«The University of Manchester has a bold ambition to be a world leading institution, with a reputation based on academic excellence. In order to meet this ambition, we must improve the quality of our research and student experience in some areas and ensure the financial sustainability of the university. Realising this ambition will require a capacity to invest in our strategic priorities. We have detailed plans for significant growth in funds from a range of activities, but we will also need to make cost savings.».Come riporta il Guardian, dietro la retorica dell’eccellenza potrebbe esserci il piano di ridurre i costi del personale tramite la sostituzione di personale “senior” con nuove posizioni “junior” meno retribuite.
Un altro episodio (ne avevamo citato un altro relativo alla libertà accademica) che evidenzia le criticità del “modello accademico inglese” che, per molti versi, rappresenta la stella polare delle riforme universitarie italiane dell’ultimo decennio.
Ecco alcuni estratti dall’articolo del Manchester Evening News che ha dato la notizia.
Education bosses have confirmed plans to axe 171 jobs at the University of Manchester.
It’s understood the decision by the university’s Board of Governors has left more than 900 staff facing uncertainty about their futures.
The majority of jobs lost will be academic roles, with the affected departments including the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, and the Alliance Manchester Business School.
Around 30 professional support roles will be scrapped from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the National Composites Certification and Evaluation Faculty, the Photon Science Institute and the Directorate of Finance.
The University and College Union (UCU) believes there is no need for such mass redundancies because of the university’s ‘strong financial position’.
They say that according to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency [https://www.hesa.ac.uk/], the university recorded a £59.7m surplus for the year in 2015/16, after a £19.6m deficit the year before (2014/15). The university’s financial statement [http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=30586] revealed it has reserves totalling £1.5bn, of which £430m is cash and immediately available.