STAFF at a Scottish university who were dismissed without proper consultation could be in line for compensation.

Union leaders are trying to identify staff on fixed term contracts who were made redundant by Stirling University between 2009 and 2012.

UCU acted after winning a historic case in the Supreme Court last year on the principle of the union's right to be consulted about the proposed dismissal of staff on fixed term contracts.

A joint joint statement from the UCU and the university said: "The university and UCU are pleased to report that the long running legal dispute between them in relation to collective consultation over fixed term contract staff whose contracts ended, has been resolved on terms which are confidential, but which both parties agree represent a sensible and mutually beneficial solution in the circumstances.

"Both parties now wish to put this matter behind them and work together to improve industrial relations and ensure that the university continues to be a place of excellent research, learning and teaching.

"If you were employed at the university on a fixed or limited term contract which terminated during one of these periods and at the effective date of termination had more than three months continuous employment you may be eligible for a payment."

In 2015 the Supreme Court found Stirling University was wrong not to include staff on fixed term contracts in a wider redundancy consultation when their contracts came to an end.

The UCU had always argued it should have been consulted because staff were effectively being made redundant. After a lengthy legal battle, the Supreme Court backed the union and the matter was referred back to an employment tribunal to consider the issue of compensation.

Under the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act of 1992, an employer which wishes to "dismiss as redundant" 20 or more staff within 90 days must consult trade union representatives of the affected staff.

While dealing with a £4.4 million budget deficit in 2009, Stirling University proposed making 140 of its permanent staff redundant and accepted 134 applications from staff in a voluntary severance scheme.