The Society is concerned at reports that several university geography departments are under threat of closure, and that academic staff at several others are at risk of redundancy.
With the removal of caps on student numbers, geography departments in some universities have been able to expand provision, but often at the expense of smaller departments. This is in addition to the unavoidable financial strains on universities resulting from the impact of COVID-19 and a reduction in overseas students.
As the range of departments and institutions offering geography degrees decreases, so do the range of opportunities for students looking to study geography, and this impacts on the ability of the discipline to be accessible to all.
If any UK geographers find their department at risk of closure, or posts within their department are at risk of redundancy, please contact us.
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