Newcastle University has announced plans to privatise its language centre – despite strong protests from students and the lecturers’ University and College Union (UCU).
The language centre provides tuition in English which is vital to most of the 2,500 overseas students who study at the university every year.
Richard Hull, communications officer for Newcastle University UCU, said, “This plan is madness. It is bound to mean a reduction in the quality of education provided to overseas students.”
In December over 50 staff and students staged a protest outside a closed meeting of the university council. Both UCU and the student union say they will continue to fight the plans.
Birmingham University has announced plans to cut jobs at its school of education.The university is in breach of its own statutes by moving to set up a redundancy committee without first consulting the union.
Lecturers collected hundreds of signatures on an open letter to the university council, including those of four local MPs and several city councillors.