Ruckus at my University. It seems, despite its genuine excellence in its academic staff, that it is infested with incompetent management all the way to the top who appear determined to wreck its excellence. The two positions in the School of History Philosophy Religion and the Classics which is mentioned in the article text are both in the Classics department (but one is a replacement for a retiring academic). But the huge cut in casual teaching funding will greatly affect many departments which rely on post-grads for tutoring their increasing numbers of undergraduate students! The Faculty of Arts only gets about 44% of the funding that it earns through teaching undergraduates – the rest is skimmed off into things like the University’s lavish building program.
ACADEMIC staff at the University of Queensland have accused central administration of raking off so much money meant for teaching that widespread subject cuts, increased in staff-student ratios and a drop in quality are inevitable.
At a reportedly volatile and emotional faculty board meeting on Wednesday, however, proposed 50 per cent cuts to casual teaching across the board, including a $800,000 cut to languages, were reduced, but staff remain unclear as to the eventual outcome, according to the academic union.