The Australian Catholic University has proposed cuts to humanities disciplines, including the disestablishment of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) program and the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy, and job cuts across history, philosophy, political science, religion and theology subjects.
The proposal will see 23 positions cut and the dismantling of the Health Services Unit.
The acting Vice Chancellor said that the redundancies were due to a number of factors including a drop in student numbers and insufficient government funding. She said that this meant the University was forced to make “hard decisions” in an attempt to reduce its operating budget by $60 million annually.
Staff cuts en masse at UTS have exacerbated the ongoing casualisation crisis.
The quality of the staff and student experience at the University of Sydney is suffering.
Academic schools will be replaced with ‘Interdisciplinary Employment and Start-Up Centres’.
The case comes after the University used misleading data to justify wide-ranging course cuts and redundancies.
Staff will be required to fight amongst themselves for newly created positions that may have a lower pay.
100 percent of job losses occurred in public universities.
The latest cuts come on top of almost 400 job losses at Deakin last year.