Oxford Brookes has announced the number of staff who are at risk of redundancy leading up to the university’s course closures.

The university’s music and maths courses will not take any new applicants in the next academic year and will begin a period of ‘teach out’.

This means there will be a staggered exit of staff members before the final closure in due course when all students have graduated.

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It also proposes to reduce numbers of salaried academic staff across several programmes, including anthropology, English and creative writing, history, film and architecture.

A spokesperson for the university said: “The proposal to reduce academic staff numbers in five academic programmes including English and creative writing means that a total of 48 staff are at risk, with a view to around 20 posts being redundant.”

The spokesperson added that there would also be a reduction in the use of associate lecturers in some of these programmes, and in publishing.

The university has no plans to reduce the numbers of salaried staff working in publishing, and salaried publishing staff will not be part of its consultation.

The consultation period with staff will run from November 14 to December 13, with the new structure planned to be in place by April 2024.

Associate lecturers are not salaried and have no set hours or amounts of work in an academic year. They are only paid for the hours they work, and so work on a minimum hours’ contract basis.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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