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Vice-chancellor who spent £1,600 flying his dog from Australia slammed for staff cuts

A UNIVERSITY vice-chancellor who spent £1,600 to fly his dog from Australia to England has been slammed for imposing swingeing cuts on his staff.

Professor Max Lu took up his post at the University of Surrey, and after transferring his dog began a programme of £15 million cuts.

Professor Lu and his management board have now drawn up more plans for staff redundancies, citing as reasons Brexit, a competitive student market, pensions and a review of student finance that has not yet been completed. 

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have overwhelmingly carried a vote of no confidence in Professor Lu and the executive board.

UCU regional official Michael Moran said: “Staff are unconvinced by the case put forward by the university to justify these swingeing cuts as this damning vote of no-confidence makes clear.”

The union called for “transparency” and removal of “the spectre of uncertainty hanging over staff.”

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