Theatre of protest at Monash U

Performance students make a well-produced case

Monash U has nominated where it wants to 277 voluntary redundancies to come from (CMM September 17). While the overall proposal is entirely in-line with the savings agreement management reached with the union, it does not diminish the impact on staff – and students.

Especially students in specialist disciplines which the head-count could cripple. Such as some of those in the Centre for Theatre and Performance who warn the university wants three of four staff in the centre to go. If this happens, “we would not be able to finish out degrees to the standard promised by Monash when we enrolled,” they warn on a polished campaign site.

They propose either broadening the pool for redundancies or rolling the Centre into the School of Music.

“This would protect the theatre and performance major, and the world-class research output, whilst simultaneously eliminating the administration expenses of running two similar yet distinct schools.”


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