5:13 pm, Fri 08 Feb 2013
Trinity St David students hold sit-in over 'staff and course cuts'
Students in Lampeter are continuing a sit-in tonight in protest at what they say are cuts to staff and courses at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
The students say their education is suffering. The university says a restructuring was needed because of lower than expected student numbers.
Our West Wales reporter
Kevin Ashford has the story...
12:01 pm, Fri 08 Feb 2013
Trinity Saint David: student sit-in over 'staff cuts'
Students have taken part in a sit-in in West Wales this morning.
They're angry about what they claim are cuts to academic staff at The University of Wales Trinity Saint David following a merger between the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity College Camarthen.
Bosses say they've had to restructure, but teaching has been reallocated to staff with the same specialism or alternative modules offered.
The University has been reviewing its staffing complement; seeking efficiency gains in some areas whilst looking to invest inothers as part of the annual planning process.
This is normal activity withinthe business environment and its purpose is to secure the long term sustainability of the organisation.
The University is mindful of the needs of its students and understands that the unfortunate, but unavoidable, restructuring has caused concern.
However, throughout the consultation period and in planning for this academic year and future years, the University has placed the needs of its total student body at the top of its agenda.
– Spokesperson, University of Wales Trinity Saint David