CLYDEBANK is also facing drastic action to head off a deficit of more than pound;1 million. The college plans to shed 53 posts from the current complement of 266, 42 of them academic staff. This will be done in December and in July next year.
Following a board of management meeting last week, the college gave the customary assurance that compulsory redundancies would be a last resort. But the unions reacted angrily, suggesting that Clydebank's financial health had improved and that there was no need for draconian reaction. The college's grant was increased by just 0.8 per cent to pound;7.4 million this year.
Part of Clydebank's problem, which has persisted since incorporation in 1992, is that it has a high ratio of promoted to unpromoted staff and it is under pressure to bring this into line with the FE average of one promoted post for every five unpromoted.
The college says it also faces external pressures, as some industries dwindle and others surge. There is falling demand for students in business, communication and media and a growth in health and child care, hairdressing, beauty therapy, sport and leisure, and engineering. This means dropping 5 per cent of the present curriculum.
The College Lecturers' Association accused the management of "butchery". New posts could mean departments would not be headed by academics, the first step of its kind in Scotland.