The University of Leeds has proposed cutting up to 700 jobs, according
to the University and College Union. This is part of the university's
attempt to cut its annual budget by £35 million. The Vice Chancellor,
Michael Arthur, has engineered these cuts, and the student union
refuses to oppose them. Leeds University is just one of dozens of
higher education institutes that will be crippled by a reduction in
funding. These attacks on jobs and education are the most severe since
the Thatcher years and must be resisted.
Nottingham Trent University has declared war on the University and
College Union (UCU). On 4 July 2008 the university wrote to UCU and
said it was aware that it should give nine months' notice, but had
decided to terminate the agreement to recognise the union on 4 October
On Wednesday the 24th of May there was a meeting of nursing students at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. This came about after sustained pressure by the increasingly militant trainee nurses, who demanded answers to the compulsory redundancy (read sacking) of 18 members of staff.