The Victoria University teaching and learning restructure rolls on, with management announcing the Centre for Student Success will be in place for the start of the academic year. The new centre will support VU’s first year college model and meet the needs of students (among others) not especially well prepared for tertiary study. However the new centre has come at a cost, with 25 student support permanent staff taking voluntary redundancy and another ten fixed-term staffers not having their contracts renewed. Some 18 appointments to the new centre are announced with PVC Learning Innovation Ian Solomonides saying the recruitment process is halfway through.
However the campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union is not optimistic, suggesting academics are replaced in the new unit by professional staff who “will not be able to provide the specialist support required to support senior, postgraduate and higher degree by research students. These students are likely to miss out on the support they need.”