Stop job cuts at UoM and cap senior management pay.
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The University of Manchester is making cuts in SALC, particularly EAC and modern foreign languages. The university has decided that no fixed-term teaching staff in SALC will be re-employed next academic year (those who do not have permanent contracts and rely on their contracts being renewed on a yearly basis) and the GTA budget (PhD students who teach seminars) will be severely cut.
Roughly 49% (according to HESA statistics) of teaching across the university is done by teaching staff on fixed-term contracts. That means that many of our brilliant teachers already will be out of work, and the permanent staff will have a much larger workload in order to teach the same number of students.
These changes mean:
Larger seminar groups and less individual attention from teaching staff
A narrower range of modules
Permanent staff having a huge increase in the amount of teaching
Fees remain the same but the money the university spends on teaching in SALC is slashed.
We understand that all universities, including the University of Manchester, are currently facing very serious financial losses in light of the COVID-19 crisis. We understand that steps need to be taken to keep the University afloat. However, it is unnecessary and unjust that these cuts be made to those on already precarious, fixed-term contracts. It is unjust that the GTA budget will be cut, when GTAs already struggle to make ends meet. It is unjust that the workload of permanent staff be increased so dramatically, when staff workload is already unsustainable.
We are calling on the university to renew the contracts of our fixed-term staff in SALC for the next two years and to maintain the GTA budget at the same level as this year. Other Russell Group universities have done this, so the University of Manchester is offering a sub-standard response. York, for instance, has now announced that they are making the majority of their fixed-term staff permanent in a humane response to the crisis. If York can do this, why can’t Manchester?
Over 100 members of staff at the University of Manchester are on a salary over £100,000. It is deeply unjust that the jobs of some of our most vulnerable, underpaid and overworked staff are being slashed, while so many continue to enjoy such a large salary. In order to address the financial situation, instead of making cuts to SALC and demonstrating a lack of care for staff wellbeing and for the sustainability of the school, we are calling for a £100,000 pay cap at the University of Manchester for all non-NHS staff. The 20% pay cut which has already been made to Senior Leadership’s budget, while a step in the right direction, means little against teaching staff who are losing their jobs. Only when their pay has been cut to a reasonable level, should teaching staff be laid off.
What can you do about it?
Sign this petition and promote it on social media and to your friends and colleagues.
Write to the Vice Chancellor, using the template below.
If possible, ask your parents or guardians to write to the Vice Chancellor, using the template below.
To the vice-chancellor, from student
I am writing to ask the university to renew the contracts of all temporary teaching staff in SALC and to maintain the GTA budget for the next two years. I am concerned at the plans of the university to slash the teaching budget and the impact this will have on the quality of my teaching. I also feel it is unfair that I am paying the same amount in fees for a substantially reduced teaching service. I support the call for a £100,000 pay cap at the university for all non-NHS staff as I firmly believe that senior management salaries should be reduced before any teaching staff are laid off.
To the vice-chancellor, from parent/guardian
As a parent/guardian of a student at the University of Manchester, I am extremely concerned to hear of the university’s plans to lay off teaching staff for the next academic year. Please can you let me know what steps are being taken to ensure the best educational experience possible? If York University are preserving temporary teaching staff, why is Manchester not doing so? I support the call for a £100,000 pay cap at the university as I firmly believe that senior management salaries should be reduced before any teaching staff are laid off.
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