University of Northampton job cuts plan after review

As many as 78 staff at the University of Northampton could lose their jobs in a plan to merge some departments.

A review by the university suggests halving the number of departments from 10 to five.

A 30-day staff consultation has begun and the union Unison expressed concern over the proposals.

The university said about a quarter of the expected redundancies would come from IT with human resources and property also affected.

Unison representative Martin Fage said: "We're quite shocked. It's a lot more than we were expecting and we don't think there's the need for any redundancies."

The university said it was vital that it maintained its ability to invest in front-line teaching and learning in a period of financial austerity.

A university spokesman said: "The aim of the review is to enhance excellence and speed of delivery across all areas of the university's services relating to the student experience, teaching and research."

The university's vice chancellor, Professor Nick Petford said: "We have this incredibly rough ride ahead of us."

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