Manchester Metropolitan University has informed all staff at MMU Cheshire of proposals for changes including the possibility of the permanent closure of the campus – see our earlier post with details.
At a meeting in June this year, the University’s Board of Governors and the Vice Chancellor ruled out the option of ‘business as usual’. Managers have stressed their commitment to existing students enrolled on courses at Crewe, including to the quality of their experience of studying at MMU.
There are just three options now under consideration: a reduced ‘focused’ presence on the existing site; a move to a Crewe town centre site, possibly with new educational partners; and closure. All options have extremely serious implications not only for the future of the Higher Education offer in the area, but for current academic and support staff jobs.
The UCU branch has been working closely with Unison and the GMB to oppose compulsory redundancy; regional and branch officers have made this policy clear in every meeting with managers. So far no member of staff at Crewe has been informed that they may be made redundant. But the University has also refused to rule out compulsory redundancies.
Please sign the UCU petition in support of ‘The Case for Crewe’ which we intend to present to MMU’s Vice Chancellor and Governors in mid-November.
If you have a direct connection with MMU Cheshire don’t forget to add this to your signature along with your reasons for signing.
Thank you for your support.
MMU UCU Branch Secretary