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Stop compulsory redundancies of humanities staff at UoD

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The University of Dundee is proposing to threaten 6 - 8 members of the lecturing staff within the School of Humanities with compulsory redundancies. The school is being hit by serious budget cuts within the University. There has already been a £200k cut from the school, with a further £250k after initial savings. This equates to a 7% cut, which is disproportionate to a small school such as Humanities. This is why Students and Staff alike have now united to launch a campaign to Save Humanities at Dundee. We are calling upon the University of Dundee to withdraw these redundancy proposals.

In a time when the University is experiencing an economic crisis, the fact that Humanities has managed to perform well and turn profit under these circumstances should be something to be commended. In light of this, these potential compulsory redundancies amongst academic staff is completely unjustified. Our staff should be treated with far more respect and as a University which prides itself on student satisfaction, it is time for the voices of Humanities students to come together to protect our lecturers and school.

These redundancies have not yet been approved. Staff need and want our student support and engagement. Staff cuts greatly affect our education and limits our module options, making a serious impact on specialist subjects. It has been affirmed numerous times that these cuts will not impact student satisfaction, however students, when made aware of them are not satisfied by this situation. Repeatedly we have complained about module cuts, budget cuts, lack of communication and identity and lack of school pride; now is the time to show that we will no longer stay silent.

This petition is to protect the staff in the School of Humanities from this threat and to ensure that the University intends to provide a first-class student experience and education. By signing this petition, you will be showing that you are against the staff and budget cuts within the school, and representing the true feelings of Humanities students. 

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