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Invest in staff and students instead of wasting money on new buildings

8 December 2022

Responding to news the Office for Students is allocating £432m in capital funding for new buildings, facilities and equipment, UCU said it is 'tone deaf' for the money to be going into buildings rather than to staff and students facing the cost of living crisis.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 'It is utterly tone deaf for the Office for Students to be pumping so much money into shiny new buildings when university staff and students are facing the worst cost of living crisis in a generation.

'Universities should be using any extra income to support staff and students, not on vice-chancellor vanity projects. University campuses have just witnessed the biggest strikes in the history of higher education and industrial action will escalate in the New Year if staff do not receive  a fair pay award.'

Last updated: 9 December 2022