The University of Leicester is vying for the accolade of Britain’s most woke university after it revealed mainstream academic disciplines, English language and medieval literature are being considered for the chop as part of a push towards “decolonising the curriculum”.
English language and linguistics, along with other traditional subjects have suffered from a lack of student interest. Rather than encouraging undergraduate enrolment, the institution’s top brass is leaning towards a bigger focus on ethnicity, sexuality and diversity, subjects described as “excitingly innovative”.
Academics have struck back. Fellow of the British Academy and Leicester University Professor, Isobel Armstrong has decided to “protest at the egregious attack on the integrity of English at Leicester and the attempt to eradicate 1,000+ years of language and literature from the curriculum”.
One of the university’s examiners went a step further, tendering her resignation.
“This [is] either a cynical exploitation of the language of ‘decolonisation’, or genuine (and appalling) ignorance of the work medieval and early modern subjects can contribute to this endeavour,” said Professor Sally Clarke, urging the university to “reconsider these proposals” as they “will diminish the experience of students at Leicester and limit their future opportunities”.
In spite of the uproar, the university appears to be at ease with the decolonising plan for the curriculum. Following a January consultation which highlighted the low enrolment to English language and Medieval literature modules, a spokesperson said the switch towards sexuality and ethnicity would lead to a reconsideration of how modules are taught so that they are “more inclusive and reflect emerging developments”.
“For example, many reading lists are dominated by white authors,” the spokesperson added.
“This ignores many great BAME scholars and also means that BAME students do not see themselves reflected in what they are being taught.”
It’s not the first time this week that Leicester University has attracted notoriety for its highly-strung progressivism. On Monday, it was revealed the National Trust’s contrived report linking beloved British homes and gardens with slavery received a staggering £100,000 from the government.
The author of the report was Corrine Fowler, professor of (you guessed it) post-colonial literature at Leicester. Fowler previously wrote a book entitled, Green Unpleasant Land: Creative Responses to Rural England’s Colonial Connections.
She has forwarded the book to the government in a bid to receive £350,000 in funding.