Some of you may have heard about the restructure of Humanities at the University of Otago. Owing to a decline in student numbers, the University is claiming the Division of Humanities has a budget shortage that must be balanced by cutting staff. A number of Departments within the Division are being targeted for staff redundancies by the end of the year. See here: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/humanities-division-cuts-focus-revealed
The Tertiary Education Union is running a Heart Humanities campaign to support affected staff and to challenge the timeframe and scope of the cuts. Some context to this situation is the National Government’s funding of Maths and Science students at a higher rate than Humanities enrolments and the University’s budget priorities, which include spending millions on campus beautification projects and sponsoring rugby teams!
While we have strong support from within the University from staff and students, we also need public support, and in particular, support from external Universities and scholars. We have set up a petition to collate external support. Please sign & share: http://teu.ac.nz/2016/08/humanities-petition/
For those of you on twitter & Facebook, you can add the HUMANITIES twibbon to your profile picture at http://twibbon.com/support/humanities
If you’re a humanities graduate and/ or have participated in research or teaching events in the Division as a visiting scholar or student, please follow our Twitter account and Tweet your support @OtagoUniTEU
University Management cares deeply about the public reputation and brand of the University. They want to make these cuts quickly and quietly and we hope to make as much noise and share as much support for our colleagues as possible.