In my post yesterday on the plan of Keele University to close down its outstanding applied ethics research and teaching unit, PEAK, I aired some cautious doubts about the correctness of the figures and calculations forming the economic basis of the decision, this due to comments from a former PEAK staff member. As suspected, it now reveals itself that there are more points to be made about these, one would have thought, elementary points of departure for further strategic reasoning on how to handle the funding cuts faced. In an "open letter" to the VC of Keele and the architects behind the suggestion to close down PEAK, Andrew Willetts – a Keele University student – makes it rather painfully obvious just how little the analysis of university senior management is worth taking at face value. And note, this is only about the basic economics that has to underlie any decision of this sort. To this may be added what sort of strategic reasons that can be brought forward on the economic basis – which I argued yesterday won't support the close-down of PEAK even if the figures put forward by senior university management were to be correct.
A reminder also about the Save PEAK blog-page, which continuous to host an ever growing number of support statements from academics and students.