London Metropolitan University has announced plans to cut 165 academic and professional support staff. The staff unions and students are fighting the plans.
Dear London Met Board of Governors,
We are writing to implore you to reconsider the current plan to cut 165 academic and professional support staff at the university, and instead join with staff and students in developing an alternative plan to effectively grow the university to secure its future.
London Met has long played a vital role in providing educational opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged groups in society, and we are some of its very many supporters. Unfortunately, we believe that its proud record of widening participation and student centred teaching and learning is now being put at significant risk by the current redundancy plan and strategy of shrinkage being pursued by the vice-chancellor.
We further believe such staff cuts will only act to greatly accelerate the spiral of decline that has already significantly damaged the university’s prospects over the past few years.
The loss of London Met would be a loss for the whole of London, and, in particular, the predominately working class communities it expressly serves. We therefore urgently call upon you to turn away from this misguided strategy of shrinkage, rescind the planned 165 job cuts, and join with staff and students in developing a coherent, workable, and forward looking recovery plan for the necessary re-growth of London Met to enable it to continue serving the needs of its communities.
Jeremy Corbyn MP (Islington North)
Councillor James Murray (Executive Member for Housing, Islington Council)
Liz Lawrence (UCU President)
Jon Rogers (Unison National Executive)
Aaron Kiely (NUS National Executive, London Met student)
Sean Vernell (City and Islington College UCU)
Max Watson (London Met Unison)
Mark Campbell (London Met UCU)
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