La Trobe modernising through restructure

La Trobe University is set to undergo a ‘root and branch’ renewal to become a University for the future.

Vice Chancellor John Dewar

This will involve revitalising research output, boosting teaching quality and modernising its internal structures.

Vice Chancellor Professor John Dewar (pictured) said La Trobe University had built a strong tradition over almost 50 years for bold thinking with a social conscience.

He said it was timely for the University to build on this success and become a more modern and agile organisation that best meets the needs of community and industry now and in the years ahead, as set out in the University’s strategic plan Future Ready.

‘I want to ensure that La Trobe makes an even stronger intellectual, social and economic contribution to communities and that it continues to be a great place to study, teach and undertake research,’ Professor Dewar said.

‘We have ambitions to become an even better University. To do that we must modernise our approach and structure.

‘In addition, the high education sector and funding environment is rapidly changing, including federal funding cuts and increased competition for student enrolments. We recognise at La Trobe that we need to change with the times and that time is now,’ Professor Dewar said.

The University has identified 20 projects that fall into three broad themes:

  • Academic organisation – finding the best structural organisation of faculties, school and departments
  • Academic productivity – ensuring the quality and efficiency of teaching and research    
  • Support service delivery – simplifying and standardising internal administrative functions that best support students and staff  

La Trobe is Victoria’s largest provider of university education in regional Victoria, with campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Shepparton and Mildura. Professor Dewar said La Trobe remained committed to maintaining its regional presence.

He said there would be change within the University that was driven by strategy and focused on delivering the best quality research and teaching for students and staff.

‘We are committed to working with our students, staff and their representatives to deliver the best possible outcomes for the long term future of La Trobe,’ Professor Dewar said.  

‘We have a strong proud history of intellectual and social contribution at La Trobe and I want this to be a University that celebrates our past and takes that heritage to the next level.’  

Read more about the University’s goals for change

Media contact 

Tim Mitchell, Director, Media and Communication (Acting): T (03) 9479 5246 | M 0437 457780

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