MORE jobs are to go at a Hampshire university in the latest wave of "galling" cuts.

A total of 29 staff at University of Southampton could be made redundant in "disturbing" proposals set out by senior managers.

It's the latest in a long line of controversial headlines which has seen managers at the Highfield campus come under fire - and comes just days after the end of the longest strikes in the UK's education sector history.

In November the university announced 75 job losses - in what critics called "rushed and dangerous cuts".

December saw Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Christopher Snowden's "excessive" £433k pay cheque spark calls for an independent inquiry into vice chancellors' pay by former education secretary Sir Andrew Adonis.

And just last month both support and academic staff were told their pensions could be cut - prompting the latter to embark on "extensive" strike action.

Now unions say they can "ill-afford" to lost more staff - but the university says the "vast majority" are not "student-facing."

Professor Catherine Pope, Southampton UCU branch spokesperson said: "“Staff and students here are very disturbed to learn that there are to be yet more cuts to front-line staff.

"We have recently been working to contract as part of our fight to save our pensions, and this has demonstrated just how much extra work gets done in the evenings and weekends to keep the University going.

"We can ill-afford to lose yet more staff on top of the redundancies we have seen in recent months. It is especially galling that the senior management pay bill seems to be rising unchecked when the staff who actually do the work are threatened again with redundancy."

A university spokesperson said: "We are currently considering proposed organisational changes in specific areas of the University which could lead to the loss of 29 jobs in total over the coming months.

"These proposals are linked to distinctive parts of the University, the vast majority of which are not student-facing. Most are related to externally-funded research and consultancy units that require restructuring due to a change in or loss of external funding.

"The University’s priority is to engage closely with all staff affected whilst providing additional support and guidance."