Imperial denies it is closing down Wye
But college courses will be cut by more than half
IMPERIAL College has denied claims that the Wye campus is closing but says declining numbers have led to cuts in courses.
This week Imperial said there were still more than 450 undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Wye site.
However, six of the 10 undergraduate courses running at the village campus will finish this year.
The remaining four are applied business management programmes which will still be taught at Wye.
Academic staff who teach these courses will now be employed by the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Three postgraduate courses will be offered at Wye this year.
These are applied environmental economics, agricultural economics and food chain management.
The decisions come after several years of financial uncertainty and falling interest.
In 2002, only one new first year student was admitted to Imperial’s BSc in agricultural sciences.
By 2004 the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Wye was losing £1.8 million per year and subsequently closed.
Spokesman Abigail Smith said: “The reason Imperial has moved away from undergraduate teaching at Wye is that there has been a sharp fall in the number of students applying to agricultural courses over the last 10 years.
“Imperial remains committed to its campus at Wye and the highquality teaching and research that takes place there.”