Thursday 12th March 2015
I write to you today with some important news about our University.
I joined London Met last year with the task of improving the quality and overall student experience in the University. I am also responsible for the institution’s financial stability and security.
Like many universities, we are facing challenging times. We have actually seen a reduction in the number of students studying at London Met, but our resources, including staff numbers, remain higher than many universities like us. Indeed, a report we commissioned last year concluded that our costs are too high for a university of our size.
For this reason, I have informed staff today that the University will be making savings of up to 165 posts. These savings will be in both our faculties and services departments.
While this is unwelcome news, I want to assure you that we will use our best endeavours to ensure your courses will continue to run and the services you use will remain unaffected. I also want to explain a little more about why we are taking this step.
I was brought here to lead a relentless drive for quality in everything we do. I am absolutely committed to delivering on this task, and creating a university that gives you the very best student experience. That is why we have to take decisions like the one we’ve taken today. To create a quality, enjoyable and inspirational community for both scholars and students alike.
While this will not affect your immediate studies, I wanted to notify you of these changes. Changes that will help us to make London Met an even better place to study, grow and aspire.
With best wishes,
Professor John Raftery
London Metropolitan University
166 – 220 Holloway Road