Magazine article Times Higher Education

Scholars Bear Brunt of Cash-Saving Plans

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Scholars Bear Brunt of Cash-Saving Plans

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Job losses expected across all faculties as London Metropolitan bids to save Pounds 7m. Jack Grove writes.

More than 200 academics will be made redundant at London Metropolitan University under plans to save Pounds 7 million.

In an email sent to all staff last week, Peter McCaffery, deputy vice- chancellor, said the university had started a 90-day consultation over the proposed job losses, which equated to 229 posts.

Of the redundancies, 201 will be academics and the remainder will be those in clerical, managerial or technician roles. Half will be staff employed on an hourly basis and half on full-time contracts.

All faculties will be included in the latest round of redundancies and no indication has been given as to where the axe will fall most heavily.

The job losses, which equated to about 12 per cent of all academic staff, follow the decision to cut the number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer in 2012-13 by 70 and 40 per cent respectively, said Dr McCaffery.

Course fees this autumn will also be as low as Pounds 4,500 a year as a response to funding changes by the coalition government.

"The impetus is to secure our future financial sustainability," Dr McCaffery told Times Higher Education.

"We have streamlined our undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio - there are efficiency savings to be made there."

He also identified an excessive number of academic leaders within the institution, leading to "duplication" of roles.

"We have deans, associate deans, academic leaders and principal lecturers - most other universities have three tiers. …

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