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University of Leeds cuts mentioned in parliamentary debate

January 25, 2010

www.parliament.ukIn a debate in parliament last week on the economy of Leeds (http://bit.ly/7GnJO1), local MPs expressed concern about the programme of cuts pursued by the University:

Colin Challen

Colin Challen, MP

Colin Challen (MP for Morley & Rothwell): “The university of Leeds is one of the country’s leading research and development universities, and earns £113 million a year in research grants. Sadly, however, because of the cuts agenda that we seem to be facing, it could lose, even on the existing estimate of proposed cuts, up to 8 per cent of its work force – nearly 700 jobs. That will be a big blow to the university’s prestige and its ability to deliver economic drivers. The university has a marvellous record of setting up new entrepreneurial, inventive businesses that are right up to speed with the new technologies. I hope we can look again at the range of proposed cuts and say that we do not need them. What we need is investment, because it will produce longer-term growth and higher tax revenues. That, and not cutting the public sector, is the way to get out of recession.”

Greg Mulholland

Greg Mulholland, MP

Greg Mulholland (MP for Leeds North West): “I represent many of the students who live in our city, as well as the staff. […] It is extremely important to highlight the enormous contribution that our universities
 make, and to stress the huge concern that exists over the proposed staff cuts, particularly at Leeds university. That issue must be considered carefully if we are not to damage the institution, its reputation and the excellent way in which it is able to deliver its courses and teaching.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathryn permalink
    January 26, 2010 11:15 AM

    If you want to join others in the fight to #SaveHE then please join the Facebook group http://tinyurl.com/yda4pav

    If you want to get through the politicians making the cuts then you need to go national.

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