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Talks on University of Ulster job losses to resume

By Kevin Magee
BBC NI business correspondent

image captionMost of the students at the university's Jordanstown campus will be transferred to Belfast

Discussions involving staff at the University of Ulster over the extent of proposed job cuts are expected to resume later.

According to the university, up to 200 posts are expected to go as part of a rolling programme of job losses over four years.

It recently announced a major £250m expansion plan to relocate much of its Jordanstown campus to Belfast.

At the same time it has been drawing up plans to cut jobs.

Like other third level institutions, it has had its annual budget cut and has to make savings of £10.4m a year.

Part of the savings will be met by cutting staff.

According to the university, between 150 to 200 jobs will go over a four-year period.

The cuts will represent about 6% of the university's staffing budget. The UU currently employs about 3,000 people.

Representatives from the University and College Union are due to meet senior managers later to press them for more details.

Previously, Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett said the cuts could not be carried out without compulsory redundancies in some areas.

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