PLANS to axe a Leeds University department are being opposed by staff and students.
The School of Continuing Education at Springfield Mount, on the edge of the university's main campus, serves 3,500 students, including some from the Kirklees area.
It is threatened with closure due to financial concerns.
Teaching unions have vowed to fight the plans and have said they are totally dismayed at what they have heard.
Protests are being made to senior university figures before a meeting of the university's senate - the governing body.
An Elland mother-of- two said she enjoyed the course because she could work at her own pace while looking after her family.
A spokesman for the university confirmed the department was under threat and that its academic activities and finances have been under review for the last two years.
The university's academic development committee will now consider the situation and alternatives. Staff and unions will be invited to comment.