Academic teaching staff face redundancy at British universities
- By: Helen Barratt
Many university lecturers in the United Kingdom are facing redundancy, as higher education institutions are forced to axe jobs, after budget cuts and falls in the number of students on some courses. According to a recent report in the Guardian,1 medical schools could be some of the worst hit, along with engineering, social sciences, and modern languages departments.
The BMA is particularly concerned that Guy's, King's, and St Thomas's School of Medicine, London, is planning to shed about 50 clinical academic posts, in an effort to save £3.5m (€5.5m; $5m) per year.
Universities are already facing a constant battle to recruit academics in all fields, with low pay cited as the most common cause. Currently, 300 unfilled vacancies exist for clinical academics alone, including 73 professors. Despite the government's pledge to recruit an extra 15 000 doctors to the NHS, staffing levels are not about to improve.
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