Victoria University has announced plans for the transition arrangements at its Melton and Sunbury campuses.
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor John McCallum said these arrangements follow a resolution in October last year by the University Council to scale back involvement in these campuses because they had become unsustainable.
“Student numbers have dropped at these campuses, making it too difficult to maintain the quality of the student experience and of the support services and facilities available to students and staff,” Professor McCallum said.
“To ensure that we offer the highest possible educational standards within our resource constraints, the University has decided to concentrate on a strong backbone of campuses in the city and throughout the western suburbs focused on Footscray, St Albans, Sunshine and Werribee.
“This has involved moving off our campus at Sunbury, where we cannot attract sufficient numbers of students, and working with community groups to refocus our programs at Melton on the vocational and further education sectors.
“At Melton, the University will retain ownership of the site and ensure that it remains a vocational education community campus with strong local involvement. Several community facilities and agencies will maintain their presence, including the University of the Third Age, the Brookfield Preschool and Community Access Learning Melton, a service for disengaged youth. The sports hall will continue to be available to local schools and community groups.
“VU is working with Melton Shire Council to expand educational activities on the campus by bringing in other providers. We will still manage the facilities and our own plans include an enlarged trades training program, primarily focused on building and construction, and ongoing work education and English language programs. In addition, the State Government has announced an $11.2 million Trade Training Centre. This centre will host programs delivered by VU and local partners.
“At Sunbury all courses will be relocated by the beginning of next year, although student accommodation at Sunbury Hall will remain available until the end of 2010. The University is working with Hume City Council and the State Government to examine options for the future use of the campus.
“In both regions, the University will maintain its strong links with local schools.
“It is important to stress that no current courses from these campuses have been dropped and new and continuing students will still have the opportunity to study all courses on offer.
“Neither will there be any staff redundancies as a result of these moves.”
Professor McCallum said staff and students had been informed of the transition arrangements, and the University hoped to make the relocations as smooth as possible.
In total there will be 1166 students (expressed as equivalent full-time student places) and 64 staff moving off these campuses by the end of next year. Most will be relocated to campuses at Footscray and St Albans.
A schedule of course relocations is available.
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