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Statement on UCU ballot

"We share the concerns of our staff about the potential effects of public expenditure cuts on the University and indeed across higher education, and understand people are worried about their future."

"We have had more than a dozen meetings with UCU in the last month, including formal discussions through ACAS and we have made a series of proposals on how we can work with the union to mitigate the effects of cuts on staff and the University. We look forward to receiving any proposals that UCU has to make.

"Industrial action, unfortunately, is not going to make the problem go away."

The university has 8,000 staff, represented by three trade unions. We are not in dispute with Unite and Unison.

For information:  A meeting with ACAS will take place tomorrow.