Lincoln will no longer be a stand-alone university and will facilitate greater collaboration with a range of parties, according to article published this week by Vice-Chancellor Robin Pollard.
The planned changes follow an advisory board report published last year that recommended the university cut courses, move away from being a standalone institution and privatise core services.
In his article, Pollard said the institution would be “reorganised and repurposed” to become an enabler of collaborative initiatives.
He said this would better equip the institution to meet the “grand challenges” of sustainable food production, more efficient land use, restoring and protecting water sources, and improving the resilience of New Zealand’s ecosystems.
A new collaborative structure will be based around a range of different initiatives, each with a time frame of four to eight years, Pollard said. He confirmed that the process for setting these initiatives is underway with the aim of having several up and running early in 2018.
What is not clear from Pollard’s article is how staff will be affected by the proposed changes. Pollard also did not respond the advisory board’s recommendation that management out-source administration and contract other institutions to provide courses that are not central to Lincoln’s focus on land-based sciences.
The Tertiary Education Union said it is vital all staff are given the opportunity to have their say on what lies ahead for Lincoln and urged the VC to ensure staff are able to contribute to decisions.