Some rather downbeat news. The University recently decided to withdraw the MA Information Studies course temporarily, taking effect from the academic year 2014-15. This means that there will be no new students joining the course in October 2014 – although all the students currently on the course will be supported through to completion. The suspension is because of a proposed review of all the Postgraduate courses in Computing, the aim of which is to create a new programme of integrated modules and awards. The MAIS team argued for resources to be put in place to maintain the course as it’s currently constituted so that it could run alongside the review, but this was not forthcoming. This is a real shame, since MAIS is one of the highest recruiting PG courses in the university and there is still obviously a market for it.
The PG review is being led by Lyn Pemberton, the Assistant Head of School responsible for the Computing Division. She has made it clear that the aim at the moment is to have a pathway through the new programme which will have CILIP accreditation. She’s also aiming to have the new programme up and running for the start of the academic year 2015-16.
So, hopefully a temporary blip!