Drop in international student numbers forces Adelaide Uni to consider cutting 130 jobs

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Drop in international student numbers forces Adelaide Uni to consider cutting 130 jobs

The University of Adelaide is considering cutting at least 130 jobs as it deals with lost revenue from international students.

Staff were invited to a forum on Thursday where Vice-Chancellor Peter Howe explained the university’s financial situation.

In an email sent to staff after the forum, Mr Høy said the university was exploring a number of options to address the shortage.

“My message to the staff was one that I found difficult and sad to communicate, and for many, it was not easy to hear, especially shortly after the actions taken by our university in 2020 with strong cooperation from the staff,” said Mr. Hoy. E-mail.

“Unfortunately, the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the sector’s future revenue from international students makes it critical for our university students and staff—and the state—that we address the looming financial shortfall to ensure the future sustainability of our institution.

“Given the continuing effects of the pandemic, under our current forecast (the mild scenario), the university faces a shortfall of $22 million in 2022.”

Mr Høy said the annual deficit would rise to $47 million by 2023 if the university was unable to reverse the situation.

There are currently nine options under consideration, including the removal of at least 130 full-time equivalent professional positions, with the number of academic positions yet to be determined.

The university is also considering merging five colleges into three “efficiency exploration” in administrative services, rationalizing poorly performing courses and programs, and identifying new sources of revenue.

“Greater motivation for charitable work” was also mentioned.

“Detailed decisions about how we will approach the proposed initiatives are yet to be finalized, and while we need to take urgent action, I also recognize that it may take some time for us to work through the complexity of our response,” Mr Høy said.

“If the university continues to make changes, we will do so under the terms of the institution’s agreement.”

If the proposed changes persist, they will be implemented in mid-September.


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