Students at Oxford Brookes University have launched a petition to save a music course after plans to axe it emerged last week.
The petition, which launched on 17 November and now has around 3,000 signatures, calls for university leaders to reconsider the decision, stating that it will impact both music students and the university's culture.
"We are deeply affected by the recent decision to remove the music course from Oxford Brookes University curriculum," the petition states.
"The music department is more than just an academic division; it is a key element of our university and home to non-music students who participate in societies and music groups.
"Its removal would mean stripping away opportunities for cultural enrichment, personal growth and community bonding."
The petition adds that arts courses such as music "contribute significantly" to students' mental well-being.
In addition to ending the music course, the university plans to reduce the number of salaried academic staff across several programmes, including English and creative writing.
A statement issued by the English and creative writing team said up to 40% of their staff could go by the end of January.
“As a dedicated team of teachers and writers, we believe the humanities are the beating heart of any university. We get to know our students so well, and they love their courses," the statement said.
“When they graduate, they go out into the world as confident and creative individuals. We have brought great prestige to Oxford Brookes University as leading researchers, ranked the sixth best English and creative writing unit in the whole of the UK for this.
“We are involved in projects and collaborations that enrich the local community and celebrate the diversity of literature and the arts. All of that is now under threat. This is going to be a very bleak season for all of us across the university whose jobs are now at risk.”