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December 12, 2001

100 Birmingham jobs under threat
Birmingham University's new vice-chancellor, Michael Stirling, has told academics and support staff that up to 100 jobs may be axed as part of a restructuring programme. The university's council is setting up a redundancy committee following claims that the university is facing a financial crisis, with a budget shortfall of £5.7 million this year.

Cash-strapped ILA firms ‘may sue’
Dozens of training providers may sue the government for breach of contract over its controversial decision to axe the "disastrous" Individual Learning Account scheme. Bosses have lobbied MPs, saying their firms are likely to go bust as a result of ministers' decision to suddenly pull the plug on the scheme last month.

London merger goes ahead
London is to have a new university after two existing institutions decided to merge. The University of North London and London Guildhall University will complete a merger by August 1 next year. The institutions have been considering the move, which is opposed by staff and students at LGU, since May.   

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