OPPOSE PROJECT TRANSFORM AND ACADEMIC REDUNDANCIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
We are standing together in solidarity with staff in the Faculty of Arts at the at the University of Nottingham who are facing redundancies. These redundancies will take away 11.5 FTE (full time equivalent) positions from our departments, making them smaller, and threatening languages and services that make our Faculty unique. The proposed cuts will increase the ratio of staff-to-students ratio from 11 students per one member of staff, to 16-20 students per one member of staff. This seriously jeopardises the quality of language teaching and increases the workload of our already overworked staff.
In addition, we are opposing the roll-out of Project Transform at the University of Nottingham and how it could potentially affect our Year Abroad next year. Members of admin staff will be moved to different areas of the university for a job that they did not apply for. This means the support on our Year Abroad will be limited, and threatens the jobs of experienced staff who have set up international exchanges, university partnerships and built up trust with both students and international institutions over the years. The changes will also have a massive impact on first year students who will be applying for their Year Abroad next year, the same level of support will not exist.