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Dundee University staff on strike in row over job cuts

Dundee picket
Image caption Staff walked out as part of the first day of industrial action at Dundee University

Staff at Dundee University have walked out on strike in a dispute over job cuts.

Members of the University and College Union have taken action over plans to cut up to 170 posts to make up a budget deficit.

The university, which is running voluntary severance schemes for support staff, the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Social Science said it was "disappointed" by the strike.

Further action is planned for 5 May.

Bosses say the university faces "a difficult financial situation" due to cuts to research funding and high costs.

The voluntary severance schemes in the medical and arts schools aim to reduce staff there by 35, towards a total target of 120, while the separate programme for support staff aims to cut 50 posts.

'Pressing issues'

Dundee UCU president Ian Ellis said the university needed to "keep staff on board".

He said: "If it really wants to remain a world class institution, it needs to invest in its staff, and it needs to have the best staff working under stress-free conditions. Doing this is not going to help that."

A Dundee University spokesman hit back, saying the strike would "do nothing to resolve the pressing issues which the university faces".

He said: "We have had no reports of any significant impact on the university's operations as a result of today's strike by members of UCU.

"Arrangements for student exams have not been disrupted and the university is functioning across all areas."

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