Politics Department of University of Dundee.

It is our opinion that the actions of the School of Humanities are putting the Dundee University Politics Department at risk.

Two recent examples are:

- The early retirement of several experienced and much liked politics lecturers (without any replacements being made)

- Students entering their fourth year having to wait to hear whether or not their desired dissertation supervisor was going to have his/her contract renewed and therefore was in fact able to supervise.

This is totally unacceptable and is putting an unnecessary strain on students, especially those who are currently contemplating choosing their dissertation supervisors.

We have also observed the increased pressure on politics staff to maintain their usual high standards, albeit with considerably fewer resources and personnel - which is not the fault of the staff but is clearly attributable to the current situation, caused by the actions of the School.

We also feel that the current climate will make it far less likely for current honours students to pursue their postgraduate studies in the Politics Department at the University of Dundee.

The politics department at the University of Dundee is exceptional, and it is a pleasure to be a part of it. This is why we hope the School of Humanity takes action to rectify all issues regarding the politics department and make sure future students of politics have the same opportunity to experience the exceptional teaching that we have been lucky to receive.

By signing this petition I herby agree with the statements above and expect further action to remedy the issues highlighted above.

If all signatories of this petition could please use their @dundee.ac.uk email address and supply their matriculation number in the comments space (and any other comments that you feel are relevant).  


Darren Reid, 4th Year Class Rep Max Taylor, 4th Year Student


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