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University of Southampton to Shed up to 75 Academic Jobs

Posted by Richard Ward

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The University of Southampton is to shed 75 academic posts as it reduces the number of faculties from eight to five.

The university indicated it wants to reduce its academic workforce by between 50 and 75 posts in six areas including English, law, chemistry, music, tribology and social sciences.

Both staff and students have also been told that Southampton will move from eight to five faculties as it looks to deliver its 10-year plan. According to the university, the move will help combine subject areas into more coherent groupings and strengthen research and interdisciplinary activity.

However, the University and College Union deemed the restructuring as "rushed and dangerous", suggesting it will inhibit the university's ability to deliver high-quality teaching.

A UCU regional official suggested the university won't be able to deliver world-leading education by cutting staff, citing lecturers as a key factor when it comes to teaching excellence.

The planned job losses follow similar announcements at other universities with the University of Manchester saying it was looking to shed 140 academic posts.