Students at Abertay University has condemned a proposed reduction in courses to be offered in future.
Courses affected are believed to include forensic science and environmental science as well as others in the school of science, engineering and technology.
President of Abertay Students’ Association, Tam Wilson, said: “We are severely disappointed to hear of the drastic reduction in courses taking place at Abertay.
“When both the courses under consultation and those where a decision has already been made are taken into account, a massive 30% of courses are being cut from Abertay’s curriculum.
“This decision is incredibly short-sighted and lacks serious forward strategy and planning.
“We have received a large number of emails from students in a range of the affected courses expressing their concern, shock and disappointment.
“We believe that this decision will lead to the loss of teaching staff in the courses that are being cut and also devalue them.
“With courses no longer available, graduating students in these disciplines will be adversely affected in the job market as their course will be held in much lower regard.
“We will be seeking to work closely with staff trade unions (University and College Union, UCU and Unite) in response to this measure and aim to reduce the negative outcomes that will inevitably have an effect on students and staff here at Abertay.”
Mary Senior, UCU Scotland official, said: “This is undoubtedly a worrying time for students and staff, and it is good to see the Abertay Students’ Association speaking out on this issue.
“We’re calling on the university to consult properly with staff and students before taking decisions to cut courses.
“We want the interests of students and education to be the priority in this process.”
A spokesman for Abertay said: “The university is currently undertaking a review of its academic portfolio – the outcome of which will not affect any of our current students.
“We have taken the decision to cease future recruitment to a total of eight courses. We do not anticipate any job losses as a result of this decision.
“Student demand for all these courses has been low – a total of 88 new students joined these eight courses this year from a university-wide intake of more than 1,500.
“We are currently undertaking consultation on ceasing future recruitment to a further three courses, with a decision to be made later this month.
“The current portfolio review process began in 2017.
“The university’s academic staff have been consulted as part of the process.”