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July, 2013:

State pension cuts – that’s another £500 a year please

Changes to state pensions taking effect from 2016 come on top of the cuts to USS pensions already imposed. Professor James Davenport assesses the damage saying “these changes will cost most of our members £482/year, and the University £1172/year. I find it hard to envisage a situation in which our members would be better off in retirement as a result. It is not clear where the University will get the extra sum (probably more than £1M) from – in theory the employers might try to raid USS, but this will certainly harden their resolve on USS.”. For full details see UCU briefing

Quality and jobs at risk – PGCE closure threatened

A proposal to close the University’s ‘outstanding’ PGCE course is being railroaded through with the loss of more jobs and a high quality programme. According to the Guardian, Bath would be the heading up the Coalition Government’s headlong rush into schools-based teacher training, while other universities are at least sounding a note of caution about the risks involved in this. (more…)