Up to 58 jobs may be axed at Ucas in Cheltenham
MORE than 50 workers at Ucas could lose their jobs before Christmas.
A total of 58 Cheltenham-based staff look set to be axed in a staff restructure to make the company more "efficient and effective".
The organisation entered into a period of legal discussions and 30-day consultations with its staff yesterday.
Ucas, which has 400-plus staff, manages applications to the country's universities and colleges. It has said that the jobs of 78 members of staff are at risk, although only 58 will lose their jobs.
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A member of staff, who did not want to be named, said: "The past couple of years have been quite stressful.
"Skilled, experienced staff have been forced out to be replaced by consultants.
"Many of my colleagues and I feel the ethos of Ucas, which is to help students, is being destroyed by the desire to be a profitable concern.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg."
The company said the shake-up would include about 50 new internal roles.
Mary Curnock-Cook, chief executive of Ucas, said: "Like all organisations Ucas is committed to delivering value for customers and a sustainable future for staff.
"This means that we need to be as efficient and effective as possible.
"Our staff have been aware for some time now of the likelihood of change and the possibility of redundancies."