Staff Jobs Drop Alongside Number of Students

The UCU has condemned the plans, saying they would be “devastating” for the university and its staff. Birkbeck has said it is facing a £5 million shortfall in funding due to a drop in student numbers. It says it has to make “efficiencies” as a result.

Teacher Jobs Drop Alongside Number of Students

The UCU has condemned the plans, saying they would be “devastating” for the university and its staff. Birkbeck has said it is facing a £5 million shortfall in funding due to a drop in student numbers. It says it has to make “efficiencies” as a result.

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The UCU says the plans could lead to the loss of around 140 jobs, including up to a quarter of teaching staff.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the UCU, said: “These plans are devastating for Birkbeck. The college proposes slashing one in four teaching jobs and half its administrative workforce.”

She added: “This is a deeply troubling time for staff and students at Birkbeck. The UCU will be doing everything we can to support members and fight these plans.”

A spokesperson for Birkbeck said: “Birkbeck is proposing a series of organisational changes to make efficiencies of £5 million per year, following a significant drop in student numbers.

“This is an ongoing process, and no decisions have been made. We are consulting with our staff on the proposed changes, and no decisions will be made until that consultation has concluded.”

The UCU has urged the university to abandon the plans.

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According to the latest figures from UCAS, the number of UK students starting degree courses at Birkbeck fell by 12% last year.

In an interview with BBC News, professor David Latchman, the Master of Birkbeck, said the plans were “regrettable” but necessary.

“The university is very strong, and we will weather this storm,” he said.

“We’re a very efficient university, we don’t have much bureaucracy, but we have to make some changes to be an even more efficient organisation.”

The UCU has said it will be supporting staff and fighting the plans.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

According to the latest figures from UCAS, the number of UK students starting degree courses at Birkbeck fell by 12% last year.

In an interview with BBC News, professor David Latchman, the Master of Birkbeck, said the plans were “regrettable” but necessary.

“The university is very strong, and we will weather this storm,” he said.

“We’re a very efficient university, we don’t have much bureaucracy, but we have to make some changes to be an even more efficient organisation.”

The UCU has said it will be supporting staff and fighting the plans. This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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