At Uni Wollongong senate speaks up

Management has changed the membership mix of Academic Senate, to reduce the number of elected academics (CMM April 15)

This has not gone down well with some newly former, and current members.

A special meeting of Senate on Tuesday resolved that the university’s Council should consult with Senate and the wider university community on the changed membership. Uni Wollongong management says council will consider the resolution “in due course.”

However, the university adds, “the reshaped Academic Senate can now move forward with fulfilling its important role in overseeing academic matters.”

The National Tertiary Education Union, which has campaigned against fewer elected academics on academic senate, has a different perspective. NSW division secretary Damien Cahill calls the Senate resolution, “a great victory for collegial governance and against rampant managerialism.”