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QUT redundancy is in progress as universities feel the impact of COVID-19

Professor Sheil said QUT’s plan is to reduce unemployment and that the proposal will affect professional services and support staff.

Staff feedback will be open until November 9th and the proposed structure will begin on January 31st.

Michael McNally, Queensland Secretary of the National Tertiary Education Union, said the redundancy at the university was the result of the federal government’s abandonment of higher education.

“Even though the arrival of international students had a significant impact on the university, they were excluded from employers and serious education recovery packages,” he said.

“QUT’s response is very mild compared to UNSW and CQU, who lost 15% of their ongoing staff.

McNally said the federal government needed to provide rescue packages to universities.

“Redundancy affects students in terms of the quality of education they can provide,” he said.

McNally said the federal government’s “far below average” gross domestic product for higher education is responsible for universities that rely on international students.

“They are looking for foreign students to fill the funding gap, and with COVID, it all collapses,” he said.

Two QUT laboratories and six faculties have already been reduced to five faculties.

“This centralizes the shared capabilities of the faculties and departments within the university and streamlines activities and processes,” says Professor Sheil.

She said the impact of COVID-19 on international education is expected to continue.

“QUT forecasts a loss of revenue of about $ 100 million in 2020, with additional implications after 2021,” she said.

Professor Sheil said restructuring is “essentially more administrative” and does not affect students.

Meanwhile, the University of Queensland has implemented a voluntary resignation plan to address an expected loss of over $ 100 million in budget revenue.

A Griffith University spokesman said he would begin discussing voluntary early retirement and voluntary redundancy with staff next month.

Redundancy in Griffith or UQ has not yet been created, and both universities did not have an estimated redundancy number.

However, the positions of UQ’s Continuing Institute, which offers English pathway courses to international students, and the 24 staff of TESOL Education will be redundant.

“Affected staff have the option to look for opportunities at UQ,” said a spokesman.

Jocelyn Garcia is a journalist at Brisbane Times and has the latest news.

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