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Herts University students' future in doubt as civils courses are axed

CIVIL ENGINEERING students at Hertfordshire University face uncertainty this week after being told their courses are to be axed over the next three years.

The university has promised to show students 'all due care and attention' when they return to the building services and civil engineering department next term, but they will find staffing levels slashed from twelve to four lecturers, as the university phases out the degree courses.

The university, together with the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service, has also promised to help students who had been expecting to join courses in September to secure university places elsewhere.

Hertfordshire is the latest of many civil engineering courses to be axed following the persistent drop in student numbers.

Between 1994 and 1998, entries to civils courses dropped by 33%, leaving senior academics warning of a 'severe skills shortage' for the future.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire University said: 'The university has had consistent difficulty recruiting the requisite number and quality of students to the courses.' She added that the decision to close the course was made last year.

However, students are still being offered places through last autumn's UCAS application process.

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