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'Save Our Subjects' demo at Strathclyde University

1 June 2011 | last updated: 11 December 2015

Staff at the University of Strathclyde join student protests against proposed cuts to services and the threat to over 100 jobs.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will take part in the Save Our Subjects demonstration, which starts at 12 noon at the Strathclyde Student Union. Protestors will march around campus before finishing in Rottenrow Gardens for a rally with a variety of speakers.

The protest is against plans to transform the university from a broad-based educational establishment towards an institute of technology. After the protests, UCU staff members will host a teach-in, which will include contributions from staff in all the departments at risk from the university's plans.

The union disputes the need for these further job cuts and has deeps concerns over the academic and financial viability of restructuring plans at Strathclyde University. Geography, Sociology, Community Education and Music departments are all at risk.

UCU Scottish Official Mary Senior said: 'Staff and students share concerns over the plans Strathclyde University. The university has a proud reputation for delivering a wide-ranging educational experience, from teacher education and social work to law and politics as well as science, engineering and technology.

'The university must not put its reputation at risk by making swingeing, short-sighted cuts just as a new Scottish Government - committed to funding higher education - starts work at Holyrood.'

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