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Employment Security Review Group

May 14, 2010

The University’s Employment Security Review Group met for the first time yesterday to discuss the proposed reviews of Light, Medicine, Transport Studies, ISS, Colour Sciences and English.

The management part of ESRG stated that they would write up the minutes and report to Senate. It is UCU’s understanding that we agreed that a report from ESRG is required, that is to say an agreed document. It is common practice for all members of a committee to approve the minutes of any meeting.

Management brought forward proposals for 6 reviews and the meeting. The cases were based on outdated data (the cases preceded the recent Integrated Planning Exercise and the Voluntary Leavers Scheme) and on figures that egged the pudding as richly as possible.

Management also indicated their desire to bring a further 7 cases to review to the next meeting on Wednesday 19 May and then 6 new ones in June.

UCU’s proposal to delay the new reviews until September fell on  deaf ears, and  a request for an adjournment until better data could be provided was also ignored.

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