- Individual course student advisors have been removed. There’s a more limited number of people, who have to tackle a broader knowledge of all course structures instead of intimate knowledge of a few, available to help students with problems, and rather than being based near the faculty they’re in a centralised location on the other side of campus. This is to make things better.
- The lecturers were pushed down a pay grade and given more work to do. The fact that 4 lecturers from the politics department took voluntary redundancy is good because it wasn’t forced redundancy (lets ignore the fact that they were essentially coerced into doing it) and hey! They’re hiring two new ones in December which can maybe start in February, so there’s been only a substantial effect on the courses of students. Never mind those two modules that were dropped for third years.
- The fact that the redundancies came so close to the start of term, so that those two new lecturers couldn’t be hired until mid term, is the fault of bureaucratic red tape of trade union laws. Which get thrown up by those pesky trade unions, trying to defend the interests of their members. It has nothing to do with the fact that the university is cutting people’s jobs and pay while increasing their work load.
I am forever so, so happy when management come to tell us how they’re helping us with our courses.