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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Staff at the University of Roehampton are worried they’ll be the first Uni workers in the country to be made redundant during the pandemic.

The institution had initially offered voluntary packages but could enforce redundancies to meet its target of saving £12.5 million.

The Chair of the University and College Union there says “Making staff redundant during the lockdown, shows an absolute lack of compassion and will put many of these staff into poverty.”

A spokesperson from the University of Roehampton said:

“In light of the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial impact we need to take decisive measures to secure our future while at the same time maintain our ethos and the student and staff experience that we are proud to provide. The measures include: acceleration of work to generate new sources of income, such as new academic programmes; staff recruitment freeze; suspension of the senior and professorial pay review; voluntary severance and a voluntary flexible employment scheme; immediate salary reduction for the Vice-Chancellor and most senior staff. We are also consulting colleagues on proposals for a time-limited tiered salary reduction for those with a gross salary above £36,482. The University of Roehampton community has delivered a very successful transition to remote teaching thanks to our colleagues’ efforts and creativity and our students’ engagement. We realise that we are asking for additional efforts which will be difficult and challenging in many ways. We will strive to support each other as much as possible and continue to provide the highest level of education for our students.”

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