CQUniversity cuts mean Gladstone teacher calls it a day
SHE'S been a fixture at the Gladstone CQ University campus for 13 years, but education and early childhood lecturer Lyn Hughes has welcomed a voluntary redundancy.
It's part of a push by CQU to cut jobs, to fill a $25 million budget black hole.
Ms Hughes said this month's cuts announcement had come as a surprise to staff, but the package came at the right time for her.
"It was a bit of a surprise but I guess it's worked out to be a pleasant shock," Ms Hughes said.
"I was off on leave at the time and had started doing some work with the Pyjama Foundation so I decided I'd take the package and start doing some other things."
Ms Hughes said she was confident the university experience would not be damaged for students.
"They're moving towards a lot of online learning and that sort of thing, so it's a timely change for me," she said.
National Tertiary Education Union CQ University branch president Dr John Fitzsimmons said out of the 165 expressions of interest in voluntary redundancy, 120 had received packages.
"Voluntary redundancy is a very different thing, we're in a little bit of limbo until July 1 when we'll know more but there will be some forced redundancies," he said.
As well as redundancies, Dr Fitzsimmons said some less popular courses would be closed, and non-teaching roles may be targeted by cuts.
"We don't believe the quality of courses offered will be affected," he said. "The vice-chancellor made it clear the student experience is to be preserved and ideally be improved."