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Dispute over Bristol University deaf studies report

A report into a departmental review at Bristol University was "cherry-picked" to justify proposals to axe a degree in deaf studies, its author has claimed.

Research academic Dr Mike Gulliver was commissioned to look into the Centre for Deaf Studies last summer.

He said some of the criticisms in his report were used to target the course as part of cost-saving measures.

The university rejected his claims and said a variety of opinions led to the decision to withdraw the degree.

'Dangerous fantasy'

"I was commissioned last August to do this report as part of a departmental review," said Dr Gulliver.

"It was critical and honest, but ultimately positive and suggested ways to improve the course. It wasn't aimed to be used as part of this review."

He said he had heard the negative sections of his report were referred to several times during a senate meeting discussing where to make cuts.

But university spokesman Barry Taylor said: "I have been unable to find any evidence of what he's saying.

"Punctilious and distinguished academics made this decision and to suggest they twisted the truth to back it up is a dangerous fantasy."

The university said that "academic quality and financial viability were the main considerations" in the decision to withdraw the degree.

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