Departmental mergers

Part of the transformation of the University is looking at the size and shape of some of our departments. We will be tracking some of the key changes here.

Over the next few years we are aiming to reduce the number of academic departments at the University to around 20. They will be formed by merging existing departments where there are areas of similar interest, or where the learning and teaching experience can be improved by sharing of good practice and collaborational working.

This page will look to summarise and give information about key mergers and reorganisations within academic and professional departments at the University.

School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Bringing together our departments of media and sociology means that we are able to capitalise on the important intellectual legacies of 50 years of research and teaching in both disciplines in order to deliver world-leading excellence across all their activities. Whilst the departments already collaborate on some programmes, the merger intends to deliver extra resources to new areas that will benefit both staff and students. More information is available here.

School of History, Politics and International Relations

We have merged our School of History and Department of Politics and International Relations to create the new School of History, Politics and International Relations, headed by Dr George LewisThrough this merger we hope to increase student recruitment and conversion where there is scope to do so; generate imaginative ideas for growth through the design of new teaching programmes; and stimulate more efficient and imaginative collaborations in research and learning. More information is available here.

School of Business

The new School of Business brings together our outstanding expertise in economics and management to foster innovation and knowledge exchange in our teaching and research, increase the breadth and depth of our academic portfolio and deepen external partnerships with organisations and business. Find out more on their website.

School of Arts

This restructure merges three departments – Modern Languages, History of Art & Film, and English – into one new School of Arts. The programmes offered by the School of Arts are not affected and degree titles will be unchanged. Students will continue to be taught by the team with whom they are familiar. However, we hope that the reorganisation will bring opportunities for more module sharing and team teaching across the areas of cultural and language studies. We also expect that Joint-degree and Pathways students will benefit from streamlined processes following the reorganisation. Further details are available on this page.

Departmental restructuring in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology

On 1 August 2015 five of our departments were restructured to form three new ones, Genetics (Incorporating staff from the current departments of Genetics and Biology), Molecular and Cell Biology (incorporating staff from the current departments of Biochemistry and Cell Physiology and Pharmacology) and Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour (incorporating staff from the current departments of Biology, Cell Physiology and Pharmacology, Psychology and the Ophthalmology group from Cardiovascular Sciences).

College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

In summer 2015 we merged the Colleges of Arts, Humanities and Law, and Social Science to create a new College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. We did this in order to enhance the learning experience of our students and provide increased opportunities for interdisciplinary research and teaching.

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