Northern Ireland

Union warning over North West Regional College jobs

A union has warned that up to 30 people could lose their jobs at the North West Regional College as a result of cost-cutting measures.

The University and College Union (UCU) said teaching staff would find out the details of the redundancies in the next week.

David Limb of the UCU at the college said teaching would be affected.

He said: "If you take 20,000 hours out of the teaching, there is going to be a lot of courses that are going to suffer."

Mr Limb said that "we have increased class size numbers on part-time and full-time courses and I think this will have a significant effect on our community programme".

In a statement, the college said:"There is no further information available on the extent or number of staff redundancies at North West Regional College, subsequent to the press statement issued on 23 September 2010.

"College Management has written to UCU requesting clarification on where they had received notification of the figures quoted to the BBC."

The North West Regional College delivers courses at nine locations throughout Strabane, Limavady and Londonderry.

In September at a general meeting, college management announced that, in light of looming public service funding cuts, redundancies should be expected.

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