Sheffield College lecturers in new strike on Monday

Tutors picket outside Sheffield College as they protest against possible job cuts earlier this month.

Tutors picket outside Sheffield College as they protest against possible job cuts earlier this month.

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Another strike by lecturers is to take place at Sheffield College sites on Monday over plans to cut up to 25 jobs.

The latest walkout by members of the University and College Union will only affect the college’s Norton and Peaks campuses, resulting in some classes being cancelled.

But students are being advised to attend college as normal at both sites, while all of the college’s other campuses will open as normal.

All examinations will go ahead as planned and are not affected by the walkout.

The latest dispute follows 13 compulsory redundancies being made earlier this year after the college initially consulted on plans to cut 75 jobs in a bid to deal with funding cuts.

The rest of the job losses were made up of voluntary redundancies and people moving to other roles.

The college is now consulting on plans to cut the equivalent of 25 full-time lecturer posts - resulting in a walkout earlier this month and Monday’s planned strike action.

The latest round of redundancies will also affect some business support staff and are designed to help deal with £3m Government cuts for the next academic year.

Members of the UCU say they are also angry at plans to less-qualified staff to teach lessons.

Heather Smith, principal of The Sheffield College, said: “We will stay open to reduce the impact of industrial action on our students, and we are continuing to consult with UCU to seek a resolution on this. All exams will go ahead as normal. The college is making savings equivalent to 25 full-time posts.

“We need to generate additional income and save costs in response to £3 million in national government funding cuts. Any job losses are regrettable. We are committed to minimising any potential compulsory redundancies.”

The college employs more than 2,000 people and has over 20,000 students.