Amidst the savage spending reductions announced by Chancellor George Osborne, universities were ‘delighted’ that the Classics budget has been saved from the cuts.
‘We’ve been calling on Mr Osborne to protect higher education from these cuts,’ said Professor Dick Troskett, vice-chancellor of Suffolk University, ‘and we’re delighted that he has been able to protect at least one subject from any additional reductions in grant funding from the government. This means that next year we can spend the full zero pounds teaching Classics that we spent this year.’
Professor Troskett admitted that his colleagues were ‘disappointed’ that £6.5bn had been wiped off funding for sciences, maths, English, history and modern languages. ‘But it’s not all bad,’ he said. ‘We’ll still be able to offer the same high-quality campus experience to our students, at least until the government legalises cannabis and starts taxing it.’