Uni Canberra to keep assistant professor programme

The university says it accepts three out of four primary and nine of 12 subordinate recommendations from an independent review of the research accelerator

However, it rejects the recommendation to abolish education-focused assistant professor positions as, “inconsistent with the university’s workforce plan and dedication to high quality teaching.”

The scheme, which can employ up to a quarter of academic staff, sets ambitious research targets for most participants in return for the opportunity of permanent employment. It has been widely criticised on campus as placing psychological and workload pressure on staff.

Vice Chancellor Deep Saini says he will start the process to implement accepted recommendations, before he leaves the university at Christmas. He is moving to Canada, to become VC of Dalhousie U.


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