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Manchester University to axe 171 mainly academic jobs in ‘sustainability’ drive

Staff will offered a voluntary severance package to avoid the need for compulsory redundancy where possible.

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Manchester University is cutting more than 170 mainly academic jobs (John Giles/PA)

Manchester University is cutting more than 170 mainly academic jobs (John Giles/PA)

Manchester University is cutting more than 170 mainly academic jobs (John Giles/PA)

One of the country’s top universities is planning to cut up to 171 mainly academic jobs to make cost savings and ensure its “financial sustainability.”

Manchester University said it proposed to open a voluntary severance scheme for staff at risk, to avoid the need for compulsory redundancy if possible.

The University and College Union (UCU) said there was no economic rationale for cuts on such an “enormous” scale.

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