University of dundee job losses

By | 23rd May 2017

University of dundee job losses

Dundee job cuts plan prompts hundreds to sign petition

Around 900 people have signed a petition calling for the University of Dundee to stop “unnecessary job cuts” at the institution

The university wants to cut 120 academic staff as part of its “transformation agenda”, in a bid to make it as “robust and efficient an institution as it can be”.

It has commenced a voluntary severance scheme under which successful applicants would be paid 18 months’ salary as a lump sum, or in pension contributions. It hopes that this offer will help to avoid the need for compulsory redundancies.

However, 880 people have now signed an online petition calling for the university to reconsider. An open letter to principal and vice-chancellor Pete Downes says the plans will cause damage to Dundee’s reputation, research standing, student experience and recruitment.

University of dundee job losses

“We would support your vision to transform the University if was implemented in a way that is genuinely in the interests of the University community,” it says. “Please show us that you are a truly visionary leader by listening to your staff and students and letting us help you to transform the University in a genuinely sustainable way without resorting to putting people out of work, increasing the workloads of already overloaded staff and risking the quality of student experience.”

One of the signatories, calling himself Ian C, comments: “A ‘surplus’ is likely to be of considerably less value to the university than 120 staff, particularly if the loss of reputation/diminution of teaching and research capacity are included in the equation. Please don’t do this.”

In a statement, the university said that it had to take into account “unprecedented pressures on public spending and some challenging future financial projections, not least relating to pensions and National Insurance contributions”.

“In taking its decision to reduce academic staffing levels, [the University] Court has agreed that we will do all we can to avoid making compulsory redundancies,” it continued. “We will therefore continue to consult with the campus unions and staff in accordance with our redundancy avoidance procedure and further proposals will come forward to Court in April.”

University of dundee job losses

Stop compulsory redundancies of humanities staff at UoD

The University of Dundee is proposing to threaten 6 – 8 members of the lecturing staff within the School of Humanities with compulsory redundancies. The school is being hit by serious budget cuts within the University. There has already been a £200k cut from the school, with a further £250k after initial savings. This equates to a 7% cut, which is disproportionate to a small school such as Humanities. This is why Students and Staff alike have now united to launch a campaign to Save Humanities at Dundee. We are calling upon the University of Dundee to withdraw these redundancy proposals.

University of dundee job losses

In a time when the University is experiencing an economic crisis, the fact that Humanities has managed to perform well and turn profit under these circumstances should be something to be commended. In light of this, these potential compulsory redundancies amongst academic staff is completely unjustified. Our staff should be treated with far more respect and as a University which prides itself on student satisfaction, it is time for the voices of Humanities students to come together to protect our lecturers and school.

These redundancies have not yet been approved. Staff need and want our student support and engagement. Staff cuts greatly affect our education and limits our module options, making a serious impact on specialist subjects. It has been affirmed numerous times that these cuts will not impact student satisfaction, however students, when made aware of them are not satisfied by this situation. Repeatedly we have complained about module cuts, budget cuts, lack of communication and identity and lack of school pride; now is the time to show that we will no longer stay silent.

This petition is to protect the staff in the School of Humanities from this threat and to ensure that the University intends to provide a first-class student experience and education. By signing this petition, you will be showing that you are against the staff and budget cuts within the school, and representing the true feelings of Humanities students.