Jobs threatened at three universities

April 2, 2009

Eighty staff at Thames Valley University have already agreed to leave under a voluntary severance scheme introduced last year, but the university said further savings are required. "A targeted voluntary severance offer has been extended until the beginning of April," it said. The University and College Union said: "We are still hopeful that compulsory redundancies will be avoided."

Lancaster University's council passed a motion on 20 March stating that "it is desirable that there should be a reduction in academic staff ... by way of redundancy". Its senate had earlier passed a motion saying that such action was premature. The UCU branch at Lancaster said: "This is the first time we can remember our council explicitly ignoring the wishes of our senate and shows a disregard for ... established constitutional practices."

The University of Dundee is planning to restructure its media arts and imaging division within the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Four new lectureships are likely to be created, but the unit's six part-time teaching fellows may be at risk. A Dundee spokesman said: "Redundancy cannot be ruled out."

Editor's note

Lancaster University has asked us to make it clear that there are no current plans for increased redundancies as a result of the new arrangements reported in the above story -- that is the creation of the redundancy committee. We are happy to clarify

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