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100 Jobs Under Threat at Struggling Aberystwyth

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Up to 100 jobs are to be cut at Aberystwyth University as it looks to make savings of £5.4m next year.

In April 2017, the university Council backed plans to cut spending at the institution by £11.4m over two years.

When the plan was originally announced, the union Unison warned 150 jobs could be at risk.

Now a letter sent by Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Treasure reveals 100 out of 800 management and support jobs are under threat.

Cuts have already been made in academic departments, with 11 roles being lost in the theatre, television and film, education and biological, environmental and rural affairs departments.

These latest proposals would result in cuts to management posts at Aberystwyth, including reducing the number of deputy vice-chancellor posts from 4 to 2, resulting in an annual saving of £300k.

The six current institutes would be replaced by 3 Faculties/Colleges, resulting in the loss of 5 managerial posts while others will be cut from Professional Services. It's understood the history department is also facing losing 5 of its 16 teaching lecturers.