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Concern at Queens University department cuts – Sinn Féin

23 June, 2009 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey has expressed concerns at the proposed cuts in department jobs at Queens University Belfast and the manner in which this decision was taken.

Speaking today Ms Ramsey said:

“The news that Queens University is to cut back on 103 academic posts is alarming.

“The fact that Queens University were extremely covert in the manner in which they revealed this move is a major concern.

“As the Committee for Employment and Learning were seeking answers from the lecturers Union and from the University itself, Queens University Senate were already voting to pursue the lay offs.

“When questioned whether or not these would be compulsory the Vice Chancellor of the university answered they would not. How Queens Senate can vote for, and be certain that, the number of redundancies will number 103 raises the clear question how do they reach this figure without forcing job cuts.

“Many questions such as this remain to be answered fully. Our main concern is that Queens University develops programmes with student welfare and education at its core with research taking a close second place, not the other way around.

“We will be calling the Student Union and the Department of Employment and learning to a meeting next week to seek further answers to the concerns surrounding these posts.”

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