Posted on Mon 17 Oct 2016 at 17:18 by Lewis Macleod
Job Cuts in Medicine, Medical Science and Nutrition: Their Jobs, Our Education.
Following last week’s announcement of compulsory redundancies in the School of Medicine, Medical Science and Nutrition Aberdeen University Students’ Association would like to re-affirm its condemnation of the recent voluntary redundancy scheme, compulsory redundancies and the University Management Team.
The University of Aberdeen has embarked on another round of job cuts in its seemingly unending mission to curtail spending. Following on from last year’s brutal voluntary redundancy scheme (which was executed in a year the University reported some 3million pounds surplus), this new round of redundancies is set to cut 1.5 million pounds worth of spending across the Medicine, Medical Science and Nutrition school. The cuts are expected to put 23 full-time academic staff at risk of compulsory redundancy. It is worth noting that notices have already been served to inform staff that their livelihoods and careers are on the line. As an organisation we offer our solidarity to staff members who received this awful news last week. At AUSA we find the practice of placing financial surplus before education absolutely abhorrent, and are deeply concerned about the implications of cuts to the university’s largest school on other schools and departments.
Students will be all too aware of the pressures programmes such as these put on education. The impacts on students come in myriad forms; reduced contact time, course closures, having to change supervisor mid-project, or being taught by staff who are over worked and under-valued. The livelihoods of our staff are under constant threat, and this lack of security adversely impacts on the quality of our learning, and our overall student experience. As students we chose the University of Aberdeen because we wanted a world class education, a reality which is ever less likely as the University Management sacks staff, and places others in a perpetual state of insecurity. With courses closing, contact time for some dangerously low and staff morale wrecked isn’t it time to say enough is enough?
Universities are not businesses nor should they be run as such. AUSA is steadfast in its condemnation of these cuts, and calls on the university to cease redundancies with immediate effect. We need to put education, not surplus, back at the heart of our University.
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