La Trobe students voice concern at cuts

UPDATE 03/07/2014: 

LA TROBE University is committed to providing the best tertiary experience possible for its students, says a university spokesman. 

"We want to reassure students that the changes being processed are about improving the tertiary experience," director of media and communications Tim Mitchell said. 

"There are a series of changes which are centered around modernising the uni, broadening opportunities and we remain committed to making Bendigo a really great city."

Mr Mitchell said the university wanted to provide students with a wide range of learning avenues to assist them in balancing work, study and life. 

"We are getting a lot of interest from students who are telling us they want to balance work with study and their personal life, and having a combination of learning through technology and face-to-face learning is a good opportunity for them," he said. 

"This is what they are after.

"We want them to be able to juggle the demands of work,study and family."

EARLIER:

THE Bendigo Student Association believes job cuts at La Trobe University will diminish students' tertiary experience and deter those considering study in Bendigo. 

The university is undergoing the biggest restructure the institution has seen in 50 years. 

The National Tertiary Education Union this week confirmed seven academic staff from the business faculty, library staff and other academic and administrative positions would be lost at the Bendigo campus. 

The association's president Jessica Robertson said she was alarmed at the extent of the proposed cuts. 

"The loss of academic staff will impact on the delivery of course content with regional students being further disadvantaged through the blended learning model," she said.

"Online course delivery cannot replace that of face-to-face learning from lecturers and tutors."

Ms Robertson said Student Services staff, which included library and administration staff, were vital to student success. 

"Students face many challenges whilst at University that can be both complex and diverse," she said.

"Having the ability to access staff on campus is critical." 

Ms Robertson said while she understood there was a need for the university to reduce its deficit, the association was concerned the job cuts in Bendigo were disproportionate to other campuses. 

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