Define “constructive” at Southern Cross U

SCU has a new academic workload model – based on EFTS, rather than the old allocation based on hours required to complete work by disciplines and teaching mode

This upsets the National Tertiary Education Union which says the new arrangement breaches nine clauses of the SCU Enterprise Agreement. The union has accordingly notified an industrial dispute.

There is also a draft letter circulating among academic staff asking the chancellor, Nick Burton Taylor to get involved because, the text states, university leaders are  not listening to concerns (CMM April 6).

But management tells CMM that it has consulted on the new arrangement and that “substantial changes were made to proposed versions of the academic workload model on the basis of staff feedback.” Plus, the university “continues to consider opportunities for refinement, assisted by constructive feedback from many staff.”