Otago Uni cut­ting 160 jobs

Waikato Times - - News - HAMISH MCNEILLY

Otago Univer­sity has con­firmed it is cut­ting 160 full­time equiv­a­lent jobs.

It orig­i­nally pro­posed ax­ing 182 po­si­tions as part of a re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of sup­port ser­vices, but vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Har­lene Hayne con­firmed yes­ter­day that 160 jobs would go

Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Union or­gan­iser Shaun Scott said that while the union was pleased fewer peo­ple would be made re­dun­dant, it was still a "dras­tic cut".

The to­tal num­ber of peo­ple los­ing jobs may be higher than 160, with no head count given by the ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion, and a ‘‘hell of a lot of peo­ple’’ would be af­fected re­gard­less, he said.

Hayne said more than 600 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived and much of the feed­back from staff was ‘‘con­struc­tive’’ and sup­port­ive of the pro­posed shared ser­vices model.

‘‘There is wide recog­ni­tion that we need to change the way we do busi­ness in sev­eral ar­eas and we need to fo­cus our col­lec­tive ef­forts to get this right.’’

The univer­sity needed to pro­vide a more seam­less ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents and re­sources for that would be in­creased, Hayne said.

Otago Univer­sity has about 3800 equiv­a­lent full­time gen­eral and aca­demic staff and more than 18,000 equiv­a­lent full­time stu­dents.

The busi­ness case pro­poses re­duc­ing 160 full­time equiv­a­lent sup­port ser­vices po­si­tions.

The changes will be made over sev­eral years, with pro­cesses to con­firm staff in cur­rent or new roles to be com­pleted by mid-2018.

Re­dun­dancy will be de­ter­mined by length of em­ploy­ment.

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