Stop job cuts at Northumbria University: no compulsory redundancies!

2022’s ‘University of the Year’, Northumbria University, has announced huge budget cuts. In a message to staff, Northumbria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Andy Long stated that having already saved £20million through voluntary severance and other measures, the university was looking to reduce staff costs by a further £12.5 million by 1 August. This will have a massive impact on staff who have to go or stay, current and future students, and the social and economic vitality of the region. The campus trade unions, Unison and the University and College Union (UCU) have agreed the following joint statement:

The first duty of any trade union is to protect the jobs and livelihoods of its members. UCU and UNISON stand united in our opposition to any compulsory redundancies at Northumbria University. We recognise that the University faces considerable financial challenges, but we the staff, are the University’s most valuable assets and we are essential to the continued success of the University. We welcome the Vice-Chancellor’s assurance that: “We will be doing all that we can to avoid compulsory redundancies.” UNISON and UCU are clear that compulsory redundancies must be avoided.

Management must agree, change course, and develop alternative plans.

Why is it important?

Northumbria University is a major employer and engine for social mobility in the region. Problems there will have a massive impact. The University helps thousands of students, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, achieve great things. If the futures of so many staff are at risk, so are theirs, and their communities. Your support will show management at Northumbria University that another way is possible, for the good of staff, students, and the region. Without your support, there will be fewer people to help students learn and achieve, and those who remain, including postgraduate students who teach, will be overworked, stressed, and precarious. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Stop job cuts at Northumbria University: no to compulsory redundancies

We the undersigned call on management to rule out compulsory redundancies and work with staff unions to defend jobs and education at Northumbria University.

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