June 26, 2008

Victoria Cuts 7 Jobs for Starters


SEVEN administrative staff from Victoria University's College of Education have lost their jobs, and up to 22 academic staff could also be out of work.

Dean of education Professor Dugald Scott confirmed the administrative job cuts -- part of an overhaul in which 20 existing positions have been phased out and only 13 new general positions created.

All general staff within the college were invited to apply for the new positions, he said yesterday, as the university sought to stem a $1.7 million budget blowout in training early childhood, primary and secondary school teachers.

"We acknowledge that this is a distressing time for staff and we will do all we can to help those affected to gain alternative employment within another position at the college or elsewhere," Professor Scott said.

Academic staff will learn their fate on July 14 as the university plans to cut back at the college's Karori campus, with more emphasis given to research and research-led teaching.

More than 200 submissions were received from staff and students about the proposed changes, with many emphasising the value of teaching placements on the course and the need to retain administrative staff.

Professor Scott denied suggestions by the Association of University Staff that despite all the submissions the cuts were proceeding without any adjustment to the original proposal.

Plans to scale back administration for organising on-the-job teacher training had been overturned in response to the submissions, he said.

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