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100 jobs to go at university?

The University of Gloucestershire is considering laying off around 100 staff to save money, according to reports.

The decision to cut both academic and support posts comes on the back of a fall in the number of 18-year-olds in the population and a cap on what the government says universities can charge UK students.

Local media has suggested 100 jobs may be at risk but today a university spokesperson would not comment on exactly how many posts are under threat. The university said in a statement: "By acting in a timely and carefully managed way now, we will ensure that University of Gloucestershire will become a stronger university, better equipped to meet future needs."

The university said this is not a problem unique to Gloucestershire: "In common with many other universities, our costs are rising faster than our income. That is not a situation we can allow to continue. So as any business would, we are acting now in good time to reduce our costs in order to ensure that the university can continue to flourish for the long term.

"In deciding where we can reduce costs, our priority will be to safeguard the quality of the experience we offer to our students, and our ability to invest in new courses, facilities and services in order to create a sustainable future for the University, our staff and students. That includes continuing investment in our buildings and estate, to ensure that they offer a high quality environment for students and staff."

The university recently invested £16 million in a new business school and continues to support business across the county through its Growth Hub. But ongoing roadworks have presented a challenge  to the new facility.

Punchline says :"Like every business, the University of Gloucestershire has to balance the books. While the number of 18-year-olds is on the decline, there has never been more competition in the county - with both Hartpury University and the Royal Agricultural University providing more choice for students. Although the potential job losses are bad news, we're confident the university will come back stronger and continue to not only support its students, but to champion and support the business community in the county.

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