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Dumfries and Galloway College staff bid to prevent cuts

Dumfries and Galloway College
Image caption Dozens of courses could be cut at Dumfries and Galloway College under the current plans

Staff at a college where 37 posts could be cut are developing a rival proposal in a bid to save teaching jobs.

Dumfries and Galloway College is facing a £1.1m reduction in funding but staff are angry that senior management are not targeted by the planned cuts.

Eighteen lecturing positions and 19 support staff are set to be lost under the college's plans.

Teaching union EIS said staff were trying to produce a viable alternative to the proposals.

Steve James, secretary of the local branch of the EIS, told BBC Scotland: "It's not easy. We're not saying we have to stay with the status quo.

"We're looking at imaginative ways of cutting, of altering our positions here, and that will affect our own members in the branch.

"It's a very difficult thing to get into but we are trying to be creative and look for better ways of working.

"Maybe there is some way forward."

Under the college's plans more than 60 courses could also be withdrawn - reducing student places by more than 600.

The funding cuts come after the Scottish Funding Council announced it was reducing the support grant to the Crichton-based further education college by 10.4%.

Last week MP Russell Brown and MSP Elaine Murray met with principal Tony Jakimciw to discuss the plans.

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