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Manchester Metropolitan University to consult on withdrawal from Crewe campus

25 November 2016

UCU has today called the decision by Manchester Metropolitan University to consult on withdrawal from its Crewe campus 'short sighted'.

The union said it was 'extremely disappointed' by the decision, made by the university's board of governors in a meeting earlier today.

UCU said that, by rejecting other options to maintain a campus in the town, the governors had failed to recognise the potential for the university to sit at the heart of Crewe's future skills growth.

It said that the university should instead be investing in the campus to develop its innovative educational offering and improve the student experience.

A consultation with trade unions is now under way, and the board of governors will make a final decision on the future of the campus in spring 2017.

UCU regional official, Martyn Moss, said:

'We are extremely disappointed about today's decision by Manchester Metropolitan University to consult on withdrawal from its Crewe campus.

'By rejecting options to maintain a campus in Crewe, the governors have taken a short sighted view which fails to recognise the university's potential to support the town's future skills growth. Instead of considering withdrawal, the university should invest in strengthening the innovative educational offering which has been a hallmark of the campus.

'Today's decision has created a high level of uncertainty for staff and students. Our immediate priority will be to ensure our members are consulted properly and oppose any redundancies which may result from this decision.'

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