Hundreds of people have joined forces to protest at swingeing cuts to staffing at Sussex University.
The university plans to save £5million by cutting 115 jobs from “unpopular” courses, such as Informatics and Life Sciences, where one in three are set to lose their jobs.
The staff and academic services department is also set to lose 22 staff.
The university says this will help it invest in more successful departments – but the protesters say they are being made to attract lucrative fee-paying foreign students.
The creator of the petition said: “The proposed redundancies are set against a backdrop of the marketisation of Higher Education.
“More young people are coming through our doors. The University is seeking to increase its number of fee-paying overseas students.
“Yet The University proposes to cut teaching and support staff and is presenting a fiction that this will improve the student experience.
“We believe that the proposal will deter students from coming to Sussex and will lead to the decline of our world-leading institution.”
The consultation on the cuts will end in March next year, when a final decision will be taken.