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Students and staff at Chester University to protest against job cuts

STUDENTS and staff at the University of Chester joined forces today to protest against plans to cut 27 jobs.

The University and College Union (UCU) said that bosses want to remove roles at the university’s English, humanities, history, archaeology and engineering departments.

Students brandished placards saying “Staff and students stand together!” and “No redundancies Chester.”

More than 150 staff voted by 96 per cent “to pursue all means necessary to oppose all compulsory redundancies” at a UCU branch meeting last week.

Students have launched a campaign to fight the cuts alongside the union.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: “Students are protesting these vicious cuts because they know how damaging redundancies would be for their learning. 

“Staff and students at the University of Chester are completely united in fighting against the 27 compulsory redundancies. 

“For the university to try to sack staff after they have worked tirelessly to support students throughout the pandemic is utterly callous.”

The university was invited to comment.

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