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Restructuring in the Division of Medicine and the Division of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine


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Imperial College London Statement

3 February 2005

Imperial College London is initiating a consultation exercise over the restructuring of two Divisions within its Faculty of Medicine: the Division of Medicine and the Division of Neuroscience and Mental Health. The restructuring will affect both academic and support staff in the two Divisions.

The principal aims of the restructuring are to ensure the international competitiveness and to secure the financial future of the two Divisions. This is a part of an ongoing objective to maintain Imperial College London as a world class institution for teaching and research in basic and clinical sciences, investing in only the best staff and facilities, guided by a sustainable long-term strategy.

At its meeting on 21 January 2005, the College's Management Board agreed that the Faculty of Medicine should launch a consultation process on the implementation of an approved restructuring as the Divisions' current financial position were unsustainable.

The Divisions' actual losses in 2003/4 were £647k (Neuroscience and Mental Health) and £712k (Medicine). Both Divisions will face a recurring annual deficit through to 2007/8 and beyond if no action is taken now. They have both already sought to redress the balance by increasing income generation and overhead revenues. Despite these measures the Divisions continue to face deficits.

In coming to its decision to restructure the Divisions, therefore, the Management Board has accepted that the only way to reduce the deficits is to reduce salary costs. Salaries are a significant proportion of both Divisions' spend and following the consultation process, the College will restructure to reduce the number of academic staff.

  • The Division of Neuroscience and Mental Health's current staff numbers 173. Nine academic posts are potentially at risk of redundancy. Support posts may then be reduced by a commensurate number once the academic reductions have been identified.

  • The Division of Medicine's staff numbers 406. Ten academic posts and six support posts are potentially at risk of redundancy.

Professor Stephen Smith, Principal of the Faculty of Medicine said: "The financial losses in these divisions are unsustainable and we must tackle them now in order to maintain Imperial's position as a world class institution for teaching and research in basic and clinical sciences."

The College is committed to ensuring that all students, at any of the medical campuses, receive the first-class education for which Imperial is renowned. There will be no impact on course provision for current or prospective (2005 entry) students on taught undergraduate or postgraduate courses. PhD research students should likewise not be affected by the proposed restructuring.

In the first instance, voluntary severance will be explored with those individuals at risk of redundancy.

The College has consulted representatives from the Amicus-MSF, AUT and Unison unions from the outset and will continue to do so throughout the process. Road shows for the two Divisions took place at the end of January. The College expects to conclude the consultation with staff by March.

Notes to Editors:

The Management Board is the College's senior decision making body.

The Faculty of Medicine is currently organised into ten Divisions:

Biomedical Sciences
Clinical Sciences
Investigative Science
Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology
Medicine
National Heart and Lung Institute
Neuroscience and Mental Health
Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Primary Care and Population Health Sciences
Surgery, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care

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