Shaping for Excellence outcomes: statement

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester has today shared the outcomes from its 90-day consultation on its programme of change, which has concluded today.

Professor Canagarajah said:

“We have now completed our 90-day consultation on a programme of proposed changes for the University of Leicester.

“These changes have been designed to build on and improve our position as a leading, research-intensive university which provides an exceptional educational experience for all students.

“At the start of the consultation, we announced that 145 posts were at risk of redundancy, of which we were expecting a net reduction of approximately 60 posts.

“Throughout the consultation process we have worked hard to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies through changes to the pool of people at risk, redeployment opportunities, and the option of taking voluntary severance.

“Taking these steps has significantly reduced the number of staff being given notice of compulsory redundancy to 26.

“As a result of the consultation, a number of proposals have been changed or refined, reflecting the level of engagement and professionalism of those involved.

“We acknowledge that every job loss is regrettable. However, the University has to manage its resources and its activity efficiently, effectively and in line with its strategic objectives.

“I have continued with this programme of change because I firmly believe it is required to strengthen the University in the long term. Taking these steps now will enable us to deliver our vision which is to provide inspiring education and research working in partnership with our communities to be a truly world-leading research intensive university.

“Today we have contacted all staff who were at risk of redundancy to let them know the outcome. Changes will be implemented over the coming months and be finalised ahead of the start of the new academic year.

“We will continue to support those colleagues who have been affected by these changes.

“I would like to thank everyone for their feedback on our proposals, co-operation and understanding throughout this process.”