Protesters opposed to staffing cuts have gathered outside Dundee University’s Bonar Hall to lobby the university court.
Around 80 staff, students and trade unionists joined the Dundee University and College Union (UCU) demonstration saying that the cuts would impact on students’ education, as well as the number of modules and courses on offer.
A spokesman for Dundee UCU said: “The University has embarked on yet another round of job cuts, once again risking the quality of student experience and severely impacting the livelihoods of a significant number of staff.
“We are consistently told by senior managers that the university values people. By cutting these jobs they are demonstrating that not only do they not value their staff but that they are willing to jeopardise the experience of students too.”
A university spokesman said the institution faces a ‘difficult financial situation’ and has to lose a further 35 academic posts, to reach a target of between 80 and 120 after the voluntary redundancy scheme was launched last year.
In addition the university has been trying to secure a reduction of 50 on academic support staff in order to make savings.
He added: “We are committed to achieving these reductions and associated cost savings through voluntary means. However, we may have to look at redundancies if the necessary savings are not reached.”