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Keighley Campus safe from cuts, say bosses
Staff and courses at Keighley Campus are safe from the effects of planned Leeds City College job cuts, say bosses.
The assurance followed claims by a staff union that Keighley could be hit by the loss of academic jobs across the college’s campuses.
Members of the unions Unison, GMB and UCU demonstrated at the Park Lane campus in protest at the cost-cutting measures.
The unions said the cuts would lead to the loss of equivalent of 100 full-time jobs, and 36 other jobs in a college nursery.
University and College Union representative John Giddins suggested that cuts in two subject areas – hairdressing and beauty, and electrical – could affect jobs and courses in Keighley as well as Leeds.
He also said an access course at Keighley, which prepares students for higher education, was also under threat.
A college spokesman admitted that electrical installation courses in Leeds were under consultation, but said there were no current to reduce what was offered in Keighley.
She added: “In fact there are plans to consolidate some provision from Leeds into the curriculum in Keighley, enhancing the offer in the area.
“The Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy department is currently under review across college, but there are no current plans to reduce any curriculum offer in Keighley.”
The spokesman said an Access to Social Sciences course would not run at Keighley Campus in the next academic year due to lack of demand, but will be relaunched in 2015 is an Access to Social Work and Social Sciences course with a more vocational focus.
The spokesman added: “The Access Health Professionals course will run at Keighley Campus during the next academic year as normal. Staff in the Access department will not be directly affected by the changes.”