A NORTH-East university has decided it will no longer employ staff on nine-month contracts.

The move by Durham University follows a campaign against the casualisation of teaching staff,

Jon Bryan, from the University and College Union, said: “UCU has consistently raised concerns about the rise in precarious work in higher education sector, and the nine month contract was a particular bone of contention.

“The move will mean more security for staff and we will continue to work closely with the university on the other issues facing staff on insecure contracts.”

The minimum term of employment for research fellows will now be 12 months.

Professor Antony Long, deputy vice-chancellor said: “At Durham University we recognise that our staff are key to our continuing success.

“That is why as part of our university strategy we are investing in how we recruit, develop and reward colleagues, both in academia and in professional services.”