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La Trobe University’s amendment to continue after five weeks of consultation Bendigo Advertiser

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14.00 BENDIGO MP Lisa Chesters has expressed her concern about staff and students at La Trobe Bendigo following the latest announcement of proposals. She said it was “a sad day” for the people of Bendigo. “It’s a really sad and heartbreaking day for many students and staff at Bendigo’s La Trobe campus,” she said. More news: Bendigo business owner was fined for violating COVID rules over the weekend, Chester said she had spoken to La Trobe University and there would be a few areas in particular that would be “severely affected”. “The confirmation that these changes will go through will mean that the field of Humanities and Social Sciences will drop to eight employees,” she said. “That’s a drop from 21 vacancies before 2014.” Since then, there have been restructurings, redundancies, redundancies and retirements, but this latest proposed change means that we are now left with eight posts in these areas of study. “Other news: ‘modest’ changes were announced as fitness centers reopen in regional Victoria, Mrs Chesters said the lack of support and funding from the federal government had taken a heavy toll on universities in regional Victoria.” The federal government’s cuts to universities “has put pressure on regional campuses. It’s made it harder for them to get on an equal footing,” she said. Through their reforms, it has tripled the cost of an art education that has discouraged students from studying art when it was cheaper to study other courses. “And their refusal to back universities with JobKeeper when the pandemic first hit last year.” La Trobe has told us that there has been an overall drop of almost 50 percent in the number of students in the humanities and social sciences, and I think that is why we find ourselves in this position today. “Ms Chesters said she will continue to fight and secure more funding for the university. Earlier, La Trobe University continued with its amendment that will affect more campuses and leave staff facing dismissal. The university informed staff of its decision this morning, after La Trobe believes that the amendment will ensure a strong position to enable the university to grow in the coming years.The new operating model is expected to enter into force on January 4. Read more: The proposal for change was the release to staff in July for consultation with up to 200 jobs that could potentially be lost.The five-week consultation period ended in August 18 Key changes to be implemented as part of the proposal include replacing the current two-college model with a single clergy office , which 10 academic schools will report to.Some disciplines and departments will be consolidated inside n for schools to better align La Trobe’s strategic goals. More news: Victoria registers 514 new COVID-19 cases along with another listed in Macedon Ranges staff structures will be consolidated or readjusted to ensure consistent high quality support for core teaching and research activities. It will include centralization of support in student administration and student engagement, centralization of academic and administrative support for learning and teaching, and strengthened capacity and coordination for industry engagement. Indigenous academic leadership and support for indigenous students and staff will be strengthened with clear leadership and consolidated support for well-being, disability and inclusion for students and staff. Other News: Police locate driver and vehicle avoiding officers near Maryborough La Trobe Vice Chancellor Professor John Dewar thanked staff for their commitment and significant contribution to providing targeted feedback on the amendment. “The changes in La Trobe’s structure and operating model will ensure that we now have the platform for a sustainable future that aligns our resources with our strategic priorities and takes into account our likely revenue over the next five years,” he said. “The University’s transformation will enable us to focus more sharply on our strengths and distinctiveness in teaching and research, simplify our business processes and operations, and ensure that we can continue to make a positive difference for our students, communities and partners.” I recognize that this remains a very challenging time for our staff and we will continue to provide a wide range of support as we move forward in the next phase of staff recruitment, redundancies and implementation of our new operating model. Recruitment for new and vacant roles will begin on September 22. More awaits Our journalists are working hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. How to access our trusted content:

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