UP to 12 senior jobs at Bradford College could be cut before the end of the school year as part of cost-cutting measures.

A leaked document sent to staff, seen by the Telegraph & Argus, sets out proposals to reduce the Senior Leadership Team at the college by up to 12 roles.

In recent years, Bradford College has faced major financial issues, including a budget shortfall of £6 million late in 2017, which has been blamed in part on real term funding cuts in higher education.

It said the College’s financial position means it needs to save on staffing costs by the end of the academic year, and to make the savings 12 senior roles at Bradford College and City Training Services could be cut.

The savings would make the College’s future “sustainable”, new chief executive Chris Webb says in the email, and people affected have been invited for discussions on the issue.

The email read: “On Monday, March 11, Chris Malish, director of finance and corporate services shared details of the College’s current financial position and highlighted a requirement for the College to save of staffing costs by the end of the 2018/19 academic year.

“We can now advise that to ensure these savings are made we are announcing proposed changes to our Senior Leadership Team structure at Bradford College and City Training Services.


“The current proposal is to reduce the headcount from our Senior Leadership Team by 12 roles. The proposed new structure aims to ensure the future of the College is sustainable.

“People who are impacted will be invited into further discussions around what this means for them.

“The Executive team is committed to being honest and transparent throughout this process.”

A spokesperson for Bradford College said: “We can confirm that we have started a consultation process about proposed job losses at the College.

“The College has faced significant financial challenges and we need to ensure the future of the College is sustainable.

“Sadly, it is now necessary to seek to reduce our expenditure by reducing the workforce and we are, of course, doing all we can to avoid compulsory redundancies.”

A spokesperson for the University and College Union said: “Job losses are never something to be celebrated and these latest cuts will do nothing to lift moral at the college.

"Staff there have already suffered restructures and job losses and continue to face attacks on their pay and conditions."