Music students at the University of Waikato are planning a series of events to oppose management’s plans to cut three out of the eight full-time staff members working in the music programme.
The proposed job cuts are part of a broader shake up of the university’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences that could result in the loss of a 17 jobs in total.
Students are planning a Concert for our Conservatorium at 7.30pm on 6 April in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.
The concert will provide a valuable opportunity for students and the local community to show their support for staff at risk of losing their jobs and their concerns about what this could mean for the future of the programme.
Students have also launched an online petition opposing the cuts and are planning a series of small performances around campus.
Megan Morris, organiser for the TEU branch at the University of Waikato said she was pleased to see students opposing the job cuts.
“Staff are very concerned about these proposals, so to have the support of students is really valuable. These job cuts could have a detrimental impact on the long-term viability of arts and social sciences at Waikato, and we will be doing everything we can to oppose them.”