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Open University vice-chancellor under threat.

Open University vice-chancellor under threat.

Staff at the Open University are tabling a vote of no confidence in its vice-chancellor, Peter Horrocks.

Horrocks has come under fire over plans to axe staff and cut courses, which were first revealed in the Guardian last week.

The plans include reducing the number of courses, qualifications and modules by more than one-third as well as axing many lecturers – the workforce budget will be cut by £15m-20m. The university is launching a voluntary redundancy programme on 9 April.

The University and College Union (UCU) says Horrocks’s position is untenable as a result of the cuts plans and for claiming that staff were “not teaching” .

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