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Bottom's up


I wish to correct the impression given in NCE 4 July that Oxford Brookes University's civil engineering course was in the 'bottom tier' of civil courses.

During autumn 2001 all undergraduate courses at Oxford Brookes were considered as part of a Course Portfolio Review. Those courses which had failed to meet their recruitment target for the last four years were considered first.

Not surprisingly the civil engineering related courses fell into that category. The senior management team of the University decided to close the civil engineering related courses along with a number of other courses as a result of that review. The decision was not a reflection on the quality of the course, students or staff.

Marstan Street, head of department civil engineering and construction management, Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford OX3 OBP

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