Faculty dean heading to Bendigo

La Trobe University’s Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Tim Murray will visit the Bendigo campus next Tuesday to talk to staff and students as part of the University’s commitment to consultation on the draft proposal for change in the Faculty.
Fawlty-Towers ‘I want to assure staff, students and the Bendigo community that no final decisions have yet been made on the proposal, and that the future shape of the Faculty will be influenced by extensive staff, student and specific community consultation,’ said Professor Murray.

‘We have set up FAQ sites for students and staff and I urge them to check those sites and submit their views and suggestions via those fora. I also hope that staff and students will take up the opportunity to take part in next week’s consultation session in Bendigo.’

Dedicated staff and students feedback email addresses have been set up as another option for contribution to the discussion. Throughout the consultation period, the University will continue to consult with the NTEU (National Tertiary Education Union) and the student union.

Professor Murray emphasised the University is firmly committed to all students in the Faculty, adding that any new structures will guarantee their ability to complete any course they have begun within the normal timeframe.

Professor Murray said that proposals for change in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are about ensuring that future course offerings better meet student demand across all our campuses in a rapidly changing higher education environment.

He said the process is also about addressing considerable financial challenges, arresting a decline in student enrolment and retention, and ensuring that structures are in place to support a strengthened and sustainable curriculum and research program, regionally as well as in Melbourne.

‘La Trobe’s regional operation is a central plank in the University’s long-term growth strategy. This point has been reiterated by Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, in his ‘World Ready: La Trobe in 2017’ recently released strategy directions paper,’ said Professor Murray.

The consultation process will end on 30 July, after which final plans will be developed and communicated with Faculty staff. Support will be available for staff through the Employee Assistance Program throughout this process.

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