UCL’s museums arm makes three posts redundant

Funding cuts could lead to further restructures
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University College London (UCL) Museums and Collections has been forced to make three posts redundant ahead of potential funding cuts – and has warned further restructures lie ahead.

A part-time web-marketing officer has been made redundant, while a head of teaching and research, and a contemporary projects curator, have been redeployed.

Sally MacDonald, director of UCL museums, collections and public engagement, said the service could avoid cutting staff next year thanks to its research income.

But she warned: “After that, there will likely be further restructures as we don’t know the full story of funding cuts.”

As Museums Journal went to press, university museums were still waiting to hear about their funding allocations from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) for the forthcoming academic year.

The latest funding round will reflect the results of a review of university museum funding, which many fear could lead to cuts. Hefce’s funding was announced in March, but it waited until after the election to allocate funds.

An Hefce spokesman said: “The board has met and made a number of funding decisions, but these are subject to us receiving our post-election grant letter.”  

Funding for 2010-11 is expected to be flat, but there could be changes to the terms of who gets funding.

MacDonald said: “University museums are not protected. No one is talking about saving our budgets.”

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