North East Wales

Glyndwr University extends its redundancy scheme

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Image caption Glyndwr University has announced redundancy proposals to cut costs

Wrexham's Glyndwr University says it has extended its voluntary redundancy scheme as it looks to cut 60 posts.

Staff at the campus staged a protest in March over planned redundancies.

The university said it still wanted to avoid compulsory redundancies where possible.

It said it had also accepted a proposal in the consultation with staff to change its "current organisation structure" by the end of August.

In February, the Times Higher Education said the university faced a deficit of close to £4m in 2012‑13, amounting to 9% of its total income, with 65 jobs under threat of redundancy.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) backed a motion of no confidence in Glyndwr vice chancellor, Prof Michael Scott, after the redundancy proposals were announced.

In a statement, the university said its "dialogue with employee representatives and consultation with employees continues".

Prof Scott said: "I am confident that we will now move forward with an improved, commercially-focused organisation, vital to the region, with solid foundations and a bright future."

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