Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
North West; Greater Manchester;
Location of affected unit(s)
Vet, Higher And Tertiary Education
85.4 - Higher education

171 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 May 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The University of Manchester has announced plans to cut 171 from its total headcount of approximately 12,000 staff. Cuts are being sought in biology, medicine, health, business and humanities departments and will affect both academic and support staff. The university has refuted claims by the University and College Union (UCU) that the job cuts are a consequence of the decision of the UK to leave the EU. A spokesperson for the university said that the cuts were part of a cost saving exercise which was consistent with a longer term strategy for growth. UCU pointed to the fact that the university still has a considerable operating surplus; the union plans further meetings to resist the proposed changes. The university has commented that it hopes to avoid the need for compulsory redundancies and will be opening up a voluntary leaving scheme.


  • 10 May 2017: BBC Website


Eurofound (2017), The University of Manchester, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 90986, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90986.