Union says Ramsay link risks Uni Wollongong’s reputation

University of Wollongong management says the Ramsay Western Civ deal is done and an approved degree will start next year (CMM yesterday). But the campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union says the approval process is not complete and calls on Council (which meets tomorrow) to “address the actions of the vice chancellor in the process of approving this proposal.”

The union has assembled a detailed brief arguing management has not met all the requirements of the  Fast Track Approval process, invoked to have the new Ramsay-funded degree in-place for the 2020 academic year.

The core of the comrades’ claim is that the degree fails to meet the policy’s clause 4.1.b, which states there must be, “a demonstrated benefit to the university in fast-tracking the proposal without compromising: the reputation of the university.”

But while there is considerable criticism of the Ramsay Centre’s academic approach and relationship with UoW in social and legacy media, university management appears to have anticipated this argument – including academic endorsements of the degree content in its announcement.


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