College hit by lecturers’ strike

LECTURERS and academic staff at Sheffield College walked out yesterday (Thursday) in protest at proposed cuts.

The University and College Union (UCU) staged a one-day strike, claiming support from the ‘vast majority’ of its 380 Sheffield members. Picket lines were set up at City, Hillsborough and Norton colleges.

All sites were open, with learning centres and refectories available for students whose classes were cancelled.

UCU has accused the college of using the current funding crises as an excuse for further cuts.

Nearly 100 staff left the college last year as part of a savings exercise and another 121 jobs are set to go this year.

College principal Heather MacDonald said: “We are doing everything we can to minimise the impact of national funding cuts. However, we cannot give a cast iron guarantee that there will be no compulsory redundancies, which is the reason why the union has decided to strike.”