Strategic review leads to job cuts at Writtle College

Writtle College plans to save £1.5m by making staff redundant after consultants said staffing levels were too high.

Writtle College holds staff consultation. Image: Writtle College
Writtle College holds staff consultation. Image: Writtle College

The Essex-based college has entered into a 30-day collective consultation period with all staff. Around 40 staff are likely to go, with as many as possible from voluntary redundancies.

Principal professor David Butcher said: "These are unprecedented times for higher education and the consequence of central funding cuts is being felt across the UK."

The college and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) jointly commissioned external consultants to conduct a strategic options review.

Butcher said: "There was a requirement from the HEFCE for the College to undertake this review to ensure that Writtle is appropriately positioned for the future.

He added: "The consultants commissioned to conduct the strategic options review have indicated that Writtle's staffing levels are too high."

An outcome of the review, which Writtle governors and senior management have endorsed, is the proposition of "sustainable independence" for the college.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.