Lincoln students’ union staff laid off after £1m loss

Some 34 staff will lose their jobs at the University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union after a £1 million loss.

The coronavirus lockdown meant that The Engine Shed, Tower Bar, The Swan and The Barge have been closed for over five months, not bringing in revenue for the charity.

With a £1 million gap in its budget, the SU said it had to cut 34 permanent staff.

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The SU also announced that the Engine Shed would be closed for the upcoming academic year as it is “unlikely that our favourite large sale events are going to be possible”.

It said that instead it will open up the space all day for students to come eat, drink, study and see friends.

This news has come during a difficult year for the SU, during which time its chief executive James Brooks , who earns £100k a year, apologised over his plagiarised statement to black students.

Meanwhile, a new app called Student Orders will be launched soon where food and drink can be ordered from the SU’s venues. A delivery service will also be offered to student accommodation and houses within three miles of Lincoln.

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