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M2020: Latest update

(4 August 2017)

The proposed PSS and academic criteria and related processes, which would be used to make decisions if compulsory redundancy were to be undertaken, were shared with the Trade Unions and staff in affected areas last week. These criteria and processes remain subject to consultation with the Trade Unions and colleagues should be reassured that sharing these proposals does not mean that the University is implementing compulsory redundancy. 

On Wednesday, 26 July 2017 the University met with the three recognised Trade Unions for the 11th time. The UCU did not agree with the proposed compulsory redundancy process in FBMH and left the meeting. (This proposed process was due to be discussed further at this week’s consultation meeting, and will be included in next week's eNews.) The University's proposed approach is fair, transparent and robust and aims to minimise anxiety for those colleagues in affected areas.

Consultation meeting notes from the Wednesday, 12 and Wednesday, 19 July were agreed. 

Outplacement support

Those colleagues who may be leaving the University as a result of voluntary severance will be given access to outplacement support to help them transition to new jobs or re-orientate themselves in the job market. Outplacement support will be provided by AndersonYorke and will be available from September. There will be a series of workshops, as well as one-to-one career management support and further details will follow. This is in addition to support offered by managers, Staff Learning and Development, and HR colleagues. 

New Director of University of Manchester Worldwide

The Manchester 2020 Programme outlines plans to deliver a significant growth in income across a range of activities to provide us with the capacity to invest in our strategic priorities. One of these areas of growth is distance learning and Professor Elaine Ferneley has been appointed to lead the ambitious expansion of our distance and blended learning activities. Elaine will lead the newly-formed University of Manchester Worldwide which will manage global education at the University’s overseas centres and distance learning programmes. Elaine took on her new role on 1 August 2017.

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