More jobs to go at Salford University

1 June 2011 | last updated: 11 December 2015

Over 100 more redundancies are planned at Salford University as the university continues to spend millions in the ambitious MediaCityUK project.

The university has announced plans to axe 119 more jobs on top of the 218 it said were to go in April. The institution has already made hundreds of redundancies over the past few years in attempts to free up money to invest in projects such as MediaCityUK. Despite the fact no teaching is yet taking place at MediaCityUK, Salford is reported to have spent over £40m on the venture.
Members of UCU at Salford University have not ruled out the possibility of strike action in the fight against the job losses they say are being pushed through with indecent haste. The union added that the MediaCityUK venture was supposed to provide jobs for the local area - not take them away.
UCU said that as well having a devastating impact on the local community, the university's plans would remove vital student services, increase workloads and do little to encourage future students to apply as we move to a competitive world of higher fees.
UCU regional official, Martyn Moss, said: 'The MediaCityUK project is fast becoming a white elephant. It was supposed to reinvigorate the area and provide thousands of jobs. However, 150 staff at Salford University lost their jobs to fund it and around 350 more now face the axe to service it.
'Getting rid of staff, who provide much-needed personal contact, advice and support for students, will do nothing for the university's reputation in this difficult and uncertain time of increased tuition fees. The university is acting with indecent haste in its efforts to axe staff. It needs to think again and we will be doing our utmost to ensure it does.'