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Sydney university asks employees to ‘suggest’ how to cut up to 30% of some faculty staff | Australian universities

The University of Sydney has asked staff to “suggest” ways it could cut up to 30% of full-time jobs in some faculties, in a move the union claims could result in Australia’s largest university cuts.

On Wednesday, staff in the school of education received an email telling them the dean of the arts faculty was asking for “suggestions on how we might restructure to reduce by up to 30% full-time equivalent [employees]”.

According to the Usyd Casuals Network, staff received the email late on Wednesday, but were then told by the dean on Thursday that “this was not a directive to implement cuts but only to conceive of ‘scenarios’ that might include such cuts”.

However, the group – which represents casual staff at the university – said: “We reject the notion that there is a difference between a hypothetical scenario and a concrete plan.”

The email from the head

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