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Jonathan Isaby: Next time an academic or student talks about education cuts, remind them of the university which is recruiting a Carbon and Sustainability Manager...

We know there have to be cuts across the public sector and clearly the relevant authorities are going to be seeking to minimise the impact on frontline services.

University academics are often among the first to threaten strikes over funding in their jurisdiction, with student "activists" being similarly quick to riotprotest.

But are all Higher Education institutions really making the cuts in the most sensible places?

I ask, since my attention has been drawn to this advert for a job, for which applications close today, on the Guardian website (where else?):

Carbon and Sustainability Manager at University College Falmouth

The successful candidate will:

"lead on the delivery of our ambitious carbon management plan and our wide reaching sustainability agenda. Managing a small team you will promote the sustainability agenda and ensure that the Tremough and Woodlane campus meets or exceeds the Government and Higher Education carbon emission reduction targets. You will be responsible for providing specialist advice and support on carbon reduction, including utilities purchasing, monitoring and targeting. You will also lead our environmental, green travel, waste and biodiversity strategies, developing targets and plans for achieving them."

The salary is £29,498 to £32,063 per annum, along with membership of a final salary pension scheme and access to subsidised transport.

UCF is recruiting for this post, despite its funding being cut by 6.6%.

Can this educational institution not think of a better use for the taxpayers' money it has been granted?


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