Law SoSS Review

Engaging students on the possible merger of the School of Law and the School of Social Sciences (SoSS)

In recent years there has been a move across the University to larger, more evenly-sized Schools, with the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (FBMH) and the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) both reducing the number of Schools in their Faculties to three and two respectively.

The Dean and Vice President of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof Keith Brown has asked the School of Law and SoSS to explore the advantages and disadvantages of the two Schools merging, with a focus on identifying if this would lead to any improvements in student experience and research excellence, as well as management, administrative and financial benefits.

No decision has been taken to merge the Schools; we need to first understand the benefits and risks. Views are being sought from staff across the two Schools and we want to ensure that our current students can engage in this process too.

A Working Group was formed early in the year and they have developed a position paper to explore if there is a clear rationale to merge the two schools or keep them as they are. This paper has now been published, and will form the basis of engagement with staff and students from now (24 Sept) until 14 December 2018.

We will be working with the Students Union, School Societies and elected student representatives to replicate the engagement taking place with staff. Once our new student representatives are in post in mid-October we will provide further details on ways you can take part in this engagement.

The position paper is available for you to view now on SoL & SoSS proposals as a main document and supporting appendices. If you have any initial views at this stage they will be collated via an online survey.

We will be in touch in the coming weeks to provide more opportunities to inform these discussions, and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Chris Thornhill (Head of School, Law) / Brian Heaphy (Head of School, SoSS)  and Fatima Abid (General Secretary, UMSU) / Olivia Meisl (Education Officer, UMSU)

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