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LIVERPOOL University bosses plan to shed more than 200 lecturers and researchers to “accelerate improvements for students,” they confirmed today.
The university, whose vice-chancellor Professor Janet Beer is paid a salary of £300,500 a year, said the staff cuts would help place it among the top 100 universities in the world.
University authorities said magnanimously that it would “allow over 220 staff to leave” as part of its plan.
But the University and College Union (UCU) said it was “unconvinced that getting rid of over 200 valuable and experienced teaching and research staff is the best approach to try to improve rankings for teaching and research.”
UCU regional official Martyn Moss said: “The university talks about improving the student experience. While universities may be obsessed with rankings, student surveys tell us that students want to see investment in staff and teaching to improve their experience.”
He said the union was investigating the proposals.
The university said in a statement: “Our 10-year strategy sets out our ambitions to achieve a step change in the overall quality of our research and education.
“We intend to accelerate improvements for our students and for the communities in Liverpool, nationally and across the world who we seek to support through delivering ground-breaking research.
“These ambitions are reflected in our aim of being recognised as a top-100 university globally by 2026."
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