Southern Cross University will axe 63 full time staff and merge academic faculties in a bid to endure the “series of external shocks” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vice Chancellor Professor Tyrone Carlin announced the measures today as part of the university’s plan to ensure the institution remains viable into the future as it deals with what it sates is a budget shortfall of $33 million.
“This is, in part, a response to the really challenging and significant impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, including the loss of international students,” Professor Carlin said in an online address to all staff this morning.
The latest cuts takes the total number of jobs lost at the university this year to at least 134, after 71 staff accepted voluntary redundancies in early September. These 71 staff are due to finish on November 4.
The staff union, the NTEU, estimates that together with the voluntary redundancies a number of other ‘voluntary’ retirements and today’s announced cuts, that from March this year until early next year approximately one in four jobs in the university will have disappeared over that time.
The NTEU is resquesting for full access to SCU’s financial accounts with a spokesperson stating; “many staff believed Covid19, although clearly an issue, was also being used as cover for other matters”.
CCO understands that of the 134 jobs lost 16 are in Coffs Harbour and approximately 105 in Lismore. The remainder will be lost from the Gold Coast campus.