Around 100 jobs are expected to go at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University as it tries to cut operating costs by £6 million.
RGU – which has close links to the oil and gas industry – said the falling oil price was the reason for its decision.
It is looking to reduce its staff costs by £4 million across its campuses.
An additional £2 million will be made from savings in other operational costs.
It is set to launch a voluntary redundancy scheme tomorrow which will run until April 22.
The savings will allow the university to re-profile its operations, focus on its strategic priorities and invest in new opportunities.
Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal of the university said: “RGU will embark on a period of re-profiling of its workforce to address the financial challenges and our strategic needs, allowing us to pursue ambitious targets for the successful, sustainable development of the university.
“We will continue to make a leading contribution to economic growth here and across Scotland, widening access to higher education, and the availability of high-value knowledge and skills for the economy and society.”
The University and College Union (UCU) has warned that cutting staff numbers will threaten teaching quality and undermine efforts to recruit more students.
Sir Ian Wood kick-started funding for the £8million Aberdeen-based International Institute for Oil and Gas with a £500,000 donation to RGU in 2013.