Leeds students protest amid fears of cuts to health courses

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Thousands of Leeds University students have signed a petition amid fears of cuts to healthcare courses.

The School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds is currently under review and students fear there will be numerous cuts to courses.

Some of the courses reported to be under threat include pharmacy, audiology, and psychotherapy.

There are also fears that both the nursing and midwifery courses may be cut.

Charlotte Warner, welfare officer at Leeds University Union and former student on a nursing course, collected her degree wearing a sign that read “save healthcare courses” in protest against the review.

Charlotte said: “I’m leading on the campaign in and around the Leeds campus; I think it’s really positive that the campaign against potential course closures is now policy.”

Around 3,500 students have already signed a petition.

Alice Smart, education officer at Leeds University Union added: “It’s great to see students in the School of Healthcare standing up for their courses and working hard to have their voice heard.

“If these healthcare courses are closed, it will have a serious effect on past present and future students.”

A University of Leeds spokesman said: “The School of Healthcare is currently engaged in a review process that is looking at the academic and financial sustainability of all its activities. No decisions will be made before May.

“We are currently talking to various partners to see if we can identify ways of ensuring continuity in the education and training of the health and social care workforce in the event that we scaled back our own provision.

“Our final decision will be shaped by the outcome of these discussions.”