Middlesex Philosophy becomes Kingston Philosophy

Kingston University has bought up much of the Middlesex department.

Kingston University will re-establish the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy by employing four senior staff from Middlesex: Eric Alliez, Peter Hallward, Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford.

The MA and PhD programmes will be re-launched at Kingston this September, and all current post-graduate students will be invited to move along with the staff.

But current BA students will finish their courses at Middlesex.

It’s great news for those gaining a new home, and great news for Kingston– which is showing itself to be a university committed to scholarship despite the current economic circumstances. Still, Middlesex is getting away with the closure and it’s unclear what will happen to junior staff (my impression is that this is a very small number of people, but I’m not sure). And:

It is not clear what will happen to almost a million pounds awarded to the department by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) as a result of the last Research Assessment Exercise. The quality-related funding of £175,000 a year used to fund the salaries of the departing staff and Kingston is thought likely to seek its transfer.