University scraps courses amid ‘very challenging financial landscape’

The University of Wolverhampton says it will stop recruitment for some 138 of its undergraduate and postgraduate courses in September.

The university is blaming a reduction in income and soaring costs because of the pandemic for the move. It will also start a mutually-agreed staff resignation scheme because of a “very challenging financial landscape”.

Current students on the axed courses will continue to be taught.

Around 20% of the courses scrapped are in the performing arts.

In a statement, the University of Wolverhampton said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly increased costs to the university while at the same time, like many similar universities, our enrolments have been falling with associated loss of income.

“This has been compounded by difficulties around overseas travel impacting international students during the pandemic.”

The university added that, “in the majority of cases”, students would be offered alternative courses.