Draft Change Proposal - extended consultation process

9 December 2011

Dear general staff,

Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to respond to the Draft Change Proposal announced last month. The consultation process is a critical part of this process and we genuinely want to hear your concerns and suggestions.

I have written today to academic staff to address two apparent misconceptions that have arisen about the Draft Change Proposal insofar as it may affect academic roles. However, I wanted to let all staff know that, in order to ensure we have properly captured all suggestions and alternative viewpoints, we have extended the consultation period on the draft proposal to 16 January.

This is a proposal driven by the imperative to balance our budget and we do need to make staff-related savings. If there are other fair and workable ways to achieve the required staff-related savings, I would be very interested to hear them during the consultation process. Please email if you would like to participate.

Finally, if you have not done so already, I would urge you to read the questions and answers on the University's website. They will help to clarify the situation. If you are unsure about any related matters, you can also approach your dean, professional services unit director or HR adviser, who will be able to help you.

Yours sincerely

Michael Spence