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16 July 2009

Scotland risks losing its proud reputation as a global leader in higher education, according to job loss figures released today by UCU.

With nearly 300 jobs already at risk or being axed in Scotland, the union further warned that the figures may be just the tip of the iceberg and that cuts to the Scottish Government budget risk undermining Scotland's economic recovery.  The union further warned that the figures may just be the tip of the iceberg as many institutions are failing to consult with the union adequately. The figures are part of a report from UCU into the damage being done to the UK's ability to deliver post-16 education through the recession.
 
In total across the UK 5,891 jobs are at risk or being cut with 4,593 in higher education and 1,298 in further education. In Scotland 280 jobs will be lost in universities particularly at Stirling and Strathclyde Universities. Over 5,000 students will be affected with losses hitting the full range of institutions.
 
UCU Scotland President, Lesley McIntosh, said: 'We have been warning for months of the potential damage that unnecessary and swingeing cuts would do to post-16 education. These figures offer a worrying snapshot of what is happening in Scotland's universities and even more worrying is the fact that many institutions have not set out their financial plans as yet.
 
'In difficult economic times we need to be doing everything we can to help education and the countless potential students who see education as a vital lifeline to improve their skills and opportunities of finding work. The Scottish government may has said that higher education is a funding priority but that extra funding has not materialised resulting in funding cuts. The Scottish Government must make Higher Education a priority in the next spending round if we are to maintain our world class reputation.'
 
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'Universities and colleges need to understand that our members will not sit idly by while their jobs or those of colleagues are axed. All institutions that are considering slashing jobs need to make a clear, transparent case for the losses and start speaking to us immediately.'
 
The full report confirmed that the cuts are having an impact throughout the UK and at all types of institutions and can be found at: 

Universities and colleges cutting education jobs in a recession, Jul 09 [243kb]

Key figures:

  • Total jobs = 5,891
  • Further education = 1,298
  • Higher education = 4,593
  • Jobs at risk in London = 2,165
  • London further education = 132
  • London higher education = 2,033
  • 106,038 students affected - based on student:staff ratio of 18:1 (conservative estimate as SSR higher in further education)

Region

Total

FE

HE

East Midlands

66

58

8

East of England

67

39

28

London

2165

132

2033

North-East

146

146

0

Northern Ireland

406

0

406

North-West

251

101

150

Scotland

280

0

280

South-East

270

135

135

Southern

323

10

313

South-West

151

151

0

Wales

381

155

226

West Midlands

403

256

147

Yorkshire and Humberside

982

115

867

TOTAL

5891

1298

4593

Last updated: 11 December 2015

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