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M2020: latest update

(8 September 2017)

Conclusion of formal consultation

The University has been meeting regularly with the recognised Trade Unions since Wednesday, 10 May 2017 as part of the consultation on the proposed reduction in roles in a number of areas across the University.  Following the 16th formal collective consultation meeting this week, the consultation process has now concluded in all areas.   

Through the consultation the University has listened to feedback and a number of revisions to our proposals were made including: the extension to the deadline for applications for voluntary severance in academic and PSS areas; changes to the pools of staff at risk in some areas; decreases in the number of role reductions required in some areas; and changes to some of the proposed compulsory redundancy criteria. 

It is important to note that while formal consultation on proposals has come to a close the University has offered to continue to meet with representatives from the Trade Unions informally for communication purposes and to engage in dialogue to resolve any issues that may arise on an ongoing ad hoc basis.

Closure of Voluntary Severance Schemes

As at 12pm on Monday, 11 September 2017 the Voluntary Severance Scheme in academic areas will be closed for applications. No further applications will be accepted or considered after this deadline.

In the PSS the University did not receive the number of applications it had hoped for in at least one area and, if confirmed, a case will be prepared for the Staffing Committee to recommend to our Board of Governors the use of a compulsory redundancy process for a small number of roles in these specific areas of the PSS, which will be implemented only if we are unable to find redeployment opportunities for affected staff. 

UCU - industrial action ballot

The University has been formally notified that one of the recognised Trade Unions (UCU) intends to ballot its members for industrial action in relation to the proposed reduction in posts from Monday, 11 September 2017.

Further updates on industrial action (including strike action and action short of a strike), if taken, will be issued as soon as information is available. If you have any questions concerning this, please do not hesitate to contact your HR Partner or Head of HR.

Job search workshop and professional career guidance

To support employees who have accepted voluntary severance, the University has engaged Anderson Yorke Associates, a career management consultancy, to provide professional career guidance and job search advice.

The support from Anderson Yorke includes a CV and Job Search Skills Workshop together with follow-up individual, career guidance sessions. Colleagues who have accepted voluntary severance will be invited to attend a workshop on either Thursday, 14 or Tuesday, 26 September –for more information email

Further sessions will be made available for academic colleagues in October, once the Voluntary Severance Scheme closes.

Pre-retirement seminars

A number of pension workshops have taken place over the summer relating to individual pension schemes. Dates have now been announced for pre-retirement seminars on Tuesday, 10 October and Wednesday, 29 November 2017. Topics covered on this full day workshop include pensions, taxation, state benefits and investments. More information is provided on StaffNet or alternatively staff can contact the Pensions Team on

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