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Portsmouth staff to protest against plans to cut jobs

Staff at the University of Portsmouth are set to stage a protest on 3 June over plans to cut up to 65 jobs in its faculty of science.

The protest, organised by the University and College Union (UCU), will take place outside the St Andrew’s Court building on Monday morning, coinciding with an executive board meeting where the planned job cuts are expected to be discussed.

The University of Portsmouth told Research Fortnight on 31 May that it was considering cutting between 35 and 65 jobs—equivalent to 34.4 full-time posts—at its faculty of science. The reduction in full-time posts “represents 2 per cent of the university’s entire academic and research staff”, the institution said. If the plans to restructure the faculty are approved, they will take effect in the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.

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