High-profile figures criticise university’s plans for large cuts to arts and humanities, which it says are necessary because of the pandemic and low student numbers

Vanessa Redgrave, Hilary Mantel, Julie Christie and Simon Schama are among those who have signed an open letteragainst jobs cuts in the arts and humanities departments at the University of Roehampton.

The letter, also signed by musician Brian Eno, historian Tom Holland and actor Toby Jones, called on vice-chancellor Jean-Noël Ezingeard and members of the university’s council to “immediately halt your planned cuts that will lead to 40 redundancies” across the arts and humanities.

Read more : Anna McKie : Times Higher Education : 30 November 2020