Glasgow University lecturers to vote over industrial action

Lecturers at Glasgow University will decide this week whether to take industrial action over proposed job cuts.

University officials last month announced plans to cut up to 80 jobs in the faculties of education, archaeology, and biomedical and life sciences, reports the Herald.

But despite funding restrictions being imposed on universities across Scotland, Glasgow University is not struggling financially, according to David Anderson, president of the university branch of lecturers’ union UCU Scotland.

Anderson said: “We view these redundancies as back-door cost-cutting that will create intolerable working conditions for those remaining at the university.”

Professor Richard Cogdell of the university’s Biomedical Research Centre added: “Losing staff will be counter-productive because it means academics currently involved in research will have to spend more time teaching, which will have a negative impact on the research profile of the faculty.”

A university spokeswoman said compulsory redundancies could not be ruled out.

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