Keegan cuts university arts funding in favour of STEM

Education secretary Gillian Keegan is cutting funding for university performing arts and creative courses in favour of  science and technology studies.

She has written to Lord Wharton, chair of the Office for Students which is the universities regulator, telling him her priority was to ensure students "pursue studies that enable them to progress into employment" and that "benefit [them] as well as the wider economy", and that meant pursuing “strategically important subjects” such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM.

Funding or courses in music, drama, fashion and other creative subjects is to be frozen at £16.7m in the current financial year.



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