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QUB plans to set grant targets amid job cuts

Queen’s University Belfast has announced that it is cutting hundreds of jobs and student places in a move to cut costs, while a University and College Union official says that the university has also introduced grant income targets for its researchers.

The university has announced that it is aiming to cut 236 jobs as well as hundreds of student places as a money-saving measure. As a first step, 290 student places will be cut from the 2015-16 intake rising to a total of 1010 in subsequent years. 

QUB vice-chancellor Patrick Johnston said in audio files released by the university that the job losses would come in the form of voluntary redundancies. He said that the cuts were taking place because the university would lose close to £12 million of its annual income, including £8 million in funding from the Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning (DELNI) as well as income from tuition fees. 

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