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Up to 139 jobs could go at University of South Wales in an attempt to balance rising costs with an expected reduction in students due to Brexit.

We understand staff in all departments in Treforest, Cardiff and Newport are affected by the proposed redundancies which represent a 4.6% cut in the workforce at Wales’ second largest university which currently totals 3005.

The university says the cuts are necessary because its costs were rising but its income was remaining the same and no breakdown is available of how many staff in each area will be affected.

At present the University attracts above average numbers of students from European Union countries so it expects overseas recruitment to fall following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Pontypridd AM Mick Antoniw has said:

“I’ve discussed the situation with senior management at USW and understand that the removal of the cap on student numbers in England, restrictions on international students and the likely impact of Brexit on EU student recruitment are driving the projected fall in student numbers.

The University of South Wales plays an important part in helping to grow our local economy and contributing to our cultural life and it is important that the university remains viable into the future.   It is equally important however that the University engages in meaningful discussions with Trades Unions and those members of staff impacted by this announcement. In particular every effort should be made to avoid compulsory redundancies.”