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Hundreds sign petition to fight Cass relocation

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More than 1,200 people have signed a petition calling on London Metropolitan University to rethink its plans to move the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design from the East End

Last week London Met’s board of governors approved proposals to consolidate operations at the university’s main base on north London’s Holloway Road, in a move that would see the sale of its buildings at Aldgate and Moorgate.

The Cass School of Architecture would be affected by the plans - One Campus, One Community project - which would see staff and students relocated from Commercial Road.

Vice-chancellor John Raftery  said the main Islington campus would benefit from a £125m revamp under the proposals, but that the plans would also lead to ‘a smaller university in terms of traditional delivery’ with 10,000 students rather than the current 12,000. 

Cass students union officer Amanda Marillier launched a petition against the proposals earlier this week, arguing that they represented a ‘massive attack’ on students, staff and access to education.

‘These cuts will see in many courses discontinued, entire faculties shut down, staff losing their jobs, and prospective students will lose the opportunity to study as the number of student places are reduced,’ she said.

‘We call upon the university management to scrap these destructive cuts and we call upon the government to provide proper funding to London Metropolitan University and stop the cuts which are destroying education at this institution.’

The petition can be seen here.

Statement from London Metropolitan University

‘We are excited about bringing all of our faculties together at our new Islington campus. We’d like to reassure people that, contrary to an online petition, we are not closing any of our faculties. They will be moving to our Holloway campus, in which we are investing £125m to create a superb learning and socialising environment for our students and staff.  

We’d like to reassure people we are not closing any of our faculties

‘We want to create a vibrant and cohesive University in Holloway where students and staff from all disciplines can interact and collaborate; a University where all students have the same access to the same excellent facilities.

‘Our Cass faculty of art, architecture and design has been instrumental in developing an arts community in East London for many years. We are now looking forward to building on that success and bringing it to Islington, where it will have a similarly positive impact on the borough.

‘The Cass is globally respected for running projects around the world, and we believe that reputation will endure wherever the Faculty is based.’  

 

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  • YOUR STATEMENT ARE LIES! AND YOU KNOW IT. THE PETITION IS BEING SIGNED BY THE REAL STUDENTS AND ALUMNI WHO KNOW THE TRUE MEANING OF CASS AND ITS LOCATION.

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