“What Credit Crunch?” say Doncaster College

December 15, 2009

Doncaster College (also somewhat cynically known as ‘Doncaster University of Hairdressing’ – DUH!) are offering a whopping £142,000 salary – including £12,000 in bonuses – to whoever lands the vacant principal post. This fat-cat wage is double the regions average for the same job!

This news comes at a time when the cash-strapped college is already shedding jobs to reduce its wages bill. Back in September the University and College Union (UCU) warned that…

More than 600 jobs are at risk, which equates to over half of the workforce and the union is very concerned at the impact the cuts will have on teachers and the local community.

Doncaster has the fourth highest youth employment in the country and staff are afraid that the college’s sixth restructure in five years will lead to students being ‘turned away’ from certain courses. In May Doncaster halted plans for over 150 job losses following the suspension of former principal Rowland Foote and UCU said it was disappointed that the college was pursuing the same cuts agenda again.

Doncaster College has already been disrupted by strike action this year when members of UCU walked out over a pay row. Doncaster is one of eight ‘IOU’ colleges being targeted by the union for failing to honour a pay deal agreed over four years ago (see IOU campaign in notes). Staff at the college took strike action in February and March.

UCU regional official for Doncaster, Julie Kelley, said: ‘We will strongly resist any threat of compulsory redundancies and we urge the college to think again or face the likelihood of even more industrial action. The college simply cannot justify making hundreds of people redundant; it would be a disaster for students and the local area. We are already hearing that students will be turned away from some courses. We understand that the college is under financial pressures but this is not the way to deliver first class education in the area.’

This latest decision to offer an obscene fat-cat salary shows just how out of touch Doncaster College have become with regard to local needs.


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