Three years ago, I embarked on a journey that saw the birth of Save Our Rights UK. Our mission, which remains unwavering, is to champion justice, equality, and human rights around the world. Over the years, we’ve navigated through an ocean of triumphs, trials, and tenacity, witnessing firsthand the incredible resilience of the human spirit and the inspiring courage of those who refuse to bow to injustice. The path we’ve tread, though fraught with challenges, has only served to fortify our resolve and underscore the critical importance of our work.

In recent times, a new battlefront has emerged – the struggle to safeguard the sanctity and breadth of education. The skirmishes began in our schools, extended to our homes, and have now breached the walls of our universities. The consequences of these attacks are chilling and far-reaching.

A painful blow was recently dealt when an assortment of humanities and liberal arts courses were targeted for discontinuation because they don’t lead directly to “high paying jobs”. This host of courses includes BA (Hons) Drama, BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics (with Foundation Year), BA (Hons) Philosophy and BSc (Hons) Anthropology among others. The removal of these subjects not only shreds the rich tapestry of knowledge available in our universities but also snuffs out the beacon of cultural and educational excellence that has historically shone from them.

This isn’t merely about the discontinuation of a few university courses. Each course represents a unique branch of knowledge, a particular worldview, an opportunity for questioning and exploration. They are conduits of passion, learning, and self-discovery; instruments for sparking curiosity and cultivating critical thinking; and incubators for the freedom to dream, to debate, and to dissect the world around us. The loss is profound and deeply personal to each student whose life was poised to be enriched by these subjects.

We must see the removal of these courses for what it is: an ominous sign of a government that values economic viability over the cultivation of thought, cultural understanding, and well-rounded education. It sends a chilling message to our young people when we insinuate that the study of classics, drama, philosophy, and languages lacks value. We are teetering dangerously on the edge of a precipice where education serves the job market and not the human spirit, love of learning, and mental and emotional nourishment.

An education that puts a premium on employability statistics and graduate earnings, while eschewing the softer yet equally critical aspects of human development, is both regressive and short-sighted. The study of humanities and liberal arts nurtures empathy, understanding, and cultural awareness. It fuels curiosity, debate, and critical thinking, helping create well-rounded individuals who appreciate the world in all its layers of complexity.

Stripping these courses from universities will not only deny our young people the benefits of a broad education, but it also cripples the richness and diversity of our society. A society thrives when it has thinkers, visionaries, and individuals who can look at the world from myriad perspectives. The diverse perspectives and critical thinking born out of studying courses like these – which the government aims to restrict – are vital to the development of a vibrant, healthy society.

The loss of these subjects and the wealth of perspectives they offer will not only disadvantage students, but our society at large. Our ability to empathise, to reason, to judge, and critically analyse stems from exposure to a wide range of viewpoints. A diversity reflective of the world we inhabit, a world teeming with different cultures, ideas, and ways of life.

In the face of this adversity, we must unite and defend our right to comprehensive education. Join us as we lobby against this decision, use the form below to email your MP and Rishi Sunak himself, and make your voices heard. 

Education isn’t a privilege for a few; it is a fundamental human right. Together, we can stand up for our right to a broad, inclusive, and diverse education.

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Dear Prime Minister Rishi Sunak,

I am writing to you as a deeply troubled citizen in light of the recent decisions regarding the direction of UK higher education. Today, I feel compelled to voice my severe disquiet over the actions your government is taking, which I believe are jeopardising the very essence of our education system.

The decision to cap and strip away university courses based on graduate earnings and employability metrics is a grave disservice to our nation’s intellectual legacy. The humanities and liberal arts courses under threat – BA (Hons) Drama, BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics (with Foundation Year), BA (Hons) Philosophy, and BSc (Hons) Anthropology, among others – are not mere stepping stones to lucrative careers. They are foundations for a diverse, empathetic, and critical society, indispensable for the health of our democracy and the enrichment of our cultural landscape.

Education cannot and should not be reduced to mere economic terms. It is a fundamental right, a vehicle for personal growth, intellectual exploration, and societal contribution. Our students are not mere economic assets to be moulded for maximum financial productivity. They are individuals with unique passions, interests, and the potential to shape society in myriad ways beyond the strictly economic.

Your Government’s latest announcement represents an alarming act of cultural vandalism, stripping our education system of its rich diversity and forcing it into an uncomfortably narrow economic mould. This approach neglects the value of a rounded education, curbs intellectual freedom, and threatens to produce a generation of graduates lacking in empathy, creativity, and critical thought – qualities that are at the heart of a vibrant, dynamic society.

I urge you in the strongest terms to reconsider these proposed changes. You hold the reins of our nation’s future, and with them, the power to ensure that education remains a nurturing ground for diverse talents and ideas, not a factory line for economic assets. Our education system should inspire, not restrict; enlighten, not limit.


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Dear [MP’s Name],

I am writing to you as a concerned citizen and a resident of your constituency. I am deeply troubled by the recent shift in our Government’s approach to higher education, as announced today by Rishi Sunak, namely the reduction of university courses based solely on their ‘economic viability’.

The beauty of our education system, and what has historically made it a beacon for learners from all over the world, is its broad and diverse range of subjects, providing avenues for exploration and critical thinking across all disciplines. The recent move by the government to discard courses that do not contribute directly to GDP fundamentally misunderstands the purpose of education and undervalues the importance of a well-rounded, diverse learning experience.

Several courses are being lost to this new policy, courses that foster creativity, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and much more. Here are just a few examples:

  • BA (Hons) Drama
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics (with Foundation Year)
  • BA (Hons) Film (with Foundation Year)
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy
  • BSc (Hons) Anthropology
  • MA History
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology and Social Anthropology


This isn’t just about the loss of a few academic courses; it is the eradication of important aspects of our culture and heritage, the dismissal of disciplines that have shaped our understanding of the world. This is cultural vandalism and it must be stopped.

I implore you, as my elected representative, to voice my concerns and those of your other constituents who value the richness of our educational heritage. Please write to the Prime Minister on our behalf to challenge this policy and work towards a solution that values all areas of education, not just those with direct economic outcomes.

Let us remember that the true value of education isn’t always measured in pounds and pence, but in the growth and development of inquisitive minds, empathetic citizens, and passionate leaders of the future.

Please let me know when you have written to the Prime Minister and what his response is. 


[Your Name]