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Experienced college staff replaced

By Lynsey Bradford, Town Reporter Tuesday 26th August 2014
Barnsley College
EXPERIENCED staff at Barnsley College were dismissed and replaced by workers on 'low salaries and inferior contracts', according to the University and College Union (UCU).

The union has accused the college of wasting public money and putting students education at risk following a 'botched' restructure, resulting in 29 vacancies.

The restructure has saved the college £1.2m, despite initial estimations it would save between £500,000 and £600,000.

But UCU believes the college failed to follow a proper consultation process and staff were expected to make choices about their futures within days. It claims staff were slotted into new jobs before the legally required 30-day consultation period had ended.

UCU members at Barnsley College are currently being balloted for strike action over the restructure.

Colin Booth, principal of Barnsley College, said: "Every department will have suitably qualified and experienced staff teaching every class when term starts on September 1. There will be no adverse impact on students."

** The full story appears in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated August 22. **
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Posted by Why? I Fri 29th Aug 2014 at 10:17am

Another example of cheap and nasty deviants who know the price of everything and the value of nothing!

Posted by Anon I Fri 29th Aug 2014 at 3:56pm

A sign of the times at Barnsley College. Some very poor management in certain departments.

Posted by Anonymous I Mon 1st Sep 2014 at 4:53pm

I attended Sixth form at Barnsley College last year, I had supply teachers who were very poor in their teaching methods for almost the entire year in some subjects. In hindsight I suspect the reason we had supply teachers for unnecessary periods of time was because of disagreements with the teachers due to the 'restructure'.

Posted by Anon I Sat 6th Sep 2014 at 4:51am

It's not just academic staff this is happening to. Highly experience support staff are been replaced with apprentices or much less experienced staff just to save money. This impacts on student experience and the effectiveness of the College. There is nothing wrong with having apprentices but they are only any good if they have the right support from more experienced staff!