Students at the university’s North London campus expressed shock and anger on Wednesday morning at the closure announcement, writes Jerry Frank.
A letter from the Dean, professor A S White, was distributed on Tuesday explaining that student levels had fallen from a 1997/98 intake of 660 to 590 this year, against a target of 744.
Students face a scramble for places elsewhere, only 40 days into the academic year. There is also the prospect that some will miss a year’s study or have to join courses at universities they would not have initially chosen.
One foundation student, aged 18, said: `It’s a disgraceful decision. They have taken ages to tell us what they must have known this summer. It’s all down to profit.’
Another 18-year-old foundation student had only just paid his share of his course fees, amounting to £1,025 for the year. He said: `I came here because of Middlesex’s reputation. I wanted to do a course that would train me for a highly respected BSc. Middlesex scored 19 out of 24 in the university league tables which puts it at the top. Now I could lose a year’s education, which will cost my family thousands.’
A 19-year-old colleague said: `Will the staff be here at the end of the year? I’ve heard some have already resigned. This place could be a ghost town next year.’