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Arts students to confront Dean about restructure plans


Students at the University who are concerned about plans to restructure the Faculty of Arts will have an opportunity next Tuesday to confront the Dean of the Faculty, and other members of University staff, about the restructure and the potential for it to impact on the quality of their education.

On Monday, 8 October, students were sent an email from Professor Susan Dodds, Dean of the Faculty, which attempted to explain the restructure and how it would impact students moving forward.

Georgia Allen, an Arts/Law student at the University, felt that this email raised more questions than it answered and has organised a forum featuring the Dean, the Acting Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, the Project Manager of the Restructure and several Heads and Deputy Heads of School, where students can directly ask questions of senior University management.

“I had a number of concerns and questions after reading the email, and after talking to other students, I know I’m not alone,” Ms Allen said.

“For example, the email did not make any mention at all of the impact of the restructure on students intending to enter postgraduate study. I know for a fact that a number of postgraduate programs, including Journalism and Asian Studies are not offered for 2013.”

Ms Allen also expressed severe disappointment in the manner in which the University went about informing students of the change.

“The restructure was approved by the University Council in May and the associated reviews, such as the Curriculum Review, have been going on for some time yet this email, sent shortly before students begin their exam period is the first official communication students have received

“When you have the National Tertiary Education Union having to involve Fair Work Australia to find out what these plans mean for staff at the University, what hope do students have?”

The forum will take place at 4.00pm on the 16th of October in the Centenary Lecture Theatre.

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  2. Winston Smith

    October 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Thursday eighteenth October, no food in UTAS hunter street. Let them eat cake says UTAS whilst our betters stuff their faces, quaff their red, sleep in Belgian linen sheets, and aim for a comfortable retirement.

  3. Winston Smith

    October 16, 2012 at 1:19 am

    ..no sustenance supplied to UTAS campus Hunter Street as at Tuesday sixteenth October. The student refectory/cafeteria/ cafe shut up shop three weeks ago, aparently because the firm contracted by Tasmanian Univetsity Union (compass) say they can’t turn a profit from it, even with one overworked staff member.

    Some lousy prick, somewhere can surely get off their fat atse and organise food so these POOR students can pass their examinations?

    Furthermore, no summer classes because the eternal building/renovation budget MUST be spent. TUU/Compass claim builders dust in the refectory/canteen area is another reason for closure.

    Here’s an idea why don’t we count education count in the top three priorities. 🙂

  4. Ron

    October 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I know nothing about the arts department. However I do know the dean does what he is told no matter which faculty he is in charge of.

  5. bemused

    October 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Ron, if you know so much about utas you would know the dean of arts is a woman

  6. Winston Smith

    October 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    The refectory at Hunter Street Art campus has been closed for two weeks, surely the University has a legal duty to ensure victuals for students sho didn’t attend obscenely wealthy private schools? As well there are no summer art classes because the students interfere with the builders, not vice-versa. This woeful, shameful state of affairs pretty well sums up the greed ethic that has permeated our once envied educational institutions. Let’s have a meeting? No, get food and drink in there tomorrow vice chancellor, perhaps order some bread jam and gruel for the Arts refectory whilst booking your luncheon and dinner tables. Do you want fries with that?

  7. Ron

    October 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Utas has zero exposure to Gunns. Not sure what you mean here.

  8. someone's mum

    October 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I am quite aware that many unis across the country are reshaping themselves..but I can’t help but wonder how much of the present ‘reconstruction’ at Utas, how many staff we are losing, is due to UTas’s ‘exposure’ to Gunns.

  9. Ron

    October 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

    The Dean is just doing what he is told by his boss, the Vice-Chancelor

  10. Ben

    October 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Confront? Confront the Dean who has agreed to appear at a forum to answer student’s questions?

    The primary Oxford definition of confront is: ‘come face to face with (someone) with hostile or argumentative intent’

    Hopefully, Georgia meant to say ‘question’ or even ‘interrogate,’ but if she does mean confront I hope the Dean is ready.

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