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Protest against job losses at City College

AROUND 100 staff, students and union representatives joined a protest against cuts to jobs and courses at City College Brighton and Hove.

The college is undergoing a consultation period and has announced losses of up to 50 full- time jobs and cuts.

Principal Lynn Thackway has said the consultation was necessary to return the college to a position of “financial health”.

Itziar Leighton, a commercial director at the college who said he was made redundant on Wednesday, told protesters: “I’m really sad to be here, but I’m also heartened. I don’t know if you know how powerful you are. I’ve sat in on management meetings and I know how much they pay attention to protests like this.

“What we are fighting for is the people and the community of Brighton, so they don’t have to suffer from these cuts. I’ve got absolute faith and belief in you.” Officers from Unison and the University and College Union (UCU) also spoke at the protest in the college car park in Pelham Street.

Vice-principal Rebecca Conroy said: “We are aware that this is a very difficult time for our staff. We will work hard to keep the lines of communication open.

“Our focus remains on our students, ensuring that this final term is a successful one and that all our students have plans in place once they have completed their programmes into jobs, higher education and further courses at the college.”

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10:56am Mon 5 May 14

rolivan says...

I thought City College was to undergo an expansion programme . Surely that would mean more staff not less
I thought City College was to undergo an expansion programme . Surely that would mean more staff not less rolivan
  • Score: 4

11:36am Mon 5 May 14

tykemison says...

Rolivan, they are about to undergo major building works at the pelham site and wilson av, which I believe may have a knock-on effects regarding people's livelyhoods, which seems odd.
Rolivan, they are about to undergo major building works at the pelham site and wilson av, which I believe may have a knock-on effects regarding people's livelyhoods, which seems odd. tykemison
  • Score: 4

12:02pm Mon 5 May 14

ourcoalition says...

Basically the financial management of the College has left quite a bit to be desired - in other words, it has been awful, to the extent that the Funding Agency has deemed it "inadequate", and sent in KPMG.

Now the College needs to make £1.5 million in cuts by the Summer, and the staff must pay with their jobs - 70 to 100 in total. Quite how that equates to the Principal and Vice P. claiming they will maintain standards of education is anyone's guess - actually, no, the claim is c**p.

Both should resign!!!
Basically the financial management of the College has left quite a bit to be desired - in other words, it has been awful, to the extent that the Funding Agency has deemed it "inadequate", and sent in KPMG. Now the College needs to make £1.5 million in cuts by the Summer, and the staff must pay with their jobs - 70 to 100 in total. Quite how that equates to the Principal and Vice P. claiming they will maintain standards of education is anyone's guess - actually, no, the claim is c**p. Both should resign!!! ourcoalition
  • Score: 14

10:59pm Mon 5 May 14

lindathackers says...

The college exec is reducing teaching hours to 80% the level required by the examiners, cutting successful courses such as Journalism and removing support for vulnerable students. All this to pay for a new building that is worse than the existing buildings.
The college exec is reducing teaching hours to 80% the level required by the examiners, cutting successful courses such as Journalism and removing support for vulnerable students. All this to pay for a new building that is worse than the existing buildings. lindathackers
  • Score: 1

7:19am Tue 6 May 14

craig44 says...

IVE BEEN A STUDENT THEIR,LATER I WORKED THEIR AND ON BOTH ACATIONS I WAS TREATED LIKE A PIECE OF **** ON SOMEONES SHOE, THE MANAGEAMENT IS LIKE THE MAFFIA THEY DONT GIVE A DAME I HOPE IT CLOSERS
IVE BEEN A STUDENT THEIR,LATER I WORKED THEIR AND ON BOTH ACATIONS I WAS TREATED LIKE A PIECE OF **** ON SOMEONES SHOE, THE MANAGEAMENT IS LIKE THE MAFFIA THEY DONT GIVE A DAME I HOPE IT CLOSERS craig44
  • Score: 0

9:03am Tue 6 May 14

BlackRocker says...

craig44 wrote:
IVE BEEN A STUDENT THEIR,LATER I WORKED THEIR AND ON BOTH ACATIONS I WAS TREATED LIKE A PIECE OF **** ON SOMEONES SHOE, THE MANAGEAMENT IS LIKE THE MAFFIA THEY DONT GIVE A DAME I HOPE IT CLOSERS
Clearly, you were not on the journalism course!
[quote][p][bold]craig44[/bold] wrote: IVE BEEN A STUDENT THEIR,LATER I WORKED THEIR AND ON BOTH ACATIONS I WAS TREATED LIKE A PIECE OF **** ON SOMEONES SHOE, THE MANAGEAMENT IS LIKE THE MAFFIA THEY DONT GIVE A DAME I HOPE IT CLOSERS[/p][/quote]Clearly, you were not on the journalism course! BlackRocker
  • Score: 6

7:53pm Tue 6 May 14

Ass of Balaam says...

rolivan wrote:
I thought City College was to undergo an expansion programme . Surely that would mean more staff not less
The only things currently expanding at the college are its debts. The new building at Pelham Street, should it be erected, will have considerably less space for classrooms and offices.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: I thought City College was to undergo an expansion programme . Surely that would mean more staff not less[/p][/quote]The only things currently expanding at the college are its debts. The new building at Pelham Street, should it be erected, will have considerably less space for classrooms and offices. Ass of Balaam
  • Score: 1

9:19pm Thu 8 May 14

Evasivo says...

City College with their second consultation in as many years, it's quite obvious their management team are a shambles, it's a shame but ccb has gone from a reputable college down to a laughing stock over the last few years!
City College with their second consultation in as many years, it's quite obvious their management team are a shambles, it's a shame but ccb has gone from a reputable college down to a laughing stock over the last few years! Evasivo
  • Score: 1

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