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Phase 2 Reforms at Victoria University

The Council of Victoria University has endorsed a refreshed Strategic Plan, and opened the door for changes that will better position the University for the new competitive tertiary market place.

The Plan outlines a vision for Victoria University as The University of Opportunity transforming the lives of students from diverse backgrounds to achieve true success.

The Plan also positions Victoria University as Australia’s Sport University, and as an institution with a reputation for sustained engagement and meaningful integration with industry and community through our curriculum and applied translational research.

Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins said, “This is a major confirmation of our strategic direction. We are convinced that we are already on the right track, having the largest number of students enrolled in sports-related higher education courses in Australia, and having a strong focus on industry partnerships and work-integrated learning in our critical industry sectors.”

However, Professor Dawkins also pointed to a need to find $40-50m of recurrent savings by 2016 to make the University sustainable and provide for ongoing reinvestment to make this strategy achievable. This is Phase 2 of organisational reform, which in Phase 1 saw the establishment of market-facing Colleges and Shared Services in 2013.

”At Victoria University, like  a number of other universities, without decisive action to streamline our operations and cut costs, our cost pressures will race ahead of revenue growth,” he said. “We will aim to achieve a sustainable future by a simplification agenda, streamlining operations, minimising red tape and reducing staff numbers as well as ongoing improvements in our learning and teaching and the student experience.”

By 2016, the University aims to be supporting a similar sized student body with about 300 fewer positions than at present, with about 200 of that decrease being professional staff and the remainder academic staff.

These staff changes will include a reduction in the number of direct reports to the Vice-Chancellor himself, from eight to four. The new top-level structure will include a Provost, a Chief Operating Officer, a Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and a Vice-President for International and Business Partnerships.

 

Media contact:

Christine White,

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University,

9919 4322; 0434 602884; media@vu.edu.au

 

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