12 universities plan job cuts under Covid finance pressure

The University and College Union says it will support any of its members who are threatened with redundancy

The University and College Union has protested a warning of jobs cuts at the University of Liverpool – the 12th warning of redundancies it has received from a UK university this academic year.

According to the union, Liverpool University management notified local UCU representatives by letter of its intention to cut the roles of 47 academics in its faculty of health and life science. The regional UCU representative said it amounted to “an almost one in four chance of being sacked”.

The union says it knows of 11 other UK higher education institutions with plans to cut jobs, including the University of Leicester, where last week it was revealed an anticipated 60 roles are to go, and the University of Dundee, where 34 jobs may go.

The University of London and the University of Leeds have voluntary redundancies schemes – and Newcastle University is to close its London campus, with the staff there expected to move north or opt for redundancy.

The University of East London, University of Central Lancashire and Goldsmiths have also publicly announced redundancy plans for academics. Solent, London and Brighton universities also have small redundancy plans for professional services staff. Ballots in favour of strike action have passed at Solent, Brighton and Uclan.

Union general secretary Jo Grady said: “UCU will support any members who are threatened with redundancy and will fight universities trying to push through cuts that would leave staff unemployed and students without teachers and support staff.”


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