Wrongs of red-circling 1

Leeds University has downgraded (red-circled) 90 academic-related posts (Features, August 18). Academic-related staff are team players, supporting learning, teaching and research in professional ways.

Role analysis could have been an opportunity to enhance pay and prospects, making Leeds a leader in equal pay for equal work.

Three senior faculty team librarians were red-circled by Leeds. Collection development takes many years. The selection of digital online resources requires the traditional skills of librarians, including organisation of knowledge and understanding of the subjects and disciplines that our colleagues teach and research in.

Downgrading professional academic librarians is an insult to the profession and to the individuals concerned. Is the library still at the heart of our university?

Adrian Smith. Leeds

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