Staff fear axe in university jobs shake-up

STAFF at the University of Cumbria fear up to 200 jobs could be axed or downsized as part of the second restructure in two years.

The announcement comes just weeks after new vice chancellor Prof Peter Strike said the university was now on a “sound financial footing”.

Staff – who were first told about the proposals by email two weeks ago – started undergoing departmental meetings this week as part of a consultation process.

They were told the restructure had been agreed by the senior management team and was part of a move to review all services.

The cuts are expected to be spread across the university’s main campuses in Lancaster, Carlisle, and Penrith.

Aside from any job losses, the reorganisation will see a reduction in working hours for some staff.

During briefings this week, staff in one service were told their department had to cut its salary bill by 20 per cent.

Other services and faculties are expected to go through a similar restructure and staff believe this could result in as many as 200 jobs being affected.

See the Lancaster Guardian (22-09-11) for full story.