A student protest has been organised to oppose the proposed cuts by Bangor University. The protest will take place on Friday 18th January 2019 to show solidarity with staff and aiming to put pressure on the University to change its planned course of action.
Bangor University has recently proposed cutting up to 60 jobs and the Chemistry course to make £5m in savings.
According the event organisers the protest has been organized a with the following aims:
- To Force the University to cancel its current cut plans.
- Safeguard the jobs of our lecturers and other University Staff and protect the Chemistry course.
- Have the University publish their full and detailed financial accounts to the public for open scrutiny to find out if these cuts are even needed.
- Better wage equality amongst University Staff and a stop to the frivolous expenses granted to the Vice-Chancellor
- Increase in Transparency of information and decision making between upper management, staff and students
The protest date corresponds to when the first round of potential redundancies are expected and the protesters are aiming to fill the quad at Main Arts building, the current plan is to host speeches and have placards at the event.
At this point, over 1000 students have registered interest attending the protest.
A University spokesperson said: “Bangor University like many other universities are facing financial pressure including fierce competition in Britain and a significant drop in the population demographic in 18-20 year olds.
“In order to ensure healthy long term finances, the universities committee has approved many business causes for consultation. The plans are being discussed by unions and the university has begun a formal process of consultation with the staff and students who are affected.”
“Whatever the outcome the university notes clearly that it will honour its commitment to current students and they will still be able to graduate with the course they registered.”
For more details about the protest visit the Facebook event page: Click Here
Hywel Williams MP and Rhun ap Iorwerth AM recently met with representatives for the University which they described as “constructive”
🎥UPDATE – JOB LOSS CONCERNS AT BANGOR UNIVERSITYA constructive meeting with Hywel Williams AS/MP and the University this afternoon following concerns raised by Ynys Môn and Arfon constituents with ourselves and Siân Gwenllian AC/AM over the last week, regarding potential job losses within some departments as a result of money saving measures. Watch for more!(Welsh video in seperate post)
Posted by Rhun ap Iorwerth on Wednesday, 19 December 2018