Uni Sydney proposes more teaching, less research for some staff

Management wants to reduce the numbers of academics embedded in the 40:40:20 teaching, research, service, workload model

VC Mark Scott signalled change was wanted, soon after starting, telling the university community, that while the workload model would stay for most academics, “some flexibility is valuable,” (CMM August 10).

The campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union does not agree, including “no erosion” of the arrangement in its enterprise bargaining log of claims. The union also wants the existing cap on teaching only roles that can be externally advertised to stay at 120.

However, while the university reiterates that while the formula will stay for most, “we believe that fostering the talents of academic staff who excel at teaching is crucial for the future of our university and that research and teaching excellence must be valued and rewarded equally.”