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No compulsory redundancies at the University of Aberdeen

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On 12 October 2016 the University of Aberdeen issued notices of risk of redundancy to 15 members of staff in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition (SMMSN).  These imminent job cuts are not justified:

  • Despite SMMSN performing on par with all other schools the University has been unable to provide justification behind the financial formulas used to place it in deficit.
  • The SMMSN executive identified 10 areas of "disinvestment" which have been used to place individuals at risk of redundancy with a disproportionate effect on equality aspects such as gender, age and ethnicity.
  • The University’s procedures for identifying individuals in disinvestment areas have been neither robust nor transparent.
  • Despite having already issued notices of risk of redundancy, it now accepts there may be doubt over whether the procedures used properly mapped staff to their area of work.
  • The latest available University accounts show a strong financial position with a £2 million annual operating surplus and healthy reserves.
  • In January 2016 UCU and the University agreed to a recruitment freeze (other than in exceptional circumstances), yet £7.2 million of salaries for new and replacement posts were committed between January and August 2016.

We, the undersigned, call on the Court of the University of Aberdeen to rule out the use of compulsory redundancies and to seek alternative, more progressive methods for placing itself on a sustainable financial footing.

University & College Union (UCU) Aberdeen
Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA)
Aberdeen Defend Education Campaign (ADEC)

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