Reproduced below is a statement made by UCU

“On Tuesday 21st March 2017, UCU Local Association branch officers were notified that the University of Bradford is likely to begin issuing compulsory redundancy notices, where the first of these notices could be issued in a matter of days.

This is an unprecedented move in the 50 year history of the University of Bradford. This is a university that protected jobs in the face of immensely difficult financial circumstances:

  • In the 1980s, Mrs Thatcher cut the University of Bradford budget by a third – the University of Bradford stood firm against redundancies
  • More recently, the Bradford riots led to a severe downturn in student numbers – the University of Bradford stood firm against redundancies

To quote a T&A article published leading up to our 50th anniversary (23 Oct 2015):

“The university and the city of Bradford are intertwined, they stand and fall together.”

You will recall one of the six motions passed at our recent Emergency General Meeting:
UCU Local Association restates its fundamental opposition to compulsory redundancy

The full list of motions are listed on our blog posting from 9 March:

We will be contacting you shortly with details of an Emergency General Meeting.

UCU Committee”