Yorkshire & Lincolnshire universities’ £107m bill for staff redundancies

Universities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have spent over £100m making more than 6,000 staff redundant since 2015, the BBC has found. UCU regional official Julie Kelley told the BBC universities had been “hit by the loss of international students”. She added that universities faced a “perfect storm” and it was “a long-running problem”. “We’ve seen some institutions borrow heavily to build fancy new buildings when money was cheap and they are now struggling with the repayments. The impact on staff is huge. Our members are worrying continually about whether the next round of cuts is going to affect them.”

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