University of Canterbury to restructure Arts

Posted By TEU on Mar 1, 2012 |

Tertiary Update Vol 15 No 5

Professor Ed Adelson the University of Canterbury’s pro-vice-chancellor told staff at the College of Arts this week that the university will review American Studies (School of Humanities); Theatre and Film Studies (Centre for Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre); and the School of Music (Centre for Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre).

Prof Adelson says it is the College’s intent that these reviews will not impinge upon students’ opportunities to progress this year through their courses of study.

“I appreciate [the reviews] will be unsettling for staff in these areas and I am committed to providing them with further information as soon as possible.”

TEU national president Dr Sandra Grey says the broader question is the university’s commitment to the arts in Christchurch.

“Christchurch has a very proud cultural and artistic heritage. Generations of Canterbury people helped build the university because they believed in the importance of the arts. Now the university owes it to the people of Canterbury to include them, as an entire community in this decision.”

“The university has a duty lead the rebuild of arts and culture in the city. It cannot do that with short-term budget cuts, restructuring and job losses, or by creating a specialist university rather than a broad-based institution committed to all fields of knowledge and learning.”

Dr Grey says the people whose jobs are threatened by these reviews are people who have remained loyal and committed to the city.

“At this time they deserve the same loyalty from their university.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Proposed NorthTec settlement may end long-running dispute
  2. UC financial results give hope
  3. Pressure for back-office mergers?
  4. $10 to get teenagers into training
  5. Canterbury employers must watch for workplace stress
  6. Picasso proceeds not enough to save Sydney staff

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Tertiary Update is our weekly bulletin about news in the tertiary education sector from the perspective of people working in the sector.

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