Question raised in parliament over Leeds job cuts
On 3 November, Paul Truswell, MP for Pudsey, queried David Lammy (Minister of State, HE, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) over the projected 700 job cuts at the University of Leeds. Truswell queried whether the cuts would promote the government’s objectives (amongst others) of improving teaching quality and strengthening the role of universities in their communities and regions.
The UCU does not believe that increasing student-staff ratios is to the benefit of the student experience, but the University has already admitted this is an inevitable outcome of the current cuts. The VC at Leeds, who lives in Southampton, is planning to remove £35 million from the local economy via the economies exercise. The UCU will survey what damage this is likely to do to the community and region and will publish its findings. Those who wish to ask local MPs to consider this forthcoming economic damage to Leeds and the outlying communities are advised to contact MPs via http://www.writetothem.com/