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La Trobe cuts economics

The Australian     |   27 June 2014

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La Trobe University is planning to cut about 69 academic positions in its business, economic and law faculty with economics, accounting, management and marketing the worst hit.
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La-Trobe_Logo_x2Academic staff in economics will be cut by almost two-thirds to just 10 under a proposed restructure circulated to staff .

The Australian reports that academic staff positions in accounting will be cut in half from something currently over 30, though about eight new positions will be created.  La Trobe wasn’t able to confirm the exact number of jobs that will be lost in economics, but economics professor Harry Clarke has posted on his blog that proposed cuts will reduce academic positions from 28 to 10.

This includes three professorial positions being scrapped with room for only one ongoing professor in the new structure.

The number of associate professors will be cut back from five to just two. In economics La Trobe has already announced that its stand-alone economics degree will be dropped in 2015.

The cuts are part of La Trobe vice chancellor John Dewar’s widespread cost-cutting restructure of the university in which 350 jobs are expected to be shed in a bid to save money for future investment in research and teaching.

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