Jobs disappear in the clouds
A restructure of Information Technology (IT) services at Deakin University is leaving staff in the lurch – at the very time that Deakin is launching itself into the digital learning ‘cloud’, making information technology knowledge and skills even more critical. “Staff are telling us that every day IT support including general professional development and consulting/advice is disappearing”, says National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Victorian Division Secretary, Colin Long.
“In the Faculty of Business/Law, for example, a restructure of IT services leaves staff out in the cold for everyday IT support and training. While some staff will be launched into the cloud, others will be left firmly on the ground.”
Redundancies in Deakin’s Knowledge Media Division, a unit that provides technology, media and graphic design support for staff across the university, are beginning to be felt in almost every area of the university, Dr Long said.
Staff members are left to develop their own resources, without the technical knowledge, training to do so or troubleshooting support when something goes wrong,” Dr Long said.
”In some cases staff are even left to work out how to connect campus events by videoconference without any experience or expertise in doing this. It’s a task previously undertaken by university IT services.
Dr Long said that NTEU members were seeking genuine consultation around redundancies and restructure that immediately impact on IT staff and services at Deakin University.
“There are severe roll-on effects for staff and students. Funding a digital future at the expense of current students and staff is not a smart way to proceed.”
So far Deakin University has made redundant at least seven staff in Knowledge Media Division, three in Information Services and four in the Institute of Teaching and Learning
For additional information refer to the NTEU Deakin Branch website: www.nteu.org.au/deakin
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