"This restructure follows a constant stream of no less than 15 major, formal, reviews and restructures of organisational units across the university over the past three years", according to Associate Professor Tom Griffiths of the NTEU.
All the usual empty slogans are being trotted out by Caroline McMillen, the Vice-Chancellor:-
- "agile solutions’
- ‘greater flexibility’
- “embracing changes”
- “ensuring that we’ve got the best organisational and professional support at the university for what is a changing academic enterprise”.
- “It's a conversation … about thinking through different changes that might come and how do we handle that.
Is this because the results will demonstrate the low morale of staff and their lack of confidence in the university management? "This is unprecedented, and reflects very poorly indeed on management,” Professor Tom Griffiths said.
"The available evidence, in fact, suggests that the university’s senior leadership may be in crisis.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is leaving at the end of this month, and despite significant notice, interim arrangements to cover this role were announced just this week.
The Faculty of Science and IT last had an ongoing leader back in 2014. Since then, no fewer than three acting or interim leaders have been drafted to hold the fort.
The leader of the Faculty of Business and Law is due to leave next year, and again it appears likely that instead of a timely and considered succession, interim arrangements will follow." (Newcastle Herald)
The senior managers at the University enjoy astronomical salaries as well as bonuses which they award themselves when they do a good job. The current Vice-Chancellor, Caroline McMillen, gets around $900,000 a year.
She needs that to keep putting fuel in her Bentley!