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    Hi everyone,

    I got an offer for a plant sciences degree at Imperial a few weeks ago, which I was really excited about; they were my first choice. Then I found out today that it looks like they will be closing down the plant sciences department, and restructuring life sciences in general.

    Does anyone know what impact this will have on undergraduate degrees? Will we still get to do the degree with the variety of modules shown in the prospectus, or will it become a standard biology degree? Will there be any plant specialists left if I do take the place?

    Any advice, or news really appreciated.

    Many thanks

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    What degree are you doing? Biology?

    The details of module restructure have not been announced yet but this is known:

    Out of the two affected sections (Plant & Microbial Sciences and Cell Biology & Functional Genomics) a total of 16 academics are being evicted, leaving only 12 remaining. These 16 academics are being told to leave by July 2011.

    What will happen to Undergraduate modules is clearer – they cannot continue in their current form. Out of the course convenors for final year plant and microbial courses, nearly zero remain. In one module (Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions), 4 out of 5 teaching staff are being forced to leave, which no doubt means that this is the last year of this module. This comes after several years in which the final year plant and microbial modules have attracted more and more students. The current numbers are at record level.

    First and Second year Biology and Biochemistry are also affected, since the 17 academic staff going do a lot of teaching, especially in the core second year modules of Applied Molecular Biology and Animal and Plant Physiology.
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    Well seeing as the prospectus was announced before the cuts were announced i wouldn't be so sure. If i were you, i would call up the admissions tutor and ask there.

    I had no idea that Plant Sciences was a course here at Imperial until i heard about the cuts and saw the protests. A bunch of people filled up the lecture theatre after my lecture this morning with plants to protest.
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    More information here:

    http://www.imperialcollegeunion.org/...432,ICUNS.html

    Both Director of Undergraduate Studies, Senior Tutors and Admissions Tutors for Biology/Biochem are being let go. So you can contact the admissions tutors but good luck...

    Facebook group has updates as and when they come: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=...327782072&ap=1
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    (Original post by jasminetree)
    Hi everyone,

    I got an offer for a plant sciences degree at Imperial a few weeks ago, which I was really excited about; they were my first choice. Then I found out today that it looks like they will be closing down the plant sciences department, and restructuring life sciences in general.

    Does anyone know what impact this will have on undergraduate degrees? Will we still get to do the degree with the variety of modules shown in the prospectus, or will it become a standard biology degree? Will there be any plant specialists left if I do take the place?

    Any advice, or news really appreciated.

    Many thanks

    jasminetree
    It's not just plant sciences they've got rid of:

    http://www.felixonline.co.uk/?article=530
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    Hi - 3rd year Imperial biology student here.

    Although this restructure has been proposed we are doing everything we can to protest against it, and I urge everyone to sign this petition http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_pe...ed.cgi?lifesci, or if you are able to, join the protest at Imperial College on Wednesday afternoon.

    If the restructure does go forward - 15% of staff are being made redundant who teach on this degree (plant sciences share core first year and second year core modules with biologists). This equates to 25% of face to face teaching hours. The people behind this restructure claim that this teach can be recovered by remaining staff - however most of us at Imperial find this very difficult to believe as the remaining staff are occupied with research and other responsibilities.

    If I were you, I'd read the information available to you about what is happening in the life sciences department at Imperial, sign the petition - and then decide for yourself whether Imperial will be the right place for you or not.

    Best wishes.
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    (Original post by jasminetree)
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    Hey,

    I'm a reporter for the student newspaper, Felix.

    50% of the plant sciences department and Cell-something-department is getting cut-those that aren't are being 'pooled' together in a new department. It will have a huge impact on the number of options a 3rd year can take-which you can read on the felix link.

    An anonymous source has told us that they expect more cuts to follow.
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    Thank you all very much for your advice.

    I called Life Sciences admissions at Imperial to ask them what the impact of the cuts would be on my proposed degree. They said there would be a teaching review in January, but would get back to me about what it would mean for plant sciences. I have heard nothing back from them.

    Judging by the links you posted, no news is bad news in this case. I am so disappointed, and angry that they did not inform applicants to whom they have offered places that these cuts were taking place. I could have gone firm on the offer.

    But at least I now have the option of going somewhere else. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for the staff, and current students. I would encourage everyone to sign the petition.
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    Hi,

    I've literally just found out about the planned cuts at Imperial, I applied for the Plant Science course there, and recently I have been feeling slightly disconcerted that I have still not heard back from them. This obviously maybe why, there is also an article dated September 2010 clearly stating that plant sciences it to be cut, on the union website. If Imperial knew they were going to dissolve the plant sciences department last summer, why did they allow for plant science applications months later??
 
 
 
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