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142 Queen's University staff are to take redundancy

By Rebecca Black

Queen's University has agreed to shed 142 jobs, it has emerged.

The university's senate heard yesterday that the job cuts - achieved through a voluntary severance scheme - would result in £13m of annual savings.

In total, 370 members of staff applied for the severance scheme.

Of this number, 155 were approved by the university.

However, 13 applicants did not accept their redundancy offer, and in total 142 people are set to be given redundancy.

A spokesman for the university issued a statement following the meeting of the senate.

"The university was required to save £15.9m," he said. "The voluntary severance/voluntary early retirement scheme was one of the enablers to support the delivery of this target.

"As of this meeting of senate, total savings identified are £15.6m, of which £13m relates to pay."

Queen's previously announced that it was cutting 236 jobs along with 290 student places in response to an £8m reduction in the subsidy received from the Department for Employment and Learning.

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