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195 job losses at Dundee University are unnecessary, says union

20 October 2010 | last updated: 11 December 2015

Dundee University has announced it will cut up to 195 jobs across the university as part of a strategic review of the activities of the University of Dundee. The union said it would fight any compulsory redundancies as it simply does not believe such drastic financial measures are required.

UCU said the job losses are unnecessary and the timing of the announcement was a cynical attempt to link the losses with cuts to university funding. Dundee University received a 1.8% cash terms increase in the latest funding allocations, which was one of the largest increases for a university, and has traditionally performed well in attracting extra funding.

UCU Scottish official, Mary Senior, said: 'There is no financial or academic need for the proposed cuts given the university's current position. Plans to sack staff would jeopardise the university's proud international reputation and we will oppose any compulsory redundancies.'

'We believe the timing of the announcement is a cynical attempt to hide bad news behind the wider funding announcements today. The job losses at Dundee are not due to financial constraints.'

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