Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Ynys Môn Rhun ap Iorwerth has asked Welsh Government what support it is going to give Wales’ Higher Education Sector as threats of job losses at universities in Wales continue to circulate.
Staff at Bangor University have recently received communications from the university outlining how up to 60 jobs across the university could be cut in order to make ends meet.
Elsewhere in the country Cardiff University have recently also expressed concerns that they may have to cut jobs to plug a £21m deficit and today in the Assembly chamber Mr ap Iorwerth asked Welsh Government for a statement regarding the matter.
Mr ap Iorwerth said:
“Today in the Assembly I asked for a statement regarding the financial crisis that I fear is deepening in our Higher Education Sector in Wales and I asked for an explanation regarding what plans Welsh Government may have to review the present financial situation.
“This week Bangor University staff, who have a strong presence in my constituency, have said that they’ve received communications from the university, outlining business cases regarding further cuts, including redundancies, with fears that up to 60 jobs could be lost in the university.
“This present situation is not sustainable, and the standard of education and research which is offered across the university sector in the long run if a resolution is not found, and I look forward to hearing from the Cabinet Secretary for Education how she is going to respond.”