Im­pe­rial de­nies it is clos­ing down Wye

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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.

Un­cer­tainty

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.”

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