OU facing job cuts

Written By: James Douglas
Published: June 16, 2017 Last modified: June 16, 2017

The Open University has launched “a radical overhaul” which looks certain to result in staff job losses as it aims to save £100m from an annual budget of £420m, according to OU management.

Vice-chancellor Peter Horrocks said that the “major savings and reinvestment plan” will help it face the challenges of the next half century.

“Changes on this scale will inevitably impact on staff,” the university warned, and “in coming years fewer people will be needed overall”.

But University and College Union general secretary Sally Hunt said: “Buzzwords about clouds and digital futures might work well for marketing purposes but mean little in the real world. Staff are understandably worried about plans that appear not to have been thought through, and have little confidence in the next steps of the process.”