QUT VC says preserving jobs “paramount”

With no new Commonwealth support and a drop in international demand QUT expects to be down $100m by final quarter, with losses compounding in 2021

In a message to staff  Friday Vice Chancellor Margaret Sheil outlined savings made and planned, including, “the possibility of a reduction in executive and senior staff remuneration.”

And she set out the university’s objectives; “preserving jobs and providing opportunities for redeployment and retraining will be paramount.”

“To that end we will also need to consult widely and seek individual and/or collective agreement on other possible measures in respect to leave, reduced working hours, loadings and increments with a view to achieving as fair as is possible distribution of the impact.”

She added that putting these issues on the agenda will, “raise questions for each of us as individuals for which we as yet cannot provide certainty.”

Professor Sheil announced on-line forums and meetings this week, “to explore together a range of options and ideas for how we can make our university stronger and more resilient.”