More than 50 jobs are being lost at a cash-strapped college.

City College Brighton and Hove revealed 51 full-time staff agreed to take voluntary redundancy following a consultation period with union representatives, staff and students.

The college said no academic staff or teaching assistants were at risk of losing their jobs – but nine posts within the support staff structure remained at risk.

The move comes it looks to find £1.5 million in savings.

Principal Lynn Thackway said: “Understandably, this has been a very difficult and intensive process to go through for everyone involved but I really feel, in terms of minimising job losses at the College, we’ve achieved a significant amount by working together.

“I think the level of engagement with the consultation was impressive, with everyone working incredibly hard together to reach agreement in such a way that focussed on the best interests of students and staff.”

City College’s provisions for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities (ALDD) has been retained and new courses have been developed which focus on developing core employability - including English, maths and life skills such as healthy living and citizenship.

Bosses said there would also be provisions for the previously-threatened journalism course and more resources were to be made available for student support.

A spokesman said: “The final reductions total is 51.61 FTE and includes all staff who have voluntarily requested reductions in their hours or contracts as well as those requesting voluntary redundancy to enable the college to achieve the required savings.”