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The University of Manchester Defends Job Cuts

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The University of Manchester has denied claims that its decision to cut 171 jobs is due to Brexit.

The University and College Union (UCU) had suggested the university was imposing the cuts because of what it said where "recent government policy changes and Brexit".

However, the university has said the job losses are required to ensure it continues to be a world-leading institution, and would offer voluntary severance wherever possible.

Commenting on the decision, a spokesperson for the university said: "These proposals are designed to improve the quality of our research and student experience in some areas and ensure the financial sustainability of the university.

They added: "Brexit and exchange rate fluctuations are features of the external environment in which all British universities and other organisations are operating at this present time."

Cuts are expected to be made to academic posts and support staff across a number of departments including biology, medicine, health, business and humanities.

Although the university plans to raise funds from a range of activities it suggested they still need to make cost savings. However, UCU have argued there's no economic reason why the university was proposing job cuts on such a large scale and pointed towards the £1.5bn surplus the institution recorded for the year ending July 31 2016.

Union members are scheduled to meet this week to discuss the proposed cuts.