SaveUoG Movement Against Cuts at University of Gloucestershire Reports

Last October the University of Gloucestershire announced thirty compulsory redundancies in the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Sciences, with further redundancies expected following an ‘Academic Efficiency Review’.  These financial savings are in addition to the sale of two campuses, an extended programme of voluntary redundancies, prohibitions on photocopying, and cuts to library resources.  At UoG the effects of national cuts to HE funding have been aggravated by a reckless management culture (for example, £8.3 million was invested in a London Campus which was advertised for sale months after it opened).  Consequently, our University has the second worst debt to income ratio of any in the country.  The SaveUoG campaign was set up to defend education, fight academic redundancies, and show solidarity with non-unionised support staff.  In December, a UCU EGM voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action; we are currently waiting for UCU HQ to authorise the ballot.  More than 1100 students have joined the stop the cuts Facebook group, and our student campaign has just launched a new website: http://savemydegree.co.uk/.  We have organised small lobbies of University Council but are now planning a mass demonstration of staff and student resistance to cuts.

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