March 8 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Suffolk’s university is to make a number of job cuts in a cost-cutting exercise, it can be disclosed.
Bosses at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) say the university has too many managers and staff for its current number of students.
Managers are confident that it will grow numbers in the medium term, but in the short term it must cut costs in view of the lower-than-anticipated revenue.
It is understood the review includes proposals for a major restructure of senior management staff. Some academic staff and administrative workers are also understood to be affected.
It is thought a third of the revenue gap could be plugged by a growth in student numbers, if admissions targets for 2014 are met, and reductions in non-staff expenditure.
The university is understood to be developing contingency plans to ensure any impact on students is kept to an absolute minimum.
It is not known how many members of staff face the prospect of losing their job, but it is understood the numbers represent a very small percentage of the 400-plus staff. The overhaul is to take place with immediate effect.
It is believed that a review of its academic portfolio to ensure UCS has an appropriate number of courses and staff members to remain competitive in the student marketplace will follow the restructuring exercise.
Meanwhile, the university’s plan to become fully independent from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Essex University will continue to move forward.
UCS is based at Ipswich’s Waterfront and has campuses in Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. It took on its first cohort of students in 2007.
In July, a Higher Education Statistics Agency report revealed that 91.6% of students secured work or remained in education six months after graduating last year. It was higher than the national average and meant UCS scaled the national league table, climbing from 79th out of 120 universities in 2010/11 to 61st in 2011/12.