Protesters from across the country are expected descend on Brighton for a march to support lecturers at risk of redundancy.

Hundreds are set to join a march on Saturday in the city to campaign against the 11 redundancies being proposed at the University of Brighton.

Now, after an overwhelming vote of no confidence in vice chancellor Debra Humphris, the protesters will continue to call for an end to the job cuts and for the university’s leadership to resign.

Dr Mark Abel, chair of Brighton University’s University and Colleges Union, said: “The scale of these jobs cuts means that this is not just a question of 100 people losing their livelihoods and careers, terrible though that is. The future of the University of Brighton is at stake.

“It is hard to imagine what will be left if we continue on the present trajectory and the university is not the plaything of the Vice Chancellor and senior management.


“We are determined to fight the proposed redundancies and to defend the educational provision offered by the University.”

The university announced that 110 members of staff would be made redundant, citing “generationally high” inflation and other financial pressures on the institution.

A recent poll of 1500 students and staff at the university found that 94 per cent of voters had no confidence in the vice chancellor’s leadership.

Students also spent over a week occupying the eighth floor of the Cockcroft Building in Moulsecoomb, including the vice chancellor’s office, in protest at the job cuts.

Brighton UCU said members from London and Liverpool were expected to support the march which will also be attended by Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle.

A university spokesman previously said: As a provider of high-quality, skills-based education, there are significant opportunities for us to continue to strengthen our position as we look to the future.

“We recognise that this is a very difficult and concerning time for our staff and we will be doing all we can to support those colleagues impacted by these proposals.”

The Save Brighton University march will begin at The Level at 11am before a rally in Victoria Gardens at 1pm.