UNSW takes the cake for budget savings

UNSW finance managers are not tolerant of the fripperies of faculty life. A statement of allowable outlays says no to the university funding cultural celebrations, Chinese New Year, for example – “not appropriate” unless it is a UNSW event. It’s a also big nyet to catering for meetings (unless essential to “facilitate the conduct of university activities”) because “meals/coffee are a private expence.” And it’s nix to staff celebrations of birthdays, weddings, welcomes, anniversaries and etc, “university funds must be used appropriately and therefore such items are not appropriate or allowable.” Most of the 20 page plus policy addresses obvious and necessary issues, economy airfares, budget accommodation and the like, but a learned reader remarks, making savings one birthday cake at a time, is onerous indeed.


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