Charles Sturt U’s new schools

CSU announces its new academic structure, with nine new schools and could have been way worse job losses

Work on savings started in May, with any head count cuts then expected early ’21 (CMM May 5).  Changes for admin was first, followed by faculties, with then Acting VC John Germov advising 100-110 FTE positions “were identified for potential redundancy,” (CMM June 19).

By September the university reported it halved the 2020-21 deficit, to $22m, and expected a balance budget by the end of this financial year (CMM September 17).  Things are even better now, with the university announcing yesterday it is “on track” to a budget in balance by December.

The university also announced it would abolish 4.1 FTE positions, although there was no word on how many people are caught in that unfortunate administration abstraction. However, individuals effected “will have priority opportunity” to apply for 30 new/vacant positions in faculties.

CSU says it kept the job losses down by abolishing vacant positions, “some changes to positions in technical and enterprise teams” and “creating and retaining academic leadership positions” in the new school structure.

Which is:

* Education (combining the previous schools of education and teacher education

* Agriculture and Environmental and Veterinary Sciences (combining the three discipline schools plus Wine Science)

* Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (exercise science, sport-health, community health)

* Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, including Rural Dentistry and Oral Health (combining the previous School of Dentistry and Health Sciences plus pharmacy and medical pathology disciplines and biomedical sciences disciplines from Community Health)

* Nursing, Indigenous Health, Paramedicine (the existing school with paramedicine added from Biomedical Science)

* Business (merging accounting and finance with management and marketing)

* Computing, Mathematics and Engineering (from the present computing-maths and engineering units)

* Social Work and Arts (the former Humanities and Social Sciences with part of Creative Industries)

* Information and Comms Studies (the School of Information Studies school plus comms disciplines from Creative Industries).