Pay Cut for Winchester University Senior Management Team to Save Jobs

Pay Cut for Winchester University Senior Management Team to Save Jobs

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Gordon McKelvie Winchester UCU Branch Chair started this petition to University of Winchester Board of Governors (Mr Alan Lovell - Chair of the Board of Governors) and

For the last few years, the strategy and management of the University of Winchester has had a negative impact on the institution. Once again, staff at the University of Winchester are facing two new voluntary severance schemes (in July and in the Autumn). Although we acknowledge the challenges that the current COVID-19 Crisis present, the current crisis has only exacerbated existing problems.

In addition to low levels of staff morale, which long pre-date the current COVID-19 crisis, failures in management have been shown by Winchester’s continual fall in league table position over the past few years. These clear failures are a direct result by a series of decisions made by the Vice-Chancellor and rest of Senior Management over several years and has led to job losses amongst staff.

At a time where staff are again suffering job loss and pay cuts, they are asked to do more and more by the institution, and the Vice Chancellor and Senior Management are refusing to publicly share the burden of their own mistakes. This is divisive, lacks transparency, goes against the University’s principles that ‘individuals matter’, and displays a lack of good will to show that we are all in this together.

Pay cuts from those at the top can save jobs. Based on the University’s Integrated Annual Report, its is estimated that a pay cut of 20% senior management would be equivalent to the full economic costing of employing two lecturers. Any cuts are therefore more symbolic and can make a tangible effect on the ability of the University of Winchester to teach students.

A university that continually uses the slogan ‘Individuals Matter’ should live up such principles otherwise they are a meaningless advertising gimmick.

We therefore demand that the VC and SMT take a pay cut that is made public.

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