Up to 50 jobs face axe in City College Brighton and Hove restructure

City College Brighton and Hove principal Lynn Thackway

City College Brighton and Hove principal Lynn Thackway

First published in News Exclusive by , local government reporter

Nearly 50 full-time posts will be axed at City College Brighton and Hove as part of a major restructure.

Staff and union representatives were told of the changes yesterday as a 30-day consultation over the college’s future gets under way.

A total of 48 full-time roles will be lost, half of them teaching staff and the rest from other services.

The college said courses which are no longer viable or cost-effective could be cut.


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Principal Lynn Thackway said the college had no choice but to launch the consultation because it was vital the college returned to a position of “financial health”.

She told The Argus: “We are determined to ensure that the college remains strong and serves the city and all of our current and future students.

“The restructure is not linked to our capital development plans. This is about realigning the staff costs at a time when funding is being cut or reduced with many of our costs rising.”

She added bosses remained focused on teaching and learning.

Bosses at the college, including Mrs Thackway, have come under increasing pressure from unions in recent weeks over allegations of a “financial crisis” developing.

Mrs Thackway said financial difficulties had largely come from changes to government funding and it was an issue facing the entire further education industry.

Alison Kelly, from the lecturers’ union UCU, said staff at the college had lost all confidence in its leadership.

She said: “Members of staff – including senior managers – have told us they are extremely concerned and have complained that their views and advice are constantly ignored.”

Vice-principal Rebecca Conroy said: “We have been upfront, honest and transparent about the fact that we have to make savings.”

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11:14am Thu 1 May 14

Finetime says...

Why does this paper continue to fail to report the bacground of these changes? WHERE are these cuts being made? It has nothing to do with the new build? HOW? Where has the thousands come from that has been spent on planning?
Ask where courses and support for people with disabilities, learning difficulties and mental health fit in this 'bright future'? They dont, those depts are gone.
Ask why suppliers are still refusing to take orders?
Ask why toilets have been closed because there was not enough money even for toilet paper?
Ask why in light of all this the management have ALL RECEIVED PROMOTIONS! Ask how much more they are being paid when those that support the most vulnerable are losing theirs?
Why does this paper continue to fail to report the bacground of these changes? WHERE are these cuts being made? It has nothing to do with the new build? HOW? Where has the thousands come from that has been spent on planning? Ask where courses and support for people with disabilities, learning difficulties and mental health fit in this 'bright future'? They dont, those depts are gone. Ask why suppliers are still refusing to take orders? Ask why toilets have been closed because there was not enough money even for toilet paper? Ask why in light of all this the management have ALL RECEIVED PROMOTIONS! Ask how much more they are being paid when those that support the most vulnerable are losing theirs? Finetime
  • Score: 44

11:17am Thu 1 May 14

me007 says...

Wonderful to see how delighted the Principal: Lynn Thackway appears to be, upon delivering such obviously good news for everyone involved! Is that a 'Stock' photo, or could she benefit from some sort of... 'test'?
Wonderful to see how delighted the Principal: Lynn Thackway appears to be, upon delivering such obviously good news for everyone involved! Is that a 'Stock' photo, or could she benefit from some sort of... 'test'? me007
  • Score: 19

2:54pm Thu 1 May 14

Mrs Newcastle says...

I just hope the principal realises that she is very lucky to have the staff at the college , it not a job many can do, these are people who train their students for real jobs ,have no doubt that when finances improve you be begging the staff you plan axed to come back.
I just hope the principal realises that she is very lucky to have the staff at the college , it not a job many can do, these are people who train their students for real jobs ,have no doubt that when finances improve you be begging the staff you plan axed to come back. Mrs Newcastle
  • Score: 16

7:49pm Thu 1 May 14

HJarrs says...

The sucess of privatising the education system!
The sucess of privatising the education system! HJarrs
  • Score: 4

10:50pm Thu 1 May 14

Ass of Balaam says...

The loss of dedicated staff, including several department managers, whose commitment to the college's interests is beyond question is regrettable. One would also like to ask the board of governors how they intend to ensure that the duties placed on them by the Equality Act 2010 with respect to disabled students will be fulfilled, given the proposed removal of staff whose task is to support those students.
The loss of dedicated staff, including several department managers, whose commitment to the college's interests is beyond question is regrettable. One would also like to ask the board of governors how they intend to ensure that the duties placed on them by the Equality Act 2010 with respect to disabled students will be fulfilled, given the proposed removal of staff whose task is to support those students. Ass of Balaam
  • Score: 8

11:23am Fri 2 May 14

paddytag says...

WHICH COURSES ARE BEING CUT?!

Why did I have to read the Guardian to find this information out?

Sort it out Argus.
WHICH COURSES ARE BEING CUT?! Why did I have to read the Guardian to find this information out? Sort it out Argus. paddytag
  • Score: 5

11:23am Fri 2 May 14

paddytag says...

WHICH COURSES ARE BEING CUT?!

Why did I have to read the Guardian to find this information out?

Sort it out, Argus.
WHICH COURSES ARE BEING CUT?! Why did I have to read the Guardian to find this information out? Sort it out, Argus. paddytag
  • Score: 2

9:42am Sat 3 May 14

Into The Void says...

I think that very important question is "who let these maniacs loose on the college in the first place?"

and

"What will be left of it once they have gone?"
I think that very important question is "who let these maniacs loose on the college in the first place?" and "What will be left of it once they have gone?" Into The Void
  • Score: 2

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