- Dame Nancy Rothwell
Scrap staff redundancies at University of Manchester
The University of Manchester has proposed severe staffing cuts across the university, including but not limited to the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, and Alliance Manchester Business School. 171 members of staff are set to be axed despite annual income from tuition fees exceeding £423 million (2015/16).
A university statement claimed that these redundancies will "improve the quality of our research and student experience in some areas and ensure the financial sustainability of the university", but we believe that they can only be enormously detrimental to the academic experience and quality of teaching for a large number of students in a wide range of departments.
Please sign to demand that the University strongly reconsiders these redundancies in light of their commitment to providing a high quality learning experience for all its students.
- Dame Nancy Rothwell
I have signed this petition to voice my disgust and opposition to the university's planned staff redundancies. The claim that the aim of the cuts is to improve the student experience could not be more ridiculous; they will only put a further strain on resources in departments across the faculties of the humanities, science, and business, and deprive the students of these subjects of the high quality teaching they expected when they decided to study at Manchester and pay £9,000 per year to do so. All the while funds are instead being directed into renovation projects and the development of franchises on campus, and I demand that the university reconsiders its apparent prioritisation of financial growth over the value of education.
I strongly hope that in your position as university president and vice-chancellor, you will acknowledge the significant opposition to these redundancies from the student body and appeal to the board of governors to reconsider their decision.
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