Professor Victoria Burbank, UWAASA Staff Writer and Senior Honorary Research Fellow, offers this thought-provoking piece to initiate debate about UWA now, and in the future.
The Academic Staff Association Governing Committee sent an Open letter to the Vice-Chancellor in February 2016, signed by concerned academics at UWA. The response can be found on this website.
Only one change was made to the original process following the consultation, and UWAASA urges continued feedback and engagement from all academics to ensure that the outcome is positive for the University and its staff.
This is the full letter from a UWAASA member that was published in The Post in March 2016
In summary, I have come to the conclusion that because of the history of Arts as a foundation faculty of the University, the overwhelming use of Arts in their nomenclature amongst 131 universities in Australia and overseas, the immense value of the Arts brand to students and alumni and the origin of disciplines and professions likely to be considering joining the new college, the proposed College must include ‘Arts’ in the title.
I have a specific question that I would like addressed because it is a fundamental premise in the Vice Chancellor’s very useful review document (Securing Success) that preceded the current recommendations. My question concerns the level of optimum subsidy to be paid from teaching to research in a University as outlined by the Vice Chancellor:
“I would like to acknowledge the participation of the Academic Staff Association in the broad consultation of the Renewal proposals first presented to the University community on 2 February. Since that date the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and I have conducted 11 staff forums in which we have presented information and responded to questions about the proposals to more than 1300 colleagues. More than 300 individual and collective submissions and comments on the proposals have been sent to the Renewal site. It is apparent from the scale of this response that there has been deep and broad engagement with the proposals from both academic and professional staff , and I am very appreciative of the careful thought and analysis that colleagues have directed to these proposals.”
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