Union says : Uni should make sure the figures add up

The National Tertiary Education Union has called on USQ to hold off making a decision on the controversial proposals for the Faculty of Science.

Queensland Secretary of the Union, Margaret Lee, said today that the decision should be delayed until all the figures could be checked and corrected if necessary. “It is all too uncertain now”, she said. ”There are still many unanswered questions about student numbers and the funding, especially for maths and statistics, and there needs to be more transparency about this.”

The NTEU has recommended that an independent examination of the Faculty’s financial position and the student load data should be undertaken, and the proposals adjusted where necessary.

“Only when all parties are confident of the accuracy of the data, should a final proposal be developed”, said Ms Lee. “Members tell us they are losing confidence in University management and the ROP Process. This is a perfect opportunity for the University’s leadership to demonstrate to staff, students and the community that they are listening to concerns and getting the figures right. That is the evidence of a genuine consultation process that actually works.”

Ms Lee will seek a meeting this week with the Vice-Chancellor of USQ to discuss NTEU members’ concerns.

Contact: Margaret Lee : 0407 646 419 or 3846 2355