Leeds Metropolitan University has today revealed that they are cutting jobs within the Carnegie department in an attempt to reduce futures losses.
Whilst the figure of redundancies has not yet been released, a substantial number of employees in Leeds Metropolitan’s sporting department are facing the axe.
The University is blaming cuts in Government funding as the reason behind this, as they look to reduce a forecasted £7m loss to around £3m for next year.
Universities across the country are looking to cut costs as a slump in applicants is estimated. However, the move may increase the friction between the University and its students, as they were recently criticised for prioritising sporting partnerships over student welfare.
“The fact that cuts are being made to most of the department says something in itself about the Uni. In a time where reputation and image is so important to higher education, they aren’t doing themselves any favours. I’m now veru interested to see what their tuition fees are going to be in a few years,” an employee in Headingley Campus’s Carnegie department said.
Partnerships with Leeds Carnegie Rugby Union, Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket are currently under scrutiny as students ask where the value is, amidst issues surrounding tuition fees.
The affiliations alone were enough to anger students at Leeds Metropolitan. With the revelations that cuts are to be made to staff in the Carnegie department, students will no doubt be furious. Figures regarding the Universities tuition fees are set to be announced next week. If as expected, the University declares it will charge around £9000 a year, Leeds Metropolitan could have a student revolt on their hands.
Prioritising external partnerships, making cuts to sports departments and potentially quadrupling tuition fees could pave the way for a very unstable future for Leeds Metropolitan University.
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- Thread Starter
- 29-03-2011 11:30
- 29-03-2011 11:54
Should have gone the full £9000, might have saved the department then. Hmm, do you have a link to source article?
- Political Ambassador
- 29-03-2011 12:00
Interesting. I wonder if they were going to do cuts anyway and are just trying to put the blame on the government