Up to 35 jobs are set to go at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) this September with the surprise closure of the School of Languages and the School of Business Information.
Staff have vowed to fight back against threatened redundancies on language and business courses.
No staff in either school were consulted about the planned closures. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have learned that even the directors of the schools were kept in the dark about the plans.
Students for the 2006 academic year have been told their courses are being cancelled.
The union is insisting on a full investigation into the proposed redundancies and reasons behind the university’s decision.
UCU has called on the university to rescind letters sent to prospective students telling them their university place no longer exists.
John Middleton, president of the local UCU branch, said, “The news of redundancies comes as a massive shock to everyone here at LJMU, principally because there is absolutely no need for them. The university has got its sums wrong and urgently needs to go back to the drawing board.
“Student numbers for the year are as expected and if the university doesn’t act quickly it will needlessly be culling two highly regarded departments. UCU will fight these ill-considered and mismanaged redundancies all the way.”
Further education (FE) lecturers are balloting over their latest pay offer.
The offer is a two-stage pay deal - lecturers would be paid an extra 2 percent from 1 August 2006 and a further
1 percent from 1 February 2007.
It is only a very slight improvement to the offer that was rejected by Natfhe’s FE sector conference just a few weeks ago.
Lecturers are still angry at the decision to call off strike action in May when most knew any new offer would prove to be unacceptable.
The national FE committee agreed on 16 June not to recommend acceptance. Lecturers should vote no to this offer and fight for strike action in September.