Scrapping of jobs puts state’s universities under strain

The loss of thousands of jobs across the New South Wales university sector during the pandemic is placing strain on teaching and research, as campuses in Australia return to face-to-face learning and welcome back international students, academics warn, writes Daniella White for The Age.

The latest federal government data shows there were 3,237 fewer permanent and fixed-term contract staff in the state’s universities in 2021 compared to 2020, following a major wave of redundancies brought about by COVID-19.

But unions claim universities used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to make cuts they had been wanting to do for years.
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