Against this backdrop, the purpose of the SRC as a student union is to raise students’ voices and agitate for a vision of higher education beyond the bottom line of University finances.
The margin of defeat was significantly larger than in 2017 and 2020.
The SRC President makes the case against a slashed semester.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) makes the case for a 12 week semester.
The pattern of education cuts is a grim “new normal”.
Panelists discussed how the proposal was a cost-cutting measure which would damage the quality of education.
Student representatives and casual staff say they have not been consulted about the new proposal.
The proposal would see the introductory week replaced with an extended online orientation, with no change to fees or the amount of course content.
Previous proposals to shorten semesters were defeated in 2017 and 2020
The conclusion only applies a temporary provision for next semester.