College looks for redundancies

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TEACHING staff at Barnsley College have been sent letters asking for voluntary redundancies.

Debts tied in with the college’s new campus building coupled with government spending cuts are believed to be putting pressure on finances.

Redundancies are already in the pipeline at Sheffield College, which has announced 120 staff must go, and at Leeds College where 260 jobs are at risk.

Dave Gibson, secretary of the lecturers’ union UCU said colleges were receiving less income for every student they admitted.

“As a result there is a growing wave of redundancies being announced around the country. What exactly the situation is at Barnsley College is not yet clear but there is an expectation that there will be redundancies,” he said.

“Both the college management and the union wish to avoid compulsory redundancies. Staff have until the beginning of May to apply for voluntary redundancy,” he added.

College principal Colin Booth said he would not jump the gun on any decision as the funding situation had been changing from week to week.

“Decisions will be made towards the end of the academic year which ties in with annual budget planning,” he said.

“Overall the college is in a strong position to face what will be a difficult time.”