Manchester Metropolitan University to cull support jobs

Up to 127 jobs will be cut at Manchester Metropolitan University under plans to deal with the impact of the recession and public spending cuts.

MMU, which employs about 4,200 staff, announced that it would cut staff across a number of support areas and said the total reduction could be 127 posts.

There will be no reduction in the number of teaching or research staff, reports the Times Higher Education Supplement.

The university said it had begun consultation with unions and was doing all it could do to avoid compulsory redundancies.

John Brooks, the vice-chancellor, said: “We are taking action now to protect the university from cuts in public expenditure and to secure the jobs of the majority for the long-term future.

“It is crucial that we provide students with a high-quality experience that is efficiently delivered and fit-for-purpose. In the current economic storm, we are absolutely committed to proactively steering MMU to an even more successful future.”

Professor Brooks added that the student experience “should not be adversely affected”.

“By taking action now on staffing and making efficiency savings in all areas, we hope to avoid a potentially greater number of job losses in the future,” he said.

Unison said it was “outraged” by the announcement and was launching a campaign to oppose the redundancies.

A spokesman for the union said: “We believe that our members are being made to pay for years of mismanagement.

“Unison MMU will not stand for our members’ livelihoods being taken away. The proposed job cuts will affect the whole university. They will have an adverse impact on students and will severely damage the university’s relationship with the surrounding communities.”

The union Unite said it would fully support any action taken by Unison.

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