Uni Adelaide plans fewer faculties

The university’s Council has given Peter Høj the nod to reduce faculties from five to three

Council approved the move, subject to the staff consultation required by the university’s enterprise agreement.

The vice chancellor tells staff that a new faculty structure should be ready in mid-September for staff to consider “over several weeks.” Discussions on proposed job losses are also underway.

Last month Professor Høj warned staff the university faced continuing deficits for 2022 and ’23 and needed $30m in savings. The university is already consulting on cutting 130 professional staff positions and has signalled a review of the academic workforce (CMM July 9).

The faculty restructure is the only measure so far that can only be contemplated with council approval.