Budget cuts to cost 22,500 university jobs
Monday 12th July 2010
There will be a loss of 22,584 university jobs in England alone, if the Government pushes ahead with plans for 25% funding cuts.
That is the claim after analysis of plans by the University and College Union which warned that a significant impact of the planned cuts would be university students faced with some of the largest class sizes in the developed world.
UCU also said that slashing university funding would have a devastating effect on the overall quality of students' experience at university as another knock-on effect would be a huge reduction in vital support services, such as libraries and student counselling.
Meanwhile, the Chartered Management Institute called the cuts "risky".
CMI director of policy and research Petra Wilton said: "There is no denying that cuts are necessary if the UK is to scale the heights of its debt mountain, but taking such a swinging axe to university funding is extremely risky.
"Employers across the UK are increasingly worried about the calibre of entrants to the job market and reducing the number of lecturers will impact on the quality of education that undergraduates receive, especially as we currently invest less in high-level skills in the UK than in many of our European neighbour states."
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