UNISON urges Bangor University to ‘put people before buildings’

Third round of job cuts being rushed into due to an ‘anticipated shortfall’ of students

Bangor University is set to make 200 staff members redundant, including 120 support staff roles in accommodation, estates, IT, examinations, academic registry and libraries together with 80 academic jobs.

The University started a consultation last month about how to make up a financial shortfall and has now shared the restructure proposals with staff.

The proposal outlines what would be the third round of job cuts in as many years and has been attributed to ‘an anticipated shortfall in income, mainly related to international student recruitment’ and will require the university to find £13m of savings.

In response to the proposals, UNISON Bangor branch secretary Christine Lewis said: “Bangor University is rushing into redundancies without waiting until we know how many domestic and overseas students are going to be here next year.

“University executives have been shedding staff for three years and they still haven’t achieved financial stability.

“Why isn’t Bangor saying ‘let’s put people before buildings’ and see if sensible saving can be made elsewhere first before axing dedicated staff.”

The university is one of the three main employers in Gwynedd and UNISON along with the UCU and UNITE is questioning the substantial effect the cuts will have on the local economy arguing that there is a duty on the university to protect jobs in the area.

Locally the matter has caused significant concern and is now due to be raised with the Welsh Government.