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University jobs could be at risk

Sussex University
The university says it will continue to invest in targeted areas

Jobs at the University of Sussex could be at risk as attempts are made to respond to the economic downturn and cuts in funding, bosses have admitted.

University managers have not ruled out job cuts as they try to make significant savings.

The University's budget for 2009/10 seeks to reduce costs by £3m on a turnover of £160m, with additional savings of up to £5m in 2010/11.

Its vice-chancellor said jobs could be at risk but no cuts were planned yet.

Professor Michael Farthing, the vice-chancellor, said: "Regrettably, the need to make savings means that some jobs could be at risk, although I must emphasise that we have no proposals of any kind as yet.

"I recognise that this is an unsettling time for all staff and the campus community at Sussex."

New courses

The university has said it will continue to invest in targeted areas like the infrastructure developments on its campus for teaching, learning and research as well as in new student housing.

In 2009/10 the university will offer new degree programmes in business, management, economics and international security.

Prof Farthing said: "The development of the campus is necessary to sustain growth and improvement over the long term and is critically important if the university is to be successful.

"And of course we remain absolutely committed to enhancing the experience that our students have at Sussex."

Discussions on the financial situation are being held over the summer with managers across the university. Briefing sessions are also being held with representatives of the campus trades unions and with student representatives.

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